Saturday, December 10

House of Marley brings this sustainable Bluetooth speaker | Digital Trends Spanish


You have endless options when it comes to choosing a powerful bluetooth speakerbut if you want one with a more earth-friendly approach, it’s hard to beat the new Get Together 2XL from House of Marley (HoM), a great $450 speaker that the company says is its loudest model to date.

In typical House of Marley fashion, you’ll find plenty of sustainable materials like the bamboo faceplate, the company’s Rewind fabric, its Regrind silicone, and easily recycled aluminum. Inside the 12.6-pound body, HoM has packed 60 watts of power split between two one-inch tweeters and two four-inch woofers, and a large rear-mounted passive radiator. Want even more coverage for your parties? You can extend the sound to other HoM Get Together 2 speakers via party mode or create a stereo pair between two Get Together 2 XL speakers for much better stereo separation.

There are also three EQ modes available to choose from should you want to mix things up: Bass Boost, Acoustic, and Marley Signature Sound.

A prominent volume knob with LED ring sits above the speaker along with buttons for functions like track changes, EQ control, and phone calls. The LED light acts as a status indicator, with different colors for charging status, battery level, and current EQ mode.

Unusually for such a large Bluetooth speaker, the Get Together 2 XL also has a microphone, which you can use for phone calls. Sadly, it doesn’t work as a standalone smart speaker, but if you connect it to a smartphone, you’ll be able to access your phone’s voice assistant.

House of Marley Get Together 2 XL Bluetooth Speaker.

The internal rechargeable battery is good for 20 hours of play, though HoM hasn’t said how strong you’ll be able to go if you want to game for that long. Assuming you don’t want to reserve all that battery capacity for your songs, you can use the included USB-A and USB-C ports to charge your devices. When the battery eventually runs out, the company says you’ll be able to fast-charge it using an included 65-watt GaN charger in less than two hours.

Unfortunately, the USB ports can’t be used as digital music inputs, but there is an analogue AUX-in jack should you want to connect non-Bluetooth audio sources.

House of Marley Get Together 2 XL Bluetooth Speaker.

It’s quite big and heavy, but a set of small, integrated handles on the sides should make moving it around a bit easier, and if you take it outside you won’t have to worry about dust or the occasional splash of water, thanks to its IP65 rated.

$450 seems like a hefty price for a portable Bluetooth speaker, especially when you can find models like the party speaker SRS-XP500 from Sony for $400, but again, the House of Marley products are aimed at a variety of more ambient-minded music lovers.

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