With the music industry clamoring to find ways to make money, the artists themselves are using their names to brand a variety of products. As of late, headphones have been all the rage. Thanks to Dr. Dre and his line of Beats by Dre headphones, other artists like 50 Cent, Ludacris and RZA have all jumped in to cash in on the craze.
Last year, the Marley Family also announced that it would be jumping into the fray with its own line of Bob Marley-inspired headphones as well, but the company, known as The House of Marley, would go much further. Not only would House of Marley offer earbuds and over-the-ear headphones in three different collections, ranging from $59.99 to $199.99, but also docks especially made for iPhone and iPod Touch, expanding their offerings.
We were fortunate enough to try out a pair of Positive Vibration Headphones, from The House of Marley’s Jammin’ Collection. Priced at an affordable $59.99, the Positive Vibration Headphones are an over-the-ear design with House of Marley’s signature colorful fabric, wires and cords that set it apart from everything else out there. The 52” fabric cord includes volume control and a gold-plated connector. They even come with a cool carrying bag embroidered with Rastafarian colors that you fold the headphones into when they’re not in use.
The headphones have extremely soft and comfortable ear cups that you can wear for hours. However, they don’t encompass the entire ear like other high-end headphones. The headphones are advertised as noise-canceling, and they do a decent job of that, but not as well as some of the higher-priced headphones, like Beats by Dre. There may be some outside sound that creeps in every now and then if you’re in a noisy, crowded area, as well as sound that creeps out that may disturb someone sitting next to you on a plane if you have it really loud. But listening to music from both iPod and computer, the sound is clear and crisp, with defined bass and treble. It’s perfect for listening on a hike, in your office or any other daily activity. For the price, these are high-quality headphones worth every penny. You’re getting a heck of a deal. Check out TheHouseofMarley.com.