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The latest TWS earbuds from Klipsch have ANC, wireless charging and a McLaren-branded special edition

The T5 II Wireless ANC McLaren Edition. (Source: Klipsch)
The T5 II Wireless ANC McLaren Edition. (Source: Klipsch)
Klipsch has announced the T5 II Series True Wireless ANC Earphones, which come in Standard and McLaren Editions. They are rated for Dirac HD-tuned sound and for up to 21 hours of battery life with their USB type-C case. Their new racing-inspired special edition also comes with a "2X" wireless charging pad with NuCurrent technology.

Klipsch has announced that the latest versions of its T5 II Series Wireless Earphones have upgraded to ANC. The well-known audio brand claims that these new TWS products' new feature reduces unwanted sounds to the tune of up to 25 decibels, and is thus class-leading - or, in the case of their McLaren Edition variants, in "pole position".

Both versions of the new T5 II Wireless ANC buds have 5.8mm "custom" drivers with "3-micron high-res" diaphragms. The former spec is not of the greatest magnitude on the market; nevertheless, Klipsch may have tried to compensate by packing yet more brand names and buzz-words into these products.

They include an apparent absorption of Bragi technology, with "Moves" hands-free controls, "Noise Shield" for the T5 II ANCs' Transparency Mode, "Action Button" (to remap the touch control on the left earbud), smart "Sidekick" actions, an equalizer, and "Voice Awareness" features, all under this name.

Klipsch also asserts that the new T5 IIs are the world's first TWS earbuds with Dirac HD Sound, for increased quality and clarity in areas such as bass, sound-stage and vocals. In terms of looks, the somewhat Sony WF-1000XM4-like Standard edition are finished in brushed gunmetal, silver or rose gold-accented colorways, whereas the McLaren Editions are presented in this Formula 1 team's classic payapa-and-black style with additional carbon-fiber effects.

Both variants come with an unusually generous 6 sizes of ear-tips and are rated to go for up to 5 or 7 hours with ANC on or off, boosted to 15 or 21 hours respectively in total from their charging cases. These cradles have wireless charging as well as USB type C - and not just the normal Qi standard (of course), but the NuCurrent proprietary system.

The tech may have allowed Klipsch to use higher-end, thicker materials than normal in the T5 II Wireless ANCs' construction, and is also found in the special edition's bundled Charging Mat. Half of this additional accessory is dedicated to its matching case, and will apparently allow it to charge in 50% of the time compared to the average Qi-enabled pad, whereas the other half can be for any other device with wireless charging.

The T5 II Wireless ANC (Standard) buds are yet to become available, although the McLaren Edition are now to be found on the Crutchfield website for no less than US$349. Hopefully, all their extra aspects are worth that price.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-08-16 (Update: 2021-08-16)