Tribit was one of the few audio companies to come from obscurity and impress us with a great-sounding, low-cost Bluetooth speaker last year.
So, when another of the company’s driver-filled boxes of tricks arrives.
We’re eager to see if this creative Chinese wireless audio specialist is a one-hit-wonder.
Or if it can replicate its success from 2020.
On the surface, the new flagship Tribit Storm box Pro doesn’t appear to have many features.
But Tribit has a history of underselling its devices.
The packaging for the product features a basic image of the tower speaker with its rubberized grip.
And the phrase ‘Unbox the Storm.’
Things start to get intriguing when you turn it over and see ‘Bluetooth 5.0 and Qualcomm aptX.’
Once we get our hands on the Pro, we’re sure there will be more perks and features to enjoy.
The Storm box Pro’s build weight of 980g is perhaps pushing it for ultra-portability.
But it’s just like bringing an extra bottle of wine to a picnic.
The rubberised strap can be swung down for storage so that it is not pointing directly up.
Is thick and durable enough to sustain its weight, rounding out a solid build and finish.
But it may lack a little in unique character and flair.
Tribit’s game appears to be an imitation from an aesthetic standpoint.
Like Ultimate Ears’ offerings, the rubber top plate boasts huge ‘plus’ and minus sign volume controls.
Play/pause, skip music, call handling, Siri activation.
And the stereo pairing of two Prisare is all controlled by a central, circular multi-function button.
Five small LED lights are located beneath the device indicating battery life.
This reminds us of the Pro’s smaller (and very good) StStorm boxicro sibling and helps both products achieve IP67 water and dustproof ratings:
a pair of 40mm speakers and an 8cm downward-firing subwoofer, complemented by two passive radiators.
Each speaker is driven separately by built-in amps, which give two 7.5W and a single 25W output.
What About The Features?
Tribit had hinted that there might be a few cool features here that he hadn’t mentioned.
And a glance under the charger cap reveals one. A USB output is located next to the USB-C charging port.
We take out our Lightning cable and connect it to our iPhone, which immediately begins charging.
Despite the significant value, it provides to the device, this feature is not mentioned anywhere on the box.
JBL’s Charge range of portable speakers is one of the cheapest to offer to charge.
Yet the Charge 5 (£160, $180) is now more expensive than the Tribit Storm box Pro.
The Storm box Pro outlasts the new Charge by four hours in terms of endurance.
The JBL Flip 5 (£80, $90) is a more budget-friendly five-star competitor.
With a single speaker powered by 20W of amplification (rather than a 2.1 configuration.
And 40W of power), Bluetooth 4.2 (rather than 5.0), and no charging feature
– so things are looking up for Tribit.
The aptX codec (for up to 8:1 compression of 24-bit resolution digital audio streams) is supported on that Bluetooth chipset.
Which is excellent at this pricing. Other than that XBass button, there’s no software and thus no means to tweak the EQ.
But given the Tribit Storm box Pro’s design and feature set, we have great hopes for how it sounds.
What About The Sound Quality?
On Apple Music, we play Kyrie by Mr Mister, and the glittering start is well-handled at first.
But as the music soars into the synth portions, it comes across as a touch harsh at the top end.
The mix is broadcast omnidirectionally and loudly enough to fill even huge rooms with the Storm box Pro.
The midrange is a little congested and we’re lacking some information.
But the vocals are textured and centrally placed.
We notice a further deficiency across the bass registers on stronger tunes like One True God’s Move Slow.
Although the bass weight of a speaker of this size is unavoidably limited, it sounds poorly defined rather than just lean here.
Using the Storm box Pro’s bass enhancement button adds an extra ounce of grip.
And depth to the low end, as well as lowering the floor slightly, but at the expense of bass note definition.
Through the JBL Flip 5, the hard house beat’s leading edges are cleaner, heavier, and more impactful.
On the Storm box Pro, we listen to Fontaines DC’s Sha Sha Sha, and it’s the same story:
The song’s signature violent bass drum beginning misses the dynamic rise and fall of each stick crash, failing to give a balanced and truly pleasurable listen.
Conclusion And Final Verdict!
Tribit has produced a likeable, inexpensive, dependable.
And a well-proportioned bigger wireless speaker.
It’s unbreakable, has aptX Bluetooth streaming, and class-leading 24-hour battery life.
And a USB connector for charging your phone in the park on lazy afternoons.
With these characteristics, the Pro should be able to compete with JBL’s larger Charge speakers.
But because it is less expensive, it falls solidly into the class leader’s smaller Flip region
– a model that lacks such features.