Before I discovered the price of Tribit’s XFree Go headphones, which wasn’t provided until weeks after the product showed up, I was thinking they’d retail for $100—or maybe $80 given Tribit’s penchant for low-ball pricing. In my book, they sound every bit as good as the Sony set I use on a regular basis.

Discovering that they were selling on Amazon for just $25 was darn shocking. I’ve never heard a worthwhile headset priced less than $50, let alone one that sounds as good as this. But then I started watching movies.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best headphones, where you’ll find reviews of competing products, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping.

A showstopper of a flaw

I quickly discovered a major problem: The XFree Go became unresponsive after a relatively short period of sustained use. They’d still produce sound, as long as the Bluetooth connection remained, but I couldn’t adjust the volume or even turn them off. There was no indicator LED, no nuthin’. 

The only way I could unfreeze them was to plug them back into an AC outlet and wait. I don’t know if every XFree Go suffers this glitch or if a new production run will fix the problem. Thinking I just got a defective unit, I had the company ship me a replacement—which suffered from the very same problem. That tells me the issue could be common or even universal. I’ll revisit this review—and my verdict—if Tribit can send me a pair that doesn’t exhibit the flaw; but for now, caveat emptor.

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I don’t know how big this model’s head is, but I found the Tribit XFree Go to be a tight fit.

Design and features

The set I tested were black with painted silver highlights. Painted typically means cheap-looking, but that’s not the case here. The XFree Go won’t woo audiophiles or style mavens, but their appearance certainly belies the price.

That said, I do have one minor complaint about the design: The flexible metal band didn’t seem to have quite the circumference to span my not particularly large, but not particularly small melon. The top and ear pads are comfortable, but the overall fit seems just a bit tight. This will likely improve with use as the hardware gets broken in.

Surprisingly—again, because of the price—the Tribit XFree Go uses Qualcomm’s latest Bluetooth 5.0 chipset. There’s a micro-USB port for charging, as well as multi-function buttons for power/pairing/answer/hang up, volume-up/next-track and volume down/previous-track. Other functions, such as invoking Siri and clearing pairings, are accomplished with different combinations of buttons and the length of time said buttons are held down. 

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Tribit’s XFree Go’s are decently comfortable, but seem designed for smaller heads than the author’s.

As you might have divined from the description above, the XFree Go can be used for phone calls. There’s a mic above the status light for just such occasions. Tribit ships the XFree Go with a handy carrying case, a USB charging cable, and a 3.5mm-to-3.5mm cable for wired use. 

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