The young Chinese company Tribit offers inexpensive headphones and speakers of surprisingly good quality. In this review, we will take a closer look at the XFree Tune from Tribit. First of all: the Bluetooth headphones for less than 40 $ are perfect for bargain hunters.
- Good sound quality for little money
- Foldable design
- Affordable price
- Excellent battery life
- Short Bluetooth range
- Doesn’t necessarily fit with large ears
- Fingerprints can be seen
- Controls are difficult to use
- No noise cancellation
Features and battery
The Tribit XFree Tune offers an astonishingly long list of functions for the price. The headphones of course have a wireless Bluetooth 4.1 connection, which is not the latest standard, but offers all the important functions for audio playback. Unfortunately, I had occasional disconnections during testing as soon as I left the room. The battery consists of a lithium polymer battery that promises 40 hours of operation, which is phenomenal for a headset in this price range. It wasn’t long ago that even high-end headsets struggled with battery life of over 10 hours.
The battery life is all the more impressive when you consider that the Tribit XFree Tune uses large 40mm drivers for its audio playback, which are far larger than that what one would expect from earphones or even inexpensive over-the-ear headphones. The headset also scores with a built-in microphone for use during phone calls. Noise-canceling technology does not exist for voice calls, but it does for music. There is no real active noise reduction.
Most headphones these days have a pretty similar design. The XFree Tune is also not out of line. The special thing about the earpieces, however, is that they can be folded inwards. Anyone who travels a lot with the headphones will be happy about the collapsible earpieces. The temple has a rubber / plastic feel, while the underside is made of a nice and soft synthetic leather padding, which is very comfortable. A decorative grill design with the Tribit logo in the center is depicted on the outside of the oh pieces. At first glance, it looks like the headphones are open to the outside, but that’s not the case here
The left side of the headphones has no buttons. There is a 3.5 mm connector there so that the headset can be used with a cable. On the right front is the on / off switch, while the volume up (+) and down (-) are on the back. The placement of the buttons is nice, although searching for them blindly was a little tricky at first because the buttons fit right into the headset. The controls can often be confused, especially in the early days. At the bottom of the right side is the micro-USB port that can be used to charge the headset for wireless use.
The ear cups are equipped with artificial leather cushions on the inside of which the designations “L” and “R” stand for left and right. The inside bracket is also made of stainless steel, so you can adjust the headset for a better fit. The headphones lie quite firmly on the head. The auricles can be too small for one or the other person. If you have big ears, these headphones are probably not the right device. You might also notice the matte material as a small mark, because fingerprints are perfectly visible on it. But that is ultimately a matter of taste.
The sound for headphones for around 40 $ is just great. Seriously, everything we heard through the headphones sounded pretty good. However, anyone who expects a powerful bass will be disappointed. Most of the songs still sound great, but then you notice that you don’t have a 200 Euro model on your head.
There is hardly any complaint about the highs and mids. The high notes were convincing with their clear sound, while the mids sounded as normal as possible. Regardless of the volume level, every song was clean and easy to understand.
The Tribit XFree Tune sounds great for the money. The headphones are comfortable to wear and look relatively well built. The headphones fit in the supplied carrying case and the battery life is a healthy 24 hours at moderate volume. However, there is no active noise suppression. People with large ears will encounter problems with small ear cups. The bottom line is that you won’t find better wireless headphones for around 40 $.