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The Tribit brand won’t ring any bells, but if all the company’s products sound like the XSound Go, you might want to remember it. Mind you: this is not an audiophile speaker, but a great product nonetheless, perhaps the best when you consider the price tag of (Check on Amazon.com).
Despite its rather anonymous design, the Tribit XSound Go is solid and durable and, above all, it is water-resistant with an IPX7 certification, thus it can be immersed up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
There is a lanyard attached, useful for hanging the speaker but can be easily removed if you do not need it. On the back, there is a small flap to protect the two connectors: a micro-USB and an audio jack.
Finally, at the top, we find the five keys (Power, Bluetooth, Play/Pause, Volume up and down), which are a bit hard to press but produce good feedback.
Functions and audio quality
This Tribit XSound Go is probably the best speaker you can buy if you consider the audio quality to price ratio. Do not expect audiophile-grade sound, this is still a Bluetooth speaker that costs (Check on Amazon.com), but the sound quality is very good.
The two 6W drivers do a good job: the sound is well balanced and covers the entire spectrum. The mid and high range is considerably better than other cheap speakers. The bass is not very pumped (which is not necessarily a bad thing), but they are quite intense and accurate. The only flaw: some distortion at very high volumes.
The autonomy is also very good: Tribit declares 24 hours with medium volume. In our tests, we reached 20 hours on a single charge, which is a solid achievement.
Unfortunately, there is no support for Qualcomm’s aptX codecs: this implies that there may be delays in the audio signal, which makes this speaker unsuitable for watching movies (in order to avoid lag between audio and video). I used it to watch some videos on YouTube and a Netflix episode and the audio was more or less always synchronous, but considering the absence of aptX, you can never be certain.
The Tribit XSound Go has one of the best audio to price ratios; it is also waterproof (with an IPX7 certification), it has great autonomy and sounds very good. Hard to ask for a better bargain at (Check on Amazon.com).