Bowers & Wilkins C5 - Auriculares (118 dB, 1,2 m, incluye cable de conexión MFi para Apple iPhone, iPod y iPad)
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Descripción del producto
Auriculares: 3.5 mm
Color del producto: Negro
Conectores de auriculares soportados: 3.5mm stereo
Contactos del conector chapado: Oro
Control de volumen: Digital
Frecuencia de auricular: 10 - 20000 Hz
Funda de transporte: Si
Headphone outputs: 1
Longitud de cable: 1,2m
Manual de usuario: Si
Marca compatible: Apple
Micrófono mudo: Si
Obstrucción: 32 Ohmio
Productos compatibles: - iPhone 4S / 4 / 3GS
- IPod Touch 4th gen. / Touch 3rd gen. / Classic 120GB & 160GB (2009) / Classic 160GB (2007) / Classic 80GB / Nano 6th gen. / Nano 5th gen. / Nano 4th gen. / Shuffle 4th gen. / iPod shuffle 3rd gen.
- iPad / iPad 2
Sensibilidad de auricular: 118 Db
Tecnología de conectividad: Alámbrico
Tipo de auricular: Binaurale
Tipo de cable: OFC
Tipo de imán: Neodimio
Tipo de interfaz: 3.5 mm (1/8")
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La construcción, metálica es también irreprochable aunque tal vez deberían haber empleado un cable más robusto y 20 cm más largo y la posibilidad de cambiar el cable que ofrecen en su P5 o P3
Por motivos que desconozco B&W ha discontinuado la entrega de un adaptador de Jack y otro de avión que venían en el pack hace un año.
Ahora lo menos bueno: la publicitada portabilidad y comodidad, la "increíble novedad' de su "secure loop" es una chorrada. varios problemas de diseño:
- La parte que se inserta en el conducto auditivo es demasiado corta, o la otra parte demasiado gorda. Por ello al introducirla para obtener el sellado del canal que nos proporcionará el aislamiento pasivo y el mejor sonido de los auriculares la parte donde va enganchado el tip choca irremisiblemente con la entrada de nuestro conducto y, como sus bordes son aristas vivas, incomoda durante la colocación. A veces está incomodidad hace que no se inserte adecuadamente el auricular obteniéndose un sonido desastroso.
- El sistema de asegurar el posicionamiento mediante la "secure loop" funciona, o no, dependiendo de la morfología de la oreja del sujeto. A mi se me aguanta perfectamente, con mi mujer no hay manera humana.Leer más ›
En cuanto a la comodidad, no son precisamente cómodos. Tienen el problema que muy bien ha descrito en su Eric en su comentario, duelen a la hora de colocártelos porque golpean los bordes angulosos de la parte negra contra la entrada del canal. Lo del "secure loop" a mí me funciona bastante bien, pero no es un sistema perfecto.
Y es cierto que ya no sirven los jacks de avión, lo que tampoco es un problema para quien los usa en tráfico urbano.
Personalmente me gusta más como suenan mis Sennheiser CX300-II, y cuestan la tercera parte, además de ser más cómodos usados con almohadilla de espuma.
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My first experience with the C5s was on a cross-country flight with the default tips on. While I enjoyed the sound, I could not get a tight, soundproof fit with the standard tips and took the earphones off after an hour into the flight. Back at home, I swapped the default tips (midsize narrow) for the midsize-wide tips and immediately found sonic nirvana. With the wide tips, the earphones fit perfectly and I get incredible sound isolation. Once you establish a tight fit, the earphones are comfortable enough to wear for hours. The sound quality is excellent. Compared to the Shure SE530 (which costs twice as much), I find the C5 slightly warmer in the midrange, especially for vocals. This is not a bad thing, since the SE530s are rather dull in the midrange. The soundstage is very wide and the instruments separate nicely, especially with well-produced, uncompressed music. Bass reproduction is excellent - possibly the most realistic, well-balanced bass I've experienced in high-end sound-isolating earphones.
Beyond music, I used the C5s for one phone call and I was impressed with the sound quality. The remote seems to work as intended, but I don't have much experience with it yet. I agree with the other reviewer who commented on the rather small carrying case, which requires careful planning to tuck the cables in without pinching them. Other negatives include the cable which is rather flimsy and not likely to withstand the rigors of air travel for long.
Overall, the C5 is likely to become my standard air travel companion from now on. At half the price of the Shure SE530 (or SE535), with an equally comfortable fit and better sound quality, it's a no brainer. The C5 is well suited for musical material that B&W home speakers are designed for - music that demands accurate reproduction such as vocals, classical, jazz, and rock. However, there's no need to waste your money if you're going to treat these earphones to compressed MP3 files or if your listening preferences tend toward roof-shaking bass or ear-piercing highs.
Update October 4, 2011: I compared the noise isolation of the C5 and the Shure SE530 during a long cross-country flight. Both sets were driven by an iPad, with Apple Lossless source material and EQ initially set to "flat". Here are my findings:
Sensitivity: The SE530s have slightly lower sensitivity than the C5 (~2 dB lower), requiring a slight boost in volume to match the C5. Also, the SE530 has noticeably weaker bass compared to the C5, which I compensated for by changing the EQ to "rock" or "bass booster" while listening to the SE530.
Noise isolation: These earphones are fairly similar in their noise isolation characteristics. As usual, you need a snug fit in your ear canal in order to get the best results. One noticable difference was in the high end: the SE530 does a better job blocking the high-frequency whine of the aircraft air conditioning system. With the C5, there's some residual air conditioning hiss when the music is muted or played at a low volume. If you're old enough to remember cassette tapes, this hiss is fairly similar to tape hiss. Midrange attenuation (e.g., passenger chitchat or PA announcements) is about the same, with perhaps a slight edge for the SE530 (although no ANC headset or earphone blocks out conversation completely). The C5 does a slightly better job blocking the low-frequency engine rumble than the SE530, although no passive set does as well as active noise canceling headsets in that regard.
Comfort: Once you find the right tips, the C5s are incredibly comfortable. Despite their odd shape and relative heft, you hardly notice they are on, even after hours of wearing them. The SE530s are never that comfortable - I usually take them off every couple of hours in order to relieve the pressure on the ear canals. Another advantage of the C5 is for side sleepers. You can rest your head on a pillow and they won't hurt your ears like the SE530s do.
Bottom line: If you don't care about faithful music reproduction, the best bet for noise isolation on airplanes is an ANC headset (I do have a pair but I don't use them to listen to music). If you are looking for great sound with decent noise isolation, the C5 is hard to beat at half the cost of the Shure.
So I called (or attempted to call) B&W to arrange replacement buds....but their website doesn't support the C5 earphones AT ALL, and their phone support line is geared to PREVENT humans from reaching other humans. I know...I tried SEVEN times. You CAN get a receptionist, but nobody will actually answer any of their support lines. You just get voice mail telling you to leave a message for callback or an email address.
Now correct me if I'm naive, but I expected that a company with such an elite, high-falutin' image like B&W would take better care of their customers than this. What they've pushed me to do is to return the whole set of earphones to where I bought them, just because one earbud is torn. I'll do it, and get a replacement pair, but that' just plain STUPID business, if you ask me.
For what it's worth, the best way to remove C5 earbuds without tearing them is to PINCH them from the top...HARD....which opens up the base under the very sharp shoulder that holds them on, and allows tear-free removal. Trying to just pull (or 'rotate') them off, or trying to get a fingernail underneath the base to help it along, fails every time. They really ought to round off that sharp square flange that holds them in place just a bit, so they don't have this issue.
Not to mention B&W should offer a way - on their own website - to buy or order replacement earbud covers. I mean, for almost $200 I don't consider these things 'disposable'......
Let the buyer beware.
p.s. Edited to upgrade overall to 4*. The sound really is terrific, and once I replace the ones I bought I'll be very happy. That B&W themselves make it so difficult to deal with them personally is a 1* experience at best. And let's face it.....we'll all need to contact a manufacturer for support sooner or later. I do REPEAT business with the OEM's who support their own products speedily and respectfully. B&W does not.
In my quest for a great set of earphones that will fit in my pocket, the Bowers & Wilkins C5s easily made the cut on my list to sample. There has been much hype surrounding these interesting earphones, both positive and negative. Therefore, as with any piece of passionately controversial audio equipment, I began my sample of the C5s with a neutral attitude, open mind and a little excitement.
After opening the packaging, the first thing that any user will notice is the memory-wire security-loop that fits to the inside of the earlobe. It is a selling point from B&W, but appears a bit gimmicky to the layman. I was a bit skeptical that it would be comfortable or easily fitted, but I was pleasantly surprised when all I had to do was draw the line to the smallest loop, put it in my ear, and "push-up" until it fit. The connection is rock-solid and makes the earphones virtually weightless in your ear. I wouldn't be surprised to see other manufactures copy this concept in the future.
