Reviewed on Dec 02, 2019

Klipsch T5 True Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
6.5
Mixed Usage
5.6
Neutral Sound
7.0
Commute/Travel
7.9
Sports/Fitness
6.2
Office
4.8
Wireless Gaming
4.7
Wired Gaming
5.8
Phone Call
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Truly Wireless
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Klipsch T5 are unique-looking truly wireless headphones that have a weirdly long stalk that enters your ear canal. They might not be the most comfortable headphones due to this design, but they're still a decent option for people looking for wireless headphones with an excited, V-shaped sound profile. The battery life on a single charge is quite impressive for truly wireless headphones, and they come with a very nice charging case.

Note that we had issues with the fit of these headphones on our measurement equipment, which results in odd-looking results. In this review, we give our subjective impression of their sound, but a colleague couldn't get them to fit in his ears and thinks the measurements below could be representative for a user who can't find a good fit.

Test Results
Design 7.6
Isolation 6.6
Microphone 5.9
Active Features 5.5
Connectivity 2.8
Pros
  • Great looking charging case.
  • Great single charge battery life for truly wireless headphones.
  • Well-built design.
Cons
  • Sub-par microphone performance.
  • Enters the ear canal deeply; even more than typical in-ears.
  • No customization options.
  • Very high wireless latency.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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7.6

Design

The Klipsch T5 True Wireless are uniquely-designed true wireless headphones. They have a very long in-ear design, which either enters your ear canal quite deeply or doesn't fit you at all. Their weird design makes the whole bud casing stick out of your ears, which might look weird for some. They come with a Zippo lighter lookalike charging case that feels well-built and heavy, which is quite satisfying to open.

Style

The Klipsch T5 are decent looking headphones, but their design makes them protrude quite a bit out of the ears, which some may not like. On the upside, they have a copper accent that gives off a nice high-end feel.

6.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The Klipsch T5 are typical in-ears that go very deep inside the ear canal. They come with a few different tips to help you find a more comfortable and stable fit. However, since they have a tactile control scheme, pushing the control buttons pushes the earbuds even further inside your ears, which hurts a bit.

8.4 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : Good
Feedback : Good
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : Voice enabled controls

The Klipsch T5 True Wireless' control scheme is rather intuitive and easy to use. The right bud is for raising the volume and skipping tracks, while the left one reduces the volume and goes backwards. You can obviously play/pause your music with either bud and manage calls as well. You can also mute your microphone when using the headphones for calls, which is nice.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C

Like most in-ears, they don't trap heat inside or around the ears. You won't sweat more than usual when using these and they make a decent option for sports, although they aren't designed for this use.

9.5 Portability
L : 1.3 "
W : 1.1 "
H : 0.8 "
Volume : 1.1 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

Like all truly wireless headphones, the Klipsch T5 don't take a lot of space and their footprint is very small. You'll easily be able to fit them inside your pants pockets or a bag. You can also put them inside their charging case, too.

7.5 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 2.0 "
W : 1.3 "
H : 2.0 "
Volume : 5.2 Cu. Inches

The Klispch T5 come with a good metal case that protects the headphones well. It's small enough to fit in most pockets, although some people might think it's a bit too heavy for a truly wireless case. The lid is also a bit loose, but this shouldn't bother most people. Also, when taking the buds out of the case, the tips stay stuck and turn themselves inside out, which gets frustrating since you need to adjust them every time you take the buds out of the case.

7.5 Build Quality

The Klipsch T5 True Wireless' build quality is good. They should survive accidental drops without too much damage, especially if they're protected by the metal-feeling, heavy charging case. The buds feel dense and are rated IPX4 for water resistance, but we don't currently test this internally. With head movement, you can easily hear the buttons moving around because they're loose.

7.0 Stability

Decently stable, but definitely not the best option for sports. If you don't have a good seal, they easily fall off with head movement.

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Sound

The Klipsch T5 True Wireless didn't perform well with our testing rig. Due to their design, we couldn't get a good seal, which resulted in a very poor bass performance. However, when subjectively listening to them, we figured they have more of an exciting sound profile, with overemphasized bass and treble ranges when you're able to get a good seal. On the other hand, one colleague couldn't get a good seal, and feels like the measurements could be accurate for someone who has trouble with getting a good fit with in-ears.

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
:
-11.28 db
Treble Amount
:
-3.1 db

We had trouble measuring the Klipsch T5 True Wireless with our testing rig due to fit issues, which explains the lack of bass. We couldn't get an airtight seal. However, when listening to them, the ones that could get a good fit hear an exciting, V-shaped sound profile, while the one who couldn't get a seal hears something similar to the test results, meaning it can be representative of use for someone that can't get a good seal.

9.8 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.04 dB

The frequency response consistency was amazing on our dummy head, but only because we couldn't get a good fit every time we tried testing them. However, this is different with humans, as we tested with employees. A few people could get a decent seal, while another one could barely fit them inside his ears, even with the smallest tips. Therefore, they perform quite differently depending on the seal you can achieve.

