The Klipsch T5 II true wireless earbuds were an impeccable pair, but they lacked one major feature to go toe to toe with, say, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2: active noise cancellation or ANC. However, there’s a newer model in the lineup called the Klipsch T5 II ANC, and as their name suggests, they’re equipped to keep up with the competition.
In this Klipsch T5 II review, we’re pitting the ANC variant against the Momentum True Wireless 2, comparing them on a few but important fronts. Hopefully, that can help you decide which one will suit your needs and budget best.
Klipsch T5 II vs
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 Comparison Chart
|Model||Klipsch T5 II|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Driver||5.8mm dynamic moving coil micro speaker||7mm Sennheiser dynamic driver|
|Frequency Response||10 Hz to 19 kHz||5 Hz to 21 kHz|
|Active Noise Canceling||Yes, adjustable||Yes|
|Ambient Sound Mode||Yes, adjustable, Transparency Mode||Yes, Transparent Hearing|
|Bluetooth Version||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.1|
|Battery||Earbuds: Up to 7 hours or 5 hours with ANC on|
Case: Up to 21 hours or 15 hours with ANC (wireless charging supported)
|Earbuds and case: Up to 7 hours or up to 28 hours with charging case|
Fast charging: 10 minutes for up to 1.5 hours of play time
|Weight||Per earbud: 5.5g|
|Per earbud: 6g|
|Colors||Gunmetal, Silver, Copper, McLaren Edition||Black, White|
Design and Build
Both the Klipsch T5 II ANC and the
Once you lay your eyes on them, the first thing that’ll likely jump out at you is that the T5 II ANC are a beaut. They have one of the most polished-looking cases around, and it’s the same story with the earbuds themselves, particularly the copper version. They also come in gunmetal and silver, as well as a McLaren Edition with a rugged carbon fiber covering. Speaking of the earbuds, you get six oval-shaped, color-coded tips made from silicon to ensure a perfect fit.
In comparison, the Momentum True Wireless 2 have a fabric-lined case, giving it a bit more oomph in style. However, that has its downsides. For starters, dirt can get trapped between the weaves, and it’s likely why it doesn’t support wireless charging (more on that later). The earbuds may be too bulky for some, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a looker. After all, they have a matte finish and brushed metal plates on the outside. Color options include black or white, and while they’re on the simpler side, they’re classics that can’t be beat.
Both have an IPX4 water resistance rating, so they can only withstand splashes here and there. The two have superb build quality, and which one comes out on top here really depends on your preferences.
Sound and Noise Cancellation
Neither the Klipsch T5 II ANC nor the
What sets the T5 II ANC from their older siblings is they’re the first true wireless earbuds with Dirac HD Sound, “improving staging, clarity, vocal crispness, and bass fidelity,” or so says the marketing blurb. Whether enabling it is better or not, your mileage may vary, but it’ll noticeably change how they sound, bringing vocals more on the forefront and pushing instruments to the back.
Fortunately, their default tuning is already more than decent. Highs are detailed, and audio is clear across the board, starting from the lows. However, this pair has a more neutral sound signature, meaning it may seem lacking in bass—that is, if you’re used to earbuds that emphasize it. Meanwhile, the Momentum True Wireless 2’s bass has a bit more emphasis, working hand in hand with refined highs and slightly accentuated mids for better vocal clarity. Thanks to that, they’re better suited for playing contemporary songs and the like. Both do have in-app equalizers, so you can make adjustments to your heart’s content.
ANC is good on both, but they fall short when compared to the likes of the Sony WF-1000XM4. In fact, it’s pretty hard to tell whether ANC is on or not, but that’s partly because the two have excellent passive noise isolation to begin with. In other words, they already do a good job at blocking out external sounds from the get-go, so you likely won’t get that night-and-day difference between constant noise and sudden silence. At the very least, the T5 II ANC have adjustable ANC levels, but you’ll probably want to keep it at maximum setting most of the time.
