Experience optimized audio with these Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 earbud headphones that feature a Secure Loop design that curls around your ear's inner rim to help hold the headphones in place. The 9.2mm dynamic drivers deliver powerful and controlled bass.
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Posted by: RyanD674 from: on
I recently had my Klipsch S4 headphones quit working and was looking for something better. I tried the UrBeats and they were garbage, had decent clarity in the low range but mid and high didn't have any separation. I then tried the Sony XBAH1's and was very disappointed. The sound was all over the place. It sounded like there was a ton of peaks and valleys with the roll offs between lows, mids and highs. I thought at $150 dollars It would sound better! In my last ditch effort, I was recommended these by a gentleman at Magnolia. I couldn't be happier! The sound is balanced with very little roll off effect from lows, mids and highs. You have to get the fitment correct but once that is done you will be in pure audio bliss. Even though it was a little more than what I wanted to spend, you won't regret this purchase.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Impressed former audiophile
Posted by: TaciturnUS from: on
I just purchased my CS5 Series 2 earbuds, so this is my initial reaction to the product.
1. Overall quality - As with all B&W products, fit and finish of the earbuds
is superb. The micro-bead filters add a unique look, and do seem to
add an extra spaciousness to the overall sound and soundstage. While
the cable is not oval or flat, it does feel robust, and tangling has not
been an issue so far
2. Fit - the provided ear tips, in four sizes, allowed me ample
options for finding the most secure, sound dampening fit in each ear.
Taking the time to experiment with the different sizes, mixing and
matching so that each ear was perfectly sealed proved extremely
valuable and revealed the true quality of sound reproduction from these headphones.
3, Sound - A little experimentation allowed me to "tune" the
sound specifically to my liking, and provided a more accurate response
curve, one I perceived to be more in line with a very good
reference loudspeaker: bass was well-defined and tight, even at the
lowest frequencies. Mid-range was excellent and clear, framing both
male and female vocals well. The highest frequencies were smooth and
I listen to quite an eclectic mix of music, from Nu-Metal to Opera. I found
these earbuds to be especially well suited for acoustic and jazz, with a
clear and pure sound and spaciousness. The dynamic range was
evident on classical pieces, and even impressive with Nu-Metal and
classic rock tracks. Overall definition was superb, and the smooth
frequency response allowed me to clearly identify previously unnoticed
nuances in the various performances
4, Comfort - Overall, these are quite comfortable to wear for extended
periods. Initially, I found them just slightly uncomfortable, but soon was
able to concentrate solely on the music, as the earbuds became almost
unnoticed. The loop worked well to provide a secure fit, and I didn't need
to constantly re-adjust or re-seat the earbuds. Certainly, it's important to
spend time to find the best ear tips for comfort, sound, and noise
isolation. I found external noise (moderate levels) dampened to
significantly lower levels, and unobtrusive when listening at reasonable
In summary, I'm quite impressed with the sound quality of these earbuds. In truth, they provide even better sound than many over-the-ear headphones I've tried, and are very similar to the B&W P7 set that I currently use as a reference,
NOTE: I did compare sound quality with and without a USB DAC on my computer: I can say that the DAC provided a very noticeable, very positive improvement to the sound quality, with tighter, more controlled bass, and an improved soundstage.
I am very pleased with this purchase, and expect the audio experience to improve as these "break in" over the next few weeks of regular use.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
5 star sound 2 star reliability
Posted by: MichaelJudd from: on
5 star sound quality! Best sounding buds period. I've got the Shure. I've got Sphear. I've got Bose. I've also got, ashamed to admit, Beats. B&W blow them all away! They sound fantastic!
I'm on my 3rd pair. (Shouldn't be, but they sound so good I am anyway.). They all short out. All of them. Every. Single. Pair. At the jack and at the volume control. I baby these things. I don't run in them. I walk in them. Worst thing is as awesome as B&W is at engineering is as bad as they are at customer service.
Bottom line, if money is tight, they're not worth it. I'm not poor, but I'm not a millionaire. I'm done. But, if you're loaded, buy at least 2 pair, they sound that good.
