Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones

Klipsch R5 wireless earphones is Klipsch’s third wireless earphones model. The first being the Klipsch R6 wireless earphones (S$295) and the second being the Klipsch X12 wireless earphones (S$695).

The Klipsch R5 wireless earphones was launched in Singapore on 10th October 2018 and it is currently retailing for S$199 on TC Acoustic Online Store.

It comes with a one-year warranty by Tat Chuan Acoustic. Tat Chuan Acoustic is located at The Adelphi (1 Coleman St #01-17 Singapore 179803) and is the official distributor for Klipsch and Sonos products in Singapore.

Unboxing

Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones - Box Front
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones – Box Front
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones - Box Back
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones – Box Back
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones - Box
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones – Box

I find the packaging box is too big considering the number of contents inside it.

Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones - Box Open
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones – Box Open
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones - Box Contents
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones – Box Contents

Besides the usual patented oval ear-tips from Klipsch, the R5 also includes an additional pair of Comply Ts-100 Comfort foam tips, two cable management clips, and a pair of wing tips.

Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones -  Manual
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones – Manual

Technology
A 5 mm dynamic driver powers the R5 wireless earphones. It is designed to deliver high output, full bass extension, a wide frequency range, and dynamic detail for realistic sound reproduction.

Powered by Bluetooth 4.0, it comes with Multipoint A2DP, AVRCP, Multipoint HFP Bluetooth profiles. Multipoint allows the streaming of audio via Bluetooth to two devices simultaneously.

A2DP codecs like SBC, AAC, aptX are supported.

Design
Unlike the R6, the R5 is targeted at people with active lifestyles aka people who are into sports. The earphones are rated IPX4, and that makes it resistant to water splashes (think sweat, moisture, and rain).

Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones

I love the design of the R5 more than the R6. It is matte looking, symmetrical designed, and has shorter wires that make it look less bulky.

There are two similar rectangular blocks on the R5 which makes it look symmetrical. One is remote and the other I am guessing is the hardware.

One interesting design feature of the R5 is the cable management for dual wear. You can wear your earphones with wires coming from the top of your ears or the usual way which is dangling from your ear.

Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones - Cable Management Clips
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones – Cable Management Clips

Either way, the wires might be too long for comfort especially when you are exercising. The R5 solves this issue with two cable management clips that allow you to adjust the length of the wires to your liking.

Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones - With Cable Management Clips
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones – With Cable Management Clips

The length of the cable on the R5 is just nice for me, so I will not be using the cable management clips. However, the cable is slightly long for my wife. And hence she might use it when she goes for an exercise.

I don’t think the cable management clips are necessary for daily use.

Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones - Wearing It
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones – Wearing It

I love the wing tips of the R5 as compared to other earphones. It is small, and it fits comfortably in your ears without much fiddling.

Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones - Wing Tips
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones – Wing Tips

You can use any of the included ear tips with the wing tips as the wing tips are attached directly to the earphones.

Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones - Ear Tips
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones – Ear Tips
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones

I recommend attaching the wing tips permanently to the R5 rather than using it only when you are exercising.

Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones - With Wing Tips
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones – With Wing Tips

The fit is perfect, and it stays comfortable in your ears due to its small size. You will not realize that the wing tips are even there.

Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones - Wearing It
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones – Wearing It

Remote
It comes with a three-button remote that you can use to control audio playback on your iPhones or Android phones.

Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones - Remote
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones – Remote

There is an integrated microphone on the remote. So you can use it to take calls as well. The microphone is powered by Qualcomm cVc noise cancellation technology. It enhances voice clarity and actively reduces environmental noises, so calls are loud and clear.

Charging
Charging is done via the Micro USB port on the remote. A Micro USB cable is included in the box.

Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones - Charging
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones – Charging

The R5 comes with a single lithium-ion battery, and a single full charge will give you about eight hours of battery life.

Audio Quality
Like any Klipsch earphones, the audio quality is good for general consumers. I can’t tell any difference between their wired earphones and wireless earphones since I am not an audiophile.

The bass is good and doesn’t crack under loud volume while the vocals are clear. Generally, there is nothing much to complain about Klipsch earphones be it wired or wireless.

Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones
Klipsch R5 Wireless Earphones

If you need a reasonably priced wireless earphones to accompany you for exercising, I highly recommend the Klipsch R5 wireless earphones.

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