House Of Marley Little Bird True Wireless Earbuds Review

Monday, December 04, 2023

House of Marley's Little Bird True Wireless Earbuds carve a niche in the market with their sustainable focus, intuitive controls, and extended playtime. When compared to other House of Marley offerings and general market competitors, they're a solid choice when seeking both functionality and eco-conscious design.

The Little Bird earbuds are crafted from a combination of bamboo, natural wood fiber, mica composites, and recycled plastics, making the earbuds (3 grams each) and case (29 grams) lightweight. The earbud body shell is plastic, while the outer of the stem is bamboo and integrates responsive touch sensitive areas for controlling audio playback, onboard EQ (game/movie mode) and calls.

Removing the earbuds from the case can be tricky specially if you have thick or sweaty fingers. There is no automatic bluetooth pairing so, you can only pair/connect the Little Bird earbuds after removing them from the case. The built-in microphone works well for casual calls.

The onboard EQ feature is convenient as this allows you to change the sound signature of the audio without the need of a mobile app. The downside though, EQ mode doesn't have voice prompts. Instead, it uses a series of beeps to differentiate between movie and game mode, which isn't helpful due to the user manual not making it clear.

The Little Bird charging case is made entirely of matte plastic with a "galaxy" finish similar to the Redemption ANC 2 earbuds and Rebel earbuds. The case features a flat bottom, enabling you to stand it upright on a desk. However, it's worth noting that the charging port is also located on the bottom. Additionally, the case has a lid with a wobbly hinge, preventing you from keeping the lid open while charging due to its unstable nature. Dimensions of the Little Bird charging case are 5.5cm long x 4.4cm high x 2cm thick.

When it comes to performance and stamina, these earbuds offer 6 hours of continuous music on a single charge (2 hours), making them suitable from morning until night. The accompanying charging case extends the playtime to about 22 hours, accommodating three additional charges. 

This versatility makes the Little Bird Earbuds ideal for long trips, workdays, or simply unwinding. In terms of sound, the 10mm dynamic drivers do a good job of delivering good volume and dynamic bass sound across the midrange without muddling vocals and /instruments.

Pros include eco-friendly materials showcasing care for the environment, a decent long playtime, easy touch controls for simple audio management, good mic for calls, and fast USB-C charge for quick recharging. Little Bird's use of sustainable materials distinguishes it from competitors like the Apple AirPods or Samsung Galaxy Buds. 

The commitment to eco-friendly design is a unique selling point for anyone who prioritizes environmental consciousness. On the downside, the case doesn't support a lot of features you come to expect such as wireless charging, multipoint and mobile app support.

Selling points
  • Eco-friendly materials
  • Long battery life
  • Responsive touch controls with tactile feedback tone
  • Decent mic quality for casual calls
  • Lightweight
  • Bluetooth 5.3
  • 15 minute quick charge = 2 hours playback
  • Onboard EQ
  • Comfortable short nozzle design
  • Affordable
  • Absolute bluetooth volume support
  • Easy to use

Potential deal breakers
  • No multipoint
  • No ANC
  • No transparency mode
  • Blinking bluetooth light when listening to audio
  • No AAC codec support (only SBC codec)
  • No wireless charging
  • No low latency mode
  • Not ideal for exercise due to low IPX4 rating
  • No voice prompts
  • No mobile app support
  • 4 second re-connection delay
  • No button remapping
  • No firmware update support
  • Smooth finish makes case and earbuds somewhat slippery
The box includes Little Bird True Wireless Earbuds and Charging Case, USB-C Charging Cable, 3 x Ear Tips Sizes (S, M, L), Quick Start Guide, and Warranty. You can buy the Little Bird earbuds from House of Marley amazon store.

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