There is one brand that is dominating the conversation when it comes to waterproof, high performance portable Bluetooth speakers: Ultimate Ears. There are plenty of contenders out there, but many fail in one respect or another - especially those that come within budget choices. I recently completed testing on a brand new speaker from Tribit, a company that has a much lower profile (it's only been around since 2017). From my experience, I think you will hear a lot more about this. This is a hands-on review of the company's new flagship portable Bluetooth speaker priced at $ 119.99.
Tribit 's Tribit StormBox Pro is compact and waterproof to IP 67. Brad Moon
The StormBox Pro is a vertical cylinder just over seven inches tall slightly narrowed at the top. It is wrapped in black mesh. A rubberized black top is fitted with raised music control buttons, covered buttons for power, Bluetooth and XBass (more on that shortly), and LED battery indicators. A black silicone handle makes the whole thing look like a lantern when extended. The Tribit logo is on the front, while a sealed panel on the back hides the USB-C charging and USB Type-A output ports.
The speaker is deaddesigned to be used in an upright position. A silicone ring on the bottom keeps it from shifting, and the heavy design of the bottom (it weighs 2.2 pounds) makes it difficult to crash completely upside down.
It 's pretty appealing, but nothing that would not point out to anyone as anything special.
Now is the time decisive affordable Bluetooth speakers. It's easy to make a $ 250 speaker sound pretty good. At half the price, it 'sa challenge.
Inside the speaker cabinet is an impressive array of drivers, including a 3- inch subwoofer . Image copyright Tribit
Tribit uses a pretty impressive array of drivers in this speaker, with an AKM7755 DSP. The upper half is equipped with a pair of 1.6-inch mid-high frequency speakers, as well as two passive radiators. The lower half contains a 3-inch independently powered subwoofer with down trigger. The result is a 360 degree sound that is clear, full of energy and with solid bass. This low end is boosted even more if you activate the XBass button.
It there is also a lot of volume at the robinet, with the subwoofer alone receiving a 25W amplifier. It is not audiophile quality sound and it is not stereo, despite the 2.1 channel designation (although you do have the option of pairing a second StormBox Pro for a true 2-channel stereo), but it sounds pretty good and that Xbass boost is addictive. In my office, about a third of the volume fills a pretty room. It also has the power to be heard on the outside.
I spent several afternoons comparing the Tribit StormBox Pro to an Ultimate Ears MEGABO OM 3 ( reviewed here ).
StormBox Pro (L) and MEGABOOM 3 (R). Brad Moon
It's not really a fair fight given that the Ultimate Ears speaker is priced around $ 80 higher, but the StormBox Pro has better performed than I expected. The MEGABOOM 3 had the advantage over details and was sharper in the high end. With Xbass enabled, the StormBox Pro delivered a bass kick, the bigger top-end. speaker could not match. The ability of the MEGABOOM 3 to fine-tune its sound with the app's equalizer remainsa plus, but overall it was close.
I'm not sure I can declare a winner here, but I suspect bass fans would choose the StormBox Pro in a blind listening test ...
StormBox Pro key specs:
- 3- inch subwoofer, 2 x 1.6 inch mid-high frequency speakers, 2 x passive radiators
- AKM7755 DSP
- Output 2 x 7.5 W + 25 W with <0.5% THD
- Tribit XBass technology
- Bluetooth 5.0 with AptX support, range up to 100 feet
- Two-device multi-point connectivity, supports two-speaker stereo mode
- Two two 3.7V / 5000mAh lithium batteries with a maximum duration of 24 hours playback
- Water resistance IP 67
- USB Type-A output for charging devices
- USB-C charging (cable inclus, charging time 7 hours at 5V / 2A)
- Integrated handle
- 3.8 inches in diameter, 7.1 inches tall, weighs 2.2 pounds
- MSRP $ 119.99
The StormBox Pro offers a total battery capacity of 10,000 mAh. Tribit says it's good enough for 24 hours of music playback. As always, these numbers will vary widely depending on factors such as music playing power and ambient temperature. However, even in cold weather (still snow on the ground) and with around 50% volume, I easily had a week of use while spending two or three hours a day in the backyard - with the battery life indicator always showing almost half a charge. I've been testing it for weeks now and only loaded it twice.
YouYou can also use the speaker 's USB Type-A port to charge your smartphone battery, although you have to remember to bring a cable.
Speaking of cables, Tribit includes a USB-C cable in the box, but you'll need to provide a charger.
Snow is not a problem. fbs-accordion > Brad Moon
With an inWith an IP67 water resistance rating, the StormBox Pro should survive an accidental dunk in three feet of water for about half an hour. It's not meant to be used in water, but it's good to know in case a pool party gets a little out of hand. I have used it outside in snow and rain with no problem. Water beads on the surfaces. Shake it and dry it with a towel or in the open air and it's good.
Tribit doesn't claim to be sturdy, but the speaker appears solidly built and its rounded edges should help it survive any heavy hitting.
Tribit's StormBox Pro is a great number of portable speakers for under $ 120. Brad Moon
If you are looking for a portable and waterproof bluetooth speaker, now you have another great option . The product delivers punchy sound and punchy bass that you wouldn't expect from such a compact speaker. It is equipped with the latest technology, including USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, and two-device multipoint connectivity. Extended battery life, the ability to recharge your smartphone's battery and it's water resistant.
Add an attractive price tag of $ 119.99, and the Tribit StormBoxPro should be on your shortlist.
Disclosure: Tribit provided a speaker for the review, but did not participate in this review.