Tribit Stormbox Micro 2 Bluetooth speaker review

Tribit Stormbox Micro 2 Bluetooth speaker review

Tribit’s follow-up Micro is even better than before: a brilliant bijou Bluetooth speaker. Epblogs goal is to be the tech side of trust. We are proud of our independence and of our Tribit Stormbox Micro 2 Bluetooth speaker review thorough testing methods, in which we take our time with a product. We regularly check our test reports for changes and thus keep them up-to-date over a longer period of time – regardless of when a device was released.guaranteed reviews. Trust our Epblogs comprehensive reviews. We tested the products over a longer period of time and were able to see how they cope with everyday tasks. This is how we help you to find the best product for your read our guaranteed reviews.

Epblogs verdict

Tribit’s Stormbox Micro is a surprisingly effective wireless speaker. Because of the tear-resistant strap and durable design, it may be utilized in a variety of ways. This is a cheap star since the audio quality is considerably better than expected.

Quick Summary

The Tribit Stormbox Micro 2 is the most recent demonstration that “Tribit” and “value” go joyfully hand in hand down the path that we call life. In the world of the best Bluetooth speakers, the Chinese audio specialist still lacks the brand recognition of titans like JBL, Sony, Ultimate Ears, and Bose. For this reason, we almost hesitate to extol the virtues of Tribit’s newest product for fear that it will follow in their footsteps and prices will soar.

But since we have a duty to inform you, know that Tribit’s Stormbox Micro 2 inexpensive Bluetooth speaker improves upon everything the original had going for it—and that little speaker was already a top contender.

With a standard price of $60 or £60 (around AU$86), but already seeing a 10% discount on Tribit’s own website, you simply can’t do better for design, durability, features and sound quality in a cheap Bluetooth wireless speaker at this wallet-friendly level. 

The StormBox Micro 2 is similar to the original 2020 Stormbox Micro in size and features a convenient strap on the underside so you can lash it to a table leg, bag strap, or your bike’s handlebars. We even managed to clip it to a rental car’s cup holder.

Now though, the Stormbox Micro 2 is just a little bit larger and weighs 35g more (315g rather than 280g). Like its older brother, the Micro 2 is IP67 dust- and waterproof, but its battery life is now a claimed 12 hours at moderate volumes, which is up from eight hours for the original – and remember, you’ll only get five from similarly-sized options such as the JBL Go 3.

The power rating is also improved, from 9W to 10W, which means that the Stormbox Micro 2’s loudness is increased. You’re also getting Bluetooth 5.3, (up from Bluetooth 5.0) the chief perk here being a new Bluetooth range of 120 feet, according to Tribit. Personally, I was able to stray up to 60ft (18m) from the speaker before it lost connection to my phone – which is seriously impressive when walls and doors were involved. 

Perhaps the biggest improvement is that you can use the Stormbox Micro 2’s two-way USB-C port to charge out (ie. to juice up your mobile device) as well as to charge the speaker itself, although it’s standard 5W charging rather than fast charging. You get a USB-C to USB-C cable in the box, although no plug, and do note that if you own an iPhone you’ll need a USB-C to Lightning cable to use the feature. 

Additionally, two Stormbox Micro 2 speakers can be connected in a pair to produce stereo or “Party” (or mono) sound. Despite the fact that you can’t daisy-chain other original Stormbox Micros as you can with JBL’s PartyBoost technology or the UE WonderBoom 2 and original Wonderboom, for example, because you need two Micro 2s to hook them up at all, it’s only a minor complaint at this level.

Additionally, the sound is more thrilling, sharper, and beefier, adding to the excitement of your picnic, hike, or campfire. At this price, the Tribit Stormbox Micro 2 delivers functionality you wouldn’t expect, and it’s difficult to imagine anyone objecting to the elegant, minimalist appearance.

All things considered, there is a new leader in the affordable Bluetooth speaker market, and Tribit is poised to become much more well-known thanks to the Micro 2.

Tribit Stormbox Micro 2 Price and Release Date

  • $60 / £60 (around AU$86)
  • Released in Spring 2022

The Tribit Stormbox Micro 2 was unveiled in April 2022 and right now it is available in black only (the first-gen model occasionally came in a fresh and limited-edition orange colorway but this was an exception rather than a rule), and although regularly priced at $60/£60, it is already discounted by 10% when buying direct from Tribit – which means it’ll cost just $54/£54. 

Price cuts and Tribit are fairly common too (and we’re very grateful for them) across big online retailers such as Amazon – so keep your eyes open because even at the original price, this is a supremely talented Bluetooth speaker. 

