Klipsch t5 true wireless review: great

     
Klipsch manufactures an excellent case for its retro-styled ANC earbuds, but the price may put most listeners off.

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The fit & comfort are so-so for some wearers, but those who can find a good fit with the T5 II ANC, will enjoy a host of good features & solid sound quality. The price may deter the budget-conscious among us, but a decent equalizer app, great noise cancellation, & Dirac HD Sound make the T5 II True Wireless ANC experience a pleasure.
The fit and comfort are so-so for some wearers, but those who can find a good fit with the T5 II ANC, will enjoy a host of good features and solid sound quality. The price may deter the budget-conscious among us, but a decent equalizer app, great noise cancellation, và Dirac HD Sound make the T5 II True Wireless ANC experience a pleasure.
Serious audio enthusiasts & audiophiles know of the premium audio hardware company Klipsch. Lượt thích many manufacturers entering the land of true wireless audio devices, Klipsch offers a few unique features to differentiate the T5 II ANC from the pack. A wise partnership between Klipsch và Dirac Sound improves your listening experience and puts Klipsch ahead of the game. Let’s kiểm tra out what the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC excels at & what could use refinement.


Editor’s note: this post was updated on March 22, 2022, to địa chỉ cửa hàng Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless to lớn Alternatives, update the score with results from our reader poll, và to add FAQs.


Who should get the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC?

Audio tinkerers can play with the EQ settings và optional Dirac HD Sound mode for a pleasant custom sound.Folks interested in brand recognition và retro aesthetics will enjoy the thoughtful kiến thiết put into the buds & case.

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The full suite of accessories includes a braided USB-C cable & five color-coded ear tips of varying sizes.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC operates much lượt thích other true wireless earbuds & has a kind of retro-futurism design. From the hefty case to the chunky, brightly lit earbuds, this headset weds the convenience of true wireless tech with the romanticized kiến thiết from bygone eras, like the Klipsch hình ảnh sản phẩm models. To contrast this, the oversized lights on each bud shine red or blue, reminding me of the 1980s movie Tron và synthesizers of that era. I lượt thích it, however, the thiết kế language comes off sort of confused.

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Klipsch provides six differently sized oval-shaped ear tips, so almost anyone should find a form size that fits. The medium fits me best và even then it never feels secure enough, and the left earbud is prone khổng lồ falling from my ear. No matter how much I experiment with testing different ear tips, I surrender to lớn a third-party pair. Even after all this trial và error, issues still crop up, và due to lớn the buds’ chunkier size, things feel weighty after 90 minutes. Since so much of the weight sits outside the ear, this likely contributes to the T5 II ANC’s precarious fit.


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The IPX4 rating assures you that a bit of sweat will not harm the T5 II True Wireless ANC, but the fit issues aren’t confidence inspiring. True wireless earbuds are too expensive khổng lồ risk losing or dropping, và you have far better options for working out anyway.

Your new favorite case

If you could buy battery cases separately that worked with other earbuds, I’d want the T5 II ANC battery case. The gunmetal case borrows thiết kế elements from the iconic Zippo lighter, with a smooth poly-like coating that resists dings. A rubber mat on the bottom prevents the case from scratching and sliding across various surfaces. Unlike other metal cases (e.g., Master và Dynamic MW08), this one continues to lớn look good after continuous use. As evidence, the photos in this article are after three weeks of use—not day one.


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The lid flips easily with a flick of the thumb. It snaps shut again with a satisfying magnetic snap. Three square white LEDs indicate the battery life, and a USB-C đầu vào rests on the back. It also supports wireless charging for those who own plenty of charging mats.


The case feels a bit heavy, but at least you won’t thua kém track of it. The mixture of rounded, slightly squared-off corners prevents it from catching on the inside of a pocket. When empty the case continues khổng lồ stand even with the lid open, so you can replace the buds with one hand.


How vì you control Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC?

Below is the default command configuration on the buds. You can customize the left earbud, but not the right. Buttons on the T5 II ANC buds are easy to lớn find and a tactile click assures you that the headset registered your command. The pleasant, non-robotic voice relays things like, “noise cancelling on,” which is helpful because you have khổng lồ cycle through ANC, no mode, and transparency mode if you don’t tải về the app. You don’t hear this voice when you trigger basic music playback controls.


More on this in the app section, but Klipsch also has a suite of command customizations that all work well except for the head gesture commands, think nods và head shakes similar to lớn the Mobvoi Earbuds Gesture. At the moment, its functionality is limited và unreliable.


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Strangely the occasional error message pops up overlaying the thực đơn but does not affect the connection. On the right, you can see the mặc định factory settings và where to lớn find the Dirac HD Sound.
In order khổng lồ access most of the T5 II ANC features, you’ll want to download Klipsch Connect. Even the most technophobic will want it just for firmware updates. In fact, on some devices, Klipsch all but forces you to tải về the app. On a Huawei P30 it works without the app, but with a Samsung Galaxy Flip Z Flip 3 5G, the buds won’t finish pairing until you configure the app too. Customization runs pretty deep in the app: you can tick off settings lượt thích activate ANC when you listen khổng lồ music, or during phone calls.


Tinkerers will lượt thích that there’s a six-band equalizer khổng lồ play around with, và visual learners will better understand how the changes affect the frequency response. You only get one custom setting, & six presets. Unfortunately, if you try to lớn adjust a preset it overrides your previous custom setting.


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Here’s a brief sampling of the Klipsch Connect app. You can toggle through presets or create one EQ of your own. Interactions describe button command assignment as well as gesture-based commands. ANC & Transparency, meanwhile, have a handy slider and a few luxurious extra settings lượt thích automatically turning on with music.
Also worth testing out is Dirac HD Sound, a sort of mini version of the Swedish DSP processor included in the Klipsch Connect app.

