TribitXSound Go Review
The TribitXSound Go Bluetooth speaker is a direct competitor to the Anker SoundCore 2, and technically, it is almost the same. Where Anker was convinced with thick bass and amazing presence, the Tribit worked out the voices and mid-tones very well. This creates “small box” effects, but overall, the sound is pleasant due to a balanced design.
The Bluetooth connection is more appearance than reality here, but it is made up for by extreme battery performance and unconditional outdoor suitability. Moreover, in terms of price, the XSound Go Bluetooth speaker is even cheaper than the Anker model. And under this premise, the very compact box is more than worth its money.
- Very long battery life
- Suitable for outdoor use
- Compact and designed
- Very good sound for fans of acoustic, folk, and co.
- Great value for money
- Bluetooth connection worse than advertised
- “Small box” effects audible
My experience with the TribitXSound Go Review
Just like you are passionate about our Bluetooth speaker reviews interested (thanks for that!), the manufacturers are also taking a close look because we keep receiving inquiries about whether we could test product A or box B.
Tribit did that too. This company only sells consumer speakers and headphones and asked us if we could get the TribitXSoundGowant to take a closer look at Bluetooth speakers.
The brand is doing quite well in various online media and Amazon, probably because the manufacturer sends out test devices on tour.
The XSound Go at a glance, high performance in a compact format.
Let’s be honest, if you can get up to 24 hours of battery life from Amazon, secondly the protection class IPX7, and thirdly a very compact, unobtrusive look, I have nothing to complain about.
The small black bone with a carrying strap haptically convinced me as soon as I unpacked it. It felt very premium and was a nice compact change from all the big boxes from JBL or Dockin.
The weight of almost 400 grams seemed higher to me in reality – and also higher quality. Two 6-watt drivers are built into the small footprint, which should provide a lot of oomph, as far as the small dimensions allow.
Just for comparison, with the excellent sound, Dockin D Finewe is dealing with 50 watts and gets two passive bass radiators on top. In a similar mini version, Anker SoundCore 2, we only get 12 watts.
Speaking of Anker SoundCore 2, you might think Tribit copied from here. Or the other way around. Both Bluetooth speakers are like one egg to the other:
- 24-hour battery life
- 4 hours charging time
- Bluetooth range 20 meters
- Bluetooth 4.2
However, the Tribit box packs two more levels of protection. With a value of IPX7, you could also put the box in a full bucket of water to listen to music.
Nobody does that, and IPX5 is more or less sufficient for rain. But of course, such good protection can’t hurt. For this, Anker is still talking about “BassUp technology,” which is supposed to produce a fuller sound. Tribit starts with a single, passive bass radiator. I only found this info after some searching.
Translated, that doesn’t mean anything at first, but Tribit hides its bass promise much more – which is always an indication of a slightly “smaller” sound. But let’s not fool ourselves; the range of services – at least on a functional and theoretical level – is enormous. And the long battery life is a big pro argument for ultra-mobile speakers for me.
Establish the Bluetooth connection
This is where the XSound Go Bluetooth speaker got on my nerves a bit because it takes a disproportionately long time for the notebook and the box to talk to each other. In addition, I had to tell my computer again that the two should not only be coupled but also “activated.” It seemed that the TribitXSound Go only connected “pro forma” but did not identify itself as an active secondary device.
I only mention this because it has never happened to me in all my testing. “Connect” usually means “find Bluetooth,” and off you go. The range of 20 meters applies to the wild without interfering signals or radio waves. And unfortunately, that is also the truth here. Unfortunately, the promise is not kept in my pipe-infested old building. I can’t even get to my kitchen before the connection goes dead. It also has the same problem as Anker SoundCore 2- and that would be proof again that big numbers and huge marketing trumpets shouldn’t blind you.
The XSound Go Bluetooth speaker in the soundcheck
Bluetooth loudspeakers with a clear character are already recognizable when I turn on iTunes for a moment to see how the connection is doing. This was also the case with the XSound Go. Three things immediately struck me:
- Voices and mids are clear and almost “ethereal.”
- The bass is very successful for the small box
- We are dealing with a “small box.”
The “small box” effect means that your ear locates the box in space, and you always have the feeling that the sound is compressed. We hear the opposite, for example, with the already mentioned Dockin or dem Sony SRS-XB31 speakers.
Your ear forgets that the music is coming from a certain direction and concentrates fully on the sound. As a result, you immerse yourself in the sound and feel almost as engaged as you would with a surround system or a good one with headphones.
Of course, I didn’t expect any of that from the TribitXSound Go. But I haven’t had that instant noticing of the “small box” effect in a long time. On the other hand, the following applies; here, the effect doesn’t bother me quite as much as with other models with the same problem!
This is mainly due to the very nice mids and the already mentioned lightness of the voices. They form a functioning counterpoint and are also supported by the pleasant bass.
But be careful; make sure that the box is placed on a non-vibrating base. Otherwise, the sound starts to jerk disgustingly due to the bass! You should also make sure that you only turn up the volume on the box if possible, not on the master device. Otherwise, the sound will become lopsided just as quickly and sustainably.
With all these observations, I assumed from the outset that a sensitive equalizer would not exactly be to the advantage of the box. The special test with the Eargasm Explosion equalizer setting, of course, I did anyway.
James Blake – “Limit to Your Love”
(Electro; Feature: Crass, dominating bass line)
- Without equalizer: already mentioned ethereal voice, nicely rolling bass, lack of differentiation, “small box” effect.
- With equalizer: the box is overwhelmed, and there is a lot of clanking.
Vivaldi – “Spring”
(Classic; Feature: It feels like it only consists of mids and extreme highs)
- Without equalizer: very fine highs and mids, feeling of nice presence, even if the background is practically non-existent. Harpsichord and Co. are completely lost.
- The harpsichord becomes more audible, slightly fraying, but still more full with equalizer.
The Bates – “Billie Jean”
(“Pop”-Punk; Trait: Poor mastering, rattling instruments)
- Without equalizer: Nice bass, nice pop, the drums almost sound like synths.
- With equalizer: big gain, clearer, more present, falls apart a bit in the chorus, “small box.”
Interestingly, the box always wins with the equalizer where the recording focuses on mids and highs. And you have to let the bass stay more stable than originally thought. So, in this respect, the special test is a small surprise.
In addition, I have to tell you that the sound comes out of the block from all sides. So, you don’t have to be perfect in front of it to get the best sound. When you hear a surprisingly solid sound, you’ll want to turn it up louder. This is not the norm with this design, and the manufacturer has fulfilled one of its promises.
You can’t do anything wrong! Suppose I didn’t have the privilege of choosing a different box for certain listening situations almost every day and had to choose a model of a certain class. In this case, this would-be-it XSound Go is almost better off than the Anker SoundCore 2.