There’s a small button that turn on/off the Bluetooth and there’s is bat that shows battery charge. Splinter Cell VR is one of the biggest upcoming Oculus games, and it looks like it's not just going to be a single-player affair. The Marshall Kilburn II portable Bluetooth speaker blasts out the bass, turns the retro design aesthetic up to 11, and throws the proverbial TV out … I am satisfied with it. While the first-generation Kilburn paid homage to the company's amps, this particular model is inspired by Marshall's microphones, with the front featuring a woven metal grille emblazoned with a white Marshall logo. Rubberized feet protect the bottom of the speaker from scuffs, and provide stability. It actually cranks up pretty loud and doesn’t break up, but that’s not very surprising considering it’s a Marshall. It’s a great and funky speaker. Prime. 4. The Marshall Kilburn II is, in many ways, an improvement over the original Kilburn. Therefore, you must fine tune the knob to your liking, which in my case, requires walking over to the bookshelf. 2.5kg / 5.5lb. Although Kilburn II still does sound pretty good, Acton II Bluetooth sounds noticeably more satisfying. Take it outside and you might have to crank it up a tiny bit but this thing just keeps slamming your ears anyway. So Marshall Kilburn II, while being a pricier option, tends to get more favorable ⭐ reviews than the $125 UE Boom 3, as seen on the chart below. There is a sound port in the back so that you get sound on both sides of the unit. and the Bluetooth connection seems really solid. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd. If I had done it earlier I would have 4 speakers gathering dust around the house (I gotta use one for working out!). There's also a leather carrying handle with red felt underlining that makes it convenient to carry the speaker around. The speaker itself sits between two pieces of cardboard cushion and has a quick start guide and power cord accompanying it. The Marshall also sounds excellent at any volume, making it a great choice for any situation. It also offers RCA and 3.5-millimeter inputs. All that weight is due to more powerful speakers. Marshall Kilburn II Review – The Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker For Rocking Out. I still cling to my line out iPod, but a newer phone makes a big difference in sound quality. In our previous review where we compared the first series of Kilburn and Stockwell to each other and the Kilburn won. Pairing was fast, and easy. If loud is what you’re looking for, look no further. While the Kilburn II also has the same faux-leather finish as its predecessor, it also has plastic end caps on all corners that vastly improve durability. Have no data but believe there must be generous magnets on the back of the speakers. The texturized outer chassis authentically duplicates the feel and appearance of a real, full-sized Marshall amplifier, right down to the Treble, Bass, and Power/Volume control knobs. As a guitarist of many years and owning other Marshall products, this product fits into my lifestyle perfectly. Everything that you would expect from Marshall. 1962". Bass and Midrange was spot on, started fiddling with the Analogue Bass and Treble knobs. It looks sexy with leather and the inside of the handle is red velvet, which feels luxurious! I would imagine that it could hold its own with some of these massive speakers I’ve seen people bring to the beach or to house parties. Obviously, going louder will drain the battery more quickly. The only problem with the bass is, (depending on where you place it) you either hear way too much bass, or not enough bass. * Convenient and useful analog sound control knobs. The Marshall - Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker is a quality piece of equipment. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a high quality bluetooth speaker. Previous Next. I would make an educated guess that this was done to provide for a more solid power connection while using the speaker plugged in and for wear & tear longevity. Why the flap? The Marshall Kilburn II is a relatively compact and light portable Bluetooth speaker with a weight of 5.5 lbs. Jazz, Rock, & Classic are all crystal clear, delivering well-balanced Highs, Midrange and Bass which are Rich and Full. Even though it has an AUX input, I found it gave no better sound than Bluetooth, and that’s a definite step up in wireless. Lastly, this is most likely on display at your local Best Buy, so I highly recommend taking a listen next time you are in. All that said, good luck to you if you want to listen to this thing anywhere in your house higher than that (6-7+). Marshall’s new Kilburn II is the iconic brand’s latest foray into the portable Bluetooth speaker market, a successor to its original 2015 Kilburn speaker. Then there's the knobs, the volume, bass and treble. I recently had the chance to try out the Marshall Kilburn II Portable Stereo Loudspeaker, which is an exceptional option for music and other audio listening. There's plenty of bass and enough volume to satisfy your everyday needs. I found that the Kilburn 2 sounds best, when it's placed on a bookshelf near a wall. Given the superior sound quality, impressive max volume, long battery life, and portability, this speaker is ideal for outdoor gatherings. If you're an audiophile, you can adjust bass and treble controls to get a better sound. 2020.12.04. 2.5 hours to fully charge is not a lot to ask for a device that lasts this long and the 30 minute quick-charge feature is handy. This stout-hearted Hero weighs only 6 lbs. Hours later I am sitting here loving this speaker. These days, Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes and sizes. There are volume, bass and treble knobs on top that control the bass-reflex 20 watt woofer and two tweeters with separate 8 watt amps. The switch to a silver grille and removal of the gold accents leads to a cleaner look, and the controls at the top no longer feel cluttered. The charger is built so the AC cord plugs directly into the back behind a silicon flap. Yes, this speaker is expensive, a bit heavy at 6 lbs, and larger than most portables, but it delivers. The Marshall Kilburn II has such gorgeous sound quality that it made the violin solo sound crisp and clean. If you have a musician in the family, consider this as a gift and watch them open it up with delight. The box is obviously very rugged and built to travel and resist moisture. