Klipsch T5 True-Two of the biggest headphone brands, Klipsch and Sony, have made quite a splash with their recent true wireless releases. And they are both priced in the same ballpark.
Much has already been written about both,
the Klipsch T5 True Wireless and the Sony WF-1000XM3. So, this review is for those already familiar with at least one of these models, but who need a comparison before they pull the trigger.
Which true wireless model will suit your needs and listening style? Let’s find out in this Klipsch T5 True Wireless vs Sony WF-1000XM3 Review.
Klipsch T5 True Wireless vs Sony WF-1000XM3
Both models are comfortable to wear, though I preferred the minimalist design of the T5 TW over the more cumbersome feel of the WF-1000XM3. The other thing to note is that the Klipsch T5 True Wireless offers fantastic natural sound isolation. The company has kept their famous oval tip design. And for this reason, the T5 offers a snugger seal than the WF-1000XM3.
Since the Klipsch T5s were launched in early 2019, the brand has announced a new pair of truly wireless earbuds; the Klipsch T10 boast AI gesture controls and active noise cancellation and cost an eye-watering $649 (about £490 / AU$690).
Klipsch T5 True Wireless Earphones Design
The first thing you’ll notice about the Earphone is that their aluminum charging case is shaped like a Zippo lighter.
That’s no accident as that’s exactly what its designers are going for. Flip the top of the case up and you’ll be greeted to the headphones,
which are held by magnets to avoid any accidental drops.
the case feels incredibly substantial in the hand and it’s addictive to simply flip the top open and close. It’s a shame that Klipsch didn’t throw in a carrying case to protect the gorgeous brushed finish so expect the case to pick up knicks and scratches over time. In terms of features, the charging case features USB-C fast charging and three white LEDs that display the case’s capacity.
headphones themselves are less impressive than the charging case with a large earbud chassis, a long sound tube, and a single button on each earbud.
Klipsch T5 True Wireless Earphones Headphones insert
This makes the headphones insert deeply into the ear, which is great for passive noise isolation, which is excellent but may be uncomfortable for some.
Klipsch only includes small, medium, and large tips in the box so finding an ideal fit is difficult. (We found our ears somewhere in between the small and medium tips.)
One gripe we have about the tips is how fragile they are: One tip broke off in the earphone, requiring us to pick it out with a pair of sharp tweezers. We hope Klipsch can redesign the ear tips without the need for the small plastic clip that can easily become stuck in the headphone.
Klipsch T5 True Wireless Earphones Performance
The Klipsch T5 True Wireless features the signature Klipsch sound,
That’s not to say the Klipsch are neutral, though – they’re simply closer to neutral than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless when it comes to bass.
Mids are where the Klipsch shine,
The detail extends to the highs as well, allowing the headphones to sing in the higher registers without ever being harsh.
The soundstage is good, but not groundbreaking, as music has a good sense of width and height to it. It’s not open-back headphone quality, but it’s surprising for the form factor. Imaging is also excellent, allowing for the precise location of individual instruments.
Our testing playing music at 50% volume found 7 hours per charge and the case giving three additional charges no problem. These are earbuds that can last you an entire flight from New York to San Francisco.
In terms of wireless stability, the Klipsch are excellent, with exceptional range and reliability. We only observed a couple of audio hiccups in our several weeks of testing.
The Klipsch T5 True Wireless gives class-leading true wireless headphones like the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless a run for its money.
While Sennheiser has the upper hand in overall sound quality,
Klipsch’s latest ‘buds are no slouch and cost a third less. They’re still pricey,
but the Klipsch is a good value for audio enthusiasts that don’t want to compromise on battery life or wireless performance.
- Incredible build quality
- Warm, detailed sound
- Excellent battery life
- Deep fit may be uncomfortable
- No protective pouch
- No aptx HD or LDAC support