House of Marley's Smile Jamaica review: These headphones drop the bass

The headphones feature a microphone/single-button remote on the left earphone, and making calls and starting/stopping tracks was a breeze. Unlike the Stir It Up headphones, the cable is quite microphonic transmitting noise into your eardrums when moving against your face or clothing.

There is a single remote button for calls and play/pause. Sarah Tew/CNET

Apart from the headphone themselves, you'll find three pairs of green (!) silicone eartips in the box, which should ensure a tight fit for most ears and and a cloth carry satchel.

The headphones come with a carry bag. Sarah Tew/CNET

The sound the Smile Jamaicas make is undoubtedly rich with a full, sometimes overbearing amount of bass, depending on the style of music. While Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," with its willowy bass lines, sounded full and peppy, a song with a deeper bass part like Nick Cave's "Red Right Hand" could become overwhelming -- particularly when using a portable player. However, music built around a dominating bass line -- dance, for example -- sounded great with plenty of definition and true depth.

Meanwhile, vocal details were present and alive, and the sound had a snap to it that eludes cheaper earbuds. While intimate music like jazz sounded great, more-symphonic music like Sigur Ros sounded a bit constrained.

If you're looking for a set of rugged headphones on a budget that sound decent with a wide selection of music and offer good isolation, then these House of Marleys are an excellent option.

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  • Color lily
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features gold plated connectors
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm