Tribit is a little known company that makes a range of audio gear. We are reviewing their first headphones, the Tribit XFree Tune today. These headphones are generally priced around the Rs. 3,500 mark on Amazon. The reviews were pretty glowing for the most part and that piqued our interest. We have been using them for some time now. Let’s talk about the headphones in detail and understand if they deserve all the praise they are getting.
The headphones come in an unassuming rectangular cardboard box. Following are the contents of the box –
- Tribit XFree Tune headphones
- A carry case
- a 3.5mm Aux cable
- A micro-USB charging cable
The fact that the headphones come with a solid carrying case is commendable. At this price point, many headphones just throw in a carrying pouch or skimp it altogether. The carrying case here, on the contrary, is very solidly built and should help protect the headphones.
Build & Design
The headphones feel solidly built. They are mostly made of plastic with some metal in the headband. This is an over-the-ear pair of headphones which means it totally covers your ears. The ear-pads are very soft and cushiony and there is ample padding on the headband. The XFree Tune comes in 2 colours, a normal black and a red and black. Ours is the normal black version and it looks understated. There is Tribit branding on both the ear cups and the headphones are bare otherwise. The Left ear-cup contains the 3.5 mm audio out port while the right one contains the micro-USB charging port covered by a flap
There are physical buttons on the Tribit XFree Tune to control music playback. All the controls are on the right earbud. There are volume up and down buttons which can also be used to skip to next and previous tracks. There’s also a multi-function button (MFB). It is used to power the headphone on or off and pause or play the music. The buttons are decently tactile and we had no issues using them once we got used to their positioning. There’s an LED light on the right ear cup that shows the pairing status and battery levels.
This is one area where the XFree Tune shines. The headphones include some pretty nice features. There’s the 3.5 mm audio jack which means you can use the headphones in wired mode if they run out of juice. The sound quality is pretty similar in both the wireless and the wired mode. The headphones also support dual connect which lets you connect it to 2 devices at once. This is a great addition and we can’t vouch for it enough. Especially now that most of us are Working from Home, it absolutely makes sense to have your headphones connected to your phone and your laptop simultaneously. This feature is somehow still missing from the Sony XM3s (basically the best headphones around), yet Tribit delivers it here.
They use Bluetooth 4.1 for connectivity. We did not observe any discernible lag while watching videos on our phone or laptop. There’s no aptX or Active Noise Cancellation but that is to be expected at this price point.
We found the headphones to be very comfortable to use. The soft earpads and the cushioning on the headband ensures no discomfort even when wearing them for long periods of time. We wore them with glasses regularly and had no issues with the comfort. The earcups are also sufficiently large and should be able to fully cover most ears. This helps isolate the background noise. The headphones are a bit on the heavier side due to the metal in their construction. So you do feel them on your head unlike some all plastic alternatives. But we didn’t find the weight to be too bothersome.
Now coming to the most important part, the Sound Quality. How do the Tribit XFree Tune sound? Pretty good actually. The earphones have a very decent soundstage and great clarity. The sound profile is balanced. This is especially important because many options in this price range boost the bass too much and drown out the mids and the lows. There is no such problem here and the mids especially are very detailed. This does not mean that they are lacking in bass though. They have pretty good bass although not the ‘rocking your world’ type. They also respond well to equalization and you can boost up the bass further.
Overall, these are some of the best sounding earphones in this price range if you want a balanced sound signature.
This is another area where the Tribit XFree Tune absolutely knocks it out of the park. These headphones have a battery life of up to 40 hours. While we haven’t measured the battery life per-se, we are inclined to believe Tribit’s claims here. The reason for this is the fact that we can often use them for a week before charging. The stupendous battery performance solves one of our biggest pet peeves regarding Bluetooth headphones, the middling battery life. When you do want to charge the headphones, it takes just under 3 hours to fully charge using the micro-USB port.
The company offers 12 months warranty on these headphones. They currently don’t have any service centres in India and the company mentions that in case something happens in 12 months, we can send photos and details to the company and the company would try to refund some amount based on the circumstances. It doesn’t sound very promising but atleast it is something. There’s also a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can also register on Tribit’s website to get 12 months Extended warranty.
There is no dearth of Bluetooth headphones at this price point. You can get some good options from trusted brands like JBL and Sony (JBL Tune 500BT for instance). There are other options from brands like Audio Technica, Boat, Xiaomi, Skullcandy etc and then there are tier 2 brands like Leaf and Noise. But we would still choose the Tribit XFree Tune over all of these. This is because they are the jack of all trades here. They are over the ear which we like; they have an amazing battery life; a great feature set and a brilliant sound quality. Although some of its competitors may usurp it in a couple of things, the Tribit XFree Tune still turns out to be the best overall package.
The Tribit XFree Tune are a pair brilliant Bluetooth headphones on a budget. They have a sturdy build with generous padding to ensure maximum comfort. The sound quality is very good and the battery life is just amazing. They can even connect to 2 devices at once. They absolutely nail all the basics of Bluetooth headphones. At Rs. 3,499 they are a very solid offering from Tribit and deserve all the accolades coming their way.
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