The fine folks at Tribit have sent another interesting product to us this month: The Tribit MoveBuds H1 TWS earbuds with IPX7 waterproof rating, “bacteria-avoidance” ear tips, and up to 50 hours of playtime using the handy charging/carry case, and a pretty good Bluetooth range. Let’s take a look, open the box, and hear the True Wireless Stereo magic!
In the Box
Similar to the other Tribit products I’ve reviewed over the last few years, these TWS earbuds come in a nice retail box with clear graphics and a nice preview of the earbuds’ features. Inside I found the charging/carry case with the earbuds in place, a quick use card, a large assortment of ear tips in all necessary sizes from XS to XL, a USB-C charging cable, and the multi-language instruction manual. Inside the charging case, you will find the MoveBuds. You must first remove the red tape on each earbud to expose the charging contact points, then replace the earbuds in the charging case, and use the USB-C cable to charge the entire package. If you require a different size silicone ear tip than the preassembled medium size, it’s very easy to pull the original ones off and replace them with the proper size. The case as shipped was almost fully charged so it took less than 30 minutes to bring it to a full charge and start the pairing process. Like all Tribit devices I’ve used; the device name “Tribit MoveBuds H1” is easy to find in your pairing list once they are removed from the charging case. These earbuds utilize Tribit’s Trademarked Iconic with Qualcomm Apt-X decoding to give your music True Sound, Balanced, High Fidelity authenticity. The Qualcomm 3040 chip allows for faster transmission, a more stable connection, and imperceptible latency. Tribit is using Bluetooth 5.2 in these earbuds for a strong connection no matter what you are doing, and finally, the CVC 8.0 cancells 90% of background noise so you can have clear communication during sports. Let’s look at the controls, and indicator lights.
Easy Peasy Pudding Pie
The Tribit MoveBuds H1 comes with a clearly written instruction manual which I had to open and read to completely understand the many features included with this set of True Wireless Stereo earbuds. Both earbuds have complementary controls and can be used as single earpieces, or paired together for an amazing stereo experience. The units use a voice prompt to keep the user up to date on what they are doing, including a light scolding when you try to skip tracks with a stream that doesn’t allow that feature. It made me smile the first time the voice-over let me know it was unable to skip audio/video on my Ring Camera stream while I was monitoring the camera alerts. It will utilize voice prompts when pairing, connecting to a device, or disconnecting from a device. The Left earpiece controls are as follows: One click will play/pause the music or answer a call, two clicks play the previous track or end a phone call, and 3 clicks on the left earpiece will access your phone’s digital assistant like Alexa, or Siri. A long hold will decrease the volume in both ears. Holding the button for 6 seconds will turn on the earpiece from off mode. Finally, holding the button for 10 seconds in standby mode will switch both earbuds completely off. The Right earpiece controls are as follows: One quick click will again play/pause the music or answer a call. Double clicks will play the next track or end a call. A triple-click on the right side earbud will enter Ambient mode, so you can hear what’s going on around you. Exactly like the left side earbud, a 6-second hold will turn the earbud on, and a 10-second hold will turn both earbuds off from standby mode. The LED indicator lights on the earpieces will light under these specific circumstances: When turned on the White LED will blink once and then turn off. When the Earbuds are ready to pair to Bluetooth the white LED will blink slowly, and when successfully connected will turn off. When the earbuds are reconnecting to a known Bluetooth device the white LED will “Breathe” and finally when the internal battery charge is low, the white LED will blink rapidly. When in Ambient mode the earbuds utilize the external microphone to mix external sounds with the internal sounds so you can hear voices, traffic noise, or anything happening in your environment without the danger of not hearing sirens, or your wife trying to get your attention when you are listening to your jams. the earbuds are IPX7 Rated(it is rated at IPX8 at Amazon but I’m going by the manual and box graphics) which means you can wear these in the rain, or sweaty. My personal experience with charging boxes and earbuds is that they stop operating properly when completely wet, but are not damaged by the water. The manufacturer suggests strongly not wearing the H1 MoveBuds in the shower because long periods of time in hot water could reduce the overall water resistance. Let’s take a listen:
True Wireless Stereo
The Tribit MoveBuds H1 earbuds were easily and quickly connected to every Bluetooth-enabled device I possess using the onboard BT 5.2. The earbuds utilize a voice prompt to remind you that it is pairing, paired, lost connection, or are reconnected. Like all Tribit devices look at your Bluetooth pairing menu for Tribit MoveBuds H1 because they make it easy to find. I also used my Bluetooth-enabled Audio player to listen to the highest quality files I own. When listening to old-school rock and roll songs that have a lot of Stereo imaging(Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix) the sound was quite good for a single driver. I listened as always to Country, Rock, Classical, Jazz, and Pop music the most during my time with the MoveBuds. I didn’t hear the clearest separation as I would with a multi-driver earbud, but the stereo imaging was pristine. The Ambient sound allows one to hear outside sounds almost naturally. My one complaint came from others stating to me, “You are speaking really loudly, take out the earbuds.” which I’m sure was because although I could easily hear what was being said around me, and the natural sounds of the rooms, I was still listening to music in the background. For the majority of the audio devices, I could move between tracks, raise and lower device volumes, and pause or play the tracks without any issues. I did note that when playing Videos on certain Android apps such as Crunchyroll, I could control the volume, but neither pause, play, nor skip any video files. When making or taking phone calls the 4 installed microphones utilizing CVC 8.0 were so transparent that none of my callers were able to tell I was using earbuds without my telling them so. All the buttons work as described, and these are very easy to get comfortable with the plethora of ear tips supplied. Either earbud works great alone or together. I can’t imagine how much standby/play time one might have utilizing only one earbud at a time with the charging case but it might last over a month with only a few hours of music playtime a day. Let’s move on.
I’ve had these Tribit MoveBuds H1 for several weeks. To be honest I got tired of wearing them every day waiting for the charging box to finally run out of power and decided I had to write this article. Two weeks of 2-3 hours of music program a day, plus phone calls, plus standby for most of the day, and the USB-C charging box was still at 50%. The TWS is a truly clear and clean wireless Stereo experience. Unfortunately, I live in Las Vegas so I wasn’t able to test them in the rain any time in the last month but I’ve never had any Tribit audio device fail when following the manufacturer’s recommendation for water exposure. I’ve put IPX7 speakers into pools and watched them float so I know what I’m willing to do. Because of the charging case and exposed charging connections there is no point doing that with the Tribit MoveBuds H1 earbuds. They are comfortable for everything I did wearing them except for sleeping. They killed my ears in that situation. That’s why the Tribit MoveBuds H1 Bluetooth Sport Earbuds got 9 out of 10. Love Tribit. Love their devices. Can’t wait to see another one ASAP.