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1.0 out of 5 stars The worst headphones I have ever had. Avoid., 6 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones  B&W - Black (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
I have had these for nearly a year now and they sit in the bottom of my draw and will never be used again.

Firstly the good bit, they did sound reasonably nice when used however I would not recommend them as being amazing and they are expensive.

The bad bits. The cable is very stiff and this only gets worse over time making the user experience annoying as you regularly feel the cable rubbing. As they got older this got worse to the point that the coil of cable which keeps them in your ears now actually forces them our of your ears. On the end of the cable where it joins the ear piece is a small black piece of plastic which doesn't seem to have any function apart from move around forcing you to move it back when placing it in your ear, then they just pop put again.

Doing a 4 hour daily commute to London every day the headphones have been really well used but always well protected in their case and then a bag. The case provided not only protects them reasonably well but it also causes the cable to coil up badly and being a stiff cable with a very good memory the coiling affect just gets worse and worse.

Interestingly a couple of other commuters who I see in the train most mornings also had these headphones when I purchased mine and they were partly to blame as I thought they must be good if several people in the same carriage were using them. I just wish I had introduced myself and asked what they thought. Needless to say we all know each other to chat to now and none of us use these headphones any more !!!! Two of us went to Bose on ear and full earphones and both stopped working very quickly. Amazon were amazing at refunding mine after 5 months. The only headphones which are still going strong are AKG.

If you want quality headphones which your travelling neighbor wont TUT at you for the escaping noise and which will last, sound good and survive regular portable use then DO NOT PURCHASE THESE. Probably the worse technology purchase I've ever made and I've not been as disappointed with a purchase after being so excited to buy a premium high quality brand.
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