House of Marley Get Together Duo review: ambitious but flawed

House of Marley Get Together Duo: One-minute review

The House of Marley Get Together Duo were created by someone either experiencing an identity crisis or someone that was overly ambitious. There has probably never been an audio product that’s left us with more mixed feelings than these speakers. It’s not all bad but it’s not all good either as the Duo exemplify the saying “a jack-of-all-trades is a master of none.”

Of course, if you prefer the original full saying “a jack-of-all-trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one,” you’ll appreciate the versatility of the House of Marley Get Together Duo. After all, they function as computer speakers, bookshelf speakers that can pair via Bluetooth with a certain House of Marley turntable that we didn’t review here, or be used as a portable speaker (though that’s really only true for one of the two units).

While we weren’t necessarily wowed by the House of Marley Get Together Duo, you shouldn’t necessarily write them off. After checking out the rest of this review, you might find that they’re actually perfect for you and the things that bothered us may not be an issue for you.

House of Marley Get Together Duo: Price and availability

How much does it cost? $169.99 / £179.99 / AU$299Where is it available? Available nowWhere can you get it? Available in the US, the UK, and Australia

House of Marley Get Together Duo: SPECS

Frequency range: 20-20,000 Hz
Drivers: 4.5-inch full range, 1-inch tweeter
Supported Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
Audio Inputs: 3.5mm, RCA
Outputs: None

At $169.99 / £179.99 / AU$299, the House of Marley Get Together Duo are not quite in the budget range but certainly affordable. Of course, you must consider what you want to use them for when considering how much value they offer.

If you only plan on using them for your computer and don’t plan on taking advantage of the portable speaker functionality, something like the Logitech Z407 might be a better choice. It will set you back less as it’s only $119.99 (£119.99 / AU$249.95), also comes with Bluetooth functionality, and sounds a little less muddy. There are other speakers as well, such as some of Edifier’s offerings that are much slimmer in features but sound solid and cost less than these House of Marley speakers.

Strangely enough, if you do plan on taking advantage of that portable speaker, then you would end up spending a similar amount for an alternative with the same battery life, such as the JBL Charge 5, which costs $179 (£159 / AU$229). So, for just a little less, the House of Marley Get Together Duo provide an extra speaker and plenty more functionality, though the JBL Charge 5 does have a more balanced sound.

Value: 4 / 5

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House of Marley Get Together Duo: Design

Striking eco-friendly look and materialsControls can be a pain when setting up an analog connectionBluetooth has too much latency to use with video or games

With dimensions of 7.9 x 4.1 x 5.1 inches, the House of Marley Get Together Duo are smaller than the average bookshelf speaker but bigger than many computer speakers. So, they don’t take up too much desk space while still providing a little more oomph and low-end (more on that later).

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Aesthetically, they have a more organic look than most computer speakers, reflecting their eco-friendly approach. Most of the materials used here are of the sustainable variety. The front and back of the units are covered in bamboo while the top, bottom and sides are covered in a fabric made from recyclable materials. Even the packaging is fully recyclable.

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While we’re not quite sure why the sides are covered in fabric instead of bamboo, it does make for a striking wood-on-black colorway (unless you have a cat. The fabric does attract pet hair quite easily). To add to the look, there are silicon buttons (made of upcycled materials) on top of each speaker in white.

Speaking of, the buttons don’t take too much pressure to push and are pretty responsive in use. Both speakers have the same array of buttons: volume up, volume down, Bluetooth, and Power. There are also two LED lights in line with the buttons. 

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However, navigating them for certain functionalities can be a pain. For example, if you want to use the speakers in stereo with an RCA connection, you have to turn on the left speaker using a long press of the power button. Then, you have to short-press twice on the same power button to select the RCA input. Only then, can you power up the right speaker? Once that’s on, you have to long-press the Bluetooth button on the left speaker for the two speakers to pair together. 

Quite a pain just to use an analog connection, which we needed to do when using these as computer speakers. Why was that necessary? The House of Marley Get Together Duo has three different types of connectivity: Bluetooth, RCA, and Aux in (3.5mm). Though Bluetooth is the most convenient, it suffers from latency noticeable enough that we couldn’t use it for video, which is strange as it’s supposed to be Bluetooth 5.0.

Design: 3.5 / 5

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House of Marley Get Together Duo: Performance

Plenty loudSomewhat muddy sounding

Unless you’re trying to power a house party, there’s more than enough volume on tap with the House of Marley Get Together Duo. It gets plenty loud. So, whether you’re using it for a computer setup, a small get-together, or even in a listening room paired with the House of Marley’s Stir It Up turntable, you won’t be wanting for volume.

Where you may be a little disappointed is in these speakers’ sound quality. We definitely had higher expectations. It’s hard to say that they just sound bad. But, they have a very colored sound quality that has an outsized low-end (though not a lot of sub-bass extension as there’s no subwoofer). Frequencies sitting between the low and mid-range in particular are very pronounced, almost overwhelming the rest of the frequency range, to the point where we can hear a frequency somewhere in there resonating inside the speaker cabinets. 

The rest of the mid-range is similarly a little too full sounding while the high-end is barely there. We don’t find the high-end to sound veiled or muffled but it is a bit weak. In essence, the sound quality is somewhat muddy and seems to be the kind of frequency range someone who wanted to listen to house music would design (though probably with more high-end).

While we’re not blown away by the Get Together Duo’s sound quality, their ability to function as a portable speaker is a nice addition that somewhat makes up for the lackluster, though not terrible, sound. Yes, you can only use the right speaker as a portable speaker but it offers 20 hours of use before needing to charge which is more than most portable speakers. And, since it is a bit bigger than most portable units, it offers more volume.

Performance: 3 / 5

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First reviewed January 2022

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