The green, yellow (or gold) and red motif seen all the way down the headphone cables, which acts as a little rubber border between the ear pads and cups, is the one conspicuous nod to the series’s Bob Marley, or Rastafarian, roots. These are the colours of the Rastafarian flag, symbolising peace and love and other such pleasant things.
Whether the aims of this movement can, or should, be injected into a pair of headphones is a debate we won’t enter into here. But feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Much more within our remit is the House of Marley Destiny TTR noise cancellation feature. This listens to ambient noise and pumps through an inverse sound wave to negate it. This is what the sticky-outy bits on the back, bearing the House of Marley logo, are for.
The one on the left side acts as a switch, turning the noise cancelling feature on and off. It needs to be on for any music to play though, as the signal cuts out entirely when cancellation is turned off.
The other side is a twist-to-release battery cover for the two AA batteries that power the headphones. Unlike the Bose QC3, standard batteries are used instead of rechargeables. Battery life is very good though, and while House of Marley hasn’t released any figures about exactly how long it should last, a single pair lasted the majority of our two-week test period.
They can’t match Bose’s best for sheer noise cancelling performance, though. Basic ambient hums are removed, but it doesn’t come close to the eerie vacuum of noise that the best noise cancelling creates, and it adds more hiss to the output than the Bose QC3. It sounds much closer to entry-level (well, £60) cancellation solutions, which is a bit disappointing when this pair costs £250.
Noise cancellation can’t match the best
There is a positive side to this more laid-back approach to the technology, though, as it doesn’t create the strange feeling of inner-ear pressure that more aggressive alternatives can foster. If you’re not used to noise cancellation, this can cause discomfort or even feelings of nausea – and we doubt the Destiny TTR would instigate such problems apart from in the most sensitive of ear canals.
If noise cancelling is a top priority, do consider the Bose models as they offer the best mainstream implementation of the tech we’ve tried. If it’s just a nice extra, ask yourself whether the need for constant battery power will get on your wick.