Revival of the dead (thread)!
I've had some Marley Revolution on ears since pretty much when they first came out. They finally died, no fault of the phones themselves. I snagged the cable. They look fine but are toast :(
The Revolution were pretty mediocre. As noted earlier, all bass, limited mids and treble. They also clamped your head as if they never wanted to let go, and as such were a might bit uncomfortable.
Fast forward to unpacking boxes for my new apartment, and what do I find? A paid of House of Marley Uplift iems unopened. No idea how long I've had them, where I got them, or what I paid, but this was a nice surprise.
I've been using them non-stop for the last few days, and have found they are actually a decent alternative to the Pistons. They are not a bad pick if you enjoy the Piston's presentation but find them to be too bright up top, want something a little less flashy, and wanted something more readily available.
The Uplift have very similar bass presentation, with added subbass rumble. These are one of the few headphones that actually give me that subwoofer experience (meaning the bass is also a bit flabby, but damn entertaining). Mids are more forward than on the Pistons, and almost too smooth (seem mildly veiled). Treble is significantly recessed in comparison, but smooth and still reasonably detailed. It just lacks sparkle. Soundstage is more intimate than the Pistons.
**Taping over the vents greatly reduces the bass and makes it more manageable if it starts to get a little overwhelming**
The included tips are pretty average (no other accessories were included). The cable is typical House of Marley....fantastic. Material quality is excellent, way above average (can't say much on build quality....that seems to reveal itself with Marley products over time). They are very comfortable and provide excellent isolation.
Overall these are a solid iem, and you could certainly buy worse from a 'major player'. They do lack treble energy and have very boosted bass, but their subbass and lush mids make up for these shortcomings. They are firmly for bassheads, so all others be wary.