I like the look of these, but has anyone heard them yet? Does anyone know when they will be available? It's my birthday in September!
They are already available! I have my pair already and while they are fresh out of the box and have not been broken in, they sound amazing!
Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-ear noise-isolating headphones
These are due early to mid September. They seem to be available stateside already so hopefully they will be with us soon.
Does it take that long to get from Worthing to New York and back?
Thanks for the info Phil. Have you had a listen to them yet? If so, are they worth buying? Do they leak much sound through the open filter? I would mainly use them on the train and in the office, and I don't want anything that will cause a nuisance.
i was in the apple store where i live and they had the C5's in there, i got the p5's insted but they did have them!
They do leak sound, but I would say that it would get annoying to others at a point where it is too loud for you to listen anyhow! The headphones are cool, and amazingly well designed, the infinite loop works a treat and make the C5 an essential purchase if running or on a treadmill as these are not going to come out of your ear.
I started listening to these straight from the box and very first impressions......really bassy earphones. I was using the little Colorfly C4 and John Mayer - Battle Studies in FLAC that i know very very well. The mid was very rich and warm, still with detail. Overnight use toned the bass down a substantial amount and brought the mids out further which for me is essential, I love accuracy of vocals. I then decided to switch source.....grabbed a colleagues iDevice and heard quite a difference, the bass calmed down the soundstage improved and the performance was more as a whole rather than the low frequencies being individually presented. I'm still running them to see if they continue to improve.
Thanks for the mini review Phil. I'm certainly very tempted!
Has anyone had any longer-term experience with these yet?
Tempted, but difficult to know if will be better than my Shure in-ears.
Our C5 review is in the November issue (on sale September 23rd).
Editor of What Hi-Fi? magazine
Thanks Simon - will look forward to this one. I don't think shops let you audition in-ear headphones?
Picked up a pair at SSAV at end of the week - have had them running in through the ipod for about 24 hours. Will give them a first listen later today.
First impressions very positive for build quailty.
I haven't experimented much with headphones for the past six years, since buying a pair of in-ear Shures, which cost about £150 (about same as the C5s now), but the difference between them is staggering - the C5s give a much better, involving sound. Certainly not light on bass, they create an excellent soundstage for vocals, acoustic strings etc.
I've been listening to the Lia Ices "Grown Unknown" album, which I also have on vinyl, and the C5s give an excellent sound. This album is a good mix of bass, acoustic guitar and female vocals, and sounds extremely good through the C5s. If you like the sound of B&W speakers, you'll like these.