House of Marley recently dropped the No Bounds speakers, which are designed for the great outdoors. Today we’re looking at the No Bounds Sport, which lives up to its name with IP67 water and dust-proofing and a floating design. The speaker also has 360 degree sound and 12-hours battery life which will set you back $99 US (£69.99, $149 AUD).
The House of Marley No Bounds line-up
The No Bounds Sport is the middle brother in the Bluetooth speaker line-up, which also features the beefy No Bounds XL ($137) and the smallest model, which is simply called the No Bounds ($55). All three models float and feature IP67 water and dust-proof rating.
Who is the No Bounds Sport for?
The House of Marley No Bounds Sport is a good all-rounder design. It’s small enough to be comfortably worn clipped onto a backpack, and there’s an included carabiner for that purpose. It’s also large enough to be satisfying to listen to at home. The smallest No Bounds Bluetooth speaker can be kept in your pocket, but it’s less powerful so I wouldn’t use it as a regular listen at home. While the Sport isn’t pocket-friendly, it’d certainly be a great speaker for a jam in the backyard, by the pool or at the beach.
Boosted bass, boosted treble
House of Marley has given the No Bounds Sport a distinct EQ, which works quite well across a range of styles. There is a big treble bump, so the vocals come out very loud across the board, along with the hi-hats and cymbals. The bass and lower mids are also boosted, which House of Marley fans will recognise from the brand’s other speakers. The lower mid boost brings forward the melodic basslines in styles like reggae, Motown and world music. As a result, the sound of the speaker works across a range of styles, from EDM, pop, reggae, rock and metal.
The 360 degree sound works well. However, the speaker does sound somewhat different depending on what angle you’re hearing it from, but the overall coverage is pretty good.
Pair two No Bounds Sport for stereo sound
Pairing two No Bounds Sport speakers gives you more volume and a bigger, stereo sound. The manual is vague about how to pair the speakers, but once you work it out they perform quite well. A pair of the speakers will pump loud enough to provide the music for a rowdy house party. The speaker doesn’t get into earth-shaking territory, but for its size it performs well. With this in mind, the useable volume of a single speaker is limited, as at the upper levels it distorts noticeably.
Accessories and controls
The only included accessories are a carabiner and a 55cm charging cable (USB to micro-USB). You don’t really need anything else and both are pretty sturdy, as is the speaker itself. As you can see above, the controls are pretty standard apart from the rotary volume control on top of the speaker, which is a nice touch. The dual track change buttons on top of the speaker appear to be volume buttons as they have plus and minus signs. They don’t actually have any role in controlling volume though, so it’s a very odd design choice.
Great Bluetooth speaker for the outdoors
The House of Marley No Bounds Sport is a great Bluetooth speaker for the outdoors, and it also does a good job around the house. It won’t skip a beat at the beach, with IP67 water and dust-proofing along with a floating design. To sum up, you could get better audio for the price, but given the sports features, overall it’s a pretty solid buy.