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House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless in-ear headphones review

by 2018/03/02
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$79

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House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless

Positives

• Comfortable fit
• Balanced audio response
• Competitively priced
• 10-hour battery life

Negatives

• Flimsy case
• Cables leading to earpieces are too long

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If you want a no-frills wireless in-ear headphone with balanced audio, then here's your ticket.

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House of Marley are wireless experts, so it makes sense they’d release a Bluetooth version of their Uplift in-ear headphones. The new generation of Uplift 2 headphones features both wired and wireless models. The Uplift 2 Wireless is a lightweight in-ear headset with a modern audio profile and 10-hour battery life. The wireless model costs $79 while the current wired release costs $39.

Who is the Uplift 2 Wireless for?

So what have House of Marley cooked up with the Uplift 2 Wireless? They’re very easy to wear and stay put in your ear, so they’re perfect for listening while out of the house. They aren’t water resistant however, so I wouldn’t call them sports headphones. Overall the design seems to be aimed at the average listener who wants a comfortable, low-fuss daily wear.

Clear, neutral audio

House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless whole headphones

The House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless.

The Uplift 2 Wireless presents a clear, balanced audio response. As a result it’s a great choice if you like to listen to a range of different styles. The lows and highs are given a slight boost to give it a bit of a ‘fun’ sound, but it’s pretty subtle. The audio seems to be an answer to the neutral sound of Bose headphones, although at a fraction of the cost. The included mic and remote is easy to use for calls and the headphone provides clear audio for both users.

Snug fit and comfortable design

House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless earpieces

The Uplift 2 Wireless earpieces.

The earpieces fit snuggly into your ears and are comfortable to wear. The tactile experience of using the headphones is pleasant and the weight is low. Sometimes lightweight wireless headphones sacrifice battery life, but House of Marley have packed in a respectable 10-hours of playtime here. There’s a magnetic clamp that allows you to adjust the length of the individual earpiece cables for comfort. Unfortunately I found the cables are longer than they need to be so it can be a bit fiddly to get them and the clamp arranged correctly.

Where’s the hard case?

House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless accessories

The included Uplift 2 accessories.

The Uplift 2 Wireless ships with the following accessories: Three eartip covers, a 22cm USB charging cable and a cloth case. I’ve seen bargain basement models include hard cases so I tend to expect them from mid or high-end models. Admittedly for this headphone it’s somewhat excusable as the price has been kept pretty competitive for what you get.

Tough build from House of Marley

House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless wood

The wooden earpieces.

Like all House of Marley designs, the Uplift 2 Wireless headphones have been given a sturdy build. The cables are made of tough, tangle-resistant fabric. The other parts are made of a mix of aluminium, FSC certified wood, silicone and plastic. I wouldn’t say you could drive a truck over it, but it’s about as good as it gets for the price.

Simple but successful wireless headphones

House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless clip

The mic/remote unit and magnetic clip.

House of Marley have packed a pretty solid wireless headphone into a $79 package here. If you want a straight-forward daily wear with balanced audio, then here’s your ticket. Don’t expect any extras like hard cases, water-resistance or anything like that here. House of Marley have kept it simple and it works.

*We also recently reviewed the House of Marley Smile Jamaica Wireless neckband in-ears, which are in the sub-$50 market.

United States: Amazon
United Kingdom/Europe: Thomann
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity with easy Audio pairing
  • 10+ hours of play time with a fully charged battery
  • Ergonomic design for a comfortable, strain-free fit
  • Microphone and 3-button controls on tangle-free braided cables
  • Three sets of ear gels and a stash bag for when you're on the move

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Stephen Charlton
Stephen Charlton is a musician and journalist based in Melbourne, Australia.

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