Mar­ley Chant Mini

Michael beats the drum for this new prod­uct

Micro Mart - - Reviews - Michael Fere­day

One of the ear­li­est meth­ods of send­ing mes­sages over lengthy dis­tances was that of a drum or, in some cases, a se­ries of drums spread out to pass a sig­nal along a line. It is, there­fore, some­what ap­pro­pri­ate that House of Mar­ley, part of the HoMedics chain of com­pa­nies, has de­vel­oped a Blue­tooth speaker to broad­cast mu­sic in the form of a na­tive-style drum. This is the Mar­ley Chant Mini.

De­signed by Mar­ley in Michi­gan, USA and man­u­fac­tured in China, the Chant Mini fol­lows the House of Mar­ley’s guid­ing prin­ci­ple of us­ing eco-con­scious prod­ucts that are sus­tain­ably sourced, cause minded and waste-con­scious, as laid down by Bob Mar­ley’s vi­sion of One Love, One World. In this case, the Chant Mini has been made us­ing blended bio-plas­tic re­cy­clable alu­minium and ex­clu­sive REWIND™ fab­ric, which en­cases the speaker body and in­cludes a loop for at­tach­ing the speaker to cloth­ing. REWIND fab­ric is blended from re­claimed hemp, organic cot­ton and fi­bres of re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles.

Ris­ing through a height of 85mm, the di­am­e­ter of the Chant Mini in­creases from 70mm at the base to 83mm at the top. The Chant Mini is avail­able in a choice of navy, blue, black, denim and palm units. The speaker comes with a short stan­dard-tomi­cro-USB lead for charg­ing the de­vice and a cara­bi­neer clip that can be used to at­tach the speaker to your cloth­ing via the loop men­tioned ear­lier.

When con­nect­ing the Chant Mini to a smartphone, you need to pair the de­vices us­ing Blue­tooth. You can then play mu­sic stored on the smartphone through the Chant Mini’s ac­tive / pas­sive combo driver. Dec­o­rat­ing the front of the Chant Mini is a rub­berised con­trol panel. Us­ing this panel, you can ac­cess con­trols for turn­ing power on and off, ad­just­ing the vol­ume level, and de­ac­ti­vat­ing the Blue­tooth fa­cil­ity. The same con­trols can be used to ac­cept / re­ject and end in­com­ing phone calls to the smartphone as you use the Chant Mini as a speak­er­phone with its built-in mi­cro­phone.

Sit­ting to the left of the con­trol panel, and near the base of the drum, is a small flap em­bel­lished with the word Mar­ley. Rais­ing this flap re­veals a pair of con­nec­tion sock­ets. There is a mi­cro-USB port for charg­ing the de­vice’s 1100mAh lithium-ion bat­tery, which can de­liver up to six hours of play­ing power. The sec­ond socket is for a 3.5mm jack con­nec­tion for use when link­ing the Chant Mini to an au­dio source that does not sup­port Blue­tooth or to any de­vice when bat­tery power has been ex­hausted and is not avail­able.

This con­nec­tion com­part­ment also houses an LED light. The light glows red to in­di­cate that the bat­tery is be­ing charged. I felt that the po­si­tion­ing of this red light was such that it made it dif­fi­cult to see it from cer­tain an­gles. I never knew for cer­tain that recharg­ing was com­plete.

The Chant Mini’s au­dio qual­ity de­liv­ered by its 2" ac­tive pas­sive combo driver is hardly go­ing to blow your mind with its clar­ity and im­mer­sive abil­ity, but then you would not ex­pect this from a de­vice of this size and price. How­ever, it should be fine for per­sonal lis­ten­ing when trav­el­ling around.

A speaker that should ap­peal to green en­thu­si­asts

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