Headphone Review: House of Marley Uplift In-Ear Headphones Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Clear and balanced audio, comfortable to wear and long, anti-tangle cord.
What's Not: Bass isn't strong.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
House of Marley offers several in-ear headphone models and the new Uplift In-Ear Headphones model is their most affordable one in the category. The Uplift has an earthy design with good sized drivers and comes with three sets of ear tips in different sizes. It has very clear audio and balanced tracks, and it comes with a fabric covered cord that's quite long. The Uplift comes in three color and material themes: Drift, Grand and Midnight.
The House of Marley Uplift In-Ear Headphones have a clean and attractive design. The driver housing is made with sapele or beach wood and capped with recyclable aluminum. House of Marley logo is embossed on the top of the aluminum caps that have a slant angle to help position the headphones in your ears easier. The Uplift offers three different sized soft ear tips and three wood styles and colors with matching cords.
The House of Marley Uplift In-Ear Headphones have a 52"-long breaded fabric covered cord. It's longer than the cord on the Apple EarPods and on many other headphones that are included with your smartphone. The breaded fabric cover helps reduce tangles and provides better isolation for the audio cord. The cord comes in two versions, one with a remote stick and a built-in mic and one without. The 3.5mm plug is gold plated to ensure high quality connection and the connector is well designed to fit your phone in cases.
The House of Marley Uplift In-Ear Headphones have 8mm moving coil drivers that give the headphones very clear audio that sounds clean and balanced. In our tests, Rock songs with vocals sounded good and all channels had good clarity, instrumental tracks had good dynamic range as well as clarity, chamber music and symphonies had balanced channels and kept the sound integrity of each instrument, and techno and dance/workout tracks even sounded quite clean and not muddy. The only thing that sounded weak when compared to the similarly priced headphones was the weaker bass. In many styles of music, the bass didn't come to full brightness, only stayed low in the background.
The Uplift has good noise isolation if you wear the ear tips that fit your ears well. The audio doesn't blow out even when you turn the volume quite high. The model that comes with a remote control stick also has a built-in mic and voice calls through the headphones sound clear and loud. We tested the House of Marley Uplift In-Ear Headphones with a variety of smartphones including the iPhone 5s, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Droid MAXX and found voice call clear on all of them.
The House of Marley Uplift In-Ear Headphones continue to show the audio design strength of the brand with clear audio and balanced sound. The Uplift competes very well with similarly priced headphones such as the Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic on audio quality and it wins with its long and well protected cord. The Uplift comes in three different color/wood styles and the remote control and the mic also work very well. One thing it loses on in the competition with headphones like the Apple EarPods is the weaker bass strength.
Price: $29.99 without remote and mic; $39.99 with remote and mic. Web site:House of Marley