Tribit MaxSound Plus Review

Tribit MaxSound Plus Review

My experience with the Tribit MaxSound Plus Bluetooth speaker. That’s not going to work when it comes to conquering

the market. You know I’m fair. However, even if I’m personally using a device’s sound image in the Bluetooth speaker-test, I do not agree; there are often high scores and a positive rating. After all, the sound is a halfway subjective thing.

After the test for Tribit XSound Go turned out pretty well (although I didn’t quite like the sound direction), I had pretty high expectations for the Tribit MaxSound Plus Bluetooth speaker.

Both devices are quite similar – not only visually. Also, I assumed that after the half disappointment with the Tribit, StormBox could only get better.

But of all things, the device with the title “MaxSound” sounds the worst of the three. And not only according to subjective characteristics, but quite objectively and in all fairness.

It’s a shame, especially since Tribit is working hard to capture market share with cheap Bluetooth speakers and unseat household names like Anker. But apart from the fact that this doesn’t work with such a range of sounds, the Tribit range lacks unique selling points.

Because everyone three current Tribit speakers, which the manufacturer sent us, are almost the same not only on paper. I was set on liking the Tribit MaxSound Plus, if only for its price and broad functionality. Also, the German representatives of the Chinese brand are pretty nice. But if the sound is bad, it’s bad.

PROS:

  • High quality
  • High outdoor functionality
  • Long battery life
  • Stable Bluetooth connection

CONS:

  • Tinny, thin sound

The Tribit MaxSound Plus at a glance: hand flatterers in house design

Had the proven outdoor buddy StormBox still based on the design of well-known brands, the MaxSound Plus looks like Tribit. It has the same hand-flattering basic shape as the XSound Go but is slightly larger and heavier.

As far as functionality is concerned, the three Tribit loudspeakers are so similar that it is impossible to work out a special feature for the MaxSound Plus:

  • With 2 x 12 watts plus two passive bass membranes, the sound components are identical to the StormBox
  • The Bluetooth range is the same for all of them at 20 meters outdoors
  • Everyone has them, Protection class, IPX7
  • The battery life is 20 hours for the large versions and 24 hours for the small XSound Go.

Only one thing caught my eye at this point (negatively). Ironically, the speaker with the “MaxSound” promise has the narrowest frequency range, which only begins at 80 Hertz. Translated, this means nothing good for the bass reproduction.

Functions and operation: Direct touch experience

There are hardly any difficulties when using it. All available options are located here as a touch button on the top. Compared to the XSound Go, only the “XBass button” known from the StormBox has been added, which will provide more boom.

If we deduct the basic lack of character, there’s nothing to complain about regarding the MaxSound Plus. It’s a functional speaker with this high-quality feel and quality level – and I have a positive memory of it.

Establishing the Bluetooth connection

The max sound and the XSound Go are similar in appearance and Bluetooth quality; both don’t want to connect to the smartphone. However, after some fiddling and a restart of the process, the MaxSound convinces better connection quality.

This, in turn, is more closely based on the StormBox – both are very easy to move, the connection does not break even behind several doors and walls.

The soundcheck: a clear case of overcorrection

I’m always happy when a Bluetooth speaker doesn’t muddle the sound together but makes an effort with a broad sound image. Unfortunately, however, the MaxSound Plus overdid it.

As already mentioned in other new test reports, I have adapted the test design and now test each box in the “double Spotify test.” Once I attach it to my smartphone via Bluetooth, once to the computer using a high-quality audio cable.

Then I randomly select a song from the playlist and use all the setting and equalizer options given to me by the speaker while listening. With the MaxSound Plus, the “XBass” is used again.

The song “Romeo” by Until the Ribbon Breaks appeared on the playlist. This track is a slick Electropop tune with a water drop-shaped bass, some water loops, claps, sound gimmicks, and a very breathy millennial singing voice.

All in all, this is a song that never stresses. Unless it comes from the MaxSound Plus. Because for some reason, it suddenly sounds like you want to listen to the music at a busy intersection:

  • It rustles and fizzes at the corners as if a car were constantly driving past
  • This completely eats up all finer and higher sound events
  • The sound is thin and small. It almost hurts my ears
  • This impression remains at least stable – even at higher volume

The XBass button gives the whole thing a little more depth. But the overcorrection in terms of sound width means that the impression of the crossroads is even stronger.

Unfortunately, nothing changes in this picture if you connect the box with a cable. I had a little hope that the Frizzelei came from the Bluetooth module. Nope, The sound components are not mature.

Incidentally, the box sounds best when the built-in voice reminds you that the battery is almost empty. This voice has a wonderfully annoyed, nauseous undertone that is almost funny.

Dedication on the go and at home: identity crisis

I want to give the same verdict for the enthusiasm of the MaxSound Plus as for the almost identical Tribit StormBox delivery. That means, functionally, the thing is great for use outdoors and in larger homes. Unfortunately, however, it only suffices for mediocre ratings for both areas in terms of sound. This results in two poles that, taken together, leave only an identity crisis.

Summary of the MaxSound Plus: Back to the drawing board

When Tribit’s range of boxing products takes place alongside market favorites such as JBL or Bose product developers, they have to go back to the drawing board. This is how the rating falls in our Bluetooth speaker-test is rather weak.

Because similar to that Tribit StormBox Bluetooth Speaker, he also delivers MaxSound Plus shockingly weak sound results. Therefore, a purchase argument is only the functionality with long battery life and high protection class.

Looking at similarly stocked products like the Anker SoundCore 2 look, we know that outdoor functionality can also be had with a fat sound – even in this price range.

Of our three Tribit models, the Tribit XSound Go is the only candidate that I remember positively. Although it also has sound weaknesses, it can compensate for them with clear sound strengths. This is not the case with the MaxSound Plus. And with that name, I would have expected that.

Incidentally, it is all the more astonishing that Tribit is so celebrated in many (international) blogs. I think that friendliness towards the nice people in sales is also involved here. And nobody has anything against free test devices. As I said, I would also like to have given bigger sympathy points. But with an audio device, the focus is on the sound.

Tribit MaxSound Plus Review
Tribit MaxSound Plus Review

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