One of the most notable trends to come out of our week in Las Vegas for CES 2019 is the absolute flooding of the true-wireless earbuds market. A little more than two years since the launch of Apple’s AirPods, true-wireless buds have really taken over as seemingly everyone tries to get a sliver of the pie that Apple is currently dominating. But of all the brands to either launch new or show off existing true-wireless earbuds here at CES, one certainly stood out above the rest: Klipsch with their new (and first-ever) T5 True Wireless earbuds.
Part of the new T5 line that also features two wireless and one set of wired in-ear monitors, the line carries that 5 for one reason in particular—this entire line will support Bluetooth 5 when they launch later this year. And, in addition to their supporting the latest in wireless connectivity technology, the line features Klipsch’s patented oval silicone ear tips, which the company said provides a more natural fit for our ears, making the headphones more comfortable to wear for longer stretches of time, and giving the user a near-perfect seal for improved noise isolation and improved bass performance.
The entire line is very easy on the eye, especially the T5 Neckband (at right) with its sewn leather band option that adds a level of luxuriousness to the product. But it’s the T5 True Wireless headphones that I kept going back to, and not just because these are the first Klipsch true wireless headphones.
What makes the True Wireless buds stand out is a cozy form factor that’s complete with a detailed Klipsch logo. Beyond that, there’s the much-reported-on carrying case, which is modeled after the old Zippo lighters—and the case actually reproduces a sound similar to the metallic clang.
From a performance standpoint, the headphones will have an impressive eight hours of battery life on their own, and they’ll be backed up by an additional 24 hours of charge from the case. And, of course, they’ll feature the detailed and dynamic sound profile of Klipsch’s products.
The line will range in price from $49 up to $199 for the earbuds, and they’ll launch later this spring.