Celebrity Headphone Deathmatch - House of Marley
House of Marley
Seemingly out of nowhere this year, the House of Marley has arrived on the headphone scene, and boy are they gonna stir it up. I'm not one to take marketing departments too seriously, but the House of Marley's corporate ethic of building quality products with sustainable materials, and giving back through worthy causes has definitely caught my attention. Not because they claim it, but because when you get one of their products, you can feel it. Seriously.
Great sound quality is difficult to achieve, and I know of no company that does it consistently. And so it was with the House of Marley product I auditioned: one was great, and the other quite poor. But what I've seen so far convinces me that this is a company to watch, and I can't wait to go to CES this year and listen to everything Bob's family is producing. This is a company who's one love I want to feel as often as they can pull it off.
House of Marley Exodus ($149)|
These headphones have a fatal flaw: the elastic in the headband is too tight, and they crawl up your head as you wear them. Fortunately, it is easily fixed by stapling the headband to the right length for your head. Once done, these are fabulously good.
Fabulously good, I say. The equal of the V-Moda M-80 or Sennheiser HD 25-1 II, I think. Warm, great bass, and smooth, laid back highs make them a great headphone for feeling that urban beat. They also have very unusual styling with a wooden headband, leather strap and pads, and metal cups and accents, these headphones are ideally suited to the flanel shirt and jeans, laid-back lifestyle.
House of Marley Stir it Up ($199)|
I absolutley love the look and feel of these headphones. The natural fiber materials of the headband cover and wood earpieces are very appealing to me.
Unfortunatly, these too have a fatal flaw: the high frequencies are for the most part missing. There's simply not enough treble response to hear the whole of the music, and there's no fixing that. I can't recommend them.
I think the Marley Exodus above is a great alternative, as are the V-moda V-80.
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