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You can activate gestures from the app’s Interactions page. Currently, the gestures are minimal: nod three times to answer a call, shake three times khổng lồ reject a call. The skip track function (three head shakes) is still in beta, & does not work reliably.


While you can assign different functions to lớn the left earbud, ranging from one to three button presses, the right earbud is left at default. The left earbud pretty comprehensively covers most functions you’d want lớn assign. Solo mode, which is for mono listening, overrides the assigned left bud buttons & uses the mặc định right earbud controls.


If a light doesn’t glow on the earbuds, it means it is fully charged and hasn’t entered pairing mode.
Klipsch lists that you get AAC & SBC công nghệ bluetooth codecs. Interestingly, the non-ANC T5 II version supports the higher quality, aptX codec. This is an odd omission considering that folks who choose to lớn get ANC often also care about sound quality.


In any case, the bluetooth không dây 5.0 connection remains stable over AAC và SBC. Pairing happens quickly. Xanh lights flash on the buds and a voice will tell you that you’ve paired, dispelling any ambiguity. Sometimes the phầm mềm will say it can’t connect khổng lồ the earbuds, but then it does anyway. This varies from device khổng lồ device but, when streaming YouTube over AAC on app android yields some slight latency.


Under our standard battery test, a constant đầu ra of music peaking at 75dB(SPL) until battery depletion, the Klipsch T5 II ANC lasts 3 hours, 20 minutes with ANC on. This is notably less playtime than competing ANC wireless earbuds supply, but the case supplies an additional 15 khổng lồ 21 hours of battery life, depending on whether you’ve activated ANC.


Generally, ANC và isolation cover the same bases here. Typical of isolation, it works best on higher frequency sounds. The ANC, meanwhile, does most of its work at 1kHz & below.
Noise cancellation and isolation performance sit well above average with the T5 II ANC. For the most part, I find isolation does its job so well that I scarcely need khổng lồ turn on the noise cancelling, even on the bus. When set to high, ANC reduces sub-bass noise handily & then decently through the mids & up khổng lồ 1kHz.

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Klipsch provides a slider in the Klipsch Connect app, allowing users lớn adjust the noise cancelling intensity. The slider also adjusts transparency mode for when you want to remain aware of street sounds. Good isolation và ANC mean you can keep your volume at a reasonable màn chơi to save your hearing, và the T5 II ANC does it well.


The factory default, flat EQ (cyan), has a noticeable under-emphasis in the treble, particularly at 7kHz where it no longer closely follows our house curve (pink).
The Klipsch T5 II ANC’s frequency response boosts bass notes a bit more than what our house curve posits as the platonic ideal but remains consumer-friendly.


There’s a 10-12dB difference between the loudest sub-bass notes & quietest midrange notes, which can make it hard to hear vocals và string instruments. Treble notes will sound clear, though the treble response is under-emphasized around 3kHz before it’s boosted back around 10kHz only to lớn drop off again. The above chart shows the default frequency response when you first listen to lớn the Klipsch T5 II ANC, which is the Flat EQ setting & Dirac HD Sound on.


The general gist of the Klipsch T5 II ANC without Dirac HD Sound looks pretty standard for consumer earphones, though bass sub-bass và bass notes are markedly boosted without Dirac HD Sound enabled. It may be a good idea to lớn turn off Dirac HD Sound if you plan to lớn work out, as most people lượt thích quite a bit more bass when exercising.


Dirac HD Sound essentially finesses và refines the frequency response khổng lồ make it more versatile across genres. Dirac minimizes the exaggerated bass và treble notes, và most listeners will want to leave it on. Midrange notes sound pretty similar on either mode, so it’s a matter of your bass và treble preferences.


In addition khổng lồ button assignment for playback, you can assign in the phầm mềm functions for phone calls. Depending on your ear size, the buds can stick out.
With the default settings, Girl by Girl Ray has a good amount of bassy oomph on the kick drum. When the bass section starts up, it propels the tempo. While this might be a cảm biến too much bass, the Beats market has taught us that a lot of people like bass, & this emphasis seems in the ballpark of reasonable. Clean electric rhythm guitar comes through, though it gets a bit masked by the (arguably, mixed slightly too loud) high midrange synth lead.


Poppy Hankin’s vocals are unfortunately lost due to the relatively quiet highs. This is most obvious in the outro around 3:10 when all the instruments play in a kind of crescendo. The frequency response bump at 10kHz does lend perceived clarity to her vocals, yet even in the sparse verses, I just want to lớn turn her up a little. Again, this is why Klipsch gives you some tools to sort out the sound to your liking.


You can try improving the T5 II ANC’s sound by interacting with the minimal EQ slider. If you want a simple approach, I notice a difference just bumping the 3kHz slider up 3dB khổng lồ 5dB, và dropping the 50Hz and 150Hz by 2dB or more. Unfortunately, it does not allow you lớn address the nearly 15dB volume drop at 7kHz, because the EQ slider ranges jump from 3kHz khổng lồ 10kHz.


Can you use the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC for phone calls?

Absolutely, you can use the Klipsch T5 II ANC for phone calls. High-pitched voices may sound a bit quieter than normal; on the whole, though, this transmits voices well and clearly enough for casual calls. Most impressive is the ability of the T5 II ANC to lớn reject noise. In the microphone demo, you can hear how the fan hâm mộ noise gets picked up but as soon as a voice comes through, the mics filter out the noise and leave the voice virtually unaltered.