• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product and sound, but there are Bluetooth problems.

    • Written by from Middle Island

    I purchased this speakers last spring.
    Have to say that quality of sound is amazing and it can get loud. One of the main advantages is ability to connect with bluetooth, but if bluetooth does not work as expected- it brings a great disappointment.
    I have an iPhone 5 and when I play music via bluetooth on some point music is not transmitted anymore and speakers produce only silence, while iPhone is actually transmitting data through BT and song is being played (but no sound from speakers). From my experience it works just fine with other devices (like my MacBook Air or android phones etc), so I think the problem it actually in iPhone, even more specifically- in its software. I installed iOS7, but problem stayed there. Also I read online that this problem occurs with a quite lot of bluetooth audio devices used with latest iPhones (starting from 5) and softwares (starting from iOS6). One suggestion was to put your wi-fi off, because BT and WI-FI work in one frequency range so they might interfere and cause this confusion (even if it works for you- its bad solution if you like to use both or listen music from internet).
    I still have my iPhone 4 with old iOS and as soon as I get charger for it- I will test if it works without interruptions.
    Overall these speakers are really great designed, very reliable (it can tolerate bear all over them while working, hits, traveling, sand inside, humid and dry climate and so on). Sound is also very good and clear, base is strong and in general it is a good buy. I just hope that Apple fixes bluetooth problem... For these money I expected everything to work perfect, but again- it is not fault of House of Marley.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    High quality system

    • Written by from STP

    I'm using this system for more than six months and did not find any cons yet.
    On new batteries is active in about two weeks with active using.
    The sound is very deep.
    I and my friends are very happy that I have it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic ... Blue tooth Quirk a Bluetooth-mobil thing not Marley Me think

    • Written by from girdwood

    Fantastic design, sound, function. I have experienced the bluetooth connectivity issue, it happens when you have too much going on, too many signals like surfing the web, texting and playing from your phone, you just turn off the unit and turn it back on, press play, turn up the volume... fixed. I have the I phone 5 and honestly I think it is the phone, not the sound system since it never ever even once dropped off from my computers connection.
    I love the USB charger thats built in; when I have friends text bombing me and calling I just use my older ipod via the regular plug in option. I have this with the optional chargeable battery and I highly recommend it. Makes for nice portability, I actually use it in my van instead of replacing its head unit, sounds better than that ride ever did anyway. Also I have a few rare times had a weird issue where the unit wont turn on, I just unplug the battery for 5 seconds and plug it back in and it works perfect. All in all Ive had this unity since it became available and I love it! Just ordered the non portable unit for an office. Let the music rock you!! Fantastic sound... would be great for a street performer!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound, Only Minor Improvements Are Needed

    • Written by from Clayton

    The Bag of Riddim is an excellent portable speaker with great sound & its easy to use. I experienced a few connectivity drops early on but now it consistently connects to my iPod Touch & rarely drops the signal. I used the speaker for an all day outdoor barbecue and it did not drop the signal once. I even received a few compliments by others who noticed that the music was non-stop as I utilized a Rdio playlist that has over 100 songs.

    There are a few drawbacks that prevent me from giving Riddim 5 stars.
    - It does not come with a rechargeable battery although one is available from the House of Marley's web site. Standard D size batteries & the power cord have served me well.
    - A remote control that allows volume adjustment would be helpful.
    - The buttons on the Riddim are sometimes hard to press. I often find myself pressing hard to get the desired response.

    Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase. The volume is loud enough for use at parties and visually, it blends into the atmosphere without looking like an expensive tech gadget. The sound is high quality. The bass is clean with no distortion. I highly recommend the Riddim.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb Speaker

    • Written by from Duxbury

    Although the Bag of Riddim tends to suffer from minor glitch issues, it really is one of the best speakers on the market today. My non-bluetooth one (which I had for a little over a year before upgrading to this baby about 6 months ago) used to not respond to my pressing the power button after unplugging it from an outlet while the batteries were installed, as well as sometimes simply freezing up. This could always be fixed by unscrewing the back cover, taking the batteries out & putting them back in, but nevertheless it was annoying.

