When Klipsch launched the T5 True Wireless, they were met with praise for their audio quality, although they did come with some minor design flaws. Fortunately, the audio tech company didn’t let these issues go unaddressed and released the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless as an answer to them. The next question is, however, can this new and improved version beat the likes of the
Klipsch T5 II vs AirPods Pro Comparison Chart
|Model||Klipsch T5 II||AirPods Pro|
|Silicone Tips||6 color coded pairs||1 pair|
|Water-Resistance||IP67 rating||IPX4 rating|
|Active Noise Cancellation||No||Yes|
|Controls||Physical buttons||Touch-sensitive controls|
|Battery Life||8 hours by themselves; 32 hours with charging case||5 hours by themselves; 24 hours with charging case|
Both the Klipsch T5 II and the
According to Klipsch, the T5 II earbuds are 25% smaller than their predecessor. It’s a good call by the company to cut back on size because the
While the T5 II and the AirPods Pro are more or less at par when it comes to design and comfort, though the former wins in terms of durability. The T5 II boast of an IP67 rating, meaning they’re water and dust-proof and can be taken to your sweaty gym workouts or your outdoor runs with no problem. The AirPods Pro earbuds come with an IPX4 rating and can only manage sweat and light rain.
As for controls, these two models are the complete opposite. With the T5 II, you get physical buttons which many users enjoy the feel of. However, there’s always the drawback of your earbuds being pushed in whenever you press the controls. The AirPods Pro, on the other hand, have touch-sensitive controls but without haptic feedback to make the experience more tactile.
Both the Klipsch T5 II and
Thanks to their thin diaphragms and 5mm dynamic drivers, the Klipsch T5 II can supposedly deliver an enhanced clarity of music across all frequencies. While they definitely do sound clear, their performance isn’t quite as consistent as Klipsch claims. They excel when it comes to pop and bass-heavy tracks, able to let the mids coms through with a satisfying richness and the lows with a lot of power and control. However, they struggle with the trebles and tend to produce a hissing sound which may annoy discerning ears. Also, they have quite a narrow soundstage. So are they top-of-the-line earphones? Not quite. But neither are the
Across all genres, the AirPods Pro’s vocals come through with a lot of depth and the bass is significantly more energetic compared to the AirPods 2’s. But similarly to the T5 II, the soundstage on the AirPods Pro isn’t that great either, with very little separation between the mids and lows. This gives off a weird feeling that the sounds are emanating from the inside of your head rather than from different angles. If you were to compare them to more high-end models, it’s obvious that the AirPods Pro wireless earphones sound ‘stuffier’ and that the details aren’t as clear.
While it has been a close game so far, this is the part where the
If you want to be able to hear the sounds around you, however, you can always turn on transparency mode. This allows external sounds to pass through so that you can hear oncoming cars or even hold a conversation with a friend without having to pause your music or take your earbuds off. You can tell that it’s a well-thought-out feature too because the external sounds filter in gradually instead of immediately rushing in and shocking your eardrums. Do note, however, that activating the transparency mode is quite fiddly and isn’t as easy as Apple makes it out to be.
The Klipsch T5 II have a more dependable battery life than the
The Klipsch T5 II try to make up for their lack of ANC with an impressive battery life. The earbuds themselves already have 8 hours worth of juice, but put them together with the charging case and you get 32 hours of battery life in total. This makes them more dependable than the
The lack of ANC on the Klipsch T5 II is a huge letdown and may even be a dealbreaker for some, which is why we’re naming the Apple AirPods Pro as the winner of this comparison. The AirPods Pro’s ANC is highly effective and is such a helpful feature to have. Not only does it allow for a much more immersive experience, but you also never have to subject your ears to damagingly high volumes ever again.
It’s worth noting, however, that the T5 II wireless earbuds are a lot more durable and have better battery endurance than the AirPods Pro. If these things are important to you and you don’t really care for ANC, then it might be worth splurging on them.
Despite their hefty price tag, the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless earbuds don’t have active noise cancellation.
The Apple AirPods Pro are equipped with active noise cancellation and it’s a highly effective feature. When you have the ANC turned on, you can enjoy your favorite tracks without getting distracted by external sounds.