House of Marley Chant Bluetooth review

House of Marley is all about Earth-friendly audio products, and the Chant Bluetooth is a small wireless speaker that's designed to be both portable and convenient.

It's made from recycled plastic, and the carry case uses crushed recycled bottles mixed with reclaimed hemp and organic cotton. A ring of wood around the top, plus the House of Marley logo embossed in the speaker grille add an air of sophistication.

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House of Marley Bluetooth Chant

Don't mix up the Chant and Chant Bluetooth: only the latter is wireless. The cheaper Chant looks the same, but doesn't have Bluetooth or a built-in microphone for use as a hand-free speakerphone.

Also, you don't get a choice of colours: the Chant Bluetooth comes in a grey case, while the Chant get the more attractive (we think) 'harvest' green colour.

Build quality is very good, as is the design. The top of the case unzips when you want to listen to music, and a handy karabiner means you can clip the speaker onto a rucksack for audio on the go.

It's simple to pair a Bluetooth device such as a smartphone, but there's also a standard minijack input for playing music from other devices.

The internal battery is lasts around six hours and is charged via a mini USB cable. No mains charger is included: any PC USB port will do, or your smartphone's USB charger.

House of Marley Bluetooth Chant phone

House of Marley Chant Bluetooth review: sound quality

Inside the Chant Bluetooth is a 2in driver and a passive 2in 'bass radiator'. As there's no AptX support, audio is transmitted via the standard Bluetooth codec.

This isn't a huge problem as the Chant doesn't produce top-notch sound quality even when you connect a device using the bundled cable. The 2in driver, despite being larger than the speakers in other portable speakers, simply wasn't able to deliver a full-bodied sound.

Bass is relatively weak, and mid-tones (such as vocals and guitars) sounded muddy in comparison with the i-box Twist.

Volume levels are reasonable enough - it will fill a small room with sound - but there are no playback controls on the Chant itself, so you'll have to use your device to adjust the volume.

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House of Marley Chant Bluetooth: Specs

  • Portable bluetooth speaker and speakerphone
  • 1x 50mm driver, passive bass radiator
  • 3.5mm minijack, mini USB inputs
  • Integrated battery (6 hours)
  • 85x85x100mm (wdh)
  • 382g
  • 2 year warranty
  • Portable bluetooth speaker and speakerphone
  • 1x 50mm driver, passive bass radiator
  • 3.5mm minijack, mini USB inputs
  • Integrated battery (6 hours)
  • 85x85x100mm (wdh)
  • 382g
  • 2 year warranty

OUR VERDICT

The Chant Bluetooth cheaper than some portable wireless speakers and its eco credentials mark it out, but sound quality isn't the best. If you're prepared to carry something a little larger, i-box's Twist sounds better and is £10 cheaper.

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