UNBOXED: Reviewing the Klipsch T5 True Wireless Earphones
There’s nothing inherently comfortable or exciting about having to jam a tiny headphone into your ear, but that’s generally been the ask of consumers with regard to the true wireless headphone category. With very few exceptions—Apple’s AirPods and JLab Audio’s Epic Air come to mind—true wireless headphones are very much reliant on the ear tip in maintaining a secure fit. So, if that’s the route a brand is going to take, they might as well be as comfortable as possible. And that’s exactly what I experienced with the Klipsch T5 True Wireless Earphones.
Due out this summer, the T5 True Wireless Earphones are Klipsch’s first attempt at the true wireless segment, and they really hit it out of the park in just about every aspect, which we’ll get into. But the comfortable fit is really what sets them apart from any other pair of true wireless buds I’ve ever stuck in my ear. That’s mainly supported by the fact that Klipsch is able to use their patented True Comfort oval ear tips on these buds. Designed to provide a better fit for our natural ear canal shape, the tips also provide a better seal for improved noise isolation. So, not only are they more comfortable, they actually help to improve the sound quality and overall listening experience.
In an attempt to kind of stress test the Klipsch ear tips, I had the headphones in for roughly three to four hours each day at the office for a solid week. Not once in that time did I find myself having to remove the T5’s because my ears were getting uncomfortable. And when removing them, there wasn’t that subtle “That’s better” kind of moment where my ears thanked me for removing the headphones. Boosted by the fact that the earbuds weigh in at just 5.5 grams, I have no reservations about making the declaration that these are, by far, the most comfortable pair of true wireless headphones I’ve ever used. You almost forget that the headphones are there, which might be close to the best compliment you can give a product in this category.
The only thing that takes away from the comfortable design is the placement of the control button. Essentially the entire outer face of the earbuds, you have to press in on the earbud to control your music and access other features. It’s not the most gentle of buttons, which is good in that you won’t have any accidental hits. But when you do want to press it, you either have to use your thumb and middle finger to hold it steady while pressing, or risk pushing the bud deeper into your ear. Not the worst thing in the world, but it’s certainly another example of how tricky (and finicky) true wireless design can be.
There’s more to these earbuds than just the comforting fit, though. Utilizing a five-millimeter dynamic moving coil micro speaker, Klipsch is able to recreate their renowned sound profile in this tiny, lightweight package—and in rather impressive fashion. The TW5 True Wireless Earphones manage a frequency range between 10Hz and 19kHz, and the sound is full, crisp, and clear across that entire spectrum. In all of the different genres and styles of music I ran these things through, not once did I feel they struggled to create the type of audio experience that Klipsch intended them too.
That audio quality extends to making phone calls and interacting with your digital voice assistant of choice as well. On calls, the audio quality comes through crisp and clear. And in several tests with some family and friends, the quality from the internal mic on the T5 True Wireless Earphones was equally as good.
Other features of note include the inclusion of Bluetooth 5.0 for the earphones, support for SBC, AAC, and aptX codes, an IPX4 sweat-resistant rating, eight-hour battery life on a single charge, and an additional 24 hours via the charging case. Klipsch also intends to release a Klipsch Connect app this summer that will give the user some over-the-top control functionality for the headphones. Once available, users will be able to open the earphones up to ambient noise, toggle EQ settings, and receive future firmware updates from Klipsch.
The Nod to Zippo
About that charging case though.
I don’t think we’ve ever taken the time to fully inspect and break down the charging case that true wireless earbuds ship with—aside from talking about the added battery life they provide. But Klipsch’s case for the T5 True Wireless Earphones is really something to behold.
Understanding who their typical customer is and the type of music enthusiast they tend to attract, Klipsch decided to do something special with the charging case. In a nod to concert goers from the pre-smartphone-flashlight era, Klipsch designed the case to look like a Zippo lighter. Though a little thicker in size and lacking the iconic metallic click of those famous lighters, the idea and intent is very apparent. And it comes through as very genuine and thoughtful from the brand.
That level of detail and care for something as simple as the charging case goes to show how Klipsch wasn’t going to enter the true wireless space simply because it’s the thing to do in 2019. Rather, they wanted to launch a product that matched the reputation that they’ve spent 73-plus years building and honing.
So, while there are certainly cheaper options in the true wireless space, Klipsch offers quite the compelling pitch at $199 for their T5 True Wireless Earphones. And it’s a simple one: If you care about comfort and audio quality, there’s no better option out there right now than these earbuds from Klipsch.