Formula One drivers may wear ear plugs to suppress noise levels inside the cockpit, but you can bet they slip on a pair of wireless earphones once they’re kicking back to relax after a grueling day at the tracks. And what better gear to use than the racing-themed Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport McLaren Edition?
A special edition of Klipsch’s new wireless earbuds, it combines the outfit’s audio hardware with McLaren Racing’s colors and branding, so you can celebrate your automotive racing fandom every time you pop in your earphones to listen to music. Will it make you as cool as an F1 driver when you walk around with these things in your ears? Probably not, but they should let you enjoy your favorite playlists hassle-free, whether you’re pumping iron at the gym, commuting by train to the office, or waiting for your friends to grab a drink after hours.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport McLaren Edition boasts even better sound quality compared to last year’s T5, courtesy of a new 5mm dynamic driver and diaphragm inside each unit. Given that its predecessor already offered one of the better-sounding true wireless options in the market, this is an interesting upgrade. It uses a new Bluetooth 5.0 radio that, the outfit claims, fosters an even more stable wireless connection, so your playlist doesn’t have to be frequently interrupted with signal losses and interference.
Fit was one of the sticking points for the original T5 and it’s an area they address in the model’s second generation. According to the outfit, the earbuds are now 25 percent smaller, all while sporting contours that “more closely mimic the shape of the ear,” creating a better-fitting earpiece that’s a whole lot more comfortable to wear.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport McLaren Edition doesn’t come in a Zippo-like case like the standard edition. While that’s a definite downside (the Zippo-style case looks great), they did replace it with one that makes the whole set (earbuds and case) IP67-rated for sweat and water-resistance, ensuring the constant exposure to your dripping sweat and water bottle spills doesn’t cause any damage. Even better, the case has a clip-in container of silica gel desiccant inside, which can absorb and wick moisture away from the earbuds while they’re charging, so you don’t have to thoroughly dry the whole thing before popping them back in the case.
The earbuds can be used for up to eight hours of music playback, with the charging case containing another 24 hours’ worth in its integrated battery. So yeah, provided you didn’t leave the case at home, you can use this to listen to music for an entire weekend adventure. It comes with a Qi wireless charging pad, although the case can also be charged via USB-C. Other features include four beam-forming microphones, six pairs of ear tips, and three sizes of ear wings.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport McLaren Edition comes out end of August, priced at $249.