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Lando Norris rates Klipsch McLaren F1 T5 II True Wireless Sports headphones

HiFi specialist Klipsch has partnered with McLaren Formula 1 to produce a Special Edition version of its latest True Wireless headphones. 

Designed for Hi-Fi and F1 enthusiasts alike, the new Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport McLaren Edition boast the F1 team’s branding, and come with a rugged charging case that’s dressed in McLaren’s hallmark Papaya Orange and carbon fibre livery. Also bundled is a special edition brand book, and a serialised metal card of authenticity.  

McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris was one of the first to try out the racy new buds, and rates them highly. “These are pretty cool!” he  tells TLR during a Zoom call from Austria, where he’s based mid-GPs. “I love listening to music, I travel a lot, to different countries and places. Wherever I go I have headphones with me.”

The charging case is dressed in McLaren’s hallmark livery, and comes with a special edition brand book, and serialized metal card of authenticity…  

McLaren colours for these Klipsch Special Edition buds

Hot off his third place podium winner at the 2020 season’s inaugural race, he notes that the T5 II True Wireless Sports are “very compact, which is important when you travel. They also look awesome, super cool,  and with the team colours they go well with our branding.  Music is something I love, so it’s crucial for me to have headphones. I’ve even got customised ones, with my logo on! ” 

The buds ship with six pairs of Klipsch ear tips, one pair of Comply memory foam ear tips, and three sizes of no-budge ear wings ensure a customised, comfortable and secure fit.

Both the earphones and the case are rated ip67, and are dust and water-tight. The case charges via USB-C, or wirelessly with the included one-position wireless charging pad. Battery life is rated at a generous eight hours, while the case adds an additional 24 hours. 

The ultimate True Wireless headphones for F1 fans

Features include four beam forming microphones, for improved voice chat clarity. Bluetooth stability is improved via an anodized metal signal-boost exterior antenna.

The T5 II Sport is also available without McLaren embellishments, and minus the wireless charging pad. It’s available in two colours – black and white.

This KlipschT5 II is a second generation iteration of the original T5. The earphones are around 25 per cent smaller than the brand’s original T5 model, and supposedly offer a snugger fit.

T5 II True Wireless Sport McLaren Special Edition retail for £259. The non McLaren edition sells for £209.

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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