House of Marley Exodus headphones
The beat goes on
Geek Treat of the Week As soon as I saw the Exodus headphones I wanted them, and now that I’ve heard them – well, I’m just jammin’ till the jam is through.
House of Marley is a new brand set up by Bob Marley’s family, and it’s kicking off with an extensive collection of headphones ranging from the £20 in-ear Smile Jamaica set, up to the £250 noise-cancelling Destiny pair.
However, it was the classy birch wood and leather design of the mid-range Exodus model that caught my eye at a recent demo session, and I’m pleased to say that they’re pretty pleasing to the ear too.
The blurb says that reggae and bass are “the driving force” in all the Marley headphones, and a canter through the dubstep section of Spotify confirmed that the Exodus headphones produce a deep, firm bass slap.
They worked a treat at the other end of the spectrum too. The high-frequency harmonies of Queen came zinging into my ears, the acoustic warblings of Damien Rice were delicate and warm, and the guitar thrash of Chemical Romance was clean and tight and never degenerated into noise.
The cushioned leather earpieces are soft and comfortable to wear, and the headphones include a three-button control and microphone for the iPhone – although I’m not sure I’d wear them in public as the large headband makes me look like a Cyberman.
But the Exodus headphones are certainly my new choice for indoor use, and when I’m travelling I’ll just slip them into the canvas carrying case that comes with them.
Celebrity ‘signature’ headphones can be a bit of a quick cash-in gimmick, but the sound quality of the Exodus justifies the £100 price tag. Throw in the classy design, eco-conscious materials, and a donation to Marley’s 1Love charity and you’ve got a very desirable set of ‘phones that are just all-round cool. ®
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Get a decent pair of Sennheisers, where £250 gets you a set as used by sound engineers who do this for a living, and then you're not throwing dead money at some wasters cashing in on a namecheck. (Beats by Dre my airy harse...)
AKG 240s here :)
I'm fully behind you with "(Beats by Dre my airy harse...)"
My son has got some trendy headphones with battery boosted "sub's" and to my ears they are awful.
But, he doesn't listen to music - and I'm not about to go off on a "in my day it was real music" rant. He normally listens to 15 seconds at most, he's just listening to loops and sound effects, like watching an American action film, just explosions and nothing else.
Sennheiser HD650 FTW :-)
Cyberman? Not to worry.
If your neighborhood is anything like mine, you wouldn't be wearing them very long anyway.
AKG K710 here, and no, much as I love my cans, I wouldn't walk out into the street with them. I'd look like Princess Leia.