Tribit successfully married quality sound with comfortable earbuds in the Tribit XFly Sport.
If you walk down the tech isles of Walmart, Bestbuy or the checkout isles of Walmart/Target, you will see a variety of wired/wireless, on-ear, in-ear, around-ear earphones/earbuds/headphones. It may seem silly, but there are so many options available from common named to lesser known companies. If you look on the shelves, the prime real-estate, you will probably find the bigger brands, and many of the less prominent brands may be found resting in a bin or an end cap. Do not overlook these hidden gems; else you may overlook products like the Tribit XFly Sport Earbuds. Tribit proves that quality products may be lurking beneath the surface.
The Tribit Wireless XSport Fly headphones arrived in a 4 inches wide by 3 1/4 inches tall by 1 7/8 inches thick retail package. Upon the cover, Tribit included an expansive white background with beautifully contrasting black earbuds. At the top left, you will find a delicately placed Tribit logo. I liked the black on white theme and felt that they did a great job at placing an oblique black rectangle with white “XSPORT FLY ” title and a similar black rectangle with white “Wireless Headphones” along the bottom. The lower panel of the box detailed the Feather Light, Microphone, Water Resistant, and Superior Sound of the earbuds. The top provided a link to the firstname.lastname@example.org site and the back provided product information like the model, recycling information, product labels and the “MADE IN CHINA” label. The outer white slipcover was easily removed and left a black cardboard box with silver Tribit on the cover.
Opening the box, you will see a 3 1/2 inch diameter matte black headphone carry case. Surrounding the case, you will find a 10-inch zipper with single zipper pull. The action of the zipper proved to be smooth and easily opened the clamshell case. The headphones rested securely within the lower half of the clamshell case, and the accessories rested in the upper half of the case. Beneath the carry case, Tribit included a 2 3/8 inches wide by 2 3/4 inches tall multilingual instruction manual. The upper chamber, bisected horizontally by an elastic strap and black mesh, contained a semi-translucent bag with small/large ear tips, an accessory S cable tensioner and a 21 inches long USB-A to USB-micro cable. The lower section, as noted above, contained the amazing Tribit Xsport Fly Earbuds. The earbuds were separated by 17 inches of cord, 14 inches from the left ear tip to the controller, 2 1/4 inches from the right ear tip to the controller and a 1.5 inches wide controller. The kit comes with an installed S shaped cable tensioner and has an extra in the accessory bag. Personally, I do not know how Tribit was able to include all of this for the current price of under $40.
Out of the box, it was recommended to charge the earbuds fully using a 5V charging brick. Excitedly, this step took 30 minutes for the orange indicator to change to white. To power on the earbuds, hold the central button of the controller for 2 seconds. A female voice will alert you to the “power on” status and the indicator light located above the volume up button will flash white. If you hold the same button for 4-5 seconds, you will hear the female voice announce “power off.” If the headphones are not connected to a Bluetooth device, you can conveniently look at the indicator light on the controller to see the white flashing light every 5 seconds. To conserve power, the earbuds will turn off automatically if not paired within five minutes. The pairing process proved to be incredibly simple, as all you had to do was hold the central multi-function (MFB) button for five seconds to activate pairing mode. The indicator light will alert you to the pairing status by alternating flashing white/orange lights. Navigate to settings, Bluetooth and then select “XSport Fly” from the list. The female voice will again alert you to the change in status and will state “connected.” If powered and close to a previously paired device, the earbuds will automatically pair.
The ear hook of the earbuds proved to be amazingly comfortable. To apply them to your ears, first look at the backside of the earbud for the “R” and “L” to make sure that you have the correct placement. The medium ear tip will gently slide into your ear canal, and then you can wrap the elastic cable around your ear. The plastic is soft and flexible yet elastic enough to conform to your ear. The setup allowed the bulk of the earbuds to rest inside of the concha (ear bowl). I was impressed with the low profile of the earbuds. Very little material stuck out beyond the ear. Other than the cable dangling, or looking directly from the side, you likely would be unaware that someone had these in their ears. To further praise the earbuds, they proved to be incredibly comfortable. The shape allowed me to rest, in side-lying position, with my head on a pillow or even on my arm. This feature may seem trivial, but after testing dozens of earbuds, prolonged use/comfort and the ability to use them while in bed/resting is a polarizing feature.
The controller was conveniently placed near the right jawline. The volume up “+” button located closest to your right ear and lower volume down “-“ buttons will adjust the volume of the paired device instead of their own volume. I still do not know if I prefer the earphones to control my phone or to have their own internal volume levels, leaving the phone/device volume alone. The buttons were incredibly responsive and I appreciated the short press for volume control. This allowed for more control of the sound and proved to be superior to the need to long press the buttons for sound control. If you press and hold either the “+” or “-“ buttons, the paired device will advance to the next or previous track. The MFB button controls were standard. A short press of the MFB button started/stopped the track. A double press of the button redialed the last number called. If you press the MFB and Volume up button simultaneously, you will hear the female voice announce “voice dial,” and Siri will activate voice control. As a corollary, you can say Hey Siri and activate voice dial as well.
To test the sound, I navigated to one of my favorite websites, audiocheck.net. The frequency range was impressive. The bass was full, passing the Low-Frequency Response and Subwoofer Audio Test (10-200 Hz) with sound starting at 20 Hz. The High-Frequency Response and Hearing Audio Test (22-8 kHz) was just as successful with sound at 16kHz. If you have read any of my prior headphone reviews, you would know that the upper range of hearing is the first to decline. Thus the upper range is less headphone dependent than ear dependent. The Left/Right Stereo Audio Test showed that the channels were correct. With this testing completed, I turned to my usual test tracks and absolutely fell in love with these headphones. I have recently used “Train Song” by Holly Coles to enjoy the bouncing bass and crisp accompaniment. Combined with Yosi Horikawa “Wandering,” the earbuds did a good job showcasing the musical sound-stage. To further test the bass, I love to use “Why so Serious? Joker Theme” from Dark Knight Rises. To test the quality of the upper sounds, I tend to use the Far and Away Soundtrack, The Braveheart Soundtrack and lately Anthem Lights and Gaither Vocal Band.
I was impressed with the fit and function of the earbuds. The cable was able to rest behind my head or in front of my chin, and the earbuds remained securely seated within my ears. The low profile earbuds did not budge with jumping jacks, push ups, pull ups, jogging, jump rope, etc. They remained in place and comfortable throughout my tests. The Bluetooth V4.1 earbuds, with HFP, A2DP, HSP, AVRCP profiles, will allow you to enjoy a standard 30-foot range. The device has a strong enough battery for eight hours of continuous listening and will recharge in two hours. Testing the call features proved to be just as rewarding as the sound testing above. The microphone was incredibly clear, and my wife stated: “those are the best sounding earbuds so far.” What more could you want from a pair of earbuds beyond an attractive look, full sound, prolonged comfortable feel, eight hours utility and an inexpensive cost? Weighing in at 13 paperclips (13 gram/0.4 ounces), Tribit provided an amazing, comfortable sounding pair of lightweight earbuds.
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