4.2 Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
7.55 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
109.92 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-13.38 dB
Mid-Bass
:
-5.5 dB
High-Bass
:
3.98 dB

In our testing procedure, we couldn't get the Klipsch T5 to fit appropriately in our measurement rig, which resulted in a drastic loss of bass. These results seem to be accurate for people who can't get a good seal with these, but if you can, we experienced a lot of low-end thump and pretty good bass performance. We don't think the bass is neutral, but it definitely sounds better than what the graph shows.

5.2 Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
6.44 dB
Low-Mid
:
7.01 dB
Mid-Mid
:
4.0 dB
High-Mid
:
7.47 dB

With the fit issues we had during testing, the Klipsch T5 show overdone mid-range accuracy, which results in forward- sounding vocals and lead instruments. However, when subjectively listening to these headphones, we thought the bass was slightly overpowering the mid-range, although voices were still accurately reproduced and clear enough for most people.

6.5 Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
4.68 dB
Low-Treble
:
3.35 dB
Mid-Treble
:
3.43 dB
High-Treble
:
-3.55 dB

The treble performance of the Klipsch T5 True Wireless is just okay. Although we didn't get a good fit, we think these results are actually pretty close to reality when we gave them a listen. They should sound a bit overly sharp and piercing on high frequencies like vocals and cymbals.

6.3 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
2.67 db
Dips
:
1.46 db

Due to the poor fit, the peaks/dips performance of the Klipsch T5 is mediocre. However, we don't think this reflects an accurate user-experience. They do sound a bit excited with overemphasis in bass and treble, but they aren't uncomfortable to listen to.

8.5 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.14
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.07
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.27
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
2.36

The stereo imaging of the Klipsch T5 is great. The group delay is under the audibility threshold, which results in a tight bass and transparent treble range. Our unit also has well-matched L/R drivers, which is important for the reproduction of sounds in the stereo image. Note that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

1.1 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
4.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
1.3

Due to the in-ear design, these headphones don't really interact with the pinna, which doesn't result in a very wide or natural sounding soundstage.

7.0 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.554
WHD @ 100
:
0.253

The weighted harmonic distortion performance of the Klipsch T5 is decent. The amount in the bass is within good limits, but it's slightly elevated for the treble range, which can make these frequencies a bit impure and harsh. On the upside, there's no big jump under heavier loads, which is good.

6.6

Isolation

The isolation performance of the Klipsch T5 True Wireless is just okay. However, we had issues with the fit of the headphones on our measuring equipment, meaning that the bass isolation results might not be accurate. We found the T5 to have a pretty decent passive noise isolation performance. Especially since they don't leak too much, you can easily mask more ambient noise with music.

5.5 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-13.21 dB
Bass
:
0.0 dB
Mid
:
-13.97 dB
Treble
:
-27.08 dB

The noise isolation performance is quite sub-par. However, this was measured with the same fit issue that we were getting with our sound measurements. They aren't the greatest for blocking out noise, but we couldn't hear near conversations when using the headphones with some music, meaning they'll be good for the office. However, they don't block a lot of noise in the bass range, so they might not be the ideal option for your daily commute.

8.9 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
27.91 dB

These headphones have excellent leakage performance. They practically don't leak, unless you really crank up the volume to its maximum in a quiet environment. The leakage volume isn't loud, but when audible, it's thin-sounding.

5.9

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The integrated microphone of the Klipsch T5 True Wireless is sub-par. Its recording quality is pretty bad, resulting in speech that sounds muffled. It also doesn't do a good job at separating background noise and your voice.

5.8 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
538.17 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
2.7 dB
HFE
:
3179.16 Hz
Weighted THD
:
0.912
Gain
:
1.97 dB

The recording quality of the integrated microphone is sub-par. People on the other end of the line will understand you in very quiet environments, but the audio quality won't be the best. Recorded speech sounds muffled and lacks detail and brightness.

6.0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
11.85 dB

Like most truly wireless Bluetooth headphones, the noise handling of this microphone is mediocre. It will only be suitable for quiet environments and won't be able to separate ambient noise from your voice in moderately loud situations like a busy street.

5.5

Active Features

The Klipsch T5 True Wireless have a pretty good battery life for truly wireless headphones. They offer over 8 hours on a single charge, which is great. Unfortunately, there's no dedicated companion app that would allow some sound customization, but it's announced to be released soon.

6.1 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
8.0 hrs
Additional Charges
:
3
Total Battery Life
:
32.0 hrs
Charge Time
:
1.3 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
No
Charging Port : USB-C

These headphones offer about 8 hours of continuous playback time, which is quite good for truly wireless headphones and can last you for a full day at work. Their case also holds 3 additional charges for when you're on the move. Unfortunately, you can't use only one bud at a time while the other is charging.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
macOS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

These headphones don't have a dedicated companion app for customization options. However, it's advertised to be coming soon.

