Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Earbuds Review

Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Earbuds Review

In July, the second generation of Klipsch T5 True Wireless headphones gave three new models (we reported). In addition to the standard version, this includes the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless McLaren Edition and also the T5 II True Wireless Sport version. Today we would like to turn to the standard variant, the direct successor to the Klipsch T5. Have fun while reading!

In contrast to most manufacturers, Klipsch supplies a high-quality case made of aluminum, which convinces with an anthracite color and a very discreet logo. Like its predecessor, the comparison with a Zippo lighter is close, but it looks a bit like that. The actual protagonists, who are lighter (10 grams) and significantly smaller than the previous generation, are located in the metallic shell. This should benefit the wearing comfort. The scope of delivery also includes five more “plugs” so that the in-ears can be adapted to your auditory canals and are conveniently stored on a template, and are also color-coded in pairs.

PROS:

  • Stylish charging case
  • Excellent fit
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Excellent connectivity
  • Rigorous mid-range coverage

CONS:

  • Some of the songs aren’t as energetic or wide-sounding as others.
  • Active noise cancellation is not available.
  • There is no wireless charging available.
  • The call quality is poor.
  • When removed from the ears, there is no automatic play/pause.

The T5 II from Klipsch is charged via a USB-C connection, which was also the case with the predecessor. However, what is new is the IP67 certification, which states that the T5 II is dustproof and protected against temporary submersion. The predecessors only had IPX4 certificate and were therefore only protected against splash water. The second generation can now also be used without hesitation for sweaty activities where dirt or dust occurs. But that only applies to earphones. The charging cradle does not have any protective mechanisms and should always be stored safely and dry.

In terms of connectivity, not much has changed. The second generation also uses Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX, AAC, and SBC, but this is still the current standard, and CD quality is entirely sufficient in this segment. The headphones are controlled via the buttons on the in-ears, each “plug” has its function, but app control is also possible, more on that in the practical part.

Klipsch does not use active noise-canceling. In addition to the pure music playback, there is also a “transparency mode” which, using the built-in microphones, of which there are four, can let conversations through while the music is playing. But enough of the theory, how to do the Klipsch T5 in the second generation do now in the practical part …

Practice test and sound check

In practice, the Klipsch T5 II behaves very user-friendly. Coupling with my smartphone was child’s play, the app from the Playstore is installed quickly, and nothing stood in the way of the practical test. But before I give in to the sound, a few words about wearing comfort, operation, and battery life.

Wearing comfort is an elementary point with in-ears because the correct fit of in-ear headphones is essential to experience the optimal sound. So first, I had to look for the perfect mix of hold, ear canal sealing, and not too much pressure. Thanks to the many included ear tips, this is not a problem at all, you can also simply mix different sizes if the two ear canals differ, and they usually do. This is a “learning by doing” story, and you have to yourself, and the headphones for proper adjustment give some time. Once you have found the right mixture for you, the Klipsch T5 II sit very securely in the ear canal and seal the area well, so when you insert it, this slight vacuum effect arises, but it is not uncomfortable. That the in-ears have the function keys is certainly practical on the one hand, because you don’t always need a smart player, but annoying at the same time. Because by pushing around on the in-ears, they usually only end up further into the ear canal, which can be uncomfortable and mess up the previously optimally adjusted seat of the headphones. I would instead do without this type of operation or prefer a touch-sensitive surface, which brings other problems with it, such as incorrect entries, etc.

On the other hand, operation using the Klipsch Connect app is flawless and offers a certainly added value, as sound settings can be made here. Still, the transparency mode can also be activated. In addition, the app also shows the current battery charge status of the in-ears, but unfortunately, not that of the charging cradle, e.g., B. the Huawei Freebuds Pro does that. Another type of coupling takes place here. The Huawei is connected via the charging cradle, for example. B. with the smartphone, the Klipsch directly over the earphones themselves. The case’s charging status is signaled to the user by three white LEDs directly on the housing. The headphones themselves send a status message about their charge level when they are switched on.

