This is a double review of the Liberate XLBT Bluetooth headphones and the Get Together Bluetooth speaker both from House of Marley, a company owned by Bob Marley’s family and which produces products made out of recycled and responsibly produced materials.
So let’s start with the Liberate XLBT Bluetooth cans.
The Liberate XLBTs can be used as wired or wireless headphones. They’re rocking 50mm drivers, can fold up for easy storage and can be used to make phone calls aside from listening to music.
These speakers have incredible looks. The design is super unique and I love the way the metal, wood, fabric and leather blend together.
In terms of sound quality I’d say they’re definitely above average. That’s across the board for the highs, mids and bass. They definitely sound better, at least to my ears, than the overblown (bass-favoring) Beats.
I’d say they are really comfortable to wear for at least 45 minutes to an hour. After that I noticed a little bit of ear fatigue starting to set in.
One area where these headphones fall short is the buttons. While their functions are all useful (there’s a power button, a Bluetooth button, volume buttons and forward and backward buttons for skipping tracks) they’re really flimsy and the power button on my test model is pretty loose after just a few weeks of use.
And that’s really unfortunate because other than the buttons these headphones seem to be really well made and pretty sturdy.
So who would I recommend these to? I’d say people whose top priorities are style and eco-fiendliness. For everyone else there’s better headphones for the price in terms of quality — even if they are quite a bit more boring.
Okay lets switch gears and talk about the Get Together which is House of Marley’s 3rd most expensive Bluetooth system out of 8 total.
The Get Together works as a Bluetooth speaker and speakerphone and rocks an awesome bamboo front. It’s got some low-profile buttons on top for easy access but doesn’t come with a remote.
Before you even hear it the Get Together sets expectations sky high with it’s incredibly awesome looks and you can tell this speaker shares the same DNA as the Liberate XLBTs with the wood and fabric look. This is definitely one of the coolest-looking Bluetooth speakers I’ve ever seen and it’s really nice to have an option other ...