Is it a JBL Flip 4? Is it an Ultimate Ears Boom 3? No, it the Tribit XBoom MaxBoom 360 Bluetooth Speaker. Tribit is relatively new to the market, but the company is already competing with some of the more prominent brands in the consumer electronics space. The Tribit MaxBoom 360 Bluetooth Speaker is a portable Bluetooth Speaker designed to rival the likes of JBL, Sony and Ultimate Ears. Does Tribit achieve this? Let’s take a closer look and see.
Tribit 360 Bluetooth Speaker Go Specs
Design & Features
On first inspection, the Tribit MaxBoom 360 looks identical to the JBL Flip 4, with a touch of the UE Boom 3. The shape and rear control panel look similar to the JBL Flip 4 while the large control panel on the front of the Tribit 360 resembles a similar layout to that of the UE Boom 3.
Like the Flip 4, a rubberized mesh covers the MaxBoom. This mesh cover offers both protection while giving the speaker a premium look and feel. The MaxBoom is IPX7 rated which protects against submersion to a depth of 1m for 30 minutes. Great for use around the pool or in the shower.
Where the Tribit MaxBoom has the edge over the Flip 4 is its ability to float in water. The Flip 4 sinks! If you have ever used a speaker at the pool or lake, you’ll know accidents happen. If you’re in a particularly deep body of water, you can say goodbye to your Flip 4 while the MaxBoom will bob to the surface still playing music.
Another feature where the MaxBoom has an edge is battery life. The MaxBoom features a 20-hour battery life which is 8 hours better than the JBL Flip 4. Now, it’s important to note; this is only going to be achieved using the AUX input at 40% volume and not Bluetooth. If you play the MaxBoom and Flip 4 on 50% volume using Bluetooth, you get similar battery life results.
The MaxBoom allows you to pair a second Tribit MaxBoom 360 to double your sound. Here is where the Flip 4 has an edge allowing you to connect multiple Bluetooth speakers using JBL Connect +. The UE Boom 3 can also connect multiple Boom 3 speakers. The likelihood users will pair two, let alone several compact speakers is low enough that I don’t see this as a feature with much significance.
The MaxBoom features a built-in microphone which allows you to make calls and voice commands. The speaker works with Siri, Google, and Alexa. It is important to note you will need to pair with an Alexa device for Alexa voice commands. We’ll discuss call quality later in this review.
Inputs and Controls
The Tribit MaxBoom offers Bluetooth and 1/8-inch AUX for audio inputs. The speaker features Bluetooth 4.2 with a range of up to 66ft. More than enough for a speaker this size. The connectivity is stable and should hold out even when you go into a different room.
Like the Flip 4, the AUX and power inputs are located behind a watertight cover offering protection against moisture and debris.
There are two button layouts on the MaxBoom. Starting on the front panel, you have a volume up and down control with a multi-function button in the center.
The multi-function button allows you to play/pause, manage incoming calls and activate voice commands.
On the rear of the MaxBoom, is the second set of buttons. Here you’ll find power on/off, Bluetooth pairing, and the XBASS button. XBASS engages a bass boost feature which we cover below.
Speakers and Sound
The MaxBoom features two 13/4-inch full-range speaker drivers with two passive bass radiators. Each speaker delivers 12W giving the Tribit 360 a 24W power output. The JBL Flip 4 only has a power output of 16W, so the MaxBoom has an edge here.
When it comes to bass, the MaxBoom is on par with the Flip 4 and Boom 3. While the Boom 3 does have a more prominent bass sound, the difference is marginal. One thing the MaxBoom does well is bass consistency. Whether you listen to the speaker loud or soft, the bass sound remains constant. Often cheaper speakers will lose some punch in bass response at lower volumes so; it’s good to see the MaxBoom manages this element well.
As mentioned, the MaxBoom features XBASS with a button to activate the bass boost. When engaged, I didn’t feel the speaker produced significantly more bass. The increase in bass was very slight and a little underwhelming. Still, at least it didn’t make the speaker sound bad I guess.
The midrange clarity of the MaxBoom is also on par with the Flip 4 and Boom 3. The treble sound is also very similar to a standard Bluetooth speaker this size.
The only place where the sound quality is an issue is with handsfree calling. Not many manufacturers get this right for ultra-compact Bluetooth speakers, so it’s not like Tribit are alone here. The Flip 4 sounds equally bad in terms of call sound quality. Voices seem distant and the incoming caller often complains of echo or feedback.
Overall, the sound quality of the MaxBoom is excellent. The speaker doesn’t sound better than either the Flip 4 or Boom 3 but rather matches for quality and performance. The MaxBoom is, however, only slightly louder.
What’s in the Box?
Included with the Tribit MaxBoom 360 Bluetooth Speaker:
- 1 x Tribit MaxBoom
- 1 x Micro USB charging cable
I’m always impressed when a new, more affordable brand can compete with the big boys. I feel the Tribit 360 MaxBoom has certainly managed this feat. The MaxBoom offers much of the same features as its premium counterparts with similar quality and execution. Where most other Tribit products are significantly cheaper than it’s premium competitors, the MaxBoom costs $70. Just $4 less than the JBL Flip 4. With features so closely matched, it’s hard to say which I would choose.
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End Date: 12/31/2019 11:59 PM PDT