Tribit MaxSound Plus Portable Bluetooth Speaker 2020 Latest Updated Review
Tribit MaxSound Plus delivers strong sound that’s a nice jump in quality over the smaller XSound Go. It’s fully waterproof, seems durable and has an attractive design with a more tastefully sized logo. Battery life is good at up 20 hours.
The Tribit MaxSound Plus is a compact portable Bluetooth speaker, with an IPX7 waterproof rating and 20 hours of battery life.
It has a dedicated button to boost bass, something small speakers like this struggle with. Its price seems to fluctuate but currently it’s around £40 or $55, but check down below for the latest prices.
Inside the box you get the speaker itself, a micro-USB charging cable and a 3.5mm audio cable. There’s also a multi-lingual getting started guide. There’s no travel pouch or case.
First impressions of the speaker are good. It’s a fairly generic design, but it’s compact measuring 65mm x 198mm by 68mm.
It has a matte black finish with a metal grille and the Tribit logo, over the drivers. It’s pretty dense weighing 621g but feels solid with no flexing or creaking. It sits on four small rubber feet.
When you first turn it on with a single press of the power button, there’s a beep that can’t be disabled and the power status LED flashes blue indicating the speaker’s ready for pairing.
Tap on Tribit MaxSound Plus in you Bluetooth settings. There’s another beep and the power LED goes a steady blue. This will turn red when battery goes below 15%.
There’s no NFC pairing like there is on the Soundcore Boost. A single press of the power button also turns the unit off.
Like with the Boost, the speaker doesn’t support multi-pairing. And it can’t be connected to another speaker in a stereo pair either.
The JBL Flip 4 supports a Bluetooth connection to two devices simultaneously, and grouping with other JBL speakers.
Physical Construction & Comfort
The speaker itself is pretty small and compact, measuring around 7.8 x 2.7 x 2.8 inches. Even though it’s small, it does have a bit of heft to it. In fact, it weighs the better part of 1.3lbs.
Not something you’d want to haul around all day, perhaps. Still, with respect to its portability, this thing is pretty much the dictionary definition of hand-sized. It’s basically got the dimensions of a large hot-dog.
The Tribit MaxSound Plus was made with an IPX7 waterproof certification, giving you the ability to take these speakers outdoors with considerable confidence.
As far as water certification ratings go, that’s right in the middle. You wouldn’t want to take this thing into a pool for an extended period of time, but short of prolonged submersion, you’re pretty much not afraid of anything.
Supporting Bluetooth 4.2 is really nothing special these days. But that does mean you should have no trouble with your wireless connections. Pairing is pretty much instant, or at least it can be done in around two or three seconds.
None of that is really special. But what’s a little more special is that you can connect up to 100-feet away from the speaker.
That makes the MaxSound Plus much more suitable for outdoor applications than the more common 33-ft connections. It’s mostly outdoor applications where you’d need more than 33-ft anyway.
You’re supposed to end up getting around 20 hours of playtime out of this thing. But does it really get you there?
That depends on you. Are you jacking the volume up to 100%? Then you’re probably going to end up with much closer to half of the advertised playtime.
Will you need to turn the volume that high? Probably not. Because this speaker can get pretty loud, even at its lower settings.
The MaxSound Plus could easily serve as the sole speaker setup for something like a larger 50″ television screen. Though she is little she be but fierce.
If you’re keeping the volume down around half, then you’ll have no problem reaching that 20-hour estimate. Of course, even the weather can have an impact on that kind of thing.
With respect to its audio quality, the first thing to noite is that the MaxSound Plus was made with a pair of 12W speakers.
That brings you to a total of 24W, which is able to provide quite a bit of sound. For the sake of comparison, a lot of smartphone speakers are running around 1W.
On the backside of PC monitors, you’re mostly looking at speakers in the range of 3W.
Here you’ve got something that’s actually more impressive that the speakers you’ll find packed inside a lot of full-sized smart TVs.
Though if you wanted to go louder, you’d probably want something like the Tronsmart T6 Plus. It’s in a similar price range, but has a 40W output that puts this 24W model to shame in sheer volume.