There is no shortage of wireless headphones on the market but they come few and far between when looking for an environmentally conscious earphone that’ll also bring the house down. House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless Review: Stylish, Sound, & Socially Conscious.
House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless Review
House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless Review – Build & Design
Like the HoM headphones that have come before it, Uplift 2 Wireless is built with sustainability in mind. The earbuds are fashioned from FSC Certified Wood. Basically, this wood reaches guidelines set by the Forest Stewardship Council to protect the world’s forests. The housings are also comprised of a blend of bioplastic and recyclable aluminum for a sturdy, yet sustainable frame. The buds are ergonomically-shaped so that they sit at an angle inside your ear. The fit is comfortable and light. But, by design, the buds sit in the shallow portion of the conch of your ear, barely reaching inside your canal. I imagine this may be in fact to keep us from jamming the buds down our ear canal and unnecessarily turning up the buds to obscene volumes subsequently damaging our hearing. This somewhat shallow feel makes me think I’m not getting a good seal or that the buds might fall out, but neither is true. The seal is good and so is the fit.
Each earbud housing is connected to nylon braided cables which are another signature of HoM earbuds. The buds feature a tiny clip that you can use to secure the buds either in front of your neck or in back of your neck. In front feels more natural on this headphone, but I’d rather situate it in the back because I wear wireless buds to eliminate the number of items that can get tangled in my goddess locs.
Uplift 2 Wireless buds are available in three different colorways. I’m using the black and gold version and it’s honestly so pretty. It is a slight departure from the more Caribbean, bohemian vibe from other products. It’s a little more sleek, but still in line with HoM’s sustainable aesthetic.
House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless Review – Features
Thanks to a Lithium-ion 170 mAh battery, these buds support a life span of 10 hours. This is one of the longest run times I’ve seen thus far. Most wireless buds average a battery life of around 7.5 hours, so this is nice. The braided cable includes an in-line mic and controller to answer and end calls, switch back and forth between tracks, pause/play your music, and adjust the volume. The controller operates a little differently than most I’m used to. The volume controls are also used to skip forward or backward a track. This difference isn’t monumental, but it is different so I thought I’d point it out.
House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless Review – Specs
Frequency Response Range: 20Hz-20kHz
Impedance: 16 Ohms
Battery Life: 10 Hours
Charge Life: 2 Hours
House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless Review – Sound & Performance
The bass and sub-bass are sweet. The bass line is full of depth. It’s full, rich, and with clarity. I’m really into it. The mid-range is smooth and rounded-off well with these buds. Treble could benefit from more detail, but it doesn’t break it for me as this is an $80 wireless earbud. Highs and vocals perform pretty really well across the board with these earphones. Even the higher end of the spectrum benefit from the relaxed nature of these headphones so they aren’t upfront and in your face. It makes for a pleasant and fun listening experience that’s definitely worth the price tag.
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