Klipsch’s tiny T10 wireless earbuds arrive as a $2,500 ‘bespoke’ model

Klipsch has finally delivered the T10 true wireless earbuds, which were supposed to ship in fall 2020… but they’ve changed a lot in the last two years. The company and Ear Micro released the T10 Bespoke Ear Computers (yes, really) as a handcrafted custom design aimed squarely at luxury buyers who refuse to own the same earbuds as everyone else. You can ask Klipsch to build the charging case out of materials like gold, leather (vegan and others), and wood, and the bud frames out of pearls or ceramic cubic zirconia. You can ask for special leather motifs and even have gems or carvings added by jewelers.

The T10 has some technical prowess that at least matches the luxurious exterior. Klipsch touts 96kHz/24-bit audio using the LDAC codec and believes the dual Cadence/Tensilica DSPs, Class-D amplifiers and Sonion converters will bring out the best in your music. Despite the incredibly small bud size, you can expect nine hours of listening pleasure per charge, as well as active noise cancellation.

Klipsch T10 Custom made wireless earbuds

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And yes, Klipsch knows it would normally be ridiculous to spend a fortune on earbuds whose batteries rarely last more than a couple of years. The T10 design is engineered to be repairable and upgradeable with relatively little effort. Provided Klipsch remains committed to support, you can use your unique audio indefinitely.

You pay a high premium, as you might have guessed. Klipsch estimates typical T10 prices to be between $2,500 and $5,000, and you can easily pay more to add gems and other unique touches. That’s a lot more than the $649 the company was aiming for in 2020. However, this might make more sense. Klipsch already has the $199 T5 II to woo mainstream buyers who might otherwise turn to AirPods or Galaxy Buds, and it’s not clear that the original T10’s promised AI features would have justified the price. The finished product is aimed at a niche but largely unserved group — the same upscale audience who wouldn’t shy away from a $3,400 Louis Vuitton smartwatch or an electric supercar.

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