Apple’s in-house earbuds, AirPods, have largely held the title as the best truly wireless option out there over the last year. But that hasn’t stopped competitors from trying to topple the throne. With CES 2019 slated to kickoff next week in Las Vegas, it’s no surprise that more wireless earbuds are on the way. Next up? The Klipsch T5 True Wireless Headphones, which sport classic matte black designs and a battery case that looks oddly like a Zippo lighter. Slated to arrive in June, these new earbuds aren’t likely to shake up the scene, but rather add to an already crowded lineup. More below.
Klipsch T5 True Wireless Headphones slated for CES
Klipsch is slated to introduce its new T5 True Wireless Headphones at CES in Las Vegas next week. Notable features include up to 24 hours of battery life when the included charger is accounted for. Otherwise, you’ll get around eight hours per charge with the buds alone. Like other truly wireless headphones before it, the T5s utilize Bluetooth and lack any wiring when in-use making them ideal for the gym and other activities.
Now about that stainless steel case. Props to Klipsch for opting to skip the usual plastic design leaned on heavily by most other retailers out there.
That said, this thing looks like a Zippo lighter. If you’re cool with that, this pair of wireless earbuds certainly delivers a nice change of pace from the usual plastic-infused offerings out there.
Natural AirPod Comparison
Like any product in this category, the T5 True Wireless Headphones are going to be compared to AirPods. At $199, they are $40 more than Apple’s in-house earbuds. On design only, I still give the nod to Apple. These new Klipsch buds suffer from the design issue that many others have as well: they look like Frankenstein bolts in your ears. I love that AirPods are slim and streamlined. Early images of the T5s are decidedly not. That said, there are going to be diehard Klipsch fans out there that are willing to pay the premium and find the design iconic rather than bulky.
Klipsch is slated to the release its T5 earbuds in June across North America.
Indianapolis, Ind. (January 3, 2018) — Klipsch®, a tech-driven audio company, announces today that it will debut a variety of innovative, premium sound solutions that are easy to use for a variety of applications at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019. New products include a family of small wireless in-ear headphones that allow people to listen comfortably on the go, and premium sound solutions that are vast upgrades to television sound — including, wireless room or portable speakers with voice command functionality, feature-rich sound bars and wireless home theater speakers.
The Klipsch T5 family of in-ear headphones are small in size and weight, yet powerful in performance, technology, materials and comfort. Each model features the brand’s patented oval ear tips for ultimate comfort and an excellent seal for noise isolation and improved bass. There are four headphones in the lineup to complement a variety of lifestyles and use cases, such as the company’s first-ever T5 True Wireless ear buds, active lifestyle and professional versions, and a wired model. Prices range from $59-199 (US MSRP). Available spring 2019.
Klipsch is expanding its award-winning line of Heritage Wireless speakers. The company recently announced the introduction of The Three with Google Assistant built in and will debut new finish options, as well as smaller, portable options with similar technology, premium materials and impressive sound. Prices range from $149-$499 (US MSRP). Available spring and summer 2019.
Five new Klipsch sound bars will be showcased at CES 2019 that are a major upgrade to stand-alone television sound, enhancing movies and music with clarity and realism. The sound bars are designed with quality materials and horn-loaded technology to look and sound more like the brand’s premium Reference speakers than run-of-the-mill black plastic tubes. Models range from 40”-54” in width, with power and dynamics increasing with size. Klipsch Bar 40G becomes a personal assistant with the Google Assistant built in, Bar 48W is compatible with the Google Assistant, Alexa and AirPlay 2 and includes DTS Virtual:X immersive surround sound, and Klipsch Bar 54A adds an overhead dimension of sound with Dolby Atmos technology and discrete elevation drivers. The sound bars may be purchased with or without subwoofers. Prices range from $299-$1,599 (US MSRP). Available spring 2019, with a couple models shipping this fall.
Klipsch will demonstrate its latest version of easy-to-set-up and use, high resolution wireless speakers with WiSA technology. The speakers are designed for people that want the simplicity of a sound bar and high performance multi-channel capable audio from WiSA Ready TV’s, gaming systems and computers (connects through a USB transmitter). Notably, the price for a Klipsch 5.1 wireless home theater speaker system is approximately half the cost of the company’s first generation offering. Available early 2019.
Klipsch will have active demonstrations of these speakers in their CES booth #13529 in the Central Hall. Visit Klipsch.com/CES for press kit and additional product information.
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