In the test: Tribit FlyBuds C1 - true wireless in-ear headphones with buttons

Test: Tribit FlyBuds C1 photo

The manufacturer Tribit recently gave me his Tribit FlyBuds C1 made available free of charge for a test. The FlyBuds C1 are wireless in-ear headphones, which I particularly noticed because they do not have any vulnerable touch controls, but rather have real micro buttons that you can use to operate them. Meanwhile a specialty with headphones, which I welcome very positively.

The Tribit FluyBuds C1 not only look good, but also have a very good sound, which should also please fans of classical music (Photos: Sir Apfelot).

The Tribit FluyBuds C1 not only look good, but also have a very good sound, which should also please fans of classical music (Photos: Sir Apfelot).

Technical data of the FlyBuds C1

I would also like to briefly mention the technical specifications of the headphones here, so that you can assess the product a little better:

  • Manufacturer: Tribit
  • Model: FlyBuds C1
  • Model Number: BTH93
  • Type: True Wireless In-Ear Headphones
  • Bluetooth: version 5.2
  • Range: 10 m
  • Chipset: Qualcomm QCC3040
  • IP protection class: IPX5 (protected against water jets)
  • Microphones per earbud: 2
  • Noise cancellation: CVC 8.0
  • Suppression of up to 90% of the ambient noise
  • BT codecs: laptX, AAC, SBC
  • BT profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP
  • Capacity charging case: 600 mAh
  • Earphone capacity: 60 mAh
  • Playing time only earphones: 12 h
  • Total playing time with case: 60 h (4 charges)
  • Charging time earphones: 1,5 h
  • Case charging time: 2 h
  • Charging port: USB C
  • Weight: 50 g
  • 6 silicone attachments included
  • Price: approx. 80 EUR (Amazon)

Delivery:

Charging case, earphones with silicone attachments, 5x extra attachments, USB C charging cable, operating instructions (also in German).

In addition to the operating instructions, the Tribit FlyBuds C1 comes with a charging cable, silicone attachments, charging case and of course the earphones themselves (photos: Sir Apfelot).

In addition to the operating instructions, the Tribit FlyBuds C1 comes with a charging cable, silicone attachments, charging case and of course the earphones themselves (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Optics and workmanship of the FlyBuds C1

The FlyBuds C1 are currently the most expensive in-ear headphones that Tribit has on offer (about 70 euros on Amazon, but an RRP of 89 euros). The workmanship of the earphones and the case is correspondingly good. The charging case is rounded and suitable for a pocket. The weak point with such charging cases is usually the hinge, which is quite stable here and is sure to hold out for a long time. The earphones also have no weak points and are even protected against water jets from rain or the shower.

Both the case and the earphones are black and look very classy. Small, red segments are embedded in the outer areas of the earphones, which are nice but unobtrusive splashes of color. Overall, I find both the appearance and the processing quality of the FlyBuds C1 very successful.

The Tribit FlyBuds C1 are operated with a micro button on the stem of the earphones, which works very reliably (photos: Sir Apfelot).

The Tribit FlyBuds C1 are operated with a micro button on the stem of the earphones, which works very reliably (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Great thing: buttons instead of touch

Anyone who owns the AirPods Pro knows how to operate it by pressing the "stem". It is exactly the same with the FlyBuds C1, only that a visible and tangible micro button has been built in, which gives direct haptic feedback.

I think it's great that Tribit has gone "back" and has built in a real button instead of a touch control panel, as found on most other in-ear headphones. This is particularly helpful for joggers and athletes in general, as touch controls often fail with sweaty fingers and inputs are ignored or interpreted incorrectly.

You also avoid the problem of accidentally triggering commands just because you want to correct the position of the earphones in your ears. With the buttons, you can feel directly whether a command has arrived and you don't have to wait long for the iPhone to respond. In short: I love these buttons! Thank you, Tribit!

On the left the case of the AirPods Pro and on the right that of the Tribit FlyBuds C1 in comparison.

On the left the case of the AirPods Pro and on the right that of the Tribit FlyBuds C1 in comparison. It is a bit more voluminous, but otherwise has the same dimensions.

Long playing time thanks to Bluetooth 5.2 and "large" battery

With a playing time of 12 hours, the Tribit FlyBuds C1 are definitely at the upper limit of the runtime list. The ones I recently tested Soundcore P3 (also highly recommended!) have "only" 7 hours of battery life and are therefore better than many other true wireless headphones. With 12 hours, Tribit tops this value again quite well.

I assume that this works through the interaction of the energy-saving Bluetooth 5.2, which runs on the Qualcomm chipset, and the 60 mAh battery, which is built into the Tribit earplugs. In any case, the playing time is extremely good.

With the charging case you have a total of 50 hours of playtime, as you can fully charge the earphones four times.

With the charging case you have a total of 50 hours of playtime, as you can fully charge the earphones four times.

Good noise suppression thanks to CVC 8.0

The suppression of ambient noise is done with the Tribit FlyBuds C1 with the help of CVC 8.0, which is also used with other headphones that I have already been able to test.

I can't exactly check the advertising claim that this filters out around 90 percent of the ambient noise, but in any case you perceive conversation noise, vacuum cleaner and engine noise was only significantly reduced.

The shielding doesn’t match that of my Bose QC35, because the over-ear construction offers a stronger sound insulation and a strong ANC, but for in-ear headphones the noise suppression of the FlyBuds C1 is very good.

Everything you need for unadulterated music enjoyment is included - including many silicone adapters for the ears.

Everything you need for unadulterated music enjoyment is included - including many silicone adapters for the ears.

