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Bowers & Wilkins Announces First In-Ear Headphones

David Gilbert


Bowers & Wilkins Announces First In-Ear Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins has announced its first ever in-ear headphones featuring the proprietary Micro Porous Filter that promises “to deliver pristine, natural audio.”

Bowers & Wilkins entered the headphone market last year with the on-ear Bowers & Wilkins P5 – which did a damn fine job of making your iPod sound as good as it’s going to. However at £250 these headphones were a bit on the expensive side. Today the company has announced its first in-ear headphones in the shape of the C5, which will go on sale next month for £149.95.

Bowers & Wilkins C5

Again the C5s have been specifically designed to work with Apple products and come with the ‘Made for iPod’ sticker on the packet. The key feature of these earphones is the proprietary Micro Porous Filter which acts as a diffuser to provide clearer audio while also claiming to provide “a more spacious performance than previously possible from in-ear headphones.” The Micro Porous Filter will also limit noise bleed, which will please those sitting next to you on the Tube, while the sealed fit should help with noise isolation.

Bowers & Wilkins C5

The Secured Loop design, which is "infinitely adjustable", sees a cushioned loop fix to the inner ridge of the user’s ear. “This solution holds C5 in place for improved sound, and also makes it ideal for use on the move and during activities.” The C5 is made from high-grade aluminium to add to the premium feel. The C5s will face some tough competition from the likes of Etymotic Research’s hf3s and Shure’s SE315s which both cost around the same price and are only two options available in a very crowded marketplace.


July 11, 2011, 8:54 pm

Looks like it could be a dynamic driver affair? The press release isn't specific.


July 11, 2011, 9:29 pm

This is one review I am going to be looking for intently!

David Gilbert

July 12, 2011, 1:55 pm

Chris I've been back on to Bowers & Wilkins and they have just confirmed that the C5s do indeed use dynamic drivers.

Ala Miah

July 12, 2011, 2:25 pm

They look really interesting. Can't wait for the review. Loved the P5's but don't like on-ear headphones so this is right up my street.


July 12, 2011, 10:44 pm

Thanks David, much appreciated. Guess they left that detail out :).

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