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Klipsch T5 II True Wi-fi Assessment: It does not matter, AirPods

Klipsch’s T5 II wireless earbuds

“Klipsch’s rocking demeanor turns into a killer set of buds.”

  • Great fit

  • Inconspicuous design

  • Great sound quality

  • Solid battery life

  • Fun charging case

  • No wireless charging

  • No active noise cancellation

  • The call quality is not particularly good

Klipsch’s T5 II wireless earbuds are stylish, compact, and sound great. But is that enough to set them above all other wireless earbuds?

If you’re considering the Apple AirPods or just looking for an alternative, be sure to check out Klipsch’s $ 200 T5-II wireless earbuds. They’re the second generation of an already great set of earbuds, and while they (like the AirPods) don’t have built-in noise cancellation, they have almost everything else. And unlike the AirPods, they are compact and comfortable to wear.

What’s in the box?

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While the Klipsch T5 II is supplied with a manual in paper form, you can also access all information in the manual via its app. The earbuds come with a nice selection of silicone earbuds – some oval and some round – which are crucial for the comfort of the earbuds as well as their sound quality. With wireless earbuds, the comfort of fit is everything, and the T5 II excels in this area.

You will also find a braided fabric USB-C to USB-C charging cable and a USB-A to USB-C adapter.

The T5 II’s charging case is … well, great – it feels and looks like a Zippo lighter. It’s metallic and chunky and quite heavy, so it feels pretty nice in your hands. It also has a magnetic lid that feels very secure when it clicks into place. Given the weight, I didn’t feel like pocketing the suitcase very much, but then again, I generally rarely pocket suitcases.

The case has a charging capacity of approx. 24 hours. Add that to the eight hours of playtime you get from the earbuds and that makes a total of 32 hours – which is very good in terms of the earbuds’ battery life.

Comfort

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As mentioned earlier, the earbuds themselves are very comfortable for a number of reasons. First, they’re very light – about five grams each. The tube tip is also very slim, and because the tips are made of silicone, they fit snugly in the ear and provide an excellent seal. Due to their flat profile, the T5 II are more inconspicuous than other earbuds. You could easily wear these all day and forget you even have them.

Model selection

There are two other models in the T5 II line. The T5 II Sport offers additional fins and more water resistance. The T5 II McLaren Edition is similar to the Sport model, but offers some improvements in terms of design and aesthetics, as well as an included wireless charging pad.

External control

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There is a fingertip-sized button on the outside of each T5 II bud, and each button has different functions. Functions such as volume, playback, pause, answering calls, ending calls, skipping tracks, etc. are controlled via these buttons. However, it can be difficult to remember which page (and how often) to click for each function. There are guides in the app and manual to walk the user through all of the options, but it can be a bit confusing.

Now, I’m not blaming Klipsch for the complexity – getting the controls on a wireless earbud to work is difficult, and we can’t imagine anyone doing this particularly well. Until you have memorized them all, keep this app or manual handy.

Noise suppression / transparency mode

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As mentioned above, these earbuds don’t have built-in active noise cancellation. But because the silicone tips fit so well in your ear, much of the outside noise is cut down nicely. Once you start playing music you will not hear much of what is around you. If you want to hear more of your surroundings, you can also activate the transparency mode and move it up or down in the app to get as much or as little outside noise as you want. This is an extremely important feature that too few earbuds offer.

Call quality

These earbuds aren’t specifically designed for call quality, but they get the job done. Klipsch’s Buds do a good job of removing outside noise, but the sound of the voice itself felt very compressed – to the point that it sounds like an old-school landline phone.

Sound quality

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Initially, I didn’t get the sound quality I expected, mostly because I’m familiar with the original T5. However, this happens when you don’t have the right fit in the ear and although I thought I had a good seal, I realized it wasn’t after swapping out the installed earbuds for something larger.

As soon as I did, everything opened up. The bass is very powerful, the midrange is very clear and the highs are articulate but never sizzling. Basically, it sounds like a Klipsch speaker. It’s a lot of fun to hear with a kind of rock vibe.

There’s an EQ built into the app, but I didn’t like any of the options, so I set it to “Flat”. Strangely, the sound signature is anything but flat. These earbuds sound for what they are, so you don’t have to play too much with the EQ to get what you want. The default sound is powerful and engaging, with just enough texture and detail to be as interesting as it is fun.

I’ve listened to different genres of music and they all sounded great – the sound wasn’t pigeonholed to make one genre sound better than another. And that’s a huge bonus because for their price they compete with a wide variety of real wireless earbuds. When it comes to sound quality, these are the absolute best up there.

Our opinion

I don’t like much about the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless earbuds. Sure, call quality isn’t great, and at times the controls feel a little unwieldy, but they do everything a set of high quality wireless earbuds have to do, and they do everything very well. If you’re ready to spend AirPods money, I would definitely try the Klipsch T5 IIs and see if they literally and figuratively fit better.

Is there a better alternative?

For their price, the Klipsch T5 II are a top choice. For about $ 30 more, the Jabra Elite 85t also offers great sound quality, wireless charging, a comfortable fit, and active noise cancellation. For a little less money, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro offers a similarly compact and inconspicuous fit, but it doesn’t sound nearly as good.

How long will they last

The Klipsch T5 II are solidly built and last as long as their batteries.

warranty

Klipsch offers a two-year guarantee on the T5 II True Wireless earphones. Further information can be found on the Klipsch warranty page.

Should you buy it?

Yes, the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless earbuds sound great, fit well, and work like a charm.

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