The House of Marley One Foundation Premium Home Audio System Review

In the world of design, the notion that “less is better” has received a bit of a modern day revival

Tech
8,961 Hypes 0 Comments

In the world of design, the notion that “less is better” has received a bit of a modern day revival as brands aim to bring a newfound sense of timelessness to their product range. This amalgamation of both form and function is often achieved through the widely-accepted principles of good design. However, among these guidelines is one that is all-too-often neglected, and yet maybe the most essential in ensuring the future of mankind; “is the design in question environmentally friendly?” One brand that never loses sight of this particular question is The House of Marley – a brand that is not only committed to quality and sustainability, but also global charities.

Known for its headphones and portable speakers, The House of Marley has recently brought its environmentally-conscious aesthetic to the world of home audio, releasing a premium hi-fi system dubbed the One Foundation. Following our recent reviews of the Liberate XLBT Bluetooth Headphones and Liberate BT Bluetooth Portable Audio System, we decided to put this massive speaker to the test in our latest review, covering both its look and sound.

Look

Upon opening its magnetically-secured box, the 8.75” H x 31.06” W x 4.56” D House of Marley One Foundation instantly grabs your attention with its sleek shape and glazed oak baffle. Using Forest Stewardship Council – a not-for-profit organization that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests – certified wood and recycled materials throughout, this home speaker not only integrates into any decor, but it’s also environmentally friendly, a rare trait among its competitors. Although its beautifully-stained wood face adds significant weight, the One Foundation has the ability to connect to your music player via Bluetooth, thus limiting the need to move it around to connect to an audible device. Nevertheless, it also comes equipped with an RCA and auxiliary input for analog devices as well as the recommended optical input for digital.

Meanwhile, its no-frills design continues with four symmetrical drivers covered by magnetic grills, an all-purpose glowing dial that conveniently controls the power, volume and input selection, concaved handles at each side for easy transport, and a handy USB charger at its side. All external details considered, the One Foundation will complement just about any interior, no matter how often you get the urge to redecorate. With that said however, we’re hoping future iterations are lighter and with wall mounts to add to its versatility.

Sound

As mentioned, connecting your music device to the One Foundation home audio speaker is as simple as it gets, so being able to enjoy its heavy sound is almost instantaneous. Inside, its 220-watt amplifier powers two 5.25-inch high-output woofers and two 1-inch high-definition Danish-designed tweeters. Those woofers are made with wood-fiber impregnated/pressed-fiber cones housed in a custom-tuned bass-reflex enclosure to ensure the bass stays low while its tweeters maintain a crispy sound.

Running it through our personal audio test, we played tunes from various genres with the help of our HYPETRAK family. Whether it was 808-heavy hip-hip, the blend of fast drum arrangements and electric synths of EDM or blues guitar riffs, the One Foundation performed exceptionally, filling our large office with crystal clear sound drowning out every keyboard strike and conversation that was had.

At $999.99 USD, the One Foundation premium home audio hi-fi system sits towards the top of the price spectrum, and yet its timeless design, environmentally-conscious construction and first-rate sound justifies every penny. Purchase The House of Marley One Foundation at these select locations or through the brand’s webstore and your ear’s will be slapping fives in no time.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

'The House of the Dead: Remake' Receives a New Trailer
Gaming

'The House of the Dead: Remake' Receives a New Trailer

The horror-themed shooter is returning.

'Game of Thrones' Prequel 'House of the Dragon' Receives New Teaser Trailer
Entertainment

'Game of Thrones' Prequel 'House of the Dragon' Receives New Teaser Trailer

Premiering on HBO Max on August 21.

‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Series ‘House of the Dragon’ Will Premiere in August
Entertainment

‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Series ‘House of the Dragon’ Will Premiere in August

Chronicling the fall of the House of Targaryen.


George R.R. Martin Confirms He Has Seen 'House of the Dragon' and Provides His Stamp of Approval
Entertainment

George R.R. Martin Confirms He Has Seen 'House of the Dragon' and Provides His Stamp of Approval

Scheduled to debut some time this year.

A Very Personalized Holiday Gift Presented by the Quicksilver® Card from Capital One®
Fashion

A Very Personalized Holiday Gift Presented by the Quicksilver® Card from Capital One®

This holiday season, gift smarter. Hack holiday gift-giving with this highly customized guide for

Future Brown (Nguzunguzu, J-Cush, Fatima Al Qadari) featuring Shawnna & DJ Victoriouz - Talkin Bandz
Music 

Future Brown (Nguzunguzu, J-Cush, Fatima Al Qadari) featuring Shawnna & DJ Victoriouz - Talkin Bandz

Forward-thinking production group Future Brown, which counts Nguzunguzu, J-Cush, and Fatima Al

The 24th Film in the James Bond Franchise is Called 'Spectre'
Entertainment

The 24th Film in the James Bond Franchise is Called 'Spectre'

Agent 007 is back. The 24th installment in the James Bond series will be titled Spectre and it is

NIGO & Tetsu Nishiyama to Debut DOUBTFUL AS DOUBLE® this Month
Fashion

NIGO & Tetsu Nishiyama to Debut DOUBTFUL AS DOUBLE® this Month

Two of Japan’s the biggest streetwear designers in BAPE’s NIGO and WTAPS/FPAR’s Tetsu Nishiyama

Tourne De Transmission 2014 Fall/Winter Lookbook
Fashion

Tourne De Transmission 2014 Fall/Winter Lookbook

Burgeoning British label Tourne De Transmission further highlights its Fall/Winter 2014 collection


"Kanye West Tour Experience" Auction Listing Includes Front Row Tickets, Signed Yeezys & More
Footwear

"Kanye West Tour Experience" Auction Listing Includes Front Row Tickets, Signed Yeezys & More

Kanye West has decided to offer his biggest fans the chance to get the ultimate Yeezus experience

James Bond and Hardy Blechman Discuss Undefeated x maharishi x adidas Originals Capsule Collection
Fashion

James Bond and Hardy Blechman Discuss Undefeated x maharishi x adidas Originals Capsule Collection

Streetwear labels Undefeated and maharishi have joined forces for a collaborative capsule that

Purity Ring - Push Pull
Music 

Purity Ring - Push Pull

Two years after releasing their debut LP, Shrines, Megan James and Corin Roddick, collectively

NFL and New Era Go Beyond Game Day
Fashion

NFL and New Era Go Beyond Game Day

Known for its Official NFL On Field Headwear, New Era is taking caps beyond the sidelines with

Grenco Science LA Pop-Up Store @ The Kayo Store
Art

Grenco Science LA Pop-Up Store @ The Kayo Store

Grenco Science, purveyors of the popular portable G-Pen vaporizer series, has set up shop in Los

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.