2.8

Connectivity

The Klipsch T5 are straightforward Bluetooth truly wireless headphones. They come with a case that holds additional charges, which is useful for charging the headphones on the move. Unfortunately, their range isn't that great when compared to other truly wireless models and their latency is noticeably high, which isn't recommended for watching video content.

6.7 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
No
Line of Sight Range
:
116 ft
Default Latency
:
408 ms
aptX Latency
:
321 ms
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

The Klipsch T5 are Bluetooth-only truly wireless headphones. They only have a decent line of sight range, but you shouldn't any issues if you keep your source near you. Unfortunately, their latency is very high, and even with app or device compensation, people should notice a delay when watching video content. On the upside, it's Bluetooth 5.0, so you might get better overall connectivity performance if your source supports it too.

0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A

These headphones are Bluetooth-only.

0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A
Wired Latency
:
N/A

As expected, these truly wireless headphones can't be used wired. They come with a USB-C to USB-C charging cable, which means you can plug the case into your phone for on-the-go charging. It also comes with a USB adapter.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No

These headphones can only be used via Bluetooth on PCs and won't work with the PS4.

Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
No
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No

These Bluetooth-only headphones aren't compatible with the Xbox One.

2.2 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

Like all truly wireless headphones, their case serves as a charging dock that you can bring around. It supports charging via USB-C, which is nice, and has no other inputs.

In the box

  • Klipsch T5 True Wireless headphones
  • 3x silicone tip sizes
  • Charging case
  • USB-C to USB-C charging cable
  • USB-C to USB adapter
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Klipsch T5 are uniquely designed in-ear headphones that enter your ear canal quite deeply, which isn't the most comfortable. On the upside, they have a cool-looking case and offer a lot of battery life, especially on a single charge. See our recommendations for the best true wireless headphones, the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds, and if you're looking for something cheap, check out our best wireless earbuds under $50.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Klipsch T5 True Wireless. Although we had fit issues with both headphones, the Sonys still perform better, with better sound quality and a noticeably better noise isolation performance thanks to their ANC feature. They also have a dedicated app that allows customization options.

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Klipsch T5 True Wireless. They have a more traditional in-ear fit and a better neutral sound profile. They can also be connected to two devices simultaneously, which is useful at the office. The passive noise isolation is also quite impressive. On the other hand, if you want longer battery life on a single charge, then the Klipsch T5 have the upper-hand.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless are better headphones than the Klipsch T5 True Wireless. They're better-built and offer a more neutral sound profile than the V-shaped profile of the T5. They also feel more stable in the ear and their passive noise isolation seems to block more ambient noise. On the other hand, the T5 have a great battery life for truly wireless headphones.

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless are better than the Klipsch T5 True Wireless. The Bose have a more neutral sounding sound profile while the T5 have an excited, V-shaped sound profile. The Bose are also more comfortable thanks to their earbud-like design, while the T5 enter your ear canal very deep. However, the Bose are semi-open, which means their noise isolation is practically nonexistent.

6.5 Mixed Usage

Just okay for mixed usage. These headphones have a very long stalk design that enters the ear quite deeply, which isn't the most comfortable to wear for long periods of time. They also have an exciting, V-shaped sound profile if you get a good fit, which won't satisfy critical listeners who are looking for a neutral sound. They're also only rated IPX4, which isn't that great for sports. They can have decent isolation performance with a good fit and their 8-hour battery life on a single charge is what makes them stand apart.

5.6 Neutral Sound

Sub-par for neutral sound. This score is influenced by the poor results we got during our testing procedure due to the poor fit. We don't think the Klipsch T5 are that bad-sounding, but they do seem to have a more excited, V-shaped sound that wouldn't be great for a neutral listening. Also, if you're prone to getting seal issues with in-ears, these probably won't be any different.

7.0 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. If you can get a good seal, you can probably isolate even more noise than what we measured, although they aren't the most comfortable. Their single charge battery life is quite good and will be more than enough for your daily commute, but might be a bit short for long flights. On the upside, they're easily portable and come with a very good case.

7.9 Sports/Fitness

Good for sports. Thanks to their portable and breathable design, these headphones can be used for physical activity, although there are better options available. They're only rated IPX4 for water resistance, which isn't that great for sports headphones.

6.2 Office

Just okay for the office. They aren't the most comfortable to wear for a full work day, but their battery life should last all day especially if you charge them during your lunchtime.

4.8 Wireless Gaming

Bad for wireless gaming. These Bluetooth headphones have very high latency and won't be a good option for gaming.

4.7 Wired Gaming

These headphones can't be used wired.

5.8 Phone Call

Sub-par for making phone calls. Their microphone's recording quality is pretty disappointing, and recorded speech is muffled and lacking in detail. The mic also struggles to separate ambient noise and your voice.

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