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KLIPSCH

True wireless earphones aren’t anything new at this point. From stuff you find on Kickstarter (don’t risk your money) to brands like Bose, Sony, and Jabra, just about everyone is in the true wireless game. With Klipsch just entering the true wireless arena, we find out if they are any good.

Technical specifications

STYLE

In-Ear Monitor

DRIVER DESIGN

Dynamic Moving Coil Micro Speaker

DRIVER DIAMETER

5.0 mm

MIC/REMOTE

cVc 8.0 Quad-mic

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

10Hz-19kHz

NOISE ISOLATION

-22dB

INPUT CONNECTIONS

Bluetooth

BATTERY (EARPIECES)

55 mAh

BATTERY (CHARGING CASE)

360 mAh

BLUETOOTH® SPECIFICATIONS

Version: Bluetooth 5.0Profiles: A2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.6, HSP 1.2, HFP 1.7

A2DP Codecs: SBC, AAC®, aptX®

Range: Up to 10m (33ft.)

Input Rating: 5V DC, 0.5A

Battery Status: iOS & Android Battery Status Monitor

WEIGHT

53.2g

COLORS

Black

DIMENSIONS (PACKAGING)

6.8″ H x 4.4″ W x 1.9″ D

What we liked

With the plethora of wireless options out there, it’s tough to pick one that’s well-rounded, looks stylish, and has decent battery life all at once. The Klipsch T5 True Wireless seems to have a bit of everything and they may just be your new favourite pair of daily drivers. At $349, these earphones are tiny but have a premium feel, as well as pack a punch both in terms of sound quality and battery life.

Aesthetics

The copper and black combination paired with their classic logo gives it an old-school feel that just looks good. The lack of bulk is a big plus; you will quickly forget that they’re in your ears after a short period of time.

Plus, it comes in a sleek and stylishly-designed, zippo-inspired case. The brushed-metal charging case is as satisfying to look at as it is to flick open with one hand.

Sound & Performance

Fans of Klipsch will be familiar with their sound quality, and thanks to their patented oval ear tips, you’ll get a much better fit compared to most round silicone tips you may find elsewhere. These help keep a tight seal, ensuring that sounds stay out and all the right frequencies stay in. While it’s not active noise-cancelling, it did its job well enough for us to not miss it too much. And for someone that has some trouble finding ear tips that fit well and stay in, these work decently well.

Battery life was impressive, and they weren’t kidding about the 8-hour battery life (with the charging case providing 24 hours worth of charge). We never once had to worry about the earphones running out of juice, and lacking power never crossed our minds.

The earphones performed well in a variety of different genres. We ran it through a range of different tracks, and though most songs sounded great, some could be a little better while others surprised us. It’s important to note that these were all tested without the use of the Klipsch Connect App that allows you customise your sound, which will be launched later this year.

For starters, the one thing that impressed us was the amount of bass this had. Thanks to its dynamic drivers and good seal, there was a satisfying amount of bass in general, especially for EDM tracks like Waves by Key Lean and Blah Blah Blah by Armin Van Buuren.

Heavy metal performed pretty well. We listened to Metallica’s Enter Sandman, Periphery’s Scarlet, and Meshuggah’s Bleed, all of which sounded sufficiently headbang-inducing. Bass was appropriately thick where it mattered, and guitars weren’t overpowered by it. There were a healthy amount of mids which gave a lot more body to the sound, especially with double bass drums permeating through the third track.

We moved on to Jazz, and instrumental tracks like Hiromi’s If… and Kamasi Washington’s Street Fighter Mas sounded good, with just enough separation, clarity and detail between instruments. But just a little more treble could’ve helped elevate the sound. The same went for I Can’t Give You Anything But Love by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga; it would’ve really made the track shine.

Last but not least, we gave it a spin on some iconic themes from TV, movies and video games. Ramin Djawadi’s The Battle of Winterfell from HBO’s Game of Thrones series was first on the list and it sounded powerful and full, but the richness of the low end at certain points may be deemed muddy by some. The Avengers: Endgame track Main on End by Alan Silvestri sounded suitably grand and epic as well.

The earphones blew us away with the main theme from the 2018 Playstation game God of War, composed by Bear McCreary, along with his other track Valkyries. Every aspect of these scores, from the vocals, to the percussion, to the strings, sounded breathtaking, and it felt like we were right there together with Kratos and Atreus fighting off draugr, dark elves, and valkyries.

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What we didn’t like

At $349, these aren’t the cheapest earphones out there and may put some people off. The small form factor also means that you don’t have the luxury of having all the buttons and controls you want on the earphones. Adjusting your volume and skipping tracks were reliant on the same buttons, depending on the combination of taps and holds that you use. Pressing and holding the left will decrease the volume while doing so on the right increases it.

Single and double taps also do different things like playing and pausing your music, activating your phone’s AI assistant or going to the next song on your playlist. People who are used to having more tactile buttons on your headphones may not particularly like this tedious configuration. It wasn’t the most comfortable or efficient experience when it came to adjusting the volume, and you’re better off doing it on your phone or music device.

When it came to pairing the individual earphones, you may encounter some difficulty figuring out how to sync both sides. As they operate and connect independently, you can choose to remove one side from the case and just make use of one of them. Just make sure you don’t try to connect each side in your device’s bluetooth menu or it may end up switching from left to right, or right to left, instead of both sides syncing up.

Conclusion

The Klipsch T5 True Wireless earphones are one of the most comfortable and best-sounding true wireless earphones we’ve heard. For someone who normally prefers over-the-ear headphones, these performed remarkably well both in terms of sound and when it came to staying in your ears. The lack of controls can take awhile to get used to, and its $349 price tag may deter some from even thinking about getting it. But with superior battery life and high quality sound, you can’t go wrong with this option for a true wireless experience. When the Klipsch Connect App launches later this year, you can expect an even better experience as you’ll be able to tailor the sound to your preferences.

Verdict: 4/5

The Klipsch T5 True Wireless is available for $349 at TC Acoustic and Hachi.tech.

By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer

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