Marshall Kilburn Review
Check out this comprehensive Marshall Kilburn review:
With a mesh grill over the drivers and a black/cream Tolex vinyl covering, it looks like a smaller version of a retro guitar amplifier.
The Kilburn has three vintage-style controlling knobs for volume, treble, and bass on the top side of the speaker. The knob-turning mechanism makes it easier to tweak the bass or treble to your liking. There’s also an auxiliary port for wired devices.
The speaker is switched on/off using a power toggle – there is usually some sort of satisfaction when you flick your speaker off compared to pushing a power button.
Still, on top of the speaker, there are some indicator lights for battery life, input, and Bluetooth connectivity that sit between the volume knob and aux input. You can switch the input using the “Source” button, which puts the speaker to a power-saving mode.
With a 9.5" x 5.5" x 5.5" dimension and 6.6-pound weight, the Kilburn is on the larger side for a portable speaker – you wouldn't want to go hiking with it. Compared to most speakers that weigh less than 2 pounds, the Kilburn is like a brick with a leather strap.
Inside the speaker, there is a 4” woofer and two 0.75” tweeters, which evenly spread the sound to all angles.We’re a huge fan of how the speaker looks because a device you’re proud of means you’ll love having it on display for others to see.
Take your pick from a black or cream appearance, or you can also choose steel for a metallic finish. No matter which color you opt for, the logo on the front shines to be the highlight of its appearance.
Even with all these positives, the Kilburn still has some little flaws. For starters, it is not water resistant and doesn’t have a speakerphone. Moreover, it can’t connect to an app from where you can control it. Nevertheless, the Kilburn focuses on quality music in a hard-core way.
Marshall Kilburn produces high-quality natural sound. You can tune the knobs to your preferred sound preference. The volume can get really high, clear, and crisp without any distortion. This is all thanks to its 4-inch woofer.
The speaker produces full-bodied bass with natural highs and detailed mids for the ultimate listening experience, regardless of your type of music.
However, since this Bluetooth speaker comes with a single woofer, the sound separation is not top-notch, but you’ll get a well-defined and distortion-free sound.
This Bluetooth speaker offers an incredible frequency range from 62Hz to 20,000Hz. A typical speaker begins at 90, which makes Marshall Kilburn ideal for hearing (and even feeling) low notes. By extending the range, you can feel the vibrations of the bass on the side.
If you wish to enhance the sound performance, you can purchase a separate amplifier to provide more bass. However, this makes the unit less portable but is a great ideal for a permanent setup.
Setting up the Marshall Kilburn is simple and straightforward. This speaker has a dedicated pair button that you have to press to turn on the Bluetooth connectivity.
For older audio devices that don't have Bluetooth connectivity, you can use the 3.5mm aux jack to connect. It's compatible with all devices, including Andriod, iOS, and Windows.
You can easily adjust the bass and treble settings on the speaker to suit your music tastes, and this is a great feature that not all brands offer.
The Marshall Kilburn can play up 20 hours on a full charge at a 50% volume. When the battery gets below 20%, the battery indicator lights on the top. But until it gets there, you will have to guess the battery life.
This speaker comes with a power cord that you have to connect to a wall plug for it to charge – it does not come with a USB cable like most portable speakers. However, its battery is replaceable – a unique feature for a wireless speaker. This means that you can always change it for a more efficient one.
The Marshall Kilburn package comes with:
· Marshall Kilburn speakers
· 3.5mm coiled cable
· Power cord
· User manual
Marshall Kilburn vs Ultimate Ears Megaboom
To write this Marshall Kilburn review, we felt it’s important to compare this unit to some of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market. One particular example is Ultimate Ears Megaboom. Let’s take a look at some ways these speakers are different.
These two speakers have a very different size and weight. The UE Megaboom speaker weighs under two pounds and measures 8.9 inches in length, making it more lightweight than Marshall Kilburn. As a result, the UE Megaboom is a suitable design if you’re searching for a unit you can carry around your home or take traveling with you.
Although this might sound like an incredible advantage, bear in mind that size is advantageous to audio quality, meaning that Marshall Kilburn can be turned up much louder without any distortions.
During this Marshall Kilburn review, we’ve been massively impressed with its sound quality. In particular, this is one of the best Bluetooth speakers to create a generous balance between a high volume and incredible bass. As a result, you won’t experience any distortion that could ordinarily ruin your listening experience.
Although this is still a portable speaker, its audio performance can outweigh some stereo systems, as it offers rich low mid frequencies and produces a full sound with both voices and instruments. On the other hand, the UE Megaboom speaker creates a much thinner sound that isn't as warm.
However, we want to be fair on both sides and outline that the UE Megaboom device also doesn’t become distorted when the volume is increased. Marshall Kilburn performs exceptionally well by accentuating details in music as well as precision and exuding smooth tones.
In comparison, Megaboom is equipped with a 360-degree speaker that can direct sound all around a room, easily. For a speaker of its size, this is a useful and unique feature that is ideal if you have numerous guests over.
