The House of Marley has been jammin' in full force at CES 2012, revealing new bag-style iPhone/iPod docks and Bluetooth speakers. Just like House of Marley's current offerings, the new products stand apart from the crowd by coming together with eco-friendly materials and stylish designs. Another positive note is the fact that 5% of all profits go directly to 1Love.org, which provides funding to charities and causes focused on youth, planet and peace.
First up is my personal favorite, the Djembe portable speaker (seen bottom right, above). This little noise-maker is a simple, all-in-one speaker system that features one full-range driver and a passive radiator for bass reinforcement. It will run off a standard USB port or 4 AAA batteries. All you have to do is plug the 3.5mm jack into your smartphone or iPod and let the beats flow. The only complaint I have about this particular offering is the lack of Bluetooth connectivity, but what can you do? The Djembe will retail for $60 and is scheduled for a February launch.
Making up for my Bluetooth frustrations is the new Block Party audio system. This eco-friendly bad boy sports two 3.5-inch woofers, two 1-inch tweeters and cranks out about 20 watts. The canvas bag it's wrapped in can be swapped out for one of many designs and there's a built-in rechargeable battery. It can also be plugged into a standard wall outlet and will retail for about $300.
The next audio solution I was introduced to at the House of Marley booth was the Nomad. This messenger bag style speaker system delivers our favorite tunes with the help of two 2.5" high-output woofers and two 2.5" passive radiators. Unfortunately there's no built-in battery, but it will run on standard alkaline batteries and can be plugged into the typical wall outlet. Retail price will be right around $200.
Lastly there's the Bag of Rhythm. This boombox style over-the-shoulder iPhone dock draws styling cues from a skateboard deck and bongo drums, and it's pretty hard not to notice. Its equipped with two 4.5-inch speakers with two 1-inch tweeters and a long-throw woofer. It will run on batteries or the included AC adapter and rocks an AUX input so we can use it with nearly any non-Apple device as well. The Bag of Rhythm costs $350, and just like the Djembe, will be available in February.
What we love most about House of Marley's products (aside from their visual appeal and portability) is the fact that they all come from sustainable materials. All of the wood used in their creation is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified and the canvas bags are made of cotton and/or hemp.
If you want to get all the details on House of Marley's current and future products head over to TheHouseofMarley.com.