The metal cylinders of the earphones connect to your noggin with air-right rubber boots that inserts into your ear canals. The initial fit of the factory-standard rubber ear-canal boots appeared to be very good for me. Not too tight or loose, I felt they were just fine for my ears and began my sample. My sample tracks, "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele, "Drown in the Now" by The Crystal Method and "Beautiful Decline" by Abney Park, have a wide range of sounds and all host more subtle audio undercurrents that really stress a speaker. Sampling any of these tracks with the default boots left me feeling underwhelmed. The sound stage was all wrong; the vocals were far too wide and non-specific, lacking full definition. It simply left an airy void in the center. The audio was clear and the bass response was slightly better than many other earphones in the price range from the likes of Klipsch, Shure and Sennheiser. However, those attributes alone made the C5s sonically mediocre at best and no better than the other offerings in this price range. When coupled with the staging problems, it seemed that the C5s were simply another piece of over-hyped audio gear.
I was about to call it a day and proclaim the C5s subpar, but I decided to see if the supplied ear canal boots made a better seal and a difference. I selected the largest of the lot and installed them carefully. The fit was tight, yet comfortable. I started my second round of sampling and within the first few seconds I realized that the little drivers that were mediocre on the first try had evolved into quite possibly the best set of in-ear-earphones under a thousand dollars. The airy void of the center stage filled with tightly defined vocals and the soundstage went from way-too-wide to unbelievably perfect. Closing my eyes, I felt as if I were listening to a nice pair of reference loudspeakers, positioned correctly in front of me. The detail was remarkable, clean, crisp and spatially accurate. Audio fidelity was so high in fact, the source material was 3D in scope and presentation, as it should be. The bass response was equally as impressive, distortion free and with enough impact to impersonate a small subwoofer. The entire frequency range was reproduced as well as a reference driver.
That was it! It was all in the seal of the boot! The bass-filled tracks of The Crystal Method were dutifully reproduced and came alive in a way that none of the other earphones I had tested ever did. The wider soundstage gave new life to Adele's tracks and added a layer of separation to the vocals of the backup-singers that I had missed on all of the other pairs. Abney Park's multi-layered steam-punk style took on a new brilliance, with the sounds of violins and electric guitars separating out beautifully. In fact, the representation was so good, I found myself dusting off old tracks that I hadn't played in years to see if I could nuance some added detail that I had missed. My sampling session turned from listening to music to audition the equipment to the equipment pushing me to audition more music!
In closing, these little reference earphones go toe to toe with, and perhaps beats, drivers costing many times more. The real trick is finding the right rubber boots that fit as tightly as possible and getting a good ear-canal insertion. Overall, the C5s are a marvel of modern engineering and are well deserving of the budding-premium price. These are now my daily go-to earphones.
Background - I am a 45 year old male and my hearing is good - but I am sure that my high's are compromised. I am a musician (was professional in my youth) and have reference stereos and headphones that are top of the line audiophile stuff. I do also have some B&W speakers (I consider them mid-range - but they are very good for the money). I also DJ - so I like bass, but I also listen to Jazz & Classical - which are ruined by overblown bass in speakers.
I have been researching many headphones to find the best pair to take with me on my never ending business trips. I have bought and / or tried nearly all of the usual suspects (beats, skull candy, klipsch, bose, v-moda, sennheiser, etymotics, etc.). My goal was to get over ear headphones that I could carry - I was sick of canal earphones. I tried the Beats Studio - returned in 48 hours (and their customer service is horrible). Have used some skull candy in ears - but knew the sound was compromised. Get v-moda cross fades, sound was not bad, but bulky (they do not fold flat). Have several Etymotics, Grado, etc.
What I wanted:
- Great sound (did not have to be audiophile)
- Comfort (ideally soft and cushy over ear)
- Portability (foldable)
- Extended bass - but not muddy
- Decent phone mic
- Noise isolation or active noise cancellation
Why these are great:
- Even though they are in ear canal cans, they are super comfortable
- With a large enough ear fitting and a properly adjusted wire, the bass is awesome
- The mids and highs are elegant
- Overall sound is like a great set of studio monitors with a well matched small sub-woofer
- Sound isolation is very good
- Mic is good
- In-line control works very well (unlike the beats)
Bottom line - I have some full sized stereo reference speakers that, with the right song and equipment, can bring tears to your eyes. These $200 headphones can be a similar experience. So I have given up my quest for over ear headphones (unless I attach a mic to HiFiMan HE-500's) - and happily have these C5's.
If you are looking for great $200 headphones with mic for your iPhone (or Droid) - BUY THESE!
One thing to be aware of when changing the silicone buds, twist them off instead of pulling them off. Pulling them will tear them apart, so just twist instead and you'll be fine.
If you are looking for in ear buds then buy these, there is nothing better.