Bowers & Wilkins new C5 in ear headphones - available October 2011
C5 noise-isolating in-ear headphones bring you amazingly natural acoustics and fit so comfortably and securely you'll hardly be aware you're wearing them. Bowers & Wilkins unique Micro Porous Filter system makes sure that sound is open, spacious and full of rich, lifelike detail. So you can truly lose yourself in unadulterated sound, even when you’re on the move.
They feature B&W's innovative Secure Loop design – loops of plastic-coated wire that curl around the inner rim of your ears and hold the in-ear headphones firmly in place. The C5s are also Tungsten Balanced, meaning that the headphones are weighted towards your ears, rather than away from them, for optimized noise isolation.
C5’s MFI remote and microphone make the headphones the perfect match for your iPod® or iPhone®. They also come with a quilted carrying pouch.
Whatever we make, the goal is the same: the most natural, realistic sound possible. With C5, you can take true sound with you wherever you go. C5 is a mixture of long-held acoustic principles and technological advances, key among which is the Micro Porous Filter. This acts as a diffuser, enabling C5 to deliver pristine, natural audio, while also providing a more spacious performance than previously possible from in-ear headphones. Together with C5’s noise-isolating design, this allows users to lose themselves in flawless audio
Comfort and quality of fit are vital elements in an in-ear headphone. C5 ensures both with the introduction of the proprietary Secure Loop design, an ingenious innovation where a cushioned loop fixes quickly and comfortably in the inner ridge of your ear. This, together with the tungsten balanced design, holds C5 in place for improved sound, and also makes it ideal for use on the move and during activities
Technical features Secure Loop design
Micro Porous Filter
Ultra light 9um thick diaphragm
Transparent twisted cable (OFC)
iPhone compatible remote control
Description Intra aural (ear canal) headphone with noise isolation
Drive units 2x Ø9mm
Impedance 32 ohms
Frequency range 10Hz to 20kHz
Distortion (THD) <1%
Sensitivity 118dB/V at 1kHz
Inputs 3.5mm stereo mini jack (on cable)
Cable length 1.2m
Finish Black Gloss
Further to the successful launch of the C5, Bowers & Wilkins first in-ear headphones have already gained lots of attention in press and social media around the world. C5 articles have been published by magazines such as What Hi-Fi? and Stuff. Engadget argues that "Bowers & Wilkins C5 headphones ooze luxury into your ear canals for $180" while Techcrunch states that "Bowers & Wilkins has a new set of 'buds that your ears are literally crying to hear. Seriously, hear that soft hum? It's your poor ears telling you to ditch those stock Apple earbuds and opt for B&W's new hotness instead."
Available from early October 2011, R1590 incl vat.