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Klipsch unveils T5 II True Wireless ANC earphones with AI, adds McLaren Edition

A yound woman wears Klipsch TN5 II earphones while taking a call

Klipsch has announced the T5 II, its first Active Noise Cancelling True Wireless headphones with artificial intelligence (AI) technology from Bragi. The new in-ears will be joined by a special McLaren Edition, in distinctive racing livery.

The Bragi embedded AI is operated by head moves, so-called Bragi moves activated by tiny sensors in the earphones – just nod your head to accept a call, or shake your noggin to get to the next song.

Using a dual-mic noise cancellation system, the earbuds offer conventional ANC and Transparency Modes – but there’s also a hybrid option, called Noise Shield. This automatically turns on noise cancelling to combat loud noises when you’re using Transparency mode.

Noise cancelling settings and EQ adjustments can be managed using the Klipsch Connect app.

The earbuds know when you get a call, or start playing music, and can be configured to turn on Transparency Mode or Noise Cancelling automatically. These customizable features are called Sidekicks in the app.

The earphones can be charged wirelessly using any Qi-compatible charging pad, or use the included USB-C cable. Battery life is rated at five hours with noise cancelling on (seven without). The metal case itself holds an additional 15 hour charge. 

A hybrid option, called Noise Shield, automatically turns on noise cancelling to combat loud noises…

Klipsch McLaren TN5 II ANC earphones
The McLaren Edition Klipsch T5 II ANC earphones with go-faster charging

The Klipsch T5 II headphones are also the first True Wireless models to use Dirac HD Sound technology, said to drastically improve music staging, voice intelligibility and bass fidelity. With comfort in mind, they also come with six pairs of snap-fit, oval eartips, said to improve sound isolation.    

Mathias Johansson, Chief Product Officer at Dirac, says Dirac HD cleans up audio just as glasses clear up vision. “Dirac HD sound times everything right. Music is all about timing, and we make sure all frequencies are in perfect sync. This results in a high definition sound experience,” he says.

There are a number of colour options available: copper, gunmetal and silver.

Due for release in September, the T5II will sell for £299.

As the official headphone and portable audio partner of the McLaren Formula 1 team, the T5 II True Wireless ANC McLaren Edition earphones sport accents of the McLaren’s signature papaya colour, and the charging case has been redesigned. Carbon fibre has been used to decrease the case weight by more than 40 per cent, and the perimeter of the case incorporates a grippy racing inspired tread pattern. 

The McLaren Edition comes with a dual position wireless charging pad, and feature NuCurrent wireless charging technology which claims to charge twice as fast as anything else on the market. This go-faster edition will sell for £379.

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