I haven’t owned such a stylish set of headphones until the Marley Liberate XLBT Bluetooth Headphones. As far back as I could go it’s been cheap ear buds, Apple headphones, or Samsung’s buds. I owned a PlayStation branded headset for my PlayStation 3 – it was pretty cool and it definitely left an impression on me. Then I was able to test and review the Liberate XLBT’s from Marley and I was left with a positive impression.
What’s in the box?
As you open the box and start unpacking the headphones, you’ll find a beautiful carrying case that is simple and easy to store. Included as well is a micro-USB cable to charge the battery inside, and a detachable 3.5mm cable that allows the headphones to be wired when required (like when the battery runs out and you’re not able to charge them) it’s minimal packaging at its best.
Marley headphones are usually stylish; this doesn’t change with the XLBT headphones. The design is sleek and a good mixture of plastic, wood, and fabric (Marley headphones are known to be made of recycled products and have always been a quality product) and the hinges fold in making storage easy and simple. The battery indicator is sleek and easy to follow; the indicator starts at 4 pins on the side of the headphone and drops as the battery drops. The power and playback buttons are on the side but are made plastic and don’t feel intuitive to the experience and caused some confusion as they are not spaced well.
I’m not the best judge here I’ll be honest, but, these headphones are solid if you love bass, this is the signature of Marley sound. Listening to Spotify, downloaded music and some Apple Music came in with some high and lows, depending on the genre, I noticed rock sounded great, house music was a pleasure, and pop and top 40 did well enough that I didn’t mind them. Everyone has their preference when listening to music, some will hate these and others will love them. I fall in the former camp rather than the latter allowing me to enjoy music at home on the couch, during a walk through my neighbourhood or while working out at home.
As Bluetooth product, I had minimal interference with only a handful of cut-offs for no more than a second or two. The XLBT’s pair easily to any device I tested. I didn’t test the range as I only paired these with a couple of phones I had and my iPad. I got around ten hours of battery at full volume, a bit more at half volume I lasted a week before having to charge them. The charge time was good taking no more than a few hours to get a full charge.
There is a solid product here with the XLBT headphones. The price point of around $150 is fair for a sturdy pair of headphone that sound good. These headphones are not meant for those who don’t prefer heavy bass, they are comfortable enough to wear for prolonged periods of time and leave a positive impression after some use. While there will always be a better headphone out there to purchase, these are great and shouldn’t be glossed over.