Celebrity branded headphones are nothing new, with Dr. Dre’s Beats Audio headphones being one of the most popular example. Recently, the Marley Family announced a line of headphones inspired by the legendary artist’s vision of “One World, One Love”. As such, the headphones are designed with recyclable materials, and proceeds from the sale of all Marley’s products go to the 1Love.org charity. Of course, special attention is also paid to the sound quality as well.
Now let’s get down and dirty with the Positive Vibration on-ear headphones. The first thing you’ll notice about the Positive Vibration is how colorful it looks, a really standout design from the plethora of headphones out there.
You can see a lot of Reggae and Jamaican influence in the design aesthetics, with the colorful cloth headband and braided cable. There’s a lot of vibrancy (no pun intended) to the headphones; they feel special in that easy-going, focused on simple music kind of way.
Looking more closely, or at least when handling it, the Positive Vibration feels very stiff; as if all these materials were simply glued together without secondary thought to comfort. The only adjustments you can make are the earcups which can be extended up or down on metal clips. There are no indents, so you’ll always end up guessing the right length at which the headphones fit on your head. The earcups themselves are foldable, so that they can be easily transported in the supplied pouch.
Each of the earcups is connected using a visible springy coil in colorful orange, further adding to the unique appeal of the Positive Vibration. The braided cable itself is fairly thick and straight, making it one of the least tangle-able cables I have seen on headphones. The 3.5mm gold plated jack itself has a very low profile, making it excellent for connecting to smartphones that have their audio out jack at strange angles.