Bowers & Wilkins will be releasing a new set of in ear models to complement their over the ear portable model, the P5s. The new model is the second set of headphones that the company has released, and they intend to capitalize on their success from the P5s. Bowers & Wilkins is known for producing high end home audio, reference, custom and studio monitor audio equipment.
The passive noise isolating C5s will feature a unique “secure loop design” which will actually forgo the more familiar over the ear cable for one that will loop around the inner ear loop. Surely it might take a little getting used to until they feel comfortable, but they intend for the new design to help keep the in ears securely in place. This “loop,” and a Tungsten tube will help keep the C5s weighted properly in the ears, according to B & W. Pricing has yet to be announced, but rumors point to a lower price point than the P5 model which retail (and street price) for $299.
Owning the P5s myself, I must say the new model should be a solid bet for portable entertainment. The P5s, while not a reference phone, have a very nice warm and balanced sound and are excellent for portable use. The build quality will surely be fantastic, as well as the quality of materials. But, until we get our hands on them, you never know. One nice thing with B & W which will hopefully continue is that they haven’t just thrown their logo on some cheap Chinese models. These are designed from the ground up by B & W, which is refreshing to see now-a-days.