Sep 06 AT 3:27 PM Dima Aryeh 0 Comments

House of Marley Rebel BT Bluetooth headphone review

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We see a lot of Bluetooth earphones lately, with the popularity of wireless earphones for sports and other such activities booming. But on-ear Bluetooth headphones are under-represented, so it’s nice to see a good product fill the void.

Overview


Bluetooth version: 4.0
Battery life: 8 hours
Price: $69.99
Where to buy: House of Marley

The headphones are very basic, with a single color housing, a rubber piece inside the headband, and soft cups. Each cup has a flat wire coming out of it, looping outside before disappearing into the headband in a fancy looking way.

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On the left is a microUSB port

On the right are the buttons, as well as a 3.5mm jack. There are two volume buttons (which switch tracks when held), a play/pause button, and a power button.

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The headphones come with a 3.5mm cable for when you run out of juice. This converts them to wired headphones, complete with a microphone and a one button remote.

Build quality

The material is “blended bio-plastic” and doesn’t feel all that premium. It feels like basic, lightweight plastic. However, the overall build quality is very good. There are no creaks or squeaks, the headphones are flexible, and everything is very well put together.

The buttons feel good and click tactically so you can easily feel when they’re pressed, and they’re positioned perfectly (especially the volume buttons, which fall under your thumb when you grip the right cup).

The adjustment mechanism is solid and doesn’t change size when the headphones are moved around.

Audio quality

The audio quality came as a surprise, though it’s far from perfect. The headphones get loud with minimal distortion, though there is distortion when they get really loud.

The tone isn’t very natural. They feel like they’re tuned for more powerful sound rather than a flat, natural sound. Enthusiasts might not like this as much, but it’s perfectly fine (or even preferred) for most people. Even audio enthusiasts should be able to enjoy the sound, though it could be better. I definitely enjoy them.

The bass is surprisingly strong. Even outdoors you can hear it thump quite hard, which is quite pleasant. Overall they’re impressive, even if they’re not so natural sounding.

Comfort

These headphones are surprisingly light and thus very comfortable. The ear cups are soft and plush and are angled to sit on your ears. The headband is very flexible and applies enough pressure for them not to fall off. They also block out quite a bit of sound.

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My only complaint is the headband lining. It’s rubber, so it’s not particularly soft. It’s a little grippy, which can pull at your hair when you move around too much. It’s not uncomfortable, but could be better.

Battery life

The battery life is rated at 8 hours, and it definitely lasts. I don’t blast my music really loud, so these headphones lasted me about the rated time, maybe a bit more, playing music at low to regular volume.

Features

House of Marley Rebel BT9 / 10

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Though they’re on the pricey side compared to the flood of cheap Bluetooth products these days, they’re easily worth the price. They’re comfortable, lightweight, and pack a surprising punch when it comes to sound.

For $70 you shouldn’t be expecting audiophile quality audio, though the tone could definitely be better. However, they sound very good.

If you’re not into earphones that seal all the sound out and keep pressure in your ears, the Rebel BT headphones are a great option. Plus, they’re made from recycled materials, which is a nice bonus.

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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