Once again we take a moment to test out a Bluetooth speaker from the company Tribit (the Tribit StormBox Flow Bluetooth Speaker). A company with a portfolio filled with speakers, both past and current. And a great excuse for me to come out of semi-retirement to play with it since everyone else is at CES 2024 for the week.
In that, I have had (mostly) free roam of the building, blasting this little speaker to a long and variable list of my favorite artists to see how well it held up to some of these bigger brands (like Bose). To my surprise, it actually performed quite well.
Actually, it isn’t at all surprising since I have personally experienced several of Tribit’s speakers as others here have tested them through the years. As expected, they continue to get better with each generation and this one is no different.
This is a smaller speaker that competes with models like Bose’s SoundLink Flex. That one specifically comes to mind when I listen to this one since it draws a lot of attention from anyone around. Usually wondering where all that sound is coming from (and surprised to see that it was coming from such a small size).
It’s shape and size all but match speakers like the SoundLink Flex. A popular shape and design, thus you’ll find a lot of companies filling in this category. It has a little weight to it while not being overbearing. All of the buttons are located at the top. It offers USB-C charging, and a strap coming out of its one side.
It fits well within bags and cases, although it may not be pocket worthy for all. If you have some loose cargo pants or similar, you should be fine. Tighter jean-like pockets may not fit well with the speaker. But in most cases, you’d likely be throwing it in backpack or shoulder bag anyway.
Tribit does provide the charging cable (USB-C to USB-A) and some simple instructions. Nothing else is needed and it does come pre-charged right out of the box.
Those buttons on top (left to right in the above image) include a power button that turns the speaker on or off with a quick click. It also turns itself off to preserve battery if it doesn’t detect sound for 15 minutes straight.
Then there is a Bluetooth button used for pairing. This is usually self-explanatory if you have ever made use of a Bluetooth speaker. Then you have a volume down, a multi-function button, and a volume up. The volume buttons are obvious, and the multi-function button is what you normally find on most speakers or headphones. It allows you to play/pause the current media, as well as skip tracks (or go back), anwer/disconnect calls, or trigger your digital assistant on your connected device (if supported).
Then you have an EQ button. There are three modes, each represented by a color. White is XBass mode (extra bass), blue is audiobook mode, and if the light goes off, it is in default mode.
Finally, you have a pairing button at the far right. This is for if you have two of these speakers. The first one you’d connect to your phone (or device). Then you’d hit the pairing button on both speakers and they will pair together for a stereo experience (the second speaker can’t be actively connected to another device).
You can also connect it to the Tribit app to control some of these options (ie, EQ). This is also used for upgrading the firmware of the speaker. It is optional to download and use but you might want to give it a try from time to time just to make sure that firmware is up to date.
The USB-C port is located on the side where you would connect the included cable (or any USB-C charging cable) for charging. It takes up to 4 hours for a complete charge (depending on its current battery life) and you get up to 30 hours of use on a single charge depending on what modes or volume you are using.
This has been an absolutely fantastic speaker. Filled with crisp highs, a little bit of body, and some noticeably deep lows for its size. Not to mention the volume, which is has plenty.
I was able to take it loud enough to disturb someone a few times where I was asked kindly to turn it down. Normally, I would never listen to music so loud but I had to experience what it was capable of, after all. The fact that you can take the volume up so loud without distortion was impressive. Of course, you may run into a little distortion on its highest setting depending on what you are listening to or what mode you have it in.
As for water resistance, it offers what I would consider a standard IP67 rating. Good enough for most situations, but I wouldn’t try submerging it much. It can definitely take a good splash here and there, but I don’t normally recommend submersion unless something is rated at least IP7. But I have high expectations when it comes to the water-safety of a product.
It really does last for hours if you keep it to a normal volume. The XBass mode will decrease the battery life some but it is definitely worth making use of depending on what you are listening to.
This has been another great speaker from Tribit and should last users for many years assuming the battery also has a long life to it. I couldn’t say much since we’ve only had it for less than a week so far. But if it is anything like some of the company’s other products, I’d say it has a chance.
I was impressed by the volume but even more so from its range for such a small speaker. It can really offer some decent lows while providing crisp highs. The mids (body) are there but nothing too exciting. At least, though, they are indeed there. Many companies tend to forget about how important the mids can be for good music.
Currently (at the time of writing this), it has a clickable coupon on the Amazon page. Nothing on the Tribit store page at this time. It retails for $79, but a little discount makes it even more worth the buy. It competes well against brands like Bose so you shouldn’t be disappointed if you are hoping to avoid those higher price tags. This makes for a great alternative option at a reasonable price.
- Wireless Distance: 40M
- Bluetooth Version: 5.3
- Bluetooth Range: 30m (100ft)
- Bluetooth Protocol: A2DP, AVRCPHFP, HSP
- Output Power: 25W
- Battery: 3.65V, 4800mAh, 17.52Wh
- Frequency Response Range: 50~20KHz
- Frequency Band Range: 2402-2480MHZ
- Maximum Transmission Power: </=6dBm
- Size: 201mm x 90.4mm x 52.4mm
- Weight: 660g
- Water Resistance: IP67
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