Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Sep 13, 2021 at 10:21 am
Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC Picture
6.9
Neutral Sound
7.2
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
5.6
Wireless Gaming
5.5
Wired Gaming
6.4
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC are premium in-ears jam-packed with unique features that help them stand out from the pack. They have built-in Bragi Moves, which is a feature that allows you to register commands using head movements. They also have Dirac HD Sound technology, which is advertised to optimize their audio reproduction. Their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to adjust their bass-heavy sound to your liking too, and they have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system to help block out background sounds. However, their ANC has sub-par overall performance, and they struggle to block out bass-range noise like bus engines.

Our Verdict

6.9 Neutral Sound

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC are alright for neutral sound. Out of the box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra boom to your mixes while sibilants like cymbals are dull. Vocals and lead instruments are reproduced fairly clearly, though. If you're looking for a more neutral sound, their companion app has a graphic EQ and presets that you can use to adjust their sound to suit your tastes.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets available via companion app.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
7.2 Commute/Travel

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC are decent for commute and travel. They're fairly small, lightweight, and feel well-built. However, some users may not like their deep in-ear fit. Their ANC also struggles to block out the low rumble of bus or plane engines, and their continuous battery life of under five hours may not be enough for long trips. On the upside, their carrying case holds roughly three additional charges.

Pros
  • Good build quality with stable, breathable fit.
Cons
  • ANC struggles to block out bass-range noise.
8.1 Sports/Fitness

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC are great for sports and fitness. These in-ears have a small and lightweight design, which makes it easy to take them with you on the go. They have a well-built design and are rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. Unfortunately, some users may not find their deep in-ear fit very comfortable, and they lack stability fins, meaning they could fall out with more intense movement.

Pros
  • Good build quality with stable, breathable fit.
  • Great controls.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
6.7 Office

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC are okay for office use. They have a well-built design and don't leak very much audio, so it's unlikely that you may disturb others around you when listening to audio at high volumes. While their ANC struggles to cut down bass-range noise, it can help block out ambient chatter. Unfortunately, some users may find their deep in-ear fit to be less than comfortable. Their 4.8-hour continuous battery life also may not be enough to get you through your day without pausing to recharge them.

Pros
  • ANC can reduce ambient chatter.
  • Good build quality with stable, breathable fit.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
  • No multi-device pairing.
5.6 Wireless Gaming

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC aren't recommended for wireless gaming. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, the latency is likely to be too high for gaming. They also aren't compatible with Xbox or PlayStation consoles.

5.5 Wired Gaming

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC are Bluetooth-only headphones and you can't use them wired.

6.4 Phone Calls

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC are mediocre for phone calls. They have an integrated mic, and it does a mediocre job of recording speech, resulting in your voice sounding thin, muffled, and lacking detail. The mic also struggles to separate speech from moderate ambient noise, so if you're taking a call in a loud environment like a busy street, your voice may be drowned out. Unfortunately, while the earbuds have ANC, they still struggle to block out ambient sound like the rumble of bus engines.

Pros
  • Good build quality with stable, breathable fit.
  • Great controls.
Cons
  • No multi-device pairing.
  • Mediocre noise handling.
  • 6.9 Neutral Sound
  • 7.2 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.7 Office
  • 5.6 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.5 Wired Gaming
  • 6.4 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Sep 13, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 08, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC look similar to the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport with round casings and a silver manufacturer's logo on each earbud. However, they also have a somewhat bulky design and stick out of your ears a bit. They come in three different colors: 'Gun Metal', 'Copper', and 'Silver'. You can also purchase them in a 'McLaren Edition' variant, which uses a black and orange color scheme.

6.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC have a fairly comfortable fit. They come in six different sizes of silicone ear tips and don't put too much pressure on your ears. However, they have a very deep fit, which some users may not like. Using the controls can also put a bit of pressure on your ears.

8.0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC have great controls. There are voice prompts when turning them on or off, when pairing, and when using transparency mode. There are also beeps to let you know how many clicks were registered. However, there are a lot of different commands to remember, and the buttons feel mushy and flimsy. That said, these earbuds also have built-in Bragi Moves, which is a feature that allows you to register commands using head movements. While we didn't test this feature out, you can access it via the companion app.

On either bud:

  • One-second press: Turns the headphones on.
  • One click and one-second press: Turns the headphones off.
  • Three-second hold: Puts the headphones in pairing mode.

On the left earbud:

  • One click: Cycles between transparency mode on, off, and ANC.
  • Two clicks: Raises the volume when there's audio playing.
  • Three clicks: Lowers the volume when there's audio playing.

On the right earbud:

  • One click: Play or pause audio and answer calls. During calls, this command mutes the mic.
  • Two clicks: Fast forward through audio.
  • Three clicks: Rewind track through audio.
  • One-second hold: Activates voice assistant. During a call, this command ends the call.

You can also use one earbud at a time but the controls are more limited:

  • One click: Plays or pauses audio and answers calls. If you're in a call, this command also mutes your mic.
  • Two clicks: Activates voice assistant or ends calls.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 °C

These headphones have a very breathable fit. They don't really trap heat in or around your ear. You shouldn't sweat more than usual while wearing them, even if you're doing moderate physical activity.

