Tribit has built a strong reputation over the past few years by delivering some of the more affordable affordable Bluetooth headsets and portable speakers in recent memory. It’s a good case, a budget for a great Bose SoundLink Micro speaker. It’s one of the pocket-sized speakers that sounds best and I’ve heard in sales as well . Now, with its new StormBox Pro ($ 120), Tribit is aiming ( ).
To celebrate the launch of the new speaker (and probably to get some people to buy and view it on Amazon), Tribit is offering CNET users a special “launched” contract. If you apply the code CNETSBPRO at the Amazon box office you get a 35% discount, lowering the price to $ 78. The deal ends at midnight PT on April 24th.
I recently got hold of the preview sample and I can tell you that it is a very solid Bluetooth speaker that can play loud and has strong bass for a speaker of its size. In fact, the speaker is equipped with a bass boost button labeled XBass, which really makes the speaker produce more bass. Why he would ever turn it off, I don’t know. But that’s usually the case with speakers that have a bass boost button – they just don’t sound that good without bass boost, so I’m not sure what’s the point of the button, except that the speaker is marketed with extra bass.
While the StormBox Micro actually sounds pretty close to the Bose SoundLink Micro, I can’t say the Stormbox Pro sounds as good as the Bose SoundlLink Revolve Plus, which should be upgraded this year. Bose just sounds a little fuller with a little more detail and definition of the bass and a better overall tonal balance. Bose also has a lighter design, although the StormBox Pro is fully waterproof and dustproof with an IPX67 rating and seems pretty solid. Battery life is also very good (estimated at 24 hours at 50% volume).
Of course, Bose costs a lot more, especially after using the code CNETSBPRO at the box office (that’s a little over 3X the price). And if you’re just looking for a mobile speaker that you plan to use a lot outdoors, you should be happy with the StormBox Pro. I likefor about $ 100 (sounds a little better than this speaker), but the StormBox Pro has that handy carrying handle integrated into its design.
It should be noted that Gizmodo reported that the speaker dropped a “crackle” when its volume was turned to maximum. I haven’t experienced this in tests, but I’d only recommend boosting the volume to about 85%, as these smaller speakers – although they can play out loud – tend to warp a bit at maximum volume. Also, the battery life will drop if you turn up the volume.