When we reviewed the original Klispch T5 True Wireless earbuds, I immediately knew that if Klipsch made a new version, I wanted to review them. I borrowed the original from Sal after he was done with them and thoroughly enjoyed using them. Klipsch did one better than just follow up with a new version, they made one specifically geared for active (sporty users), in the form of the T5 II True Wireless Sport.
There’s also a McLaren Edition of the T5 II True Wireless Sport, but that review will be coming up in a few days.
Riding on the success of the launch of their T5 True Wireless in 2019, Klipsch had a lot of expectations from fans.
Well, now that I have my grubby mitts on them, I’m pretty stoked about how they turned out.
Read on to see if they’re what you’re looking for!
What is the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport?
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport earbuds are the next generation of earbuds from Klipsch. Following up their massively successful Klipsch T5 True Wireless earbud, Klipsch went back to the drawing block and remade everything up from the ground up for its newest successor.
Then they went out and made two more variants of it, just to prove that they can. I’m doing the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sports, which is meant for more active use, like in the gym or during exercise.
Here’s the full featured specs of the earphones.
Pairing the earbuds was simplicity itself. I just followed the instructions and in under a minute, I’ve paired them to my phone.
Being someone who juggles between the office and field, I opted for the black color earphones which are more discrete and presentable. The earphones also come in green and white for those who want a little more zest to their gear.
The main difference that can be spotted once I opened the package is that the earbuds are much smaller than their predecessors. Considering that the originals were by no means large, the fact that Klipsch was able to further refine their tech and shrink it down was pretty impressive!
The reduction in size is meant to ensure a better fit for your ears. I had no issue getting a secure fit with the originals, and it’s the same thing with the newer Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport.
Klipsch had also increased the number of silicon ear tips to 6 (Small, Medium and Large) and on top of that added a pair of new memory foam ear tip for ultimate comfort and fit. If you hadn’t guessed by now, Klipsch is making really, really sure these new earphones fit you perfectly. I’ve got to hand it to them, I’ve rarely seen this amount of dedication to the customer from companies.
I tried on the new memory foam tip but found it to be quite tough to navigate into the ear canal and it definitely took some time to be accustomed to it. That’s to be expected, as the memory foam tip is expected to reshape itself to your ear. You’re going to have to use it for a bit before it gets there.
Once its done its job, I actually found the fit to be fine. It’s snug and really holds the earbud in place. I’ve ran and did multiple exercises with them on and they didn’t budge and an inch. No adjustments needed, even after burpees or squat thrusts.
Alternately, I found that the patented silicon tip is a nice fit for me. It’s also quite comfortable to wear for the whole day. The fit isn’t as precise as the memory foam tip, but it’s a tad more comfy in my opinion.
Pairing of the bluetooth is easy, with the Bluetooth 5 and signal-boost external antenna function pairing with my handphone was within seconds.
Doing high intensity workout and afraid that your earbuds will fall out?
Not to worry, Klipsch’s included 3 different sets of ear wings of different sizes are included to ensure a really secure fit.
During jogs around my estate, my foremost worry was about the earbuds slipping out of my ears. I know Sal would kill me if I dropped one of these babies…or worse yet, lose them (or break them) some how.
Thankfully, that never came to pass.
The more I ran, the more I realized that the earbuds were secured really well. The tip of the ear wings were tugged securely into the fossa of my outer ear which gave me the confidence to increase my speed and try more activities like jumps and sit-ups during the trial.
Being promoted as a sports edition means that it is also dust and water resistant (not proof!), it comes with an IP67 rating and a rugged 83mm casing. I certainly put the water resistant part to the test, with my sweat.
I’m proud to say that the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport lives up to its claim. I had no issues, at all. Of course, it goes without saying that the earbuds being water resistant isn’t the same as them being waterproof. Please don’t wear them in a shower or when you’re swimming!
Like the original, the Klipsch T5 II True Wire Sport also comes with its own case. The casing itself boast a wireless charging and moisture removal system.
One full charge will provide you with 8hrs of usage for the earbuds and the case is able to hold and provide up to 24hrs of charge time.
Once you are done with the ear buds or your exercise, just plug them back into the casing and let the build-in moisture removal system do their magic. I was a bit skeptical of tech at first but it really does work. The earbuds were dry barely an hour after I put them in the case.
I wouldn’t recommend on bringing the 83mm casing out while you are doing your exercise though. While not that big, it’s a bit troublesome to be lugging it around on.
My suggestion? Leave it at home or in your gym bag.
Although the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sports earphones does not come with noise cancellation technology, its noise isolation quality is still very impressive.
A new feature is the transparency mode which you can activate by tapping on the left earbud once. Once on, you will be able to hear the background noise. Although at times the white noise can be quite fuzzy, it does capture crisp sounds like typing on the keyboard, paper rustling quite clearly even when I was listening to music.
Under the hood of this little powerhouse lies a high clarity 5.00mm dynamic driver which combines high output, neutral sound and deep bass extension. In layman’s terms, it means the sound quality is excellent.
With 60+ years of dedicated experience into personal audio devices, Klipsch truly delivers in the audio department. Who knew that such a tiny device can pack quite a punch, delivering crisp and clear music into my ears.
There is a good balance in the depth of the lows and high pitch while listening to the likes of Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved and Alan Walker’s Faded. There’s no warbling or distortion at high volumes, and sound clarity is crystal clear and the connection stable even in areas with a lot of wireless signals clogging the air (such as an office).
Download the Klipsch Connect App and you’ll get a ton of options to customize the device. The app includes a variety of customizations you can make, including an equalizer to adjust the audio of your earphones and install firmware updates.
It’s not a necessity to install the app, but you’re doing yourself a disservice because you won’t be able to utilize your earbuds to their greatest potential.
Call handling function was also easy and clear while on the road, 1 click on the earphone to accept the call, 2 click to end it and 1 click to mute your voice during calls.
Armed with Beamforming Microphones with cVc® Four beamforming microphones integrated, response from my caller was clear and loud. Tap 2 times on the earphone and you will be able to activate the digital assistant function.
I had no issues listening to the other person speaking at all. No crackling or noise or any other audio artefacts you’d hear from low quality connection. On the other hand, my voice came through perfectly as well. No problems with clarity or anything of the sort.
The Bottom Line.
Klipsch’s T5 II True Wireless Sport is a great example of how a successor product can outdo the original.
It’s a bit of a splurge at SG$349 (the McLaren Edition is at SG $399) but if you have the cash for it and are in a market for quality earbuds, there’s no denying that the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport is worth every single penny.
Great pair of earbuds that improve on every aspect of the original.
- Awesome sound.
- Dust and Water resistant (IP67)
- Sleek and stylish design
- Great fitting and comfortable eartips
- Price on the high side
- No full noise cancellation
- Transparency mode having white noise