House of Marley Smile Jamaica in ear headphones
The length of the supplied lead is 1.3metres. From the ears it is 30cm to the point where two leads become one. Around 10cm from the left ear is the now near ubiquitous control to stop/play, back and forward control.
The lead itself is fabric in spirals with red yellow and green then black and this is repeated for the whole length of the lead.
Finally the plug at the player/phone end is the ‘L’ type to sit flush with whatever you connect it to.
I have a basic MP3 player that I use to test all headphone/earbuds with; it has a range of types and styles of music and not just my choice of music.
I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of bass available in the small buds and also the rather good stereo separation found within these budget priced headphone/earbuds.
Now onto the buds themselves, they are a silicon material that plugs the ear. A medium size is fitted with a smaller alternative in the box. So anyone who has a large ear canal will probably need to look elsewhere.
There is a multi language fold out sheet that just explains that the inline control only works with Apple devices.
The back part of the earbud behind the silicon bud looks like plastic but it is made of wood, between the wood and the silicon is a section of aluminium.
Inside the unit is a 9mm high performance speaker.
Before I read the information on the back of the box I had already decided that the cord was relatively tangle free as the box claims. Most round cables tangle as soon as you roll them up to place in a pocket or bag these look like a tangled mess but somehow they stay untangled.
I of course use other items such as whatever smartphone I am reviewing or on the rare occasions I am not reviewing one, my own phone.
I only have one ‘i’ device an aging iPod Touch and the controls do work as stated in the instructions.
In fact any device with a 3.5mm socket gets used at least for a few minutes with such products.
My ears are perhaps not the best to test in ear buds as once they have been in place for a period of an hour or so they tend to swell – some form or reaction – but this is enough time to work out the quality.
Yes I say quality even though they are more of a bargain buy price.
While others go for a flashy box and possibly a container inside the box Marley just spend the money on the buds and use a plain brown box with minimal packaging which is probably a lot less stuff to end up in landfill or if the user is responsible being recycled.
The Marley Smile Jamaica Fire in-ear headphones are available for £14.95 with free delivery.
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