House of Marley’s interesting new Liberate XLBT Bluetooth headphones is a humongous bluetooth headphone that is functional and aesthetically-pleasing. These premium convertible set of earphones look good and sound good. However, they come with a hefty price tag at $338.
I loved the design of the Liberate XLBT headphones. It’s hard to put it in words, but House of Marley got it right this time. It’s something about the way the metal, wood and leather coming together in synergy that gives it a very unique appeal.
The metallic rim over the head gives a very techy and futuristic look to the device, which convinces the users of its durability. It appeals to the male population abit more in this respect.
At the same time, the wooden sides and warm leather paddings gives off a very cosy feel that reminds you of a warm lodge where you can chill by the fireside.
The unique blend of material and colours make the HoM headphones an absolute aesthetic masterpiece.
The headphones also works as a convertible between wired and wireless modes. Simply connect the wire for a wired listening experience if you run out of battery, a nifty trick I loved.
The comfort of headphones are much more important than that of earphones in my humble opinion. Headphone are notorious for causing aches when used for long durations.
These House of Marley bad boys fare above average on the comfort scale. The soft leather earpieces felt great on the ears even for long durations. This isn’t to say it didn’t ache a little after 2 hours of continuous testing, but it certainly hurt a lot less than the other devices in the market.
It’s hard to criticise a $388 device to be honest. For that price you are paying, the quality had better be awesome. To be frank, I hoped that the Liberate XLBT fared better than it did, but perhaps my standards were too high for it.
First things first, the bass was nothing short of spectacular. This isn’t an exaggeration at all, the bass was absolutely impressive. The impact and “umph” that punched out of those speakers are nearly unparalleled. Orchestral music with heavy bass violins and drums had a solid studio and stage-like feel to them. Playing OSTs like “Time” or “The Dream is Collapsing” by Hans Zimmer was jawdropping.
The mids and highs were good, but not great, there was room to be improved in this field in my personal tests. This is a tad subjective because everyone feels the music differently, but I certainly felt instruments like electric guitars sounded rather hollow and even their “hissing” nature didn’t come off as nicely as they should have given the price of these headphones.
Nevertheless, its vocals were stunning. Playing acoustic music with a vocal emphasis brought out true vocal reproduction and replication as if the artiste was standing right in front of you.
This brings me to my next point. The HoM Liberate earphones are awesome for a 3D experience. I have hardly felt the surround sound of music or movies when I used headphones, if they were there, they weren’t strong enough for me to mention. However, these heavy duty headphones immerse you in the music extremely well.
House of Marley’s Liberate XLBT headphones presents to you a good mix of casual jams and a serious audiophile experience. It is a little overpriced in my experience, but if you love a good bass, you won’t regret spending some hard-earned cash on them. I generally recommend people who love orchestral music and vocals-focused music to try these out, but if you are into casual rock and pop, maybe this isn’t a perfect fit for you.