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House of Marley Smile Jamaica In-Ear Headphone Review

It's all about that bass
Overview
Speciality

Tangle free threaded cable and 2 years warranty

Headphone Design

In-ear

Microphone

Yes

Tangle-Free Cable

Yes

Plug Type

L-shaped gold plated stereo plug

Weight

18 grams

Dimensions

4 x 7 x 2 Centimetres

Impedance

16 Ohm

Driver Unit

9 mm dynamic driver

Positives

Pocket friendly

Aesthetic

Tangle-free cable

Eco-friendly

Superb sound for the price

Comfortable for prolonged usage

Negatives

Only one extra pair of ear tips with the package

Doesn’t fit the ear very well, you need to loop it around your ear if you’re gymming or jogging

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A budget headphone with overwhelming bass response. Features mic and tangle-free braided fabric cable for extended durability. A quality headphone with affordable price that works towards sustainable development with your contribution.

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House of Marley is an eco-friendly brand with a focus on building a better world. They are known for using organic, natural and recyclable materials for their packaging. A part of their proceeds go towards 1Love, a charitable organisation which supports youth.

Right off the bat, the thing that will attract you most about these Smile Jamaica earphones is the price point. At ₹999 it is definitely economical for the features offered. Aesthetically, it has an old-world charm with its brown African wood enclosure. This is a welcome change from the usual 100% plastic, lifeless products on the market these days.

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What’s in the box?

The packaging is modern and basic. Warranty information and instructions can be found in a compartment behind the patterned backing. The instructions state that the in-line mic can be used to start and end calls. It can also be used to’ play, pause or go to ‘next’ or ‘previous’ songs. One drawback is that the headphone comes with only one extra pair of ear tips.

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Design and Features

The headphone comes in a beige coloured sleek box with a plastic window showcasing the product. House of Marley’s logo is evident on the packaging. The side of the box gives information regarding the sustainable materials used by the brand. You can also see their support for their family organisation 1Love here. The original pricing given on the box is ₹1990, but as we mentioned before, it is available online for around ₹990 without mic. Earphones with mic will set you back ₹1300 or so.

Other features mentioned on the box include 9 mm drivers, tangle free cables and also the FSC certified wood that has been used to make part of the earphones (yes, it is real wood). A splash of colour on the back of the box is a nod to the Jamaican flag.

The design of this headphone is definitely not run of the mill. The look of a dual plastic-wood theme is neat and attractive. The House of Marley logo is printed on the back of the earpiece. The cable is 1.3 metres long, tangle-free and braided. No more worries of your headphone ending up in a coiled mess. The gold-plated plug is 3.5 mm long.

Smile Jamaica headphone comes in a variety of nine bright and neutral colours. The housing for the earphones uses real aluminium which is eye-catching and classy. Left and right earphones are marked, but a bit hard to see especially in the dark.

It is available in multiple attractive colours to suit your style – Copper, Rasta, Fire, Signature Black, Midnight, Mint, Purple, Rebel Teal, Denim, Brass.

How does it sound?

The House of Marley Smile Jamaica is quite literally, all about the bass. It overpowers other frequencies and can get very loud. If you like a booming sound which cancels out the ambient noise, you would love these earphones.

The highs played on these earphones are fairly clear without any of that tinny quality. This headphone can make classical piano and Justin Bieber sound equally good. High-pitched voices and synthesised sounds are also distinguishable.

For mid-range music, the lyrics have sufficient clarity and sounds. Guitar riffs from Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” are accurate and can be discerned well. There is no fantastic quality about the sound, but it definitely pleasing to the ear.

The low range and bass for these earphones is average. The Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’ sounds just right on these headphones. Anything with a heavier bass tends to get a bit overwhelming. Jazz sounds magical with the House of Marley Smile Jamaica earphones. However, these are not the best earphones for rock or pop.

Fun fact: Something that sounds great on these earphones? Bagpipes!

Verdict

The House of Marley Smile Jamaica headphones are well-made, sturdy and good-looking for the price. Although clarity is not its plus point, you will love the enhanced bass of these headphones. Overall, these are a good pick if you’re looking for a budget-friendly option with overwhelming bass response.

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