As a rule, I am very wary of products that approach the reputation of great musicians or pioneers of technology. There are some notable exceptions, such as the excellent Marshall headphones and Bluetooth speakers, but when it comes to music legends, I feel uncomfortable with product endorsements.
An example is Marley, the range of headphones inspired by Bob Marley, probably the best known reggae artist who brought the genre to world attention in a spectacular way until his untimely death about 41 years ago. years. Yes … we lost Bob Marley 41 years ago.
The Marley family has partnered with The House of Marley to market a range of headphones, earphones and turntables. Marley was environmentally conscious and in homage to the great man, all the products that House of Marley sells are made from sustainable materials. Each year, Marley’s home (which is owned by FKA Brands) makes a significant financial contribution to One Tree Planted and has already contributed to the planting of 340,400 trees. Marley House also supports the Surfrider Foundation and its global mission to protect the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches.
When it comes to sustainable materials, The House of Marley designs its products with sustainable materials such as bamboo, FSC-certified wood, recycled aluminum and plastics, as well as, most suitable, hemp. I think Bob would have liked that.
The latest product from The House of Marley is the Redemption 2 ANC headphones, genuine wireless headphones made from sustainable materials that offer active noise cancellation (ANC) to block unwanted sounds when listening to music.
These headphones include in-ear sensors and touch controls, as well as being waterproof and sweat-resistant to the IPX5 standard. With up to 24 hours of playback time and about 6 hours of headset charging, the Redemption 2 ANC can be charged via a USB-C cable or any Qi-compatible wireless charging mat.
The Redemption 2 ANC headphones include a selection of ear tips in three different sizes. Sizes are indicated by a color that matches the earpiece pin. The colors are red, green and yellow. What else could they be? This nice little touch from The House of Marley made me think that these headphones with their Marley endorsement are more than just a sponsorship exercise to enrich the Marley family.
All products in the The House of Marley range are tuned to deliver a distinctive sound that Bob would have approved. It’s a big, bold sound with bass bags and I liked it. I was willing not to be impressed because so often these celebrity author products can be a disappointment.
Attaching the Redemption 2 ANC is easy, and the headphones are housed in a sturdy charging case. The earbud stems face some pretty nice bamboo stretches and feel well made. The fit is very comfortable and creates a good passive seal. To get the most out of Redemption 2 ANC, you need to download the smartphone app.
The Marley app can be used to update headset firmware and offers a selection of seven preset EQ settings, including House of Marley Signature sound. There seems to be no custom settings, but you can edit the defaults even though I couldn’t figure out how to rename them. Do not care; the Signature sound was great for my ears.
The House of Marley app is a bit awkward software and I wish it was a little easier to use. Each time it launches it must find and connect to the Redemption 2 ANC, even if it is already connected to the phone. It takes a little more work on the interface.
The ANC feature of Redemption 2 ANC is acceptable, but not the best in its class. I don’t think I would rely on these headphones to block the sound of a pair of 777 jet engines. If you want a pair of headphones that can reduce the noise of an airplane’s engine, you may need to look elsewhere. The touch controls on each headset can be customized through the app, though the default settings look good and can alter volume levels, skip tracks, activate voice assistants, and activate ANC.
In terms of sound, the Redemption 2 ANC is all you would expect from a pair of headphones with the Bob Marley primer, though the only one supports the basic SBC audio codec. Despite the absence of the higher quality AAC and aptX codecs, these headphones have a full sound with a bass bass feel, but the mid-range never crushes and is sharp enough to focus on the music. I liked their sound and they have a much better tone than I expected.
Verdict: The House of Marley Redemption 2 ANC is a great choice for fans of the king of Jamaican reggae and for those who like the idea of sustainable materials and support environmental projects that Bob could have approved. The build quality is excellent, while the headphones feel very comfortable in the ear. The battery life is nothing special, the ANC function could be a little better and there is only support for SBC, but apart from this trio of minor reviews, these real wireless headphones are pretty good and if you love Bob Marley, you’ll love his bass. -heavy sound and wide volume levels.
Price and availability: The House of Marley’s Redemption 2 ANC is now available and costs $ 169.99 / £ 149.99 / € 179.99.
More information: thehouseofmarley.com
- ANC Hybrid (Active Noise Cancellation)
- Environmental Awareness – Audio Passthrough
- Clear calls with call noise cancellation (RCV 4.0)
- 6 MEMS microphones (3 for headset)
- 6 hours of play / 24 hours with case (ANC)
- Touch control with volume options
- Pause / Auto play
- Water and sweat resistant IPX5
- Wireless charging case
- 20M range
- USB-C with fast charge (15 m = 2 h)
- Marley app for iOS / Android to change EQ, ANC level, association name, custom controls, and firmware updates
- 3 ear sizes (S, M, L,)