    However, customer service at HOM is fantastic - I've probably talked to them 10 or more times in the last 15 months, 9 out of 10 times having a better than expected experience (if you get Judy...I think that's her name...you're in good hands). They've swapped out 2 of my speakers due to glitches such as these (with pre-paid shipping and all), and now I'm currently enjoying the company of my 3rd (1st bluetooth) Bag of Riddim. Works flawlessly.

    Also, definitely buy the optional lithium battery for an extra $70 off HOM's website - that solves the non-rechargeable battery issue most consumers complain about, and gives 5+ hours of musical life depending on volume.

    Even if I was experiencing the same issues as other reviewers on here, I still think I'd be satisfied with my purchase. In my opinion, it easily tops most (if not all) Bose and Jawbone systems, so if occasionally having to reconnect Bluetooth is the price I have to pay, so be it. Would it be nice if Marley could fix some of its existing kinks? Sure, but even with the kinks in place, their products are truly jaw-dropping. Plus, Marley will do anything and everything in its power to satisfy its customers, so if you're truly having troubles, give them a call. You even get to listen to some good old Bob Marley while on hold!

    I also own the BT Chant (unbeatable speaker for its size), the Fluid watch (comfortable and very stylish; perfect 'beachy' vibe), and the Redemption Song in-ear headphones (once again, fantastic sound for the price - might upgrade to the top of the pack though as I'm quite the audiophile).

    Additional questions? Feel free to contact me.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    house of marley bag of riddim

    • Written by from Tel aviv

    very very good i love it very much its awasome the sound is amazing

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth it?

    • Written by from pomona

    After getting over my cupcake phase of actually owning a portable bluetooth speaker, I've noticed some huge flaws:
    1. The speaker stops working randomly when connected with bluetooth.
    2. The touch buttons seemed pretty cool at first, but i realized it can be unresponsive.
    3. The "portable speaker" isn't so portable. The bulky speaker feels really uncomfortable to carry.
    4. The audio quality is alright, but definitely not worth $300.
    5. This disappointed me the most. After just two weeks the speaker completely stopped working. It wouldn't turn on at all. (Took me a while to figure out something was wrong because of the touch buttons)
    I called the support number and they were really nice in giving me free shipping to send the speakers back to them so they could send me new one. I receive my "new" speakers one month and three days later, with my old speaker, just fixed and repackaged. I had left a small sticker underneath the battery lid so I could be sure they sent me a new one. Long story short I have my speakers again in hopes that it wont break again.
    In conclusion is this product worth buying? I'd say no, you could get better quality and dependability spending $100 for speakers from reputable companies.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sad news

    • Written by from covington

    I am glad I am not the only one that has a bluetooth conectivity issue. I am on my third one. They all have the same problem, drops conection at any given time. The last one came directly from the House of Marley. They told me they had never heard of such an issue. Told me it was operator issue. As if connecting is something that requires a aeronautical degree. Nevertheless after arguing with them they had me send it back and they sent me another one back. Within one hour it dropped connection. I have tried with Iphone,Ipad and even a Blackberry. Same results. It is a shame now I am stuck with it. No one wants to step up. Beautiful sound but worthless if you have to reconnect at any given time. Do not buy this product unless you are willing to put up with the Bluetooth issue.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks are deceiving

    • Written by from miami

    It kills me to write such a bad review. Over the past 3-4 months i have been fighting a battle with this product. When the bluetooth edition came out it was a must have. Well over the past 3-4 months i've had 3 different "house of marley bag of riddim" and all 3 have had the same issue. The bluetooth connectivity gives out and my third one wont charge through the output cables. Its a shame that this product is having such issues. But when it works, its flawless, loud enough for a small party or the beach. My question to anyone else whose purchased this product, are you having bluetooth connectivity issues?

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bag of Riddim well worth the money

    • Written by from Morrison

    Looked at this last year when it had the dock integration and the only thing that held me back then was the lack of bluetooth or airplay. Well now since The House of Marley have updated it with bluetooth I was sold. It has house shaking amazing sound! Deep bass can satisfy any genre of music lover. Easy to tote around as it's a comfortably weight but looks and feels great outside of it's sack sitting on a shelf or counter as well. Bluetooth is easy to set up and only takes seconds.

    Far better sound than many $600-800 systems.

    The only downfall that might sway some buyers is the lack of a rechargeable battery but I wasn't overly concerned with it.

    Very happy with this product and the quality.

    51 of 56 people found this useful