You’ve probably heard of the eco-conscious audio maker House of Marley – yes, created in collaboration with the Bob Marley royal family. Otherwise, the company’s Rebel and Liberate Air headphones are a good place to start.
And while Liberate Air didn’t exactly earn a glowing review from this publication, the audio expert has just released a project that could very well be his song of redemption.
The new join alone (opens in new tab) (Is it possible to meet alone? And if so, could you be loved?) is the House of Marley’s signature speaker, reimagined. It’s essentially an all-new portable speaker that offers up to 25 hours of playback.
The Get Together Solo speaker is a two-way design with 3.5-inch and 0.75-inch drivers, but while it might look like half a great pair of stereo speakers, it likes to go it alone, with Bluetooth 5.1 plus of RCA and AUX connectivity. And in true Marley style, this new addition takes sustainability seriously. It’s crafted from the company’s own REWIND bamboo and fabric; a balanced blend of 30% reclaimed organic cotton, 30% reclaimed hemp and 40% recycled plastic bottles.
As one of the fastest growing plants in the world, bamboo is an eco-friendly alternative to most materials – which makes it a much greener option than the Sonos One.
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Perhaps when we imagine recycled plastic bottles and hemp by-products, we imagine a dark brown material resembling sackcloth. That’s not what House of Marley Get Together Solo tells us. No way.
Its glorious bamboo baffle, curved edges, drivers, and helpful control panel on the top board all suggest aspirational hi-fi, and I personally had to double-check the price given the Bluetooth and connections on the back.
House of Marley also tells us that you can perfectly pair two Get Together Solo speakers to form a stereo sound, and For a simple, wireless, eco-friendly turntable setup, you can also pair the Get Together Solo with the House of Marley Stir It Up Wireless Turntable (currently on sale for just £219.99 (opens in new tab) from £249.99, which is about $246 or AU$390) for a remarkably affordable system.
Having recently tried out the Victrola Stream Carbon (which hooked up my Sonos Five to a treat with no extra amps or phono stages needed), I’m a wireless turntable converter – and the House of Marley’s proposal is tempting.
The House of Marley Get Together Solo is available for purchase at Marley’s house (opens in new tab) now, and will be available at amazon (opens in new tab) and HMV (opens in new tab) until the end of the month, priced at £99.99 (about $111, AU$175, although we’re awaiting official pricing there) – but House of Marley has kindly told us it will be on sale for Black Friday in the UK, for just £79.99.
At this price point, even the best Bluetooth speakers should sit back and pay attention, because saving up on an already affordable speaker makes us feel like the sun is shining and the weather is sweet, yes…