When it comes to describing the TriBit FlyBuds there are no ands, no ifs, and no buts about it. These are marvelous wireless earbuds that can easily compete against wired earbuds in the same price range. This level of detail in a wireless package is not only impressive it borders on unicorn levels. Phrases such as “exceeding our wildest expectations” do not even cover our pleasant surprise after using them. Yes, wireless earbuds have come a long, long way since the early BlueTooth days, but we honestly have always approached wireless earbuds with slightly lowered expectations. You are ‘supposed to be’ trading some sound fidelity for ease of use. You are ‘supposed to be’ trading some comfort for portability. With the FlyBuds you simply do not have to do much of either. They are the new gold standard / benchmark we will be judging all other wireless earbuds against – and it is now a rather high threshold to clear.
While not small in their form-factor they are just as easy to wear for extended periods of time as Westone or Shure’s. They are a boatload easier Ultimate Ears IEMs to wear for hours and simply smoke the Silicon Power BP82s we recently used. While they may indeed be wireless in nature and thus not have any concerns over breaking cords (so far we have killed four FiiO F9 replacement cables) their sound signature is good. Yes, Westone and Shure will beat the FlyBuds like it owes them money… but it really is not until you either hit the $100 price range or track down a pair of Tin Audio / Tin HiFi T2s or Yinyoo V2’s that you will find ‘better’… and only then if you opt for wired earbuds.
Even with unicorn “chi-fi’s” in the FlyBud’s price range(ish) they are still arguably a better value than anything below the $100 mark. These buds offer a surprisingly good listening experience that is much more neutral (the T2 and V2s both have a much more pronounced ‘happy V’) sound profile, they are comfortable to wear, they offer excellent run time, they come with a fantastically easy to carry charger/carrying case… and they only cost $55. Paying more for something may or may not offer more performance is hard to justify. So while they may not be IPX6 certified like some others, they are still ‘good enough’ in the durability department and are also a heck of a lot easier to replace than a 1 bill set of buds… and trust us, if you have ever killed a high-end pair of earbuds the day these die you will not cry. You will simply replace them with a new pair (if they are out of warranty) and move on. That is the kind of defense-in-depth argument we like to see. One where no matter what your main priority is the FlyBud’s will more almost invariably meet your expectations.
Overall the TriBit Flybuds are not your typical Chi-Fi’s. They are in fact the opposite… and why many people like buying from overseas. You will get a good music listening experience and do so without breaking the bank. The fact that they are wireless is merely a nice bonus, and not a detriment in the least.