The sound of the FlyBuds C1: balanced and personable

When describing the sound in headphone tests, I like to try to figure out terms like "powerful deep bass" and "fanned out mid-range". These collections of adjectives always remind me of that Wine tasting by Axel Hacke.

When I read through the tests in audio magazines, I'm often less clever than before. Personally, it helps me more if you make comparisons with other products and state briefly and concisely how you like the sound of which music genre.

With the FlyBuds C1 you can definitely say: There are in-ears with more bass. The Soundcore P3, for example, have a very strong bass, but I wouldn't say that this makes them sound better.

I've listened to rock, pop, classical, and podcasts with the Tribit FlyBuds C1 and they all have a nice, balanced sound. With classical pieces you can clearly hear the different instruments and still it doesn't sound like too strong highs, as I had with some other headphones.

The word "sympathetic" is actually a bit unusual when describing technical devices, but when it comes to the sound of the Tribit FlyBuds C1 it fits very well.

Due to the shape, the Tribit FlyBuds C1 can be placed in the ear just as quickly and easily as the AirPods Pro.

Due to the shape, the Tribit FlyBuds C1 can be placed in the ear just as quickly and easily as the AirPods Pro.

AirPods Pro vs. Tribit FlyBuds C1 - how do you stack up against the Apple competition?

The direct comparison with the AirPods Pro is of course only related to the sound. The AirPods Pro offer more convenience and are twice as expensive. Nevertheless, I would like to briefly give my assessment of the comparison of the sound on both headphones.

What is immediately noticeable is the somewhat restrained bass of the FlyBuds C1. With the AirPods Pro, a little more comes across in the lower frequency spectrum, which means that the sound is a bit "rounder" for me - especially when you hear pop. The difference is minimal, however. I think you wouldn't even hear it if you listened to the headphones "blindly" against each other with a time gap of a few minutes.

When listening to classical music, on the other hand, I think the Tribit FlyBuds C1 is even a tad better because, from my point of view, it reproduces more details in the mids.

In my test, I often forgot after a minute or two which headphones I had in my ears. The sound is so similar that you can actually only perceive differences in direct comparison after a change.

In terms of sound, the Tribit FlyBuds C1 and the AirPods Pro from Apple are very close together, with the Apple headphones offering a little more bass.

In terms of sound, the Tribit FlyBuds C1 and the AirPods Pro from Apple are very close together, with the Apple headphones offering a little more bass.

Jogging with the FlyBuds C1? No problem!

Thanks to the IPX5 protection class, the headphones are ideally equipped for use in the rain (or in the shower). IPX5 means that they are protected against water jets from all possible directions.

In addition, the earphones sit very securely in the ear. Even after a lot of headbanging, I couldn't get things loose or slipped. They can therefore be recommended for jogging without hesitation.

In my opinion, this is another plus point for athletes: The buttons can also be operated with wet fingers or with gloves on. The buttons are attached in such a way that they can be found quickly and reliably and so that the headphones can be operated easily.

The operation of the Tribit FlyBuds C1 in detail

If you want to know what you get with the AirPods Pro or other in-ear headphones, but not with the FlyBuds C1, here is a small list of things that you might miss with the FlyBuds C1.

Disadvantages: What you don't get with the Tribut Fly Buds C1 ...

There are a couple of points I'm missing about the Tribit FlyBuds C1. They are not absolutely necessary to be happy with the headphones, but I wanted to note them anyway.

  • They are not AirPods Pro and do not offer the comfort that Apple users have with AirPods. There is no automatic switching between Mac, iPhone and iPad.
  • Pairing with multiple Bluetooth transmitters is not possible.
  • You cannot deactivate the noise suppression or influence it in any other way.
  • There is no app with which you can make equalizer settings or reprogram the operation, as you can find, for example, with the Soundcore P3.
  • There is no in-ear detection that would stop the music if you take the earphones out of your ear. However, if both earphones are in the case, playback will stop.
  • There is no transparency mode that would let the ambient noise through.
In the control center, next to the headphone symbol, there is also a small battery indicator for the internal batteries of the Tribit earphones.

In the control center, next to the headphone symbol, there is also a small battery indicator for the internal batteries of the Tribit earphones.

Pros: The FlyBuds C1 do that well

Here are the positive aspects that would make me buy the Tribit FlyBuds C1:

  • The playing time of 12 hours is unbeatable.
  • The sound is not bass-heavy, but crisp and balanced - very nice!
  • The IPX5 protection class and the good fit make them good sports headphones.
  • Operation via buttons is extremely reliable and pleasant.
  • The noise suppression shields external noises well.
  • The iPhone / iPad has a battery indicator next to the headphone symbol (in the control center).
  • Removing the earphones from the case is easy. You can tell that there are also other experiences with the EarFun Free 2 .
  • Putting the earphones in the ears works fine (I don't always have them either).
  • You can also use the earphones individually (but as far as I know there is no switching to mono).

My conclusion on the Tribit FlyBuds C1

Actually, everything has already been said with the advantages and disadvantages: The Tribit FlyBuds C1 are robust, reliable and visually appealing true wireless headphones with a great sound. And that Tribit has what it takes in terms of audio technology, you already know in my test of MaxSound Plus loudspeaker proven.

If you don't have any in-ears yet and are not dependent on the strong integration of the AirPods in the Apple ecosystem, you can listen to the Tribit In-Ears. In my opinion, they are definitely worth their price and a recommendation in the price range between 50 and 100 euros.

You can find it here via this link to Amazon or via the following product box:

20,00 EUR
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