Ever want to plant a tree without going through the process of actually planting a tree? Well now you can. With House of Marley’s initiative, purchasing any of their products will “help to plant one tree.” The Uplift 2 Wireless earphones will keep your eco-friendly conscience clean while reducing excess CO2.

What’s Inside

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The drawstring pouch is small and easy to throw into a bag but doesn’t offer much protection for the Uplift 2 Wireless.

Unsurprisingly, recycled packaging encases the Uplift 2 Wireless. Three pairs of ear tips, a micro USB charging cable, and a stale-feeling drawstring pouch are included with the Uplift 2 Wireless earbuds.

Build & Design

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The angled entry of the ear tips are ergonomic but don’t outweigh the generally uncomfortable design of the earphones.

FSC certified, the 100% wood panels on the earbud housing look and feel great. The housing itself is molded from aluminum and connects to the cloth cable. The eyesore of a battery is made of recycled plastic and, like the wood paneling, is brandished with the House of Marley logo. Its packaged silicone ear tips fall short when isolating sound but sit comfortably, thanks to the angled arm that extends from the housing. To improve the sound quality and isolation, the Comply Comfort Plus ear tips serve as an exceptional option.

The battery ends up looking like something Flavor Flav picked out to replace his signature clock necklace.

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The mic transmits a clear sound, just be careful that it doesn’t rub against clothes.

House of Marley’s smart material choices can’t make up for the Uplift 2 Wireless’ poor design. Clunky, obtrusive. . . and that’s just the battery. Extending from both sides of the pack are wrapped cords. On the left side, the cable is interrupted by a plain in-line mic and remote. Its layout is easy to navigate, yet there are occasional operational stutters. When skipping tracks, it’s easy for the remote to interpret a quick double tap as a command to increase the volume.

Seemingly designed to sit on vertebrae C7 or T1, the battery pack slips and slides everywhere. It ends up looking like something Flavor Flav picked out to replace his signature clock necklace. If you’re catatonic enough to wear the Uplift 2 Wireless as intended, the magnetized front clasp can be attached to simulate a 90s-inspired choker. The rest of the cables then curl up and into the ears. Suffice to say, the dangling cables look strange at best.

Connectivity

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The House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless connect quickly.

Connecting the Uplift 2 Wireless is a simple process. House of Marley claims that the Uplift 2 Wireless stay connected up to 10 meters, which is true, sure. But they struggle to maintain a strong connection after the 5 meter mark.

Neither aptX nor aptX HD codecs are compatible with the House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless earphones. Therefore, users are bound to run into some blatant latency issues. Audio falls a second, sometimes two, behind visual cues. It’s odd because sometimes the two synchronize and then slowly fall out again, like taillights in a stop-and-go caravan of cars during rush hour.

Battery

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A micro USB cable charges the batter pack.

For how large it is, you’d think that the stamina of the Uplift 2 Wireless would be greater than ten hours. Battery life falls short of the JBL Sport Wireless Flex or the LG Tone Studio by a significant amount of time. That said, how often do you have 10+ hour listening sessions?

Sound Quality

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Mids and highs are given plenty of attention from the Uplift 2 Wireless.

Like the SOL Repulic Amps Air the House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless suffer from the classic case of inescapable white noise. Fortunately, it doesn’t degrade the sound quality as much as with the SOL true wireless ‘buds, but its presence still poses a frustration. On the whole, the Uplift 2 Wireless reproduce highs and mids remarkably well.

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Lows

“Grace Is Gone” by the Dave Matthews Band experiences some attenuation with low frequencies. Though, for casual listening, this is preferred to the distortion produced by the Under Armour Sport Wireless Flex by JBL. House of Marley tunes the Uplift 2 Wireless to emphasize mids and highs, rendering the low frequencies emaciated. This sort of preferential treatment to higher frequency response is fine for acoustically driven music, but will leave hip-hop and dance listeners wanting more.

Mids

The mids are a different story, however. Reproduced so well, the speaker’s alcoholic escape is experienced through Dave Matthews’ dejected verses. What’s more, Matthews leads us into the chorus with strum of a G chord, which finds an appropriate balance between the vocals and a second guitarist’s finger picking.

House of Marley tunes the Uplift 2 Wireless to emphasize mids and highs, rendering the low frequencies emaciated.

Additionally, LeRoi Moore on the saxophone greatly complements the song’s mournful tone. The notes are reproduced coherently without running over other elements Matthews’ alto pitch during the second chorus (2:15).

Highs

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The magnetic clasp could be stronger.

D-derived chords introduce listeners to the speaker’s desire to forget in “Grace Is Gone.” At 1:49, high strings are plucked, and House of Marley’s Uplift 2 Wireless steer through the delicacy of this repetition skillfully. This reinforces the bridge’s power, forcing listeners to reflect on the reminiscent sadness.

Additionally, the snare drum appears throughout the hymn. Its hits are placed in the background but still come through strongly. Although, there are times when it seems a bit tinny, potentially due to over compression caused by the SBC codec.

Conclusion

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There’s a lot of extra cable floating around from the collarbone to the ears.

As demonstrated, it’s easy to poke fun at absurd aspects of the House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless design, but they’re a great value as far as portability and sound quality are concerned. If you want to watch video with the Uplift 2 Wireless, you’ll be happier with something like V-MODA Forza Wireless earphones. Otherwise, if the price hike is too much, any pair of wired earbuds will do. However, for less than $80, you get a compact package sourced from environmentally responsible materials. Plus, they sound great and Bluetooth allows for ease of movement without tripping over a pile of cords.

Buy Now

House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless
The earphone’s new durable design incorporates Bluetooth connectivity, utilizes an easy pairing system, and offers a play time that lasts over 10 hours. The acoustics have also been re-tuned to give listeners a more balanced, cleaner and crisper sound. Ergonomically designed for a comfortable and unobtrusive listening experience, the choke-free and adjustable magnetic clasp ensures that the lightweight electronic housing rests comfortably and securely around the back of your neck. The Uplift 2 Wireless weighs a mere 24 grams. FSC forests are managed with consideration for the environment. FSC guarantees the trees harvested are replaced and regenerated naturally. Utilizing recyclable aluminum, an efficiently reusable metal, significantly reduces the amount of the material entering the waste stream. Utilizing Bluetooth connectivity, the Uplift 2 Wireless features a fast and easy pairing system with your audio player. Features a fast and easy pairing system with your audio player.
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