House of Marley Freedom Stir it up headhones [review]

House of Marley Freedom Stir it Up headphones unboxed

It has been a few months since i first wrote about the imminent arrival of the House of Marley headphone range, but now they are finally here and i have gotten the chance to test a couple of the models, including the mid-priced Freedom Stir it Up over-ear headphones.

House of Marley Freedom Stir it Up headphones unboxed

Being a review model the headphones did not come in its original packaging, but instead arrived in the nice protective pouch that comes with them. First impression of the looks is very positive. I like the FSC beech wood finish on the cups, and overall the headphones feel very sturdy and well built. How often don’t we come across headphones where parts just feel too plastic and loose. None of that with these House of Marley Freedom Stir it Up headphones.

The adjustable over-head band is well padded and makes the headphones very comfortable. They don’t feel heavy on my head. At the same time the earcups fits nicely on/around the ears, providing in my opinion just the right level of pressure to avoid them moving around while you walk for example. The cups are well cushioned with their ultra soft leather. So far i have worn them for about 4 hours without any discomfort, and my ears don’t feel hot or sweaty.

A detachable 52-inch braided cord comes with the headphones, including in-line controls/mic supporting amongst other the iPhone conrols. So far there has been no issues with cable tangling, and it is more than long enough for those that wear their iPhone/iPod in their pocket while listening to music.

The sound performance is overall good and well balanced, vocals are clear, and the bass is not too overpowering. Over the days that i tested the Stir it Up headphones i tested out a lot of different music, including Bob Marley ‘Redemption Song’, Nas & Damian Marley ‘Naah mean’, some Jay-Z & Kanye, Tribe Called Quest, The Script, to the more jazzy sound of Esperanza Spalding. While on some of the more bass filled hip-hop tunes the bass did at times feel a little bit flat, it performed really well on some of the more classic and jazzy end up the range. There is very little sound leakage from the headphones, and their noise cancelling is also strong.

For the price point of the House of Marley Freedom Stir it Up headphones, which takes them into direct competition with amongst other Beats by Dr.Dre Solo headphones, i think they perform really well. Comfortable fit, quality build, and well balanced sound makes for a good pair of over-ear headphones.

House of Marley Freedom Stir it Up headphones specifications

  • Over-ear design
  • 20Hz – 200kHz frequency response
  • 40mm dynamic moving coil speaker drive
  • Right angled gold plated connectors 3.5mm and 6.3mm
  • Integrated three button control, compatible with iPod and iPhone
  • FSC Beech wood finish
  • 52-inch fabric cord to reduce tangle and static
  • Recyclable aluminum ring
  • Fabric protective pouch

Freedom Stir it Up headphones price & availability

The House of Marley Freedom Stir it Up headphones are available from amongst other the following UK retailers.

You can compare with other top over-ear headphones here.


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