Tribit Stormbox Micro 2 Design and Features

  • Compact, pocketable design with built-in bike-friendly strap
  • Cushion-shape means a large driver
  • Up to 12 hours paytime – ie. four more than the first-gen model

Every design improvement Tribit has made for the second-generation Stormbox Micro is both welcome and adds value, providing indisputable evidence that even the most cost-effective portable wireless speaker designs can always be improved slightly.

As previously indicated, it is now now a helpful power bank (albeit it only has a 5W charger, so don’t expect your phone to charge incredibly quickly), and it has grown slightly in size and bulk. If the Tribit Stormbox Micro were a stack of drink coasters, the Tribit Stormbox Micro 2 would be just another one, and Tribit’s decision has paid off while the device is playing music.

Visually, there’s a little more flair too; the plus, minus and multi-function buttons are now white so as to show up better in low-light situations, and the blue Bluetooth light on the front edge is a little wider and easier to see, although the useful five-strong LED volume indicators are still there. On the underside, the excellent rubberized and slightly stretchy strap remains, but the rubber feet are slightly more substantial. 

And if you thought there were no microphones for speakerphone duties here, you’d be wrong – there’s an integrated mic on the front corner, next to the power button, which works just fine as long as you stay relatively close to the speaker on calls. Start strolling up and down the room dictating an email and your caller may tell you to come closer a little closer and speak up. 

It’s crucial to keep in mind that the JBL Flip 6 costs substantially more and lacks any of those speakerphone/power bank functions, thus Tribit is already performing admirably. Additionally, there is no decline in the situation; nonetheless, we’ll talk about the sound later.

Perhaps the absence of backwards compatibility is our lone complaint—and categorically the only reason we docked half a point. It would be excellent if you could improve the sound by pairing the first and second-generation Micros in mono, but this is not possible due to how similar the first and second-generation models look (and because other companies, like JBL, offer it).

To create an affordable wireless desktop speaker setup, two Micro 2s are well worth the price for Tribit newcomers. We listened to Carrie Underwood’s Ghost Story on Apple Music Sessions on our MacBook Pro and were pleased with the level of separation and lack of lag between the music video and its aural accompaniment.

  • Design and features score: 4.5/5

Tribit Stormbox Micro 2 Sound Quality

  • Meaty, zealous, remarkably talented sound
  • Impressive bass performance given its size
  • Only starts to distort at 80% volume

Whatever is going on inside the Stormbox Micro 2, we like – and it’ll definitely go loud enough to feed your picnic, BBQ, bonfire, or beach day with music, even at 60% volume. Tribit has been mum regarding the driver under the grille here.

One of the most difficult tests we can think of for a bijou speaker’s bass capabilities is listening to You Should See Me in a Crown by Billie Eilish, and the Tribit passes with flying colors. Prior to the low-level beat, treble parts (which resemble the dragging of a knife over a jar) and a synth scream have an impact, but as the bass descends, it really sinks down in the greatest way imaginable, resulting in a talented, rapid, and nimble performance.

Provided you don’t go too loud (anything beyond 80% starts to upset the mix and bloat the bass – but that’s hardly surprising given this speaker fits comfortably in your palm) you’ll find yourself digging out different tracks to see what the Tribit makes of your more niche music. 

We stream The Waterboys’ The Whole of the Moon and cymbal crashes, backing vocals, violins and even the cannon are given ample space to shine in a cohesive and well-handled mix that has us tapping our feet happily. For this money, it’s head-scratchingly good. 

Similar events occur in The Chemical Brothers’ In Dust We Trust; whereas larger musical elements, which we might have anticipated would be lost in the mix given this speaker’s proportions, are nonetheless layered here inside its impressive tuning.

And since it received a five-star rating, it only makes sense that we would subject it to the most stringent of traditional tests. All of the three-dimensional strings and soaring trumpets we could reasonably wish for at this level are present in Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, all of which are kept firmly in check and have an exhilarating, rumbling, and detectable dynamic build.

  • Sound quality score: 5/5

Tribit Stormbox Micro 2 Review Final Verdict

  • Incredibly competitive pricing
  • A recommended alternative to bigger brands

We hope we’re not over-egging the pudding by saying the Stormbox Micro 2 is incredibly good for its nominal pricing – and as such is incredibly good value. 

It’s important to counteract this glowing praise by stating that it is not the best Bluetooth speaker ever made. This small design cannot compete with the larger JBL Charge 5 and its siblings because, in addition to their larger size, these speakers have dual drivers, more power, and higher asking prices.

You should be aware that, in terms of design, robustness, feature-set, and sound quality, nothing else on the market that is this size and this price even comes close. Stormbox Micro 2 by Tribit has raised the bar.

Although Tribit has an app, the Micro 2 does not have app support, so there are no EQ adjustments or numerical volume indicators available. However, at this level, we think it would be churlish to expect such a thing. Tribit’s app works for the excellent Stormbox Blast and two of their earbud options.

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