We’re not too crazy about highend headphones. In our experience they more often than not turn out to be overpriced and in turn under deliver. Perhaps our expectations are too great or our ears just aren’t as discerning as the audiophiles that craft the mini speakers. However, we’re a big fan of functionality and while we’ll reserve our judgment of Bower and Wilkin’s C5 headphones, they look bad ass and might just be the high end buds you’ve been searching for when it comes to exercise.
The “secure loop design” comes in a variety of sizes and is designed to keep the C5s glued to your head even during the most rigorous of exercise, or we can only hope. The in-ear design should mean significant noise isolation from ambient sound, though don’t get your hopes up too high, since they don’t have active noise cancellation. If you’ve got an iPhone or iPod then you’ll be able to utilize the in-line controls and take calls on the microphone. B&W has incorporated some sort of filter called “micro porous”, which they say act as a sound diffuser to open up sound and make the music feel “remarkably rich and expansive”. Lastly, a tungsten tube has been strategically placed in these buds to keep the phones balanced towards the ears and helps them stay secure.
Expect the C5s sometime this August for about $240.