9.6
Design
Portability
L 1.3" (3.2 cm)
W 1.2" (3.0 cm)
H 0.7" (1.8 cm)
Volume 1.06 in³ (17.30 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC are outstandingly portable. Their truly wireless design makes them very small, and they can easily fit in most pockets without an issue. Their carrying case should fit into most pockets or bags.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 1.9" (4.9 cm)
W 2.0" (5.2 cm)
H 1.1" (2.7 cm)
Volume 4.21 in³ (69.00 cm³)

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC's carrying case is great. It's a bit heavy as it has a metal casing but is similar in design to the Klipsch T5 True Wireless. There are three LED lights to indicate battery life. The silicone bottom is meant to help the case stand upright as it can only wirelessly charge when oriented in this position.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC have a good build quality. The buds are mostly made of plastic, while the carrying case has a metal casing, making them look sleek and durable. They should survive accidental drops without too much of an issue. The buds are also rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. However, the buttons on the earbuds feel a bit flimsy.

7.0
Design
Stability

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC have decent stability. They aren't the most stable, especially as they have a weird in-ear fit and lack stability fins to help keep them in your ears. However, once you get a good seal, they should stay in your ears during more casual listening sessions. If you're looking for more stable Klipsch earbuds, consider the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport instead.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC headphones
  • 6x silicone ear tips
  • Charging case
  • USB-C to USB-C charging cable
  • USB-C to USB-A adapter
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.37 dB
Treble Amount
-2.26 dB

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra boom to your mixes, which should please fans of EDM and hip-hop. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ so that you can adjust their sound to your liking.

Note: Our model's left and right driver are mismatched in the bass range. However, this may be unique to our model.

7.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.45 dB

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC have good frequency response consistency. They're prone to inconsistencies in bass delivery, and you may notice deviations if you don't form a good seal. On the upside, their treble delivery is much more consistent.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.5
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.74 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
20.89 Hz
Low-Bass
1.24 dB
Mid-Bass
4.06 dB
High-Bass
5.13 dB

The bass accuracy is good. It's overemphasized across the range, resulting in extra thump, rumble, and boom in your mixes. However, some users may find they sound very muddy.

8.4
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.15 dB
Low-Mid
2.4 dB
Mid-Mid
-2.07 dB
High-Mid
-0.01 dB

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC's mid accuracy is great. There's a bit of overemphasis from the bass range that extends into the low-mid, resulting in a slightly cluttered sound. A dip in the mid-mid nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. That said, the high-mid is very flat and neutral, so vocals and lead instruments are clear and detailed.

7.6
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.62 dB
Mid-Treble
-3.29 dB
Low-Treble
1.6 dB
High-Treble
-5.17 dB

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC's treble accuracy is good. The low-treble is slightly overemphasized, brightening vocals and lead instruments. A dip in the mid-treble dulls sibilants like S and T sounds, though.

7.5
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.48 dB
Dips
1.47 dB

The peaks and dips performance is good. There's a bit of a discrepancy between the left and right driver in the bass range, so there's a peak in the left driver's low-bass, adding thump and rumble. In contrast, a dip in the right driver's low-bass results in weak thump and rumble. A peak in the high-bass also adds a bit of boom to your mixes. In the mid-mid, a dip nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix while a couple of peaks in the low-treble brighten their upper harmonics, which could sound a bit harsh. A dip in the mid-treble also dulls sibilants like cymbals.

8.7
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.14
Weighted Phase Mismatch
4.46
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.33
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.46

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC's imaging performance is excellent. Their group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. While the L/R drivers are well-matched in amplitude, there's some mismatch present in phase and frequency response, which can affect the placement of objects like footsteps in the stereo image. It can also be noticeable when listening to regular audio content. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and your experience may vary.

Note: These headphones also support Dirac HD Sound technology. It's advertised to enhance their frequency response, which can improve their imaging performance. You can see a comparison of the imaging performance when this feature is on and off here.

1.3
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
4.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.7

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC's passive soundstage is bad, which is to be expected from in-ear headphones. By design, sound doesn't interact with your outer ear at all, which is one of the key factors in creating a wide passive soundstage. As a result, audio is perceived as coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC support Dirac HD sound technology, which is advertised as an audio enhancement feature that optimizes the headphones' sound profile by correcting impulse and magnitude frequency response. It's also advertised to improve audio staging, clarity, bass fidelity, and speech intelligibility. You can see the difference in performance between Dirac HD Sound on and off here. However, we don't consider this to be a virtual surround feature.

7.9
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.233
WHD @ 100
0.108

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC's weighted harmonic distortion performance is very good. All frequencies fall within good limits at both moderate and high volumes, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
v4.4.3
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Flat
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC. Our results are only valid when used in this configuration.

Isolation
5.7
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-15.24 dB
Bass
-3.83 dB
Mid
-14.37 dB
Treble
-28.52 dB

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC have a disappointing noise isolation performance. Unfortunately, the active noise cancelling (ANC) system doesn't offer a significantly better noise isolation performance than the earbuds' passive isolation capabilities. As a result, they struggle to block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines, which can be annoying if you commute a lot. On the upside, they do a better job of reducing ambient chatter as well as the high-pitched hum of an AC unit.

