Tribit XFree Color Wireless Earphones with Mic review

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  1. Donka macrumors 68030

    Donka

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    I ago through a lot of gadgets and like to post a review from time to time of ones that really impress. I received these as a replacement for another brand that had intermittent issues with their Bluetooth connection. I've just never fancied AirPods and prefer these in ear style of earphones.

    The Tribit XFree Color Wireless Earphones are a neck band style of Bluetooth headset aimed at the active user. Included in the package are the earphones , a pair each of small, medium & large silicon tips, 1 pair of each size ear hooks, micro USB cable, storage bag and a user manual.

    The earphones themselves are of the in ear monitor (IEM) variety with housings fashioned from aluminium and feel solidly built and are of a typical size for this type of earphone. The earphones are connected to each other by a 60cm cable which includes an in-line remote with microphone.

    As always, I always recommend 'burning in' for a good 10 hours or more by leaving the earphones connected to an audio source with a variety of music. Dynamic drivers such as these typically sound a little different after this process and will give their final sound although in fairness, these already sound good out of the box and only showed a small improvement during this process.

    Being Bluetooth 4.0 earphones, they include a rechargeable battery which is rated as good for 10 hours of use which is a very strong figure for this style of earphone. It supports A2DP, Headphone & Handsfree profiles which are standard fare but make these a flexible solution. Bluetooth range is the normal 10 metres which should pose no issue given the audio source would typically be worn on the user or be close by for this type of earphone.

    They have a surprisingly robust, well defined bass with highs that are always audible but not as pronounced as higher end models. The middle of the audio range is well represented and blend in nicely with the rest of the audio range. Depending on the track, vocals can stand out but not as much when accompanied by a busy backing score. The vocals still sound very good on complex tracks, it's more a case of the mix doesn't allow any specific part of the range to take over. For the record, these carry an official frequency range of 20hz - 20khz. The better the quality of the track, the more smaller details pop out and these earphones are surprisingly revealing and while 128kb tracks can provide an enjoyable listen, they do benefit from a higher bitrate file.

    After using these for around a week, I can see them easily being the go to pair of earphones for sports or gym work. They work well with most types of music and their IPX5 waterproof rating should render then impervious to sweat or a rain shower. There are better sounding earphones out there but for the most part, these sound very good indeed and you would be paying more money for a better listening experience.

    The in-line remote features a microphone and a small blue/red LED to indicate, charging, pairing and power status. Also included are three buttons to handle things such as play/pause, volume, track skipping, call answering/rejecting and voice dialling. These buttons are quite large in size which is welcome for operating by feel although they are smooth to the touch and could use some kind of raised marker to aid identification.

    Call quality is as expected with calls coming in nice and clear and the caller also reporting clear audio on their end. I also love the fact these earphones are magnetic so can be easily clamped together when hanging around your neck so they stay in place when not in use.

    These are comfortable to wear and the selection of tips on offer contribute to this as well as help isolate you from outside sounds. Not everything is blocked out but the vast majority is to make listening to quieter passages easy going and these are on a par with anything else I have tested. I actually prefer to be able to hear louder external noises when wearing earphones for safety reasons so would consider these ideal for normal day to day use. Ensuring a good seal is key to getting the most bass out of these earphones.

    For the money, you are getting a great Bluetooth earphone with this headset. This is a very respectable package from the audio and build quality to the selection of ear tips. The in-line remote/microphone is really a requirement for Bluetooth use but just adds to the practicality for mobile phone use. I consider these very good all round earphones indeed, offering a surprisingly rich audio experience for the price.
     

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  2. Donka, Apr 5, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2018

    Donka thread starter macrumors 68030

    Donka

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    Just to follow on to these earphones, I was impressed enough to try one of their other audio products - a travel speaker.

    It's called the XSound Go bluetooth speaker from Tribit and I have noted my thoughts below. I actually used this on a recent trip to Iceland for music in the hotel room.

    The speaker measures in at 175 x 59 x 56mm and weighs 380g. It has a 4400mAh rechargeable battery that offers playback for up to 24 hours and takes about 5 hours to fully recharge. Included in the package alongside the speaker is a lanyard, a micro USB charging cable, and a user guide.

    The speaker features a power switch on top, next to a discreet LED battery/Bluetooth indicator. Also on top are Bluetooth, Play/Pause and volume buttons. The Play button can also double as track skip buttons with multiple taps. On the rear, hidden behind a protective rubber door is a micro USB charging port alongside an aux in socket. The speaker also works well as a speaker phone with the controls on top allowing you to interact with a call while the included microphone offers clear reception to the person on the other end.

    Sound quality for such a portable speaker is actually quite impressive. This produces a fairly rich sound which impresses and sounds good with a large variety of music. You couldn’t call it bass heavy given the reasonably limited size of the enclosure but it still offers a warm, pleasing sound with a solid bottom end. Thankfully, midrange and high end are well represented too, with vocals being conveyed with real presence. Higher notes sparkle without ever being sibilant. The speaker supports A2DP, AVRCP, HFR & HSP profiles. It is rated at 2 x 6w output which is more than adequate to fill a medium sized room and when cranked up the audio remains very well controlled. Overall, the audio quality is very good for the price.

    I'm a huge fan of this speaker and the weight and size mean it is a great option for around the house as well as a travel speaker. I certainly don’t have any complaints with this speaker and can happily recommend it. I just wish it came with some kind of protective bag or case for travel use.

    More details at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tribit-Portable-Bluetooth-Wireless-Waterproof/dp/B078S4P3J9
     

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