Roots Rock ($199.99), distributed by the House of Marley, has a lot going for it, and it’s especially going to appeal to the eco-friendly crowd. But the look of this Earth-friendly Jam Box/Sound Dock can be deceiving. Roots Rock has a lot of sophisticated qualities in a totally portable sound system that makes it chic, and cool, and also fun to use.
For starters, even the outer packaging is “green,” made from pulp, recycled plastics and recycled paper, and less of it, to cut down on what goes in the waste stream. The House of Marley even requests that you recycle the packaging.
But the eco-friendly details don’t end there. The exclusive Marley rewind fabric cover is made of reclaimed hemp, organic cotton, and recycled plastic bottles. It looks a like like a grey tweed rugged fabric. A snap pocket in the front holds the e.5 mm stereo mini cable tether and if you wish, your smart phone or music player. I only wish there was room for the AC power supply charger plug in there are well. Once the unit is fully charged, it worked without the cord for hours, thanks to the built-in lithium-ion battery. The cover snaps off or folds to make a stand. The sides of the unit are a natural bamboo (bamboo is a very sustainable wood) that make the slim-line unit look elegant and expensive. A thick, rugged shoulder strap lets you carry this anywhere.
As you’ve already guessed, this is no ordinary “boombox.” The unit lets you play blue-tooth devices, syncing up wirelessly, quickly, and easil (the unit automatically goes into the reconnect mode for 5 seconds after you turn it on, and you can see it as a flashing blue light). If you hold down the button for a few more seconds it will kick off the device currently connected to the Roots Rock and go back into pairing mode, for another device. You don’t need a password to connect to your bluetooth-enabled devices. But if you have an older generation music player, there’s a tether. When I first got the Roots Rock I plugged one end of the tether into the back and one end into my older iPod Nano. The base notes were rich and clearly audible, but where was the treble?! I couldn’t hear any of the words to any song. I tried and tried and tried but nothing worked. When a new unit was dispensed to me, with a new tether, I still couldn’t initially get the sound. Then, my husband pushed the plug a little harder than I had intended to and voila! Sound for both treble and bass. The controls are super simple, there’s a power button, Bluetooth, and + or – volume control buttons.
For those who love technical information, two full range woofers and two passive radiators deliver are engineered to receive high-quality A2DP streaming audio and deliver Marley signature. That means a strong bass and nice detail in the treble. It’s not concert hall quality, but you can push the volume up enough to compete with a loud party and still hear the music.
The Honourable Nesta Robert “Bob” Marley, OM was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician best known for his reggae records. Marley’s music was heavily influenced by the social issues of his homeland, and he is considered to have given voice to the specific political and cultural nexus of Jamaica. Rolling Stone has ranked him the 11th greatest artist of all time. Appropriately, Marley products support the 1Love.org organization, created by the Marley family to support youth, planet and peace.
Are you ready to rock to your roots? The House of Marley Roots Rock makes great gift for a hipster any season, for any reason, but we like ours simply because it lets us hear our music anywhere and any time. This is going to make a great holiday gift, but The Advice Sisters can’t wait to share it with you, so buy it now, use it at holiday parties, and give it to your favorite music lover. Satisfy Your Soul & #LiveMarley with superior quality, earth-friendly products inspired by legend Bob Marley & his vision of One world, One Love.
For more information and to order, visit: TheHouseofMarley.com