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Truly Wireless, Truly Sustainable Liberate Air by House Of Marley By Thomas Bender I've been waiting to see what House of Marley did for their first take on true wireless earbuds, and with the arrival of the Liberate Air, I am not disappointed. These earbuds still capture the Marley aesthetic, using mostly recycled materials, with wood and fabric finishes, but also have a really good sound and incredible battery life. Using recycled materials does not mean that these earbuds look or feel 'used' in any way. Quite the opposite, really. From many different recycled products, such as aluminum, wood, fabric, silicone, and paper fiber (among other materials), House of Marley has crafted a really nice stand out set of earbuds without being obnoxious or using blinking LEDs. It's great to see them utilizing their trademarked "Rewind" materials even on technology as new as true wireless earbuds. Most of the unique look and feel comes from the bamboo wood grain on the outside of the earbuds and the inside of the charging case. Bamboo is a light-colored wood, and it provides excellent contrast with the black silicone earbuds. Each earbud has independent touch controls, a feature I specifically look for on my wireless earbuds, as clicky buttons require pressure and can make for an uncomfortable experience on your ears sometimes. And while there is no on-board volume control, you can still control your music, phone calls, and summon your digital assistant. Inside are some fairly impressive drivers that pump out really crisp audio. Despite what you may be expecting from House of Marley, the Liberate Air have a pretty clean sound signature, without a lot of added bass boost. They sound really good, and support Bluetooth 5.0 and AptX out of the box.

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