I’ve been waiting for this one since they shown the photos. This… is the Klipsch T5 Truly Wireless earphones. As always being transparent, Klipsch did send these in for review, however, my assessment was not altered in any way. I’ll be going over both, pros and cons. These are currently priced at $199 at the time of this video. I’ll go ahead and leave my affiliate links down in the video description below, click on those links for the most updated prices in real-time… You never know when these things might go on sale.
Going over the physical features first, you can be the judge on how these look. I love the black on copper, I mean, for years my channel has been black and gold or black and yellow. The logo itself, I know some were not too thrilled with it and some thought it was just ok on Reddit. But, let me know what you guys and ladies out there think down below.
ARE THE KLIPSCH T5 ‘S COMFORTABLE?
Comfort wise, these were really interesting. Take a look at the port, some call it the nozzle, it sticks out quite a bit. This is doing most of the heavy lifting. The eartips and this nozzle… provides most of the effort to prevent them from falling out of your ear.
The Klipsch T5’s do feel comfortable and they do stay in secure when you’re sitting and with some casual walking. But as you can imagine, comparing these to other Truly Wireless earphones, these don’t fill the bowl of the ear as much as the competition. Indeed, the T5’s do feel light and airy, but if you’re a more active person, at least with me, I notice the seal slightly gets loose since the earbuds have a chance to wiggle a little more. Hopefully the video demonstrates this well for you.
KLIPSCH T5 WATER RESISTANCE LEVEL
Aside from that, these are NOT marketed as sport earphones but they are rated at an IP4 rating, meaning this can be splashed by water from any direction and with my testing, the T5’s are still working today.
NOT THE BEST PHYSICAL BUTTONS
Looking at the buttons, everything is listed on your screen.
One thing I wanted to point out, these buttons are not too sensitive, and I noticed if I simply press in, again, because there’s not much contact with the bowl of your ear, you’re actually pushing the eartip into the ear canal once again and this can be uncomfortable for some. It does take a little muscle memory to tweeze the earbuds with your fingers and then press with your thumb.
The one feature I see missing at the time of this video is the ability to allow ambient noise to be pumped into your earphones.. Klipsch does state there will be an App that will offer this feature, plus EQ settings and Battery Level, unfortunately, it’s not here just yet. Stay tuned.
KLIPSCH T5 BLUETOOTH PERFORMANCE/SPECS
Jumping into Bluetooth performance. This has the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology which is a huge plus at the moment. Klipsch does disclose, this has AptX which can provide upto CD-Like audio quality, but more on my real-world audio assessment very soon. Man, that’s a tongue twister..
Testing the Bluetooth range, I’m only achieving about 50% of my apartment before the signal starts to crackle. If you’re ok with roughly 20 to 25 feet with a wall in-between, then you’ll be fine, but majority of the competition, especially those with Bluetooth 5.0, I can easily achieve 80 to 90% coverage in my 1100 sq. ft apartment.
Testing this with video. Android played perfectly fine for both YouTube and Netflix. And for iPhone, Netflix was fine, but YouTube videos did have a very minor delay.
KLIPSCH T5 PAIRING ISSUES EXPERIENCED
As for pairing, being transparent, Klipsch did send me one unit prior to this and for the life of me, it couldn’t pair, it’s possibly defective. A second was sent and this paired perfectly fine. The pairing though was just a little unusual. In the Bluetooth menu, it shows both left and right earbuds. You can select either one to pair. Once it’s paired, every time you take the T5 out of it’s case, it establishes the connection automatically. The second worked perfectly fine.
Further testing, I did confirm I was not able to pair two devices at the same time. If I’m using this on my phone, then I get to my desk and want to switch to my computer, I have to unpair, and then re-pair with the new device. A little nuisance because of that.
I also tested and confirmed the connection between both earphones will stay intact, if you take either one of the earbuds off.
KLIPSCH T5 BATTERY PERFORMANCE
Jumping in battery performance. The T5’s has this gorgeous case. Some said it’s huge, but honestly, from a design standpoint, I can really appreciate this all metal design. It’s different, it’s cold to the touch, this is an obvious statement, but it looks solid just sitting on your desk. This has USB-C for charging which is a plus to future proof yourself. The case itself holds an additional 24hrs of power while the earphones themselves, Klipsch is claiming upto 8hrs of performance. This is a total of 32hours which I believe is class leading at the moment. But testing those 8hrs that Klipsch claims, at 50% volume from full to dead. I was able to achieve 5hrs and 27 minutes worth of performance. I did this a second time to make sure I didn’t mess anything up, and I got 5hrs and 21minutes. I was hoping we would achieve something closer to the claimed number.
KLIPSCH T5 AUDIO TEST AND PERFORMANCE
First, these do get loud enough for most people. 50% volume for casual listening. 70 to 75% volume to have that loud yet safe listening experience.
Starting with bass, make sure you have a good seal on these, and the bass does hit to a balanced or natural level. These are not bass heavy, but provides a decent punchy amount. Comparing to the Jabra Elite Sports which are older but still a great performer, the Jabra sounded to go a little bit deeper and offer some bassy resonance on the bottom end. The Jaybird Run XT’s are very bass boosted, and then you get into PowerBeats Pro bass levels which is very deep for Truly Wireless Earphones. The Klipsch T5’s sits around or just ever so slightly below the Jabra model to give you somewhat of an idea of how bassy these are.
The mid-range is very similar as well. It is a clean audio signature. Nothing seems to be artificial, the signature is natural, the mid-range isn’t bright nor recessed. I personally would have preferred vocals to be slightly more forward or having slightly more fidelity or resolution, especially on the upper mid-range frequencies. From my experience, the T5’s are right in the middle.
The high frequencies again were identical as well. It could use a bit more of a bump on the top end to make snares pop a bit, but in general, I didn’t notice any screeching or tinging high notes. In general, it’s simply pleasant.
You do get sound separation to help identify instruments and vocal work but the sound stage wasn’t as wide as I would have hoped.
OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF KLIPSCH T5
Overall, these earphones from my assessment is good and executes the audio in a very well balanced manner. If that floats your boat, I highly recommend these. By themselves, they sound really good. But time and time again, listening to other competitors back to back, I can sense the ever to subtle differences… and those competitors have a little more sparkle, a bit more detail, slightly wider soundstage. Jabra and Bose comes to mind. Jaybird is quite boosted in every aspect which is in a totally different category. But overall, Klipsch T5 is good, but I’m telling you, back to back, if you’re looking for a slightly more alive audio experience, there’s competitors out there that offers that and… they’re slightly cheaper.
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