While House of Marley is mostly known for its line of headphones (they released 52 styles last year) and its laid-back vibe, the brand is entering the home and portable audio market with a new roster of wooden speaker docks; three new designs were showcased at CES Unveiled and we got a quick first look.
For the company’s top-of-the-line home audio solution, House of Marley introduces the One Foundation ($600) AirPlay system that will serve as a one-stop audio solution for environmentally-conscious listeners. The fairly large soundbar-like system is made from polished and sculpted FSC-certified (that’s Forest Stewardship Council) wood, and while the price tag speaks for itself, we think that the sleek modern wood look adds a certain element of value and design. The Unveiled ballroom was quite loud itself, but House of Marley had some tunes bumping from this system and amidst the hustle and bustle it sounded good to us.
For a more affordable and traditional take on the speaker dock, House of Marley introduces the Get Up Stand Up ($300) docking station, which features clean curved lines and a 30-pin dock connector for iPad, iPod, and iPhone. The smaller, home-sized dock is crafted from a single piece of FSC-certified wood and has two 4.5-inch drivers, a long-throw woofer, and two 1-inch dome tweeters.
Lastly, the reggae brand showed off its most portable offering, the Bag of Rhythm ($350, top photo, above), which combines the company’s signature wood construction with a durable canvas bag that makes taking the system on-the-go as easy as slinging it over your shoulder. There is an iPhone or iPod docking station in the center and two 4.5-inch speakers on either side.
The two smaller docks will be available starting this February, while the One Foundation audio system will be launched this summer.