The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport are truly wireless in-ears that come with a portable charging case. They have a very stable in-ear fit, so they shouldn't fall out of your ears even at the gym, and they're more comfortable than the previous Klipsch T5 True Wireless. Their warm, somewhat bass-heavy sound profile adds an extra punch to music so you can stay motivated during your toughest workouts. While their control scheme isn't very clicky and may not be comfortable to use, they come with lots of different ear tip sizes to help you find the best possible fit.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless are decent for mixed usage. Their portable design makes it easy to bring them on-the-go, and their stable fit is suitable for intense workouts at the gym. They can passively isolate against most noises found in an office setting, though they don't perform as well with bass-heavy sounds like engines found during your commute. Their warm, bass-heavy sound profile adds a little extra punch to your music, but it may not be ideal for neutral sound. Luckily, their companion app has a graphic EQ and presets so that you can tweak their sound.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless are fair for neutral sound. They have a somewhat warm, bass-heavy default sound profile that adds a little extra boom to the mix. Their balanced mid-range is suitable for vocal-centric content though. That said, if you prefer a more neutral sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets so you can customize their sound to better suit your needs.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless are very good for commute and travel. Their portable design makes it easy to bring them on-the-go, and they're decently comfortable. Their 9.5-hour continuous battery life may be enough to get you through long international flights. However, they can struggle to isolate against bass-heavy sounds like bus or plane engines.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless are impressive for sports and fitness. These truly wireless in-ears are easy to bring on-the-go, and they're stable enough to stay in your ears during your workout. They're even rated IP67 for water resistance, though we don't test for this. They're decently comfortable, but using their controls can push them deeper into your ears.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless are adequate for office use. They don't leak a lot of noise, and they can passively isolate against typical office sounds like chatter from nearby coworkers. They're decently comfortable, but their 9.5-hour continuous battery life may not be enough to get you through your workday and your commute without a recharge.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless are compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but their latency is likely too high to be suitable for wireless gaming. They aren't compatible with PS4 or Xbox One, either.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless can't be used with a wired connection, so they aren't suitable for wired gaming.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless are acceptable for phone calls. Their integrated microphone makes your voices sound a bit thin and lacking in detail. The mic also struggles to separate your voice from background noises, so they're better suited for making calls from quiet settings. Fortunately, these headphones can passively isolate against background noise so you can focus on your call.
The Klipsch T5 II are simple true wireless in-ears with a similar design to the Klipsch T5 True Wireless. They protrude a bit out of your ears, which some users may not like. They're available in black, silver, and green variants.
These in-ears are decently comfortable. While they don't sit as deep in your ears as the Klipsch T5 True Wireless, when you use their controls, you may feel a bit of pressure on your ears. However, they come with lots of different sizes of silicone ear tips and stability fins to help you find the best possible fit.
These headphones have decent controls. Each earbud controls different functions; however, if you only have one earbud connected, you can still control all of the features. The right earbud controls most of the call-related functions, and you can turn transparency on and off using the left earbud. There's audible feedback for many of the controls, which is nice. However, the buttons don't feel very clicky and seem a bit flimsy, so it's hard to tell when you've clicked.
These headphones are remarkably portable. Their truly wireless design is very small and can easily fit inside your pocket. They come with a charging case, which should easily fit inside your bag or a pocket.
Update 02/24/2021: Thanks to user feedback, we updated our review to include that the case offers wireless charging.
The case is impressive. It has hard plastic casing, which feels very solid and durable, and there's even a moisture-removal system inside the case. There's a locking mechanism to keep it securely closed, and it also offers wireless charging. Inside the case, there are three LED light indicators to show the battery level. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, but we don't test for this.
The Klipsch T5 II have a decent build quality. The earbuds and case are both mostly made of plastic, but the case feels a bit more solid and durable. Both the case and the earbuds are rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, though we don't test for this. However, the buttons on the earbuds feel a bit flimsy and may be a potential weak point. If you're looking for more sturdy wireless in-ears, consider the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless.
These headphones have good stability. Unlike the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC, they come with stability fins, which should help them stay in your ears during casual listening sessions or while working out at the gym.
The Klipsch T5 II have a somewhat bass-heavy, warm sound profile. There's a little extra boom in the bass range that can please fans of bass-heavy music genres like EDM, and higher frequency sounds are more quiet and subdued. However, they're still neutral enough to be suitable for a wide range of audio content. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can tweak their sound to your liking.
These headphones have superb frequency response consistency. Their audio delivery is very consistent, regardless of their fit, seal, or positioning on your head.
These headphones have impressive bass accuracy. The entire range is flat and balanced, but it's a bit overemphasized, so there's an extra boom, thump, and punch to your music.
These headphones have good mid accuracy. The range is pretty neutral and balanced, but the overemphasis in the high-mids can make vocals and lead instruments a bit honky and harsh.
These headphones have fair treble accuracy. The low-treble is a bit underemphasized, so voices and lead instruments aren't as clear. That said, sibilants like S and T sounds are bright and present.
The Klipsch T5 II have adequate peaks and dips performance. The slight peak in the high-bass adds a little extra boom to the mix. The dip in the mid-mids pushes voices and lead instruments towards the back of the mix, while the peak in the high-mid can make those same instruments a bit honky and harsh. The dip in the low-treble can hurt the comprehensibility of vocals and lead instruments, too. However, the peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals piercing and painful.
