The One Foundation Wireless speaker was first mentioned a few years back, but it’s only recently that the speaker has found its way onto the marketplace, and in the process House of Marley has added an even more polished design as well as packed it with more high end audio technology.
In the more recent version House of Marley have gone with Bluetooth for streaming, but there’s also plenty of options for wired connection, including RCA and auxiliary input for analog devices as well as the recommended optical input for digital devices. But it’s the design that strikes you first, with the front panel in glazed oak wood, which of course being from House of Marley is FSC certified wood. The HoM logo is nicely etched into the front center of the speaker, and four drivers with magnetic front covers are very well placed in the overall design. At the top you will find a backlit dial knob that controls most things from power, volume, and input source.
With this being a premium priced home speaker you expect some strong audio elements included. I have already mentioned the input options, supporting a wide range of higher quality audio sources. Supporting that are the dual 5.25-inch woofers and dual 1-inch Danish designed tweeters, powered by 220W amplification. The drivers are encased in a custom-tuned bass-reflex chamber ensuring a low bass, true to the origin of the House of Marley signature sound.
Paying over £700 for a speaker/soundbar might sound a bit steep, but I will await judgment until i’ve had a chance to spend some hands-on time with the One Foundation.