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3.0 out of 5 stars Bob Marley and Headphones - like, erm, jam and pilchards..., 24 Oct. 2011
This review is from: House of Marley Smile Jamaica In-Ear Headphones - Lily (Electronics)
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A bit of an oddity, I must admit, I would never have considered Bob Marley to be one of the foremost authorities on headphones (but then, neither would I have thought that people would pay hundreds of pounds for Dr Dre's products, so what do I know?!)

These headphones aim to be eco-friendly and good for the world (in the "spirit of Bob" and all that). Nice ideas I guess, but not top of my priority list when looking at headphones. The key thing for me is how they sound and how comfortable they are to wear.

The good news is these are actually a nice bit of kit. Lurid colours aside, they feel quite solid and the in-ear fit is nice and tight. There are three different buds that can be used depending on the size of your lug holes, but the standard ones were fine for me. The cord was a nice material mesh, which makes a change from the plastic/rubber ones you usually get for headphones of this price, and again it feels well made (if garish).

You also get a nice little Bob Marley bag to keep them in when you're not using them, but I would say that most people tend to wrap them up and stick them in the nearest pocket/bag so this is just a nice to have. Still, it looks classy.

To qualify the sound quality, I usually use Sennheisers (both in-ear and over-ear) which I find good for me. I like a bit of oomph in my bass and the noise isolation in the in-ear headphones work very well for travelling. These headphones are not quite up to that standard - the bass is quite powerful, but the treble and high-end sounds get a little bit lost. I tried it with a bit of Bob himself (what else?) and the sound was very listen-able, but not quite as full as my usual pair.

The quality of the headphones is good, and if they were a subtle colour they may even get an extra half-star. However, they are nothing out of the ordinary and the name is probably conveying more of a USP than they would have if they were made by a generic brand.

Overall, these are perfectly fine as mid-price headphones and the cord is a nice touch of quality. The sound is fine and seems to work well with most types of music (not just reggae!) but, unless you're a big Marley fan, there's nothing particularly outstanding here that makes me recommend them over something else of a similar price.
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