Get $95 off Klipsch's excellent-sounding T5 II True Wireless buds
Klipsch's second-gen wireless earbuds are nearly 50% off or $105 for a limited time on Amazon -- and the sport version is only $100.
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When I spotted this deal on Amazon, I did a double-take, wondering if it was for a refurbished unit. But it turns out the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless earbuds -- brand new, in the box -- are really $105 (nearly half off) for a limited time on Amazon. The discount only applies to the silver-colored model (the black version is $126), but that's still a deal for an excellent-sounding set of true-wireless earbuds. Also worth noting is that the sport version is also on sale for as little as $100.
I haven't reviewed the T5 II buds, although I have used them. I liked them overall, but they're not without a few potential downsides. While their charging case is nicely design and solidly built (it looks like a heavy-duty Zippo lighter), it is a bit weighty, especially compared to the AirPods Pro's case. Also, they have a long ear tip post so the buds are designed to probe a little more deeply into your ear canal in order to get a tight seal and secure fit. That fit might not appeal to everyone.
Any potential flaws are magnified when you're looking at a $200 set of buds, which typically include such features as active noise canceling (there is a transparency mode). But when the price is around $100, one tends to be more forgiving and the T5 II does sound quite good with relatively clean, well-balanced sound, a fairly wide soundstage and energetic but controlled bass.
As I said, the T5 II also comes in a sport version with a water-resistant case, and that model is on sale for as low as $100 for the black version. That model includes sport fins and is also a deal at that price, but the sport case is a bit bulky and has clamps that make it cumbersome to get the buds in and out of the case.
I usually prefer the sport version of earbuds but in this case, my preference tilts toward the standard T5 II True Wireless: The sport fins felt a little uncomfortable in my ears. Note that both models have an IP67 water-resistance rating, which means they are waterproof and dustproof. Battery life is also good at up to eight hours on a single charge.
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