I have to admit, I was a little hesitant to open up the review sample box and get to testing out the House of Marley Get Up Stand Up Home Audio System. For the most part, many iPod docking speaker systems in the $250-$400 price range sound pretty similar, and there's usually only the most subtle of differences between competing systems. But the House of Marley speaker dock surprised with a few notable features that warmed me up to its earth-friendly vibe...
Placed inside our midcentury-ish living room with its plentitude of rosewood and birch furniture, the House of Marley Get Up Stand Up Home Audio System blended into the room, a harmonious visual edition rather than a "look at me!" type of design that often plagues the category of speaker docks.
Whether tested with the harmonious Americana tunes from The Avett Brothers or the musical tidal wave of Explosions in the Sky, the Get Up Stand Up performed admirably in overall balanced sound. And thankfully so, since there are no additional controls to fine tune the output. And if bass-heavy music is your preference, the system's dual 4.5-inch woofers are more than sufficient to shake small items off the shelf when pushed over into moderately loud territory (at least in our small living room).
The system does lose a few points for not offering any wireless audio options, so we're hoping a future version will incorporate Bluetooth or Airplay connectivity, an increasingly desired feature in the era of digital audio.
Pros: Very tasteful, decor-friendly birch wood design, sustainably sourced materials, two 4.5-inch woofers and two 1-inch tweeters produce overall pleasant sound in small to medium size rooms.
Cons: No Airplay built-in, easy to lose small remote, iOS device only docking (includes additional audio cable for connection with other audio devices).
Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. This specific product was provided by House of Marley for testing and review purposes.