8.6
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
30.07 dB

These headphones have an excellent leakage performance. The leakage is mostly concentrated in the treble range, but it sounds very thin. If you like to listen to your audio at high volumes, it shouldn't be too audible to those around you.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
6.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
289.23 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.05 dB
HFE
3,466.89 Hz
Weighted THD
9.002
Gain
4.87 dB

The recording quality of the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC's integrated microphone is acceptable. Your voice is understandable, but it sounds thin, muffled, and lacking in detail.

6.3
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
7.43 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
6.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
6.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The microphone's recording quality is passable. The mic struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise around you. If you're taking a call from a noisy place like a busy street, your voice may get lost.

Active Features
6.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
4.8 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
19.2 hrs
Charge Time
1.7 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC have a fair battery performance. They're advertised to last five hours continuously with the ANC on, and we measured just a little less than that. Their carrying case also holds roughly three additional charges if you need it, and you can use one bud while the other one charges. That said, battery life can vary depending on usage, so your real-life experience may vary.

Note: These headphones are equipped with an auto-off timer. However, the manual doesn't specify how long it takes for the headphones to turn off. During our tests, we noticed that they would disconnect and turn off if the headphones hadn't been moved for one to two hours. However, you shouldn't experience this issue as long as you have them in your ears during this time.

8.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Klipsch Connect
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
No

The Klipsch Connect app is great. It offers a six-band graphic EQ as well as presets so that you can adjust their sound to your liking, turn on or off transparency mode and ANC, remap controls, and view each bud's battery life. You can also name the earbuds, turn on or off Dirac HD, and update the app's firmware.

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC also have built-in Bragi Moves, which allows you to control certain aspects of the earbuds with head movements. The app allows you to turn on and off gestures like head nodding three times to accept a call in the 'Interaction' tab.

Connectivity
6.9
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
221.46 ft (67.50 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
230 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
166 ms
Android Latency
177 ms

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC have okay Bluetooth connectivity. Unfortunately, they don't support multi-device or NFC pairing. They also have high latency on PC, iOS, and Android devices, which may be a bit annoying if you like to stream video. However, some apps and devices compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These headphones come with a USB-C to USB-C cable for charging their carrying case, as well as a USB-A adapter. However, you can't use these headphones wired.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC are truly wireless headphones that you can only use with Bluetooth-enabled PCs. They can't connect to PCs in any other way.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC come with a carrying case that holds roughly three additional charges. It only has a USB-C port to charge the case.

The case also supports wireless charging. However, it needs to be placed upright on its silicone base in order to properly work.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC come in three color variants: 'Gun Metal', 'Silver', and 'Copper'. We tested the Gun Metal variant, and you can see our model's label here. There's also a 'McLaren Edition', which have a racing tire design on their case and feature McLaren's signature black and orange color scheme.

If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC are in-ears packed with a few unique features. They have built-in Bragi Moves, which allows you to use head gestures to register commands like answering a call. They also support Dirac HD Sound technology, which is advertised as an audio enhancement feature that optimizes the headphones' sound profile by correcting impulse and magnitude frequency response as well as improving audio staging, clarity, bass response, and speech intelligibility. These in-ears have active noise cancelling (ANC) too. However, it only offers a sub-par performance, and the headphones struggle to block out bass-range noise like the rumble of bus engines.

Check out our recommendations for the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds, the best noise cancelling earbuds and in-ear headphones, and the best noise cancelling headphones.

Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport are the sports-oriented variant of the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC. The Sport have a more comfortable and stable fit. They're also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test for this and can isolate you from more ambient noise passively. However, the ANC are more jam-packed with extra features such as built-in Bragi Moves, which allows you to control the headphones using head movements. They're also better-built and have an ANC system, though it struggles to block out bass-range noise.

Klipsch T5 True Wireless

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC are better headphones than the Klipsch T5 True Wireless. While both headphones are fairly comfortable, the II have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, a companion app that offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can adjust their sound to your liking, and ANC, although it offers just an okay overall performance. They also have extra features like built-in Bragi Moves, which allows you to register commands using head movements. However, the T5 have a better battery performance.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC. The Apple are more comfortable, stable, and feel better built. They also have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, a significantly better noise isolation performance, and have an H1 chip so that you can seamlessly pair them with your Apple devices. However, the Klipsch have unique features like built-in Bragi Moves, which allows you to register commands using head movements. They also have a companion app that offers graphic EQ and presets so that you can adjust their sound to your liking.

Bowers & Wilkins PI7 True Wireless

The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 True Wireless and the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC have different strengths, and you may prefer either pair. The Bowers & Wilkins are better built, have a more stable fit, and a significantly better noise isolation performance. They also support a wide range of codecs such as aptX-LL and aptX HD, and you can use their carrying case as a wireless transmitter. However, the Klipsch have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, as well as a companion app with a graphic EQ and presets so that you can customize their sound to your preferences. They also have a better battery performance and have unique additional features like built-in Bragi Moves, which allows you to register commands using head movements.

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