House of Marley is back with a revitalised headphone range. The new Positive Vibration XL is bringing up the more affordable end of the range at $99.99 USD (£99.99, $149.95 AUD). The XL is an over-ear Bluetooth headphone with 24 hours battery life and a bass-driven sound.
Who is the House of Marley Positive Vibration XL for?
The Positive Vibration XL is a no-nonsense Bluetooth 5.0 design, with no bells or whistles. The key design points are the 24 hour battery life, small portable footprint and the high-end audio specs. The XL is well-suited to commuting, travelling, work or study. The design is understated and classy, much like House of Marley’s other recent headphone release, the high-end Exodus ANC ($250 USD).
High definition, bass-driven audio
House of Marley has kitted out the Positive Vibration XL with 50mm high definition drivers and a broad frequency response of 20Hz-20KHz. The headphones pump a mean, bass-driven response. The driving bass is definitely the most distinctive part of the XL’s sound, with the mids becoming somewhat recessed due to the expanded low-end. The treble sits just about where you would expect it to sit naturally, without an obvious boost or cut. The sound of the headphones is perfectly suited to chart music, such as pop, EDM and hip hop. The XL also works well for guitar-based music, although as a listener you get impression it wasn’t really designed with that as a major focus.
Compact build gives a comfort trade-off
The Positive Vibration XL has well-padded, memory foam earcups and a range of motion which makes it easily adjustable. The earcups are not very roomy though, and I definitely prefer the much more spacious design of the Exodus ANC. House of Marley specifically marketed the XL as a portable Bluetooth headphone though so I suppose the earcup size was a sacrifice to keep things in a more compact format.
The Positive Vibration XL Bluetooth headphones are built tough with a stainless steel and aluminium chassis. You only get a fabric pouch to protect them with though, which I’m not a fan off though. All headphones in the $100+ price range should really come with a hardcase as standard. The only other accessories are the 130cm headphone cable and 110cm USB-C charging cable. The headphone cable features an integrated single-button remote and both cables have House of Marley’s hardy fabric design. It’s a small detail but I do appreciate the long, tough cables as the opposite gets annoying to deal with real quick. As with all House of Marley products, the XL is made with mindfully sourced materials, such as Forest Stewardship Council certified wood, recycled fabric and recycled paper packaging.
The House of Marley Positive Vibration XL verdict
House of Marley has presented a no-nonsense Bluetooth headphone with the Positive Vibration XL. If you want a simple, classy design with bass-driven audio and a long battery life, then you’ll get exactly what the doctor ordered with the XL. The tough design and hardy accessories are another plus, although the absence of a hardcase is hard to forgive at the $100 price point. Overall I wouldn’t say the XL is a total bargain, but the price-point is fair for what you get. If you’re looking to raise your budget, I’ve recently reviewed the Exodus ANC headphones worth $250.
House of Marley Positive Vibration XL Bluetooth Headphones Review
The Positive Vibration XL is a no-nonsense Bluetooth headphone that pumps bass-driven sound and offers 24 hours of battery life despite the compact form.