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Bowers & Wilkins C5
In-ear headphones with in-line remote and microphone (Black)
From Bowers & Wilkins: C5 In-ear headphones
Item # 749C5 | MFR # FP30325
This item is no longer available.
Our take on the Bowers & Wilkins C5 by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
Warm natural sound with a cool futuristic look
The Bowers & Wilkins C5 headphones have it all — rich, dynamic sound, a secure, comfortable fit, plus up-to-the-minute convenience and style. These well-sorted in-ears deliver amazingly powerful bass with warm, natural mids and highs that make them perfect for listening to just about any genre of music. A unique, adjustable cable loop keeps them gently but firmly in place as you move. They also provide convenient control of your favorite Apple® device, including hands-free conversations using your iPhone®. And along with their siblings, the B&W P5 on-ears, we think these buds are among the coolest, best-looking headphones out there today.
In-ears that really stay in
Most in-ear headphones stay in place reasonably well, as long as you're sitting still. But once you're on the move it can be a different story. The C5s feature an innovative Secure Loop design that gently hugs the inner rim of each ear, holding the headphones firmly in place no matter how bumpy the ride. The loops can be easily adjusted for a comfortable, custom fit. These buds also utilize a solid Tungsten sound tube that balances them towards your ears, further improving the security of fit while increasing isolation from outside noise. And because the noise reduction is passive, no batteries or active electronics are ever needed.
Advanced design for better sound
B&W knows great sound — their professional monitor speakers are found in some of the world's finest recording studios, Their goal for the C5 was to create the same natural and realistic sound in a headphone that their speakers are famous for. One key feature that helps achieve that goal is the Micro Porous Filter. This filter uses hundreds of microscopic steel balls clustered at the end of the headphones that act as a sonic diffuser, enabling the C5 to deliver pristine, natural sound while also providing the kind of spacious performance that you'd only expect from open-air headphones.
Built-in controls for iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad®
A remote built into the headphone cable lets you conveniently control music playback without having to dig your iPod or iPhone out of your pocket. You can even take calls on your iPhone hands-free, thanks to the in-line microphone. The C5's supple, plastic-coated headphone cord resists tangles like a champ. And the zippered, pocket-sized storage case makes a nice home for your C5s when they're not in use.
From the review Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones Earbuds of the future
"Sound was robust and clear; with palpable bass and smooth, detailed midrange. High frequencies were just ever so slightly rolled off at the very top. I also greatly enjoyed the way the C5s spread the instruments across a wide and moderately deep soundstage, rather than concentrating them right in the middle of my head. This is a pretty neat trick that you normally only expect to hear with open-air, around-the-ear headphones."
— Dave B., Crutchfield A/V Writer
What's in the Box:
- In-ear headphones (54" cable with in-line remote and microphone terminated by a male 3.5mm connector
- 4 Pair of silicon single-flange ear-tips (XS/S/M/L)
- Protective case
- Quickstart guide
- C5 Brochure
- Safety instructions and Warranty information
- in-ear design provides natural sound isolation
- in-line remote to control playback and adjust volume on iPod, iPad, and iPhone
- built-in microphone on remote for receiving calls on an iPhone
- adjustable ear loop design holds headphones securely in place
- Micro Porous Filter system for added spaciousness
- solid tungsten sound tube provides better weight balance and improved wearing comfort
- large 9mm Mylar® diaphragms and powerful neodymium magnets deliver rich, detailed sound
- frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
- impedance: 32 ohms
- sensitivity: 118 dB at 1kHz
- 54" cable with stereo mini plug
- includes assortment of silicone ear tips
- quilted fabric storage case with zippered closure for headphones
- weight: 0.71 ounces
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Earcup Width x Height||0.25" x 0.25"|
|Mic For Taking Calls||Yes|
|Frequency Response||10-20k Hz|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||No|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
Micro Porous Filter: To create a spacious sound B&W uses Micro Porous Filters, hundreds of microscopic steel balls that act as sonic diffusers, opening up the sound and making music feel rich and expansive.
Secure Loop Design: Each of the headphones uses an adjustable wire that fits comfortably in the inner ridge of your ear and helps hold the headphones in place. The C5's inner casing is also weighted with Tungsten, ensuring they are balanced towards the ear, not away from it. So the headphones will stay securely inside your ears.
Noise Isolation: The C5's snug fit offers passive isolation from the outside world, but lets in just enough ambient noise to allow you to retain your sense of place.
Microphone and Remote: The C5 headphones are Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad compliant and the in-line remote and microphone let you answer phone calls and control music playback when used with compatible iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Remote control functions include volume, answer call, end call, play, pause, skip forward, and skip backward. Compatible models are listed in the chart below (as of September 2011):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Audio Playback||Music Control||Mic||Phone Control|
Note: Requires latest iPod/iPhone software update. Audio is supported by all iPod models.
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