House of Marley Zion Earbuds - Gear Review

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I am a bit of a music junkie too.  My tastes are varied and maybe even a little odd to some people.  From Bluegrass to Electronica, my iPod is a veritable buffet of tunes.  A life long love of Led Zeppelin and  Jimi Hendrix demonstrate an affinity for ripping guitar, but a thumping base line is not gonna scare me off either.  As summer time rolls around,  having a quality pair of headphones is a minimum requirement.  Enter the House of Marley, one of the legacies of Bob himself and their recently launched line of performance headphones.


I have had the chance to test out the Zion Earphones over the course of the last few months, and these things are just plain sweet in every respect.  What got me from the start was the looks. The rasta colored fabric covered 52" cord feels top quality and is plenty long for whatever activity you may be into.  The natural maple wood and recycled aluminum body of the bud make for an incredibly slick package.  They come with 5 different sized pairs of rubber tips, so you can find the ones that fit your ear perfectly.  When not in use they stow away neatly in the included canvas snap pouch.  Throw in an inline 3 button volume control and mic and I never need to dig my phone outta my pocket, even to answer calls.

Beyond looking sweet, these things pound.  Traditionally, I thought you needed to go with on-ear or over-the-ear headphones to get quality sound.  I was wrong.  I don't claim to understand what a 9 millimeter moving coil driver is, but it works apparently.  Hooked up to my iPhone, these put out plenty of sound, to the point that max volume is bordering on painful....  Ha ha, sweet.   Mowing the lawn is no longer an issue, the good ole snapper mower has nothing on these.

MSRP: $99.99 and worth every penny...

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