The Klipsch T5 II have remarkable imaging. Their group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. Their L/R drivers are also well-matched in amplitude, phase, and frequency response. As a result, objects in the stereo image like footsteps and voices are accurately placed. However, these results are only valid for our test unit, so your experience may vary.
These headphones have a terrible passive soundstage. Their in-ear design bypasses the outer ear, which is one of the key factors in creating a wide and open soundstage. Audio seems like it's coming from inside your head, rather than from speakers placed all around you.
These headphones don't have a virtual soundstage feature.
These headphones have a decent weighted harmonic distortion performance. There are some peaks in the treble range, but the rest of the range falls within good limits, resulting in mostly clean and pure audio reproduction.
These are the settings we used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when using these settings.
The Klipsch T5 II have good noise isolation. They may struggle to block out bass-heavy noises like bus or plane engines. However, they can passively isolate against higher-frequency noises like voices or the hum or a nearby AC unit.
These headphones have an outstanding leakage performance. They don't leak a lot of noise, and when audible, it's very thin. You shouldn't bother people working around you in an average office while listening to your music.
The Klipsch T5 II have an integrated microphone.
The microphone has a passable recording quality. Your voice is understandable, but it also sounds a bit thin and lacking in detail.
The microphone has a mediocre noise handling performance. It struggles to separate your voice from background noises, even if you're calling from a moderately noisy environment.
The Klipsch T5 II have an acceptable battery performance. They last about 9.5 hours off of a single charge, which should be enough to get you through your workday. Their portable charging case offers around three extra charges. You can also listen to audio through one earbud while the other charges, which is nice. Unfortunately, however, they don't have any power-saving features to help you conserve battery life.
Update 02/23/2021: We originally reported that these headphones didn't have a companion app. However, they're compatible with the Klipsch Connect app and we have updated our review to reflect this change.
The Klipsch Connect app is good. It has a graphic EQ and presets so that you can tweak their sound profile to your liking. You can also view each buds' battery life, name the headphones, update their firmware, and turn on and off 'Transparency Mode' so that you can hear ambient sound around you without pausing your audio. You can adjust this mode's levels between 'Low', 'Medium', and 'High' too.
The Klipsch T5 II have decent Bluetooth connectivity. They're compatible with Bluetooth 5.0, but they don't support multi-device or NFC pairing. Their latency on PCs is pretty high, so they may not be ideal for gaming. However, their latency is much lower on iOS and Android devices, so they're better suited for watching videos on your phone. However, some apps compensate for latency, so your real-world experience may vary.
These headphones are Bluetooth-only.
The Klipsch T5 II are truly wireless headphones that can't be used with a wired connection. They come with a USB-C to USB-C charging cable, as well as a USB adapter.
You can use these headphones with Bluetooth-enabled PCs; however, they aren't compatible with the PS4.
These Bluetooth-only headphones aren't compatible with the Xbox One.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport come in three different color variants: 'Black', 'Silver', and 'Green'. We tested the 'Black' model, and you can see the label for the model we tested here. We expect the other color variants to perform similarly.
Klipsch has created three successors to the Klipsch T5 True Wireless: the T5 II, the T5 II Sport, and the T5 II Sport McLaren Edition. All three earbuds have similar features, but the Sport and the McLaren Sport come with additional memory foam ear tips and ear wings for a more stable fit and bigger charging cases. The McLaren edition also comes with a wireless charging pad, and it's available in the racing team's signature black and orange colors.
If you come across another variant, let us know in the discussions.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport are truly wireless in-ears with a sports-oriented design. They're more comfortable and more stable than their predecessor, the Klipsch T5 True Wireless, and they have a better passive noise isolation performance. They also have a companion app that offers a graphic EQ and presets to help customize their sound to your preferences. If you're looking for more headphones, check out our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds for running and working out, the best wireless earbuds, and the best true wireless earbuds.
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.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport are better than the Klipsch T5 True Wireless. The T5 II are more comfortable and more stable in your ear. They also have a more balanced sound profile, and they can passively isolate against more background noises. They have a companion app, too, and it offers a graphic EQ plus presets to help tweak their sound to your liking. However, the T5 are better built.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport. The Beats are better-built and more comfortable and stable. Their sound profile is also more neutral and balanced. However, the Klipsch have a better noise isolation performance, and they leak less sound. Their companion app also offers a graphic EQ and presets if you like to customize their sound.
The Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport. The Jabra are better-built and more comfortable. They can be paired with up to two devices at a time and have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when not in use. However, the Klipsch have a better noise isolation performance and a longer continuous battery life.
Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 or the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport. While both headphones have a customizable sound profile via their respective companion app's graphic EQ and presets, the Klipsch are more comfortable, have longer continuous battery life, a better noise isolation performance. However, the Sennheiser are better-built.
The Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless are better than the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport. The Jaybird are better-built, and they have a more comfortable and stable fit. Their sound profile is better-balanced, and they even have a parametric EQ and presets for customization. However, the Klipsch have a better noise isolation performance and a longer continuous battery life. Their companion app also offers a graphic EQ and presets, which some users may prefer.