Reviews: Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

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Product Breakdown

  • Presentation:                  4   out of    5
  • Innovation:                      3   out of     5
  • Usability:                          4   out of     5
  • Comfort:                           7   out of   10
  • Design:                            15   out of   15
  • Quality:                           14   out of   15
  • Value:                               18   out of   20
  • Performance:               22   out of   25
  • Total:                                87   out of 100

Design and Comfort

The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones are elegant and understated making them perfect for everyday use. I bought my first pair of Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones over five years ago and I still have them today. I’m an audiophile by trade, but can’t bear to lug around my bulky planar-magnetic headphones to and from work. My P5s have always been great because they slip right into my backpack, and are able to take a beating.


Reviews: Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 On-Ear Headphones

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Product Breakdown

  • Presentation:                   4   out of     5
  • Innovation:                       3   out of     5
  • Usability:                           5   out of     5
  • Comfort:                            8   out of   10
  • Design:                             13   out of   15
  • Quality:                            13   out of   15
  • Value:                                18   out of   20
  • Performance:                18   out of   25
  • Total:                                 82   out of 100

Design and Comfort

The Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 headphones arrived at my office neatly folded up in a plastic clamshell styled case. Made of aluminum and a durable rubber body, it feels extremely rugged for its small size. The headphones mimic the style of the popular P5 headphones, but at nearly half the size, making these headphones lighter and more portable. Although it might not be recommended, I have carried these headphones in my jacket pocket and bag without the case. The included plastic case added too much bulk and didn’t have the same high-end Bowers & Wilkins feel.


Review: Bowers and Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

While Beats by Dr. Dre are becoming very popular with the younger generation, adults are wondering, “What kind of headphones should I get?” Most adults don’t want to be wearing big flashy headphones. They want something classier, and that is exactly what the C5s have — a lot of class.



The Bowers & Wilkins C5 do not disappoint with the very classy and elegant look that B&W is so famous for. The earbud itself is bullet shaped and comes with some very nice ear tips. The one down fall in the earbuds look is the micro porous filter, that when hit by lights looks like a bunch of mini diamonds, making it look flashy instead of classy. Another downfall of the C5s is the wire that feels rather weak and flimsy.




There are also very many special features of the C5s. For example, the micro porous filter (on the back of the earbuds) are made up of hundreds of mini steel balls and makes your music sound like you’re at a live concert.  The MFI Cable that the C5s use is Apple approved and has a remote control/microphone.

Bowers and Wilkins claims that their C5s have a perfect fit and so far they are right as they stay put in your ears and do not fall out allowing you to move around. Many people who have looked at the C5’s ear loops may be wondering how they fit in and if they are comfortable. The C5s fit in your ear similar to the Sennheiser ear fin design. With the Sennheiser, the fin rests inside the ear’s inner groove. However, the C5s ear loop goes from the middle of the inner ear groove to the bottom providing a more snug fit. If you would like to have a less snug fit, you can adjust the secure loop. The C5s’ snug fit does take a while to get used to.


Sound Quality:

The sound quality is astounding! The bass of the C5s are powerful without sacrificing the clarity of the vocals and background music. The C5s are also great for listening to classical music making you feel like you are in a room listening to the orchestra. The only downfall I could find is a little distortion of vocals while turning the music up to full volume.

The C5s has fairly good noise isolation, especially because the ear tips seal the inside of your ear. However, it’s not perfect and I was still able to hear loud outside noises. B&W wants to make sure you can hear outside noise so that you can be aware of your surroundings, especially if you are out and about.


The Breakdown:

-Brand: Bowers and Wilkins

-Name: Bowers and Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

-Price:  $180 USD

– Frequency Range: 10Hz to 20kHz

-Color: Black/ Silver

-Intended for: iDevices with 3.5mm Stereo Mini Jack

-Cable Length: 1.2m

-Weight: 20g

-Special Features: Micro Porous Filter, Noise Isolation, and Secure Loop

-Comes With: a Semi-Hard Shell Case (Similar Design to the P5’s Case), and Four Total Pairs of Silicon Earbuds

Point-Scaled Grading:

For reviews of all products by The Real Mac, a point-scale grading system is used to cover each individual aspect of the product. Said grades on varying scales are then weighed to determine a final score, which is then translated to an overall grade, as follows:

Style: 1-25 Given: 24
Price: 1-15 Given: 10
Quality materials: 1-15 Given: 13
Sound Quality: 1-10 Given: 10
Modern technologies: 1-15 Given: 15
Compatibility: 1-15 Given: 15
Comfort: 1-5 Given: 4

OVERALL: 91/100 A-
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Continued Evaluation:

All in all, the Bowers and Wilkins C5 are a great buy for anyone looking for a pair of quality earbuds that sound great, look great, and feel great. But with everything great, there are some downfalls like the $180 price tag, the shine of the porous filters, and the need to get used to the snug fit of the earbuds.


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