B&W new earphones are available, I was wondering who thinks they are worth it or not for $180 USD. Thoughts on comparable ones for the price?
All I did was type "bowers wilkins c5" in the search bar and look what came up! It seems not too many head-fiers have gotten their hands on them yet.
You can probably get better sound for less money. But aesthetically, they are very pleasing... and it seems like they don't sound bad, just not quite full value on the audible front.
I'd have to agree with everything inner fidelity said... Except for a few things.
The bass was a bit much for me but was good impact and will definitely be good for the popular crowd. The treble was decent with good sparkle, but it was also lacking details here and there. The same goes for the mids. They were lacking dynamics and sounded a bit boring.
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Never too late for headphones. I am actually still looking since I didn't pick up the C5's. Any reason why they are better?
Well, I have them and can definitely vouch for the sound. If you do get them, they won't sound amazing at first, but after burn in they're actually unbelievable. The soundstage is surprisingly wide for an in-ear, the mids are great, but definitely their weak point (if I had to point one out). The treble is sparkly, detailed and well represented. However, the bass is what makes these so great. Now they're no basshead cans, but the bass is just really full and textured, with a nice thump to it. One word that definitely comes to mind is substance, the music feels full. Just a little nit-pick though, it glosses over some details, which can be an up or a downside, because some details in a 24/192 track will be lost, but then it will also make mp3s etc. sound better, less harsh.
I thought you were talking about normal Turbines (price ranges from 100), MSRP @ 180... Turbine Pros range from 300-400 MSRP. Since they have been out a while, prices have dropped about 100 [mean price] (200-300).
Wait till after burn-in.... You won't be disappointed :)