Active noise cancellation is no longer a “luxury” for audio accessories now. It is actually a must have feature that consumers expect from new devices or new versions of previously released devices. Klipsch has now announced a new version of its T5 II truly wireless earbuds and unlike its predecessor, it now comes with ANC. It also has AI-based features of Bragi and Dirac HD Sound. With all of these premium features, of course, it will also come at a higher price for those looking for a more premium pair of headphones.
From a design perspective, the Klipsch T5 II ANC looks like its predecessor and still includes six sets of oval silicone ear tips so you can get the most comfortable fit. It has a redesigned 5.8mm driver with a thinner diaphragm to improve sound quality. It is IPX 4 water resistant, which is a surprising drop from the IP67 of the T5 II. But that’s probably one of the things they had to ditch to incorporate the new features and improvements from the previous version.
On the one hand, it brings Dirac’s HD Sound technology to the headphones to enhance its staging, clarity, voice and bass. You will still be able to apply custom EQ settings. The integrated Bragi operating system brings artificial intelligence for hands-free and gesture-controlled functionality. This means that you can accept calls by nodding or shaking your head to skip tracks when listening to music. There will also be automated processes such as ANC activated when listening to music or transparency mode activated when you receive a call.
There is also dual mic noise cancellation so that one mic is pointed out and another in front of the speaker so that it can give you maximum noise cancellation. On the battery side, it can give you 7 hours without ANC and 5 hours with ANC plus 21 hours in the case without ANC (15 with ANC). You can charge the box wirelessly and it is compatible with Qi chargers or you can use the USB-C cable. The T5 II ANC is priced at $ 299.
Meanwhile, there are special T5 II True Wreless ANC McLaren Edition headphones, just like its predecessor. It has the McLaren F1 team’s signature papaya color while sporting real carbon fiber and a co-molded outer shell that resembles the tread of their racing tire. This will cost you $ 50 more because the SRP is $ 349.