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Tribit XFree Tune Bluetooth Headphones review: A premium Bluetooth headphone for under $50? Yep

Folded up in their optional carrying case (included as part of a separate bundle).

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Besides the logo, you'll find volume controls and the power button on the ear cup. There are no separate transport controls, but pressing and holding the up volume button advances tracks, while doing the same for the down volume button skips back a track. Battery life is rated at a healthy 24 hours at moderate volume levels -- bigger size means more battery capacity than you'll find on tiny wireless earbuds.

For those looking for noise canceling, it's not here (the Amazon product page misleadingly says there's noise-canceling but that refers to CVC 6.0, which only applies to noise canceling for voice calls), but the ear cups passively seal out a fair amount of ambient noise. While these headphones aren't quite as comfortable as a set of Bose full-size headphones (which, of course, cost seven times as much), the ear pads do feature good quality covers and soft, thick foam padding.

Overall the headphones worked reliably -- they use Bluetooth 4.1 -- and paired and repaired with my test phones (iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus) without a problem. They worked OK as a headset for making calls, too -- just don't expect business-class performance.

Add it all up and the Tribit XFree Tune is an excellent bargain. When it comes to headphones, cheap and good usually don't mix. The XFree Tune is an exception. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better sounding full-sized wireless pair of headphones for the money. 

The volume button also skips tracks forward and back.

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