These earbuds also have an ambient sound mode that lets you hear your surroundings, which is called Transparency Mode for the T5 II ANC and Transparent Hearing for the Momentum True Wireless 2. One nifty feature the T5 II ANC have is Noise Shield, allowing them to switch to ANC mode when there’s an unexpected loud noise to protect your ears.
Other Features and Battery
The Klipsch T5 II ANC beats the
Klipsch added a lot of smart features to the T5 II ANC. First off, there’s Bragi Moves, head gestures that let you control the earbuds. It’s a simple affair, where nodding answers calls and shaking your head rejects calls or skips tracks. What’s more impressive is Sidekicks, though. It can automatically enable Transparency Mode whenever you pick up a call, or turn on ANC when listening to music and switch to Transparency Mode when you put it on pause.
The left and right earbuds of the T5 II ANC each has a physical multifunction button. Thing is, you can’t customize the commands on the right one, but you get to assign different actions on the left, including media playback and ANC controls. You can set up to three functions among single, double, and triple presses.
On the other hand, the Momentum True Wireless 2 are relatively thin on smart features, but they do have ear sensors that detect whether you have them on or not, similar to what the AirPods Pro have. That paves the way for what Sennheiser calls Smart Pause, which automatically pauses content when you remove an earbud and picks up where you left off when you put it on again. For the record, they also have touch controls you can customize to your liking, and the best part is, you can do it on both earbuds.
As mentioned earlier, the Momentum True Wireless 2’s case doesn’t support wireless charging (it uses USB-C, at least), but the T5 II ANC’s case does. The Momentum True Wireless 2 are rated to go up to 7 hours or up to 28 hours with their charging case. Now the company didn’t give any estimations with ANC on, but realistically, you can get about 4 hours on a single charge with the feature on. The T5 II ANC deliver practically the same results, going up to 7 hours with an additional 21 hours’ worth of play time with their case. With ANC enabled, they can last up to 5 hours.
Price and Value
The Klipsch T5 II ANC have a similar launch price as the
Both earbuds have a similar price point, but the Momentum True Wireless 2 headphones are usually available at a discount nowadays. That isn’t surprising considering their age. In contrast, the T5 II ANC’s release date wasn’t too long ago—it was first available in August 2021, which is more than a year after the T5 II rolled out. The takeaway here is they’re new to the scene and might not be getting a price drop anytime soon, making them the more expensive pair to get right now.
It’s worth noting that ANC true wireless earbuds are becoming more accessible by the day. For one thing, Samsung has set an example with the ANC-enabled Galaxy Buds 2, which is even more affordable than the standard T5 II.
The competition is close, but the Klipsch T5 II ANC have way more features than the
It isn’t easy to pick a winner between the two. The T5 II ANC earbuds earn a lot of points with their sleek case and features like Bragi Moves, Noise Shield, and Sidekicks. The Momentum True Wireless 2 stand out with Smart Pause, an attractive design, and a more affordable price tag. Both are more or less on par with each other in terms of audio quality (read: both are good, but aren’t the same), and both are equal when it comes to ANC, however mediocre it may be.
But at the end of the day, we’d go with the Klipsch T5 II ANC here. To begin with, their head gestures are interesting and might come in handy at times, and Sidekicks show a lot of potential since its functionality can be easily expanded down the line. That said, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 are still a decent pick, offering a more streamlined experience with simple but convenient features like Smart Pause.
The Klipsch T5 II and T5 II Sport don’t have active noise cancellation, only the Klipsch T5 II ANC, as their name suggests.
Yes, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds have excellent audio quality and decent battery life. They also have active noise cancellation, Transparent Hearing, and Smart Pause.
While the Klipsch T5 II ANC may be on the expensive side, they have a lot of features to justify their price tag. That includes head gestures, Noise Shield to protect your hearing while in Transparency Mode, and smart actions called Sidekicks, as well as a clear and detailed sound quality.
Both can deliver a fantastic user experience, but the Klipsch T5 II ANC edge out the
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