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Tribit FlyBuds C1 – mid-range True Wireless headphones in test

Wireless headphones have been on the market for a long time. Then, in recent years, the “True Wireless” headphones have become popular. This type of wireless headphones is available in really every price category. Tribit, a Chinese manufacturer of audio equipment, also has some in its portfolio. The FlyBuds C1 are in the upper price segment of the manufacturer, which generally puts them in the midfield. Around 90 Euros is quite a bit of money. In return, we get True Wireless headphones with IPX5 certification and a really good design. What else the headphones have up their sleeve, you can read in the test.

Technical data

Bluetooth version 5.2
Bluetooth profile ENC with CVC 8.0
Maximum operating range 10 m (without obstacle)
Battery capacity 60 mAh x 2 (headphones); 600 mAh (charging case)
Charge time 2 hrs. (for headphones); 2 hrs. (for charging case via USB-C)
Play Time Up to 12 hrs, 60 hours total with charging case; (varies depending on volume level and audio content)
Price € 59.99

Scope of delivery

The palm-sized box of the Tribit FlyBuds C1 hides quite a few things. In addition to a charging case that doubles as a carrying case, we find a USB-C charging cable and a bunch of interchangeable earbuds. With the earbuds, the headphones should thus actually fit in every ear and provide perfect comfort. Of course, a multilingual user manual is still included.

 

Design and workmanship

Obviously, almost all manufacturers are taking their cues from the Apple AirPods somewhere, at least in broad strokes. The FlyBuds C1 are completely rounded with a cylinder protruding from the ear. This is where the battery hides. Unlike its Apple counterpart, the color scheme is unusual. In the upper area, the headphones are matte black, and then it’s time for colorful accents. The remaining part has a piano-lacquer look and shines accordingly. However, the red part on the headphones is the most striking. Visually, the FlyBuds C1 make quite a bit.

Of course, the headphones are mainly made of plastic, why not. After all, the workmanship is very good. There are no sharp edges and the gap dimensions are correct. The different ear tips are also important. After a bit of fiddling, they sit firmly on the headphones, but can also be easily removed for cleaning.

We cannot ignore the charging case, even though it is plain. Completely in black with a slight resistance in the lid, the case makes a very good impression. The size makes it a bit too big for the pocket, but it offers a really large capacity. But more about that later.

Operation

For initial pairing with a device, there is a button on the front of the case, with which the Tribit FlyBuds C1 can be put into pairing mode. Now we can easily pair the headphones with our desired device. In testing, this worked without delay with both Android and Windows devices.

When the FlyBuds C1 are no longer needed, put them back in the case, close the lid and they will automatically turn off and charge. When the lid is opened, the headphones automatically connect to the last connected device – it couldn’t be easier.

The vast majority of True Wireless headphones have touch surfaces to control various functions. The FlyBuds C1 have a small button on the left and right earpiece, which can be clearly felt. A total of ten functions can be controlled via them. This is not particularly intuitive; for example, the left or right button has to be pressed three times to activate the voice assistant. To play the previous track again, the button on the LEFT earbud is pressed twice, for the other direction the one on the RIGHT side twice.

To indicate the charge level of the cases, there are four LEDs on the front, above the button for pairing. If all four are lit, the battery level is at 100 percent. If only three are lit, it is over 75, if two LEDs are lit, it is over 50 and if one is lit, it is only 25 percent. When the earbuds are placed in the case, two LEDs light to indicate that they are detected and charging.

Comfort

The Tribit FlyBuds C1 are probably by far the most comfortable we’ve tested in a long time. This is not only due to the interchangeable earbuds, but also the shape and weight. Even after a long day of work with the FlyBuds C1, they do not sit uncomfortably in the ear. Even in the heat of the last few days, we had absolutely no problem with the fit.

If the FlyBuds C1 don’t fit you perfectly, you still have the interchangeable earbuds included. Five interchangeable earbuds is quite a statement.

Audio Quality

Tribit provides its FlyBuds C1 with the necessary technology to deliver decent sound. And the quality doesn’t leave much to be desired either. The sound, no matter what genre, is very good and not too bass-heavy. Despite this, there is enough bass, of course not as pronounced as in full-fledged headphones. And more importantly, voices are also clear and intelligible.

Since the tester is a metal lover, especially of the metalcore subgenre, many aspects naturally play an important role. And the Tribit FlyBuds C1 can convince in every one. If you find the headphones too quiet at first, keep the button on the right earpiece pressed.

Microphone

A good microphone plays a big role not only for gamers, especially in our modern times noise-cancelling and good-sounding microphones are an advantage. The interlocutors in video conferences or simple phone calls should be able to understand us well without having a lot of background noise.
The Tribit FlyBuds C1 manage this without any notable difficulties. It is possible to talk at a normal volume and even on a train platform you can be understood well. Arriving or departing trains are of course still audible, but not excessively loud.

Conclusion

Tribit has really good true wireless headphones on the market with the FlyBuds C1. In the usual comparison with Apple AirPods, we can’t deny a certain similarity in design, but doesn’t really matter in this case. The design is great, and they are not too clunky.

We have to emphasize the wearing comfort, since the FlyBuds C1 sit really well in the ear, even after a long time of wearing. Tribit actually ensures the right fit for every ear with the included accessories.
The audio and microphone quality are also convincing, basically leaving nothing to be desired. Audiophiles will of course not be satisfied, but that should not be the claim at 80 Euros. The FlyBuds C1 are also sufficient for telephony.

In conclusion, we can recommend you to buy the Tribit FlyBuds C1. If they catch your eye when they are on sale and you are looking for new headphones with True Wireless, go for it.

Tribit FlyBuds C1

Workmanship
Comfort
Sound quality
Recording quality
Features
Value for money

91/100

Surprisingly good for this price. Great workmanship and good sound.

Tribit FlyBuds C1 price comparison


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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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Kabellose Kopfhörer gibt es schon lange auf dem Markt. In den letzten Jahren haben sich dann die „True Wireless“-Kopfhörer durchgesetzt. Diese Art von kabellosen Kopfhörern gibt es in wirklich jeder Preiskategorie. Auch Tribit, ein chinesischer Hersteller von Audiogeräten, hat welche im Portfolio. Die FlyBuds C1 ordnen sich im oberen Preissegment des Herstellers sein, im Allgemeinen … (Weiterlesen...)

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