The House of Marley Stir It Up Over-Ear Headphones – Freedom Collection – Three-Button Apple Mic (EM-FH013-HA)




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  1. Danny Burns says:
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Depends on what you are looking for…, December 29, 2011
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    I purchased these headphones from Amazon when they had it on a daily special for $50 off the regular price of $195. To be honest, I wouldn’t have even considered buying them at the regular price but for a discount that large, I decided to give them a chance, partly because they were such a beautiful design. I’ve been looking for a headphone that I can use for long periods and give me good sound reproduction. I also wanted a set that could be used with a mic that would work with my iPhone. I can’t really use button earphones – never fit well or fit SO well that it’s like being on a biofeedback machine. I’ve not really found a good set with closed, over-ear phones and microphone that I would want to wear.

    I’ve been wearing these headphones for about 8 hours off and on today. I do some music work (online DJ) and they are fine for monitoring that. They fit well and are quite comfortable. They don’t block out all external sound but they don’t claim to – no noise-killing circuitry. With music playing, only the loudest outside sounds are noticeable. Even with the music off, it cuts out most of it. The fit is very adjustable and when it is adjusted, it stays that way – you have to deliberately change the length and it clicks firmly into place. The cups rotate and fit the shape of your head and ears.

    I decided to use them when I called my Mom this evening as we often talk for at least an hour once a week or so and I ended up talking for just over two hours. I had a fan blowing on me and had no problems hearing her and she had no problem hearing me – probably the best cell phone headphone/mic combination I’ve ever used. So I’m more than satisfied with that aspect.

    As for the sound. It is very good. This is the first pair of headphones I’ve had that has sounded best on the “flat” EQ setting. It is very good at catching bass and percussion. Soft passages of music sound REALLY good – very clear and distinct. Instrumentals sound great. Two things I’ve noticed that are negative is that in some songs, the vocals seem reduced and further down in the mix; and, when there are a lot of things going on in the music – for example, some of the tunes like “Time” from Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album – it seem a little “muddy” – a little over-driven and distorted.

    I tried comparing them to a pair of Sennheiser HD448 headphones I recently purchased from Amazon. The vocals problem seemed better with those headphones but not dramatically. The muddiness of the “busy” passages were not much different than the Marley headphones and may be due to my source files. One thing I noticed comparing the two headphones was that the Sennheiser had a much lower volume and had to be “cranked up” to get the same playback sound. This was true whether I drove them directly or used the FiiO E5 headphone amp that I got for the Sennheiser’s. Both sounded somewhat better with the amp though the Marley’s were louder at lower volume.

    So the bottom line, it depends on what you are looking for. If you want a visually striking set of headphones that perform well (but not outstanding) sonically, are comfortable, adjustable and work with most any sound source you have – including hands-free cell-phone use, these could be for you. If you are looking mainly for outstanding sound reproduction and noise canceling circuitry, these are not what you are looking for.

    Four stars for very good but not great sound and the price – but if you can get them on special, it’s a much better deal. I’m glad I got them and they are absolutely beautifully made of mostly natural materials.

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  2. bpbx says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Like Listening to Music in a Seashell, May 24, 2012
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    I read some negative reviews about this product but given the sustainability of the headphones, their look, and my wanting for a slightly bass heavy, mid level headphone i decided to give these a shot.

    First i can’t believe Amazon is offering these for almost 70 dollars off what House of Marley is selling these for. The discount in price was what really sold me on giving these a try but the fun stops there.

    I wouldn’t say i’m an audiophile but I listen to music everyday and i can appreciate a good pair of headphones. I own a pair of Grado SR125’s for home listening but can’t wear them at work given their open design, i don’t think anyone wants to hear me listen to 9 hours of reggae.

    I received these headphones yesterday and found out in a short period of time that a lot of the negative comments are very true. First the fit on your head is very tight, it wasn’t noticeable at first, but when i took the headphones off my head was killing me. I sometimes wear glasses and i found that this makes it even worse as it pushes your frames against your face no matter how you position them. I don’t have a large head and haven’t had this problem with any other on ear headphone so this was definitely a big upset.

    I listened to a wide range of music with these cans, from reggae, to jazz to rock and trance. Nothing sounded right to the point that i thought something was wrong with the headphone connection. After doing some additional research online i found people were having the same problem. Nothing is really clear and no matter what you listen to (regardless of audio source), these headphones make it sound like you’re listening to music in a seashell. Nothing is crisp.

    I wanted to like these but even at the discounted price they did not warrant keeping (anyone who pays $200 retail is REALLY going to be disappointed).

    I ended up buying AKG K451’s and am very happy that i returned these for those. For the price i believe they offer a lot better balance and the fit is way more comfortable (and they are more portable if you care about that).

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  3. Martin says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    How to use for Kindle OR for an iPhone OR for Hearing Aids, December 31, 2011
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    Martin

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    I usually have to carry two different earphones, one for my iPhone and one for my Kindle. If I want to turn the text-to-speech feature on for the Kindle and I don’t want to broadcast to everyone around me what I am listening to, I have to use a different earphone from the iPhone. If I want to use an iPhone ear bud, I have to take out my hearing aids to put the ear buds in. UNTIL NOW!

    Here’s the deal: The Marley earphones have a cord that has two ends to it, one with a bent plug and one with a straight plug. Looking closely you can see that one has the triple bands for speech, the bent one, and one has the double bands for audio, the straight plug.

    For iPhone: Plug the straight end into the Marleys and plug the bent end into the iPhone. This puts the microphone nearer to your mouth.

    For Kindle: Plug the bent end into the Marleys and plug the straight end into the Kindle. This allows you to hear the text-to-speech.

    For Hearing Aids: you don’t have to take your in-the-ear hearing aids out because the Marley ear pads fit over your ears. (soooo much better than having to take out your hearing aids to use ear buds!!)

    They don’t tell you this in the instructions, but it does work! Perfectly. This makes it well worth the cost to me.

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