Hey gang, Valkor here. It’s been some time since we’ve had the gang from The House of Marley over in the Val-cave; but with their latest Bluetooth headphones – Smile Jamaica Wireless earphones, they bring along the same high-quality we’ve grown to love, with a taste of familiarity that doesn’t sit too well. Still, you can't beat that sound quality, which HoM is always on point! Read on.
The Smile Jamaica earphones feature a behind-the-neck strap design, with all of its components featured on the right side of the neckband from the power/pause, to the volume/switch track button. The earphones also contain a noise-isolating mic and an 8 hour, rechargeable battery (charging cable included), so it’ll get you going even through the longest of days. The buds as well as the nubs of the neckband feature a wood finish. Plus the entire package is made of recycled material from the aluminum to the silicone, which flows with the eco-friendly aspect of the company. The overall presentation of the Smile Jamaica earphones serves up a stylish look with high-quality sound, which for makes the earphones more discreet since they hide behind my mess of hair. Finally, setting up the Smile Jamaica is mad easy as you simply pair them to whatever device you wish to use them with and you’re ready to go.
With my recent downtime, the HoM Smile Jamaica earphones came at just the right time as I spent a good chunk of my time outdoors; from taking journeys into NYC or a quick flight to wherever the Smile Jamaica headphones rode along with me and together, we got to spend a lot of quality time. And for the most part, I will admit, I enjoyed the experience. But there were a few bumps along the way, which I’ll tell you all about in the TOV Breakdown.
First up, the HoM Smile Jamaica headphones are lightweight, super comfortable and I really dig the behind-the-neck design; if it weren’t for the music going off in my ears, I’d never know they were there. And there have been a few times where I switched off and forgot I was wearing them. Next up, the sound quality of these earphones are amazing; the Smile Jamaica offers up crystal clarity, a sweet level of bass, and an awesome separation of vocals and from the instrumentals. Call quality was exceptionally clear though not as awesome as Sol Republic's Amps Air, but still pretty damn good. Finally, the battery is pretty much on point as I’ve never experienced a drop in tunes because I was running low. I’ll admit, I haven’t worn the headphones for the full 8 hours, but they did last me throughout a 5-hour flight. In the end, The House of Marley Smile Jamaica is a win in my book; even with its snags, I’d still recommend them as they’re quite comfortable and sound amazing.
My main issue with the Smile Jamaica deals with that “familiarity” that I mentioned in the beginning. And jumping right to the point, the music tends to skip while I’m walking. When I’m chilling at home things are OK, but when I’m out and about, suddenly there’s the skipping like old school CD players when you give them a slight jostling. It doesn’t happen straight away, but when it does it's annoying. I’ve only ever experienced this effect with Parrot Zik 2.0 and 3.0 headphones. But I figured with those headphones, it was mainly due to the Bluetooth 3.0 connection, which the Smile Jamaica uses 4.2. It might be an issue with the connection between my device and the earphones, though I haven’t experienced this with Audio-Technica’s ATH-SR6BT or even Brookstone’s Cat Ear Headphones.
If you’re in the market for a sweet pair of headphones that’s perfect for a lazy day at home or when you’re out and about, then consider picking up House of Marley’s Smile Jamaica Wireless earphones. Looking past the skipping beats, the earphones look and sound great, and along with the long battery life, makes these headphones hard to pass up. And out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving the House of Marley Smile Jamaica Wireless earphones a 4.