With the specified eight hours of running time for the in-ears and a further 24 hours for the charging cradle, the Klipsch representatives are not among the most influential models on the market, such as the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1, offers nine hours or 36 hours with a charging case. But if you look at it soberly, a runtime of just over 30 hours should satisfy 99 percent of all use cases. I achieved a realistic runtime of just under six and a half hours at a little over half the volume, which is fine with me.

Sound Quality

In terms of sound, in-ears or those held directly in the ear canal are always a bit difficult to assess in a reproducible manner. Small changes in the seat can fundamentally distort the sound, especially in the lower frequencies. The factory settings of the Klipsch T5 II were a bit too dull for me. Rock bands like Volbeat attracted attention with their influential, dynamic drummers, but vocally a lot fell by the wayside. A similar picture emerged with soul, jazz, and the effective reproduction of electronic music. Only after I tried the equalizer in the Klipsch Connect app and switched to the default setting “Height” was the sound image coherent and very balanced in all areas. Now live albums, soulful ballads, or hip-hop songs with powerful bass made the audience excited. In addition, they were characterized by a coherent basic dynamic and sound reproduction of details. The advantage of such true wireless in-ears is their positioning in the ear canal: compelling bass reproduction is possible with minimal effort if correctly seated. For me, that’s still a bit of a catch with these types of headphones. Because simple movements or tension in the jaw lead to slight changes in the sound, and you fiddle a lot with the headphones until you have them ready for use. But that applies to all headphones in this class, it’s just my personal opinion, and the Klipsch shouldn’t be criticized as unfavorable. So I have concluded. The advantage of such true wireless in-ears is their positioning in the ear canal: compelling bass reproduction is possible with minimal effort if correctly seated. For me, that’s still a bit of a catch with these types of headphones. Because simple movements or tension in the jaw lead to slight changes in the sound, and you fiddle a lot with the headphones until you have them ready for use. But that applies to all headphones in this class, it’s just my personal opinion, and the Klipsch shouldn’t be criticized as unfavorable. So I have concluded. The advantage of such true wireless in-ears is their positioning in the ear canal: very powerful and robust bass reproduction is possible with minimal effort if correctly seated. For me, that’s still a bit of a catch with these types of headphones. Because simple movements or tension in the jaw lead to slight changes in the sound, and you fiddle a lot with the headphones until you have them ready for use. But that applies to all headphones in this class, it’s just my personal opinion, and the Klipsch shouldn’t be criticized as unfavorable. So I have concluded. Because simple movements or tension in the jaw lead to slight changes in the sound, and you fiddle a lot with the headphones until you have them ready for use. But that applies to all headphones in this class, it’s just my personal opinion, and the Klipsch shouldn’t be criticized as unfavorable. So I have concluded. Because simple movements or tension in the jaw lead to slight changes in the sound, and you fiddle a lot with the headphones until you have them ready for use. But that applies to all headphones in this class, it’s just my personal opinion, and the Klipsch shouldn’t be criticized as negative. So I have concluded.

Conclusion

Even if the Klipsch T5 II does not represent a natural evolution from its predecessor but rather should be viewed as an update of the first generation, the fundamental differences are too small. As a result, the Klipsch T5 II is successful. The Americans take up the high-quality package made of aluminum charging cradle with modern connectivity from the predecessor and improve the in-ears somewhat in weight, size, and shape and adapt the usability, thanks to the IP67 certification. Everything stays the same in terms of battery life, but the targeted eight hours are almost reached in practice, always depending on usage. The transparency mode also enables communication with others and makes the perception of the environment a little better, which is certainly recommended, especially in traffic.

In terms of sound, the Klipsch T5 II then sits correctly. If the factory setting was a bit too dull for me, I found the right set for me in terms of dynamics, robust bass response, and clear voice and effect reproduction via sound adjustments in the Klipsch Connect app.

With an RRP of 199 euros, the Klipsch T5 II for headphones without active noise canceling is in the high price structure. According to their statements, the manufacturer does not use OEM goods but develops all of the models themselves, and the materials and development used to cost money. Nevertheless, anyone looking for high-quality headphones without ANC will not go wrong with the Klipsch T5 II True-Wireless, so I would like to make a clear purchase recommendation. You can buy them at Amazon, among others.

Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Earbuds Review
Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Earbuds Review

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