It manages to play loud for its small size and more importantly, it sounds pretty natural, with decent clarity. We threw the new David Byrne album, American Utopia, and Lindi Ortega's Liberty at it and came away reasonably impressed when it actually sounded OK.
For kicks I had Steve Guttenberg, who writes(about high-end audio) sit in on the listening session with me. He usually cringes when I play music through one of these tiny Bluetooth speakers, but his face remained fairly placid as I played the tracks.
"Not bad for $35," he said.
Actually, $36, but close enough.
We both agreed that the company's assertion that the speaker had "stunning rich bass" was a bit of an exaggeration. When I played some Weeknd, Drake and various electronic dance music selections, the bass punch was a little weak, but at least it was there -- not enough to knock anybody out, but just enough to give it a fighting chance with a tough critic.
Like most of these small speakers, it had some trouble with complicated music, in which a lot of instruments are playing simultaneously. And at higher volumes you'll get a touch of distortion so you'll be better off keeping the volume below 80 percent. But that's par for the course for compact Bluetooth speakers.
Other speakers I've liked in this price range include theand . The Tribit's right there with the Oontz in terms of sound quality, and some might say it sounds a touch better, but the Tribit gets the nod for looks and design.
While you can nitpick about a few small shortcomings, and its claims of stunning bass, it's a terrific little speaker for the money.