Durability and Design
It’s evident that Marshall Kilburn is a solid and robust speaker that is designed to last a long time, but it’s not waterproof. For some, this isn’t a massive disappointment, as the waterproof-less features make the speaker more pleasurable to look at and mean the sound carries farther.
Alternatively, if a speaker with a waterproof feature is important to you (should you enjoy listening to music outside such as by the beach), UE Megaboom allows you to submerged the speaker in up to 30 meters of water.
The rubber cap ensures that the ports are protected so the speaker properly charges and continues to charge efficiently.
Thankfully, both of these portable speakers have a reasonable battery life of around 20 hours, although the volume can make a huge difference to how long this battery lasts.
If you like your music loud or engage in lots of home parties where the speaker will play almost non-stop, Marshall Kilburn is an ideal purchase because this can comfortably last for over 16 hours before the battery needs a boost. On the other hand, UE Megaboom last two hours less.
Connectivity and Technology
Speakers have gone beyond simply playing music, and it’s important for many users that these units can connect to your phone so you can retrieve phone calls on the go.
If you’re a technology-lover and want to talk on the phone via the speaker, Megaboom enables you to do so, as this is considered a ‘smart speaker’, ie. its capabilities go beyond just playing music but give you the option to talk on the phone and connect it to multiple devices at the same time.
For example, you can connect Megaboom to Siri, Alexa, and Google Now, making it a great choice if you lead a busy lifestyle. But, with all this complexity and additional technology features, you need to have a reliable Internet connection.
UE Megaboom also has an app you can download on your iPhone or Android phone to run multiple speakers at the same time to increase the sound performance and audio. This is a great addition to an outdoor party or if you have a large home and wish for the sound to carry farther in your rooms.
Marshall Kilburn vs Marshall Kilburn II
We hope the above Marshall Kilburn review has emphasized the main features of this speaker. But, you might be wondering about the Marshall Kilburn II speaker and the comparisons between these Bluetooth speakers.
Well, let’s take a look at these exciting differences and the developments made to the newer version.
Marshall speakers, instruments and other musical accessories are designed to stand out and look striking. The new speaker, the Kilburn II, has some additional stylish pointers that left us completely in awe of this modern speaker.
Its look is overall solid and stylish, although it definitely carries features from older periods. Similar to the Marshall Kilburn speaker, it is equipped with a carrying strap, though the speaker is only available in black.
If you take a look at the second version, you’ll find mounted corner caps to protect the speaker against accidental damage should you wish to use it outside. Although the newest version is bigger, it’s surprising lighter by 0.05kg.
This is an incredible component that we’re all excited about since a larger design typically means additional weight.
The design change also means that the buttons are presented differently. For example, Kilburn II doesn’t have a power button, and you have to move the knob to adjust the volume.
We’re not overly excited that the LED light indicators have been removed, although the battery level indicator is a useful feature so you’re always aware of how much charge is left.
Audio and Performance
Aside from design, the most important feature of speakers is audio quality. We’re grateful to discover that the audio has undergone some massive improvements. This includes multi-directional sound that delivers audio waves right to you so everyone in the room can hear their own solo performance of the music.
Unfortunately, the 360-degree feature is no longer present which means that the sound doesn’t travel as far as Marshall Kilburn.
But, an important component to address is that the audio is generally more powerful and richer than its predecessor. Kilburn II shares a frequency response between 52Hz and 20kHz, which is a lower frequency level as well as thicker bass.
Audio performance and design are important features of Bluetooth speakers, but so are additional features that help to customize the unit and make it personal to the owner. Marshall II can keep going for over 20 hours, compared to the first version which needs charging at around 19 hours.
There are many factors to consider when using Kilburn II, such as the tempo of the song and volume you listen to your music. But, even when the battery starts to run low, it only takes a 20-minute charge for it to play for a further three hours. That’s incredible!
Also, Kilburn II will still function after coming into contact with some water. However, this doesn’t mean you can sit in the rain with it switched on or expect it to work should it fall in water. But, a few splashes won’t impact its operation.
Kilburn II has a better Bluetooth connection and range, making it less likely to lose a signal. You can also connect to multiple Bluetooth devices at one time and swiftly transition between the two; this is a handy feature to use with friends at a party.
If you stand 30 feet away, the speaker remains connected to your chosen device, but you also have the option of wireless connectivity should you wish to manually connect.
What Are Your Thoughts on This Marshall Kilburn Review?
If you love quality sound and your gear old school, then you will easily fall in love with the Kilburn. It is a smart and spunky Bluetooth speaker with plenty of attitudes.
Even with its little shortcomings, the Kilburn simply rocks in its own way. Our favorite feature is its retro vibe but mixed with modern technology. As a result, it’s a luxurious speaker that has an impressive audio performance. But when it’s not switched on, you can effortlessly carry it around without feeling any shred of embarrassment.
You can tweak this speaker to your liking, which is a unique feature. There isn’t a single section of the speaker that feels or looks cheap. Instead, all the fine details are what makes this speaker so unique. This includes the logo, knobs, and materials.
What are your thoughts on this Marshall Kilburn review? We’d love to hear your feedback if you own one of these Bluetooth speakers. Continue the discussion in the comments.