Tribit XFree Tune Review
Pros: In inexpensive, reasonably good sound quality, portable
Cons: Poor noise isolation, not comfortable for large ears/heads
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Tribit XFree Tune isn't a bad pair of headphones, but it fails to convincingly separate itself from the rest of the field in any capacity. Audiophiles shopping on a budget, or those that don't care too much about sound quality and just want a cheap pair of headphones can both find better options elsewhere.
The Tribit XFree Tune performed fairly well in our sound quality testing, but otherwise saw middling results, resulting in an average overall score.
This is one area where the Tribit XFree Tune turned in a relatively good performance, earning an around average score.
In our testing the Tribit XFree Tune was able to produce decent clarity, with most compositions sounding relatively well defined and separated. However, it does tend to muddle some of the finer details in more complex movements, something the TaoTronics TT-BH060 does a better job of avoiding. Also, certain voices on podcasts do have a very slight hiss to them that iss absent with the TaoTronics TT-BH060.
When it comes to bass power, the Tribit XFree Tune is on the lower end of the spectrum. It has enough punch to satisfyingly anchor most music, but it lacks that deep, well-defined bass that can really bring a song to the next level. This is again an area where the TaoTronics TT-BH060 performs noticeably better, and even the less expensive Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear is a slight cut above.
Lacking any sort of active noise cancellation, the Tribit XFree Tune fell towards the back of the pack in our noise isolation testing.
Most of the non-active noise cancelling models we've tested fall into the same bucket, providing decent noise isolation if you play music loud, but offering nothing more than a muffling effect if you play music quietly.
If you want over-ear headphones so you can listen to music while you work in a coffee shop and not be too disturbed by the noises around you, the Tribit XFree Tune will likely work. With music on a moderate volume we could still faintly make out the clicking of our keyboards, but conversations and glasses tinkering farther away were muffled enough that we didn't find them distracting.
However, if you're looking for noise isolation that will really improve how your music sounds, the Tribit XFree Tune isn't going to past muster. It fails to offer a secluded enough listening experience that the finer points of music can shine throug. For that you really need active noise cancellation, with the TaoTronics TT-BH060 being the least costly yet effective version of that technology we've found.
The Tribit XFree Tune falls into the trap of skimping on size and padding to present a slimmer profile, which results in too little space for larger sized ears.
If your head and ears fall on the smaller end of the spectrum, chances are you're going to find the Tribit XFree Tune quite comfortable. If your head size is average, chances are you might notice some hot spots on the edges of your ears, and that the headband will be a bit on the snug side. If you have a larger head your ears are likely going to feel scrunched on the top and bottom, and the combo of slightly more rigid cushioning and a tighter headband may lead to an uncomfortable amount of pressure.
The competing TaoTronics TT-BH060 is a bit more forgiving for larger heads, but still can feel a bit cramped. If you have a large noggin and are looking for a budget option, we've found the Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear to be by far the most comfortable headphones in this price range.
The Tribit XFree Tune offers the kind of user experience you'd expect from a pair of headphones. A long press on the power button turns the headphones on and off, and with a short press it functions as a play/pause button. A set of volume buttons on the back of the right earcup raise and lower the volume with a single press, and can skip tracks with a quick double press.
To enter Bluetooth pairing mode you must hold the power button down for 3 seconds. We didn't have any issues with pairing the Tribit XFree Tune to our various wireless devices.
The Tribit XFree Tune is quite portable, earning one of the highest scores in this metric.
The earcups of the Tribit XFree Tune fold up, creating quite a small package that easily fits into the included semi-rigid carrying case. The headphones themselves weigh just over 10 ounces, which puts them right in line with their competitors. The manufacturer boasts a 40-hour battery life, which is much longer than competing models like the Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear (13-hours) and the TaoTronicsTT-BH060 (25-hours).
The Tribit XFree Tune is oddly positioned in that we would suggest most people either spend a little more on the better sounding TaoTronics TT-BH060 or a little less on the nearly-as-capable Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear. However, if you have a smaller head and find the Tribit XFree Tune on sale, it's a worthwhile purchase.
The Tribit XFree Tune is a decent pair of budget headphones, but we would only recommend buying them if you find a sale, and if your head is at least on the smaller end of average
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata