Some home speaker docks are designed to work for everyone in pretty much every setting, and then there are those that are different. Depending on your own style and taste, that can be either good or bad. In my opinion, the House of Marley Get Up Stand Up speaker dock falls in the good category of different.
There are a lot of bland black square speaker docks out there with its black mesh grills, so its nice when a system comes along that is a bit different. The House of Marley Get Up Stand Up home speaker dock with its FSC-certified birch wood front and walnut veneer, the visible drivers and tweeters, and the engrained logo, is in my opinion beautiful in its natural simplicity. It also helps that it is doing its best to be more eco-friendly.
With dual 4.5-inch drivers and 1-inch tweeters, it promises to deliver “room-filling bass and realistic mids and highs”. The dock itself is located centrally at the front, and the 30-pin connector is slightly raised so in theory you should be able to dock most 30-pin devices (not iPhone 5, iPod Touch 5th gen or iPad Mini), including iPads, although I will test out the effect on the width of the iPad covering over the drivers at higher volumes. First impression on audio performance from a not ideal retail setting was pretty good, especially considering the reduced price it is now selling at. I hope to be back with a more hands-on review in the near future.