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some nice music and groovin while cooking? You even get IPX2 water resistance, making the Kilburn II resistant to the occasional splash of water. Discuss: Marshall Kilburn II - speaker - for portable use - wireless Sign in to comment. It has Bluetooth 5.0 aptX which adds high quality audio for Android devices. Like its predecessor, the Kilburn II is at its best when playing rock ballads, but the balanced sound signature, booming bass, and analog controls make it ideal for cranking out just about any type of music. Four days later after I had played music all afternoon and evening there are still seven bars of charge! This Marshall-Kilburn Portable Bluetooth Speaker has the unmistakable look of their classic guitar amplifier with iconic Marshall logo, and brings the incredible sound quality one would expect from this well-respected brand. It’s a great and funky speaker. And is the loudest speaker in its class. The controls are minimal (volume/bass/treble), but are very effective, and all that are needed to dial in the sound you prefer. You won’t throw it in your backpack to carry around, but for indoor or outdoor listening and parties, it’s perfect, and it can play very loud if you wish. I’ve used so many of them at this point, that sometimes they just blend together. The Marshall Stanmore II is a Bluetooth speaker for people who have aspired to be in a rock band. The Kilburn 2 reaches extremely loud volumes, as well as pack some heavy bass. With that being said, I'm not sure I would agree with the way they designed some of the parts of the speaker. Key features. The Marshall Kilburn II Bluetooth speaker is loud and proud, but still sounds sweet and balanced. Depending on how I listen to the track, that part can sound muddled. Well above. Marshall Kilburn vs Marshall Kilburn II: Review. Sure, it lacks connection options. * Charging via provided AC power cord and not the more standard USB charging. Given the superior sound quality, impressive max volume, long battery life, and portability, this speaker is ideal for outdoor gatherings. Anyway - it’s not a big deal, but something to keep in mind. Beneath that was a neatly wrapped speaker which is the highlight and just the charging cable - that's it. I choose not to test those limits, and though I do carry it around regularly, I am always mindful of protecting its good looks. The Kilburn II features Bluetooth 5.0 and AptX connectivity, and while there's no Wi-Fi, you'll easily get a range of 30 feet via Bluetooth. There is an aux jack in the back of the unit. The Marshall Kilburn II Bluetooth speaker is loud and proud, but still sounds sweet and balanced. Marshall Kilburn II Review Final Thoughts So, there we have it. Marshall claims the Kilburn II is the 'loudest speaker in its class', with powerful sound despite its diminutive size and the iconic Marshall design. At least there’s no power adapter (rug bump or wall wart) so it’s just the AC cord. It is strong, easy to carry anywhere and the sound is really of quality. I would recommend this to a friend Helpful (11) The Marshall Kilburn is a great-looking and great-sounding Bluetooth speaker that, despite some flaws, we can’t help but fall in love with. Also, most speakers of this type have a standard USB cable for charging. I recently had the chance to try out the Marshall Kilburn II Portable Stereo Loudspeaker, which is an exceptional option for music and other audio listening. One surprise was how well the sound carried from my living room and through my kitchen. The speaker is incredibly loud and I was very happy to find that it’s a ‘true’ amplifier speaker for connected devices. I also tested using Bluetooth with my iPhone 7+ and a borrowed 10x. I bought it as a gift for my dad and he absolutely loved it. Again, the weight isn’t an issue to me at all. The new speaker, the Kilburn II, has some additional stylish pointers that left us completely in awe of this modern speaker. Live life to your own beat. The speaker comes in a really nice package. Live life to your own beat. One is the Marshall Action II Smart Speaker, which impresses with its WiFi controls, multiroom capability, voice activation, and, of course, epic sound. I found that I like to be at least 8-10 feet from the unit to really appreciate its room filling sound and balance. There are few portable Bluetooth speakers that are as loud as the Kilburn II. Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews. The Marshall portable range means you get take your sound on every journey. Battery life is great, at a volume of 2 for a total of about 3 hours I saw only one bar drop off from a full charge. I can't say how this compares to higher end BT speakers as I've only heard them at BB and not in my listening areas but compared to 5 other speakers ranging from $50 to $200 this Kilburn II blows them far far away, not just in volume but quality. Bass depth was also very impressive. The only other control is a single button that controls Bluetooth pairing and switching between Bluetooth and the rear AUX input jack. The mid-range and highs are crystal clear with a presence and stereo separation you just don’t hear coming from most portable wireless speakers. Sony SRS-XB501G. Out of the box, it will have some charge (mine was at 75% battery capacity) and will be ready to use. The Kilburn II from Marshall Headphones makes no apologies for what it is. * No microphone for voice calls/voice assistant. It gets a little cluttered using old fashioned cables but just sounds great. They’re portable, beautiful and their audio performance is absolutely excellent. It’s definitely designed to be a portable music speaker and not a general-purpose speaker in that it doesn’t have a microphone and there are no local controls for play/pause, voice assistant, etc… What it does do, it does exceedingly well. The Kilburn II easily delivers enough sound to fill a small room. Without a doubt, both the Kilburn II and Stockwell II Marshall portable Bluetooth speakers are worthy of the Marshall brand. In this tough head-to-head comparison, Marshall Kilburn II comes out at the top – it produces more powerful, clearer audio and has more astonishing, remarkable look. I would recommend this to a friend Helpful (11) For those who’d happily wear tour T-shirts but, perhaps, can’t quite pull off the look anymore. And the quality is AMAZING! The Marshall Kilburn II is a relatively compact and light portable Bluetooth speaker with a weight of 5.5 lbs. It sees my Note 8 within seconds of powering on and once I launch my cloud music service app, I am all set. A reformed hardware modder, he now spends his