C5 Series 2by Bowers & Wilkins

  • C5 Series 2
  • C5 Series 2
  • C5 Series 2
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
89%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Solid audio performance of the C5 Series 2 delivers a deep bass and rich highs.
  • The unit sports a loop design to anchor the C5 Series 2 headphones in your ears.
  • The price includes a protective carrying case, which is shaped like a half-moon.

CONS

  • Depending on your personal preferences, the loop design may not work for you.
  • The headphone's cable may rub against your ears.
  • The in-line remote is designed to work with iOS devices, not Android or other smartphones.
The Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 in-ear headphones come with the company's unique industrial design, which includes the adjustable built-in Secure Loop to keep the headphones snug and comfortable. The C5 Series 2 headphones also offer a three-button inline remote and microphone compatible with iOS devices, and three silicone earbud sizes, along with a carrying case. Bowers & Wilkins promises that the redesigned 9.2 mm dynamic driver delivers high-definition sound and enhanced clarity and detail.
NameC5 Series 2X11iT10iDX 160 iE
ManufacturerBowers & WilkinsKlipschRHABeyerdynamic
Techwalla Score
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List Price$180$349$200$115
95%

At a time when in-ear headphones have taken a back seat to larger over-ear and on-ear models — particularly oversized, plasticky ones — C5 S…

At a time when in-ear headphones have taken a back seat to larger over-ear and on-ear models — particularly oversized, plasticky ones — C5 Series 2 is a sophisticated option for users who value class and sonic quality enough to pay a small premium for them.

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90%

The C5 seems a bit light on accessories. Other than the included eartips and a very small-but-classy zip-up carrying case, there are none. T…

The C5 seems a bit light on accessories. Other than the included eartips and a very small-but-classy zip-up carrying case, there are none. True, you don't really need much other than what you get, but for the price, more eartips or perhaps a cleaning tool would have been a nice inclusion.

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83%

When it comes to blocking outside sound and leaving you with nothing but your music to listen to, they perform at a level that’s only averag…

When it comes to blocking outside sound and leaving you with nothing but your music to listen to, they perform at a level that’s only average for in-ears. The loudness of the majority of sounds you’ll encounter on a daily basis are dropped by about half.

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The C5 Series 2 is a real treat with great live recordings, like Van Morrison's "Too Late To Stop Now." The sense of being there at the conc…

The C5 Series 2 is a real treat with great live recordings, like Van Morrison's "Too Late To Stop Now." The sense of being there at the concert is more apparent over the C5 Series 2 than the original C5.

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I love the fit, you might hate it. We’re both right. If you can, try these before you buy. For what it’s worth, I have average size ears, an…

I love the fit, you might hate it. We’re both right. If you can, try these before you buy. For what it’s worth, I have average size ears, and smaller than average ear canals.

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The C5 Series 2 is a delicious sounding pair of in-ear headphones. The experience is loud and robust, and makes you feel like you stuck one …

The C5 Series 2 is a delicious sounding pair of in-ear headphones. The experience is loud and robust, and makes you feel like you stuck one mini speaker into each ear. Music sounds lush and balanced.

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The bullet-shaped earbud design sticks out of the ear canal far enough that without the loop, the earpieces would most certainly fall out fr…

The bullet-shaped earbud design sticks out of the ear canal far enough that without the loop, the earpieces would most certainly fall out frequently. This is especially true for those of us who are walking or hustling to catch a train.

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