Bob Marley was undoubtedly one of the best-known reggae musicians of all time, and although he may be gone, his legacy lives on through his music and his children. House of Marley, started by his son Rohan, design eco-friendly audio accessories ranging from speakers to headphones.
House of Marley took to CES 2019 to showcase their new products, all due out throughout the year. Although smart speakers featured heavily at CES, the Get Together Mini speaker stood out. Integrating with Google Assistant, the wireless speaker, capable of connecting via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 5, brings House of Marley’s eco-conscious design into the home.
The Get Together Mini is made of bamboo, recyclable aluminum, and the company’s REWIND fabrics made up of recycled plastics, organic cotton, and organic hemp. The Google Assistant is integrated into the speaker for voice-activated control and access to Google’s myriad of Assistant capabilities.
For the privacy-minded, there is even a mute button on the top of the speaker to pause the always-on listening. The portable speaker has a built-in rechargeable battery, capable of delivering eight hours of audio playback. The speaker can even be used as a USB power bank to recharge your other gadgets on-the-go. The Get Together Mini smart speaker will be available from August 2019, priced at $199.99.
The company also showed their latest turntable at CES, the Stir It Up Wireless vinyl player. Vinyl has experienced a resurgence over the last few years, resulting in the launch of many reasonably-priced turntables with modern features. House of Marley initially launched the Stir It Up turntable a few years ago, but at the time it was only capable of a wired connection to external speakers, or via USB to a PC.
Stir It Up Wireless adds Bluetooth 5 to their popular turntable to allow you to enjoy a cable-free vinyl experience, perfect for chilling out to some Bob Marley classics. As with the Get Together Mini, Stir It Up Wireless is made from eco-friendly materials including REWIND fabric, bamboo, and recyclable aluminum. Stir It Up Wireless will be available from September 2019, priced at $249.99.
For a more personal audio experience, House of Marley showcased two new headphones at CES; Liberate Air and Exodus ANC. Wireless earbuds are becoming more commonplace since Apple released the AirPods, but it seems 2019 will be the year of the wireless earbud. House of Marley’s Liberate Air represents their take on wireless earphones, due out in July 2019.
The Liberate Air is made from bamboo, natural wood fiber composite, and REWIND fabric. The earbuds have seven-hour battery life, and IPX4 rated for rain and sweat resistance. The carry case has an auto on/off feature, so when you pop the buds back in, they can power off automatically. As with all House of Marley products, their unique design sets them apart and may make them an indispensable accessory.
If over-ear headphones are more your style, then the Exodus ANC may be right up your street. The Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) means that you can enjoy your music, audiobooks, and podcasts in relative peace for up to 24 hours on a single charge. If you disable the ANC, you can even extend that playback time to an incredible 40 hours.
A Bluetooth 5 connection allows wireless connection to your smartphone for your enjoyment on-the-go. The USB C charging point means that a full charge takes three hours, while a 10-minute quick charge can give several hours of playback. The Exodus ANC will be available for $249.99 from September 2019.
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