9 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Posted by: lalakrsfan from: on
I had the s1's for more than a year and really like them. They were some of the best sounding in-ear's I've heard for the price range and the only ones that stayed in my ear without being uncomfortable. My only dislike the the stiffness of the cable. Since I had the BBY warranty, when the sound went out in one ear, I took them to the store and got the s2 as the replacement. The sound is comparable and the cable is much improved over the s1. My only concern is the cable seems almost too flimsy and soft. Hopefully it holds up well, but if not its okay because I have another 2 year BBY replacement warranty. I've been through a number earphones over the years and I'm glad I finally wised up and bought the warranty.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Very happy with the S2 performance
Posted by: Bane from: on
I was hesitant at first to make the investment; given the fact I was (understandably) unable to try them out first. I did a lot of research on them beforehand and was excited to get the newly released S2. When I finally made the sale at Magnolia, I couldn't be happier with my purchase. The presentation behind the unboxing was top quality, really assuring the investment. The sound was very accurate and spacious. The bass was accurate and deep while the mids and highs were tight and clear. I tried out all the different sized tips to see which gave the best comfort and best sound quality and it makes a huge difference. Only complaint is that the secure loop can cause a bit of soreness after prolonged use. Not terrible, just a little discomfort. Taking them out for a few minutes at a time helps.
Great headphones for on-the-go.
Definitely want to try them out with the AudioQuest Dragonfly.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Amazing sound, decent fit.
Posted by: Serge from: on
So this has been my third set of headphones in the span of half a year and I am blown away with the quality.
-The sound quality is very rich, sometimes it is heavier on the bass and becomes over-powering, but it's only been more noticeable with the metal genre. Otherwise, the high's are perfect and the mid's leave nothing to be desired.
-The build quality feels fantastic. No cheap plastic feel or low quality rubber inserts.
-They stay in quite well, I have used them in normal daily walking, as well as at the gym and they have yet to fall out.
-They would be much better with tangle-free wires. It's slightly a nuisance to have to keep unraveling them when you set them down for a little while.
-The loops to secure in the ears don't stay the set size as well as you would hope. They stay in well enough but sometimes feel loose. May have been better with ones that you can swap, though being able to adjust on the go has some perks.
Overall, after using various Sony, Klipsch, Beats and other odd brands, these are my favorite thus far. The overall sound quality for a huge variety of music is crisp and clean and does not sound distorted. While the fit isn't perfect with the loops getting loose, they stay in quite well and I am very pleased with the C5 S2 headphones.
4.5/5 would be a more accurate option.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Makedogg from: on
These sound great. Crisp, clean and great bass for an ear bud. I wish they came with a wider selection of tips but they fit pretty well. The loops are okay and not uncomfortable for me but may bother some people.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Simply the best!
Posted by: Eikenator from: on
Fantastic earbuds, had a few months to try them out and really break them in and they truly are impressive. Even with a garbage source like my Note 3, these things shine! They are very bass heavy at times but I listen to a variety of music and I'll leave some impressions by song/artist below. But, I will openly say I would call myself an audiophile, but I am not the type of audiophile who buys into marketing gimmicks like wires and other stuff to make myself feel fancy. As far as comfort goes, these are the most comfortable earbuds that actually stay in that I have used, I wear them to the gym and have no issues as far as falling out goes, and no problems with discomfort. I do acknowledge that I have large, goofy ears and that may be part of why I have no issues with comfort.
Make Them Suffer-Elegies: I am a huge metal head so naturally my first song is one of my favorites by an incredible band. This song is a heartwrenching tale of how the vocalist has lost someone dear to him and these earbuds make it easy to feel that emotion. His gutwrenching screams have all the emotion that was meant to be packed into them, the piano has all the dismal tones it should, the cymbals crash, the bass kicks, and the breakdowns are as explosive and furious as they should be. Only complaint is that during the bass drop of the breakdown the bass is a bit overpowering at the "sweet spot" for these buds. Great experience,
Hans Zimmer-I listened to two soundtracks, Interstellar and The Dark Knight. These really shine on well recorded classical type music, the deep string instruments are very powerful as well as the horns. All the high notes are captured and the soundstage manages to be very airy for earbuds. Incredible.
Magna Carta Holy Grail- I really don't listen to much rap, but I know many people do. This song is well produced and it shows on these earbuds. The bass in it sounds clean without being overpowering, JT's voice is clear, Jay-Z's lyrics are easy to understand, and the piano is beautiful.
Really great earbuds, as someone without over ten pairs, my favorite. Sound is relative, but these are very balanced for any music and I'd venture to say have enough bass to make a basshead happy with some EQ tweaks.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Johnnypostal from: on
Great headphones, but make sure you try out the different size tips. There was far less bass with the tips that came attached...when i switched to one of the smaller bead shaped tips it made a huge difference...these are well worth the money
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Great in ear headphones
Posted by: Buyer from: on
I've tried many in ear headphones. Nothing compare to these. They stay in the ears very nicely and sound phenomenal.