A Smart Bluetooth Speaker
The smartphone has changed the way people do things and in a big way: those who rarely picked up a digital camera now shoot a lot of pictures because their phone has a built in lens; those who needed information on the spur of the moment can now turn to a web browser no matter where they are; those who want to listen to music now have hundreds, if not thousands of songs available at a moments notice, being their own or “rented” to listen through the Cloud. But it’s the last thing, music that has garnered the most attention and in a good way. Because people have decided they want to hear their music not just blasted into their ears, but at home. And throughout the years the Bluetooth speakers that have proliferated have gotten more sophisticated and powerful. Such an example can be found in the Tribit Home, a Bluetooth speaker that combines power with esthetics and features both expected and unexpected.
What You See and What You Get
Any Bluetooth speaker consists of three things: the chassis or what you see on the outside; the electronics or what you would find if you opened it up; the end result of what it can and does do. As to the chassis, the Tribit is vertical and so designed to stand on its own without taking up a lot of space — but it is not tiny nor weightless so it will stay stable on a table or stand or any flat surface it is put on. N appearance it sort of reminds one of an old style jukebox — you know where there’s the open area glass at the top and a colored rim around the edges. Instead of that you get a fabric covering on the front where the speakers emit from within. Those speakers are dual, because stereo is the standard here, although realistically the sound field is far from huge because there’s not a lot of spacing between the two speakers (one solution is to get two of these because they will pair up to allow for stereo over a greater distance) That’s not to impinge on the quality however; 25 watts powering the two speakers gives out a lot of sound and increasing the volume doesn’t result in hiss or distortion as might otherwise be the case with lesser powered speakers. Both the mid and upper frequencies come through cleanly - playing the old Doors Album, The Soft Parade, didn’t distort Jim Morrison’s obviously weak voice when turned up. Nor was there a lack of bass, although it didn’t hit as hard as one might hope for. Still there was enough solid bass coming out to blend well with the overall sound, especially on the bass guitar. But visual impact is added to the sound because there’s an RBG light show added. This RGB lighting comes in three modes that pulse and flow and react to the music while playing (again hardening back to those jukeboxes — too bad there’s no bubbles flowing around the rim). This makes the speaker no way subtle when the lights are low — which is how it should be for those times when light meets sound.
Streaming Is The Thing
Getting to the tech inside, there’s obviously going to be Bluetooth since music/playlists are going to be streamed to it from a smartphone (or tablet). Tribit uses the latest version of Bluetooth, version 5.0, which provides for a more stable transmission and less drop-outs than previous versions. Operating in the same manner as expected, a simple pairing must first be done between the audio source and the speaker, but few now have any difficulty in understand or doing it. For those who want to avoid Bluetooth — reasons ranging from distance issues to interference to whatever — an auxiliary input allows for a direct connection between the audio source and it (i.e., a smartphone or tablet with a headphone output). In that case, having 2 USB ports that supply power makes a lot of sense, since streaming does take a toll on a device’s battery. The final alternative is to insert a SD card with music already loaded in and then access the card and have it play.
Actually there is yet another alternative, because this speaker can act as an FM radio, and so stations can be played. In point of fact, the Tribit Home also acts as an alarm clock — having on its front an LCD clock to display the time — which makes placing it on a night table useful. Because there’s a built in alarm that functions using calming sounds to wake you up as opposed to screaming.
Powered By The Wall Outlet
Now the reason we haven’t talked about the battery and how long between recharges it will work is because there’s no battery. The Tribit Home plugs into a wall outlet. Which makes sense since it has a good deal of power for those speakers working. This also explains why it’s not made for outdoor use other than very casually — it’s not waterproof.
The final part of the Tribit Home to consider is how it’s controlled — no buttons th is time around because that front surface is touch sensor activated. As in poking your finger to tell it what you want it to do. Which is up to you. For more information go to https://www.tribit.com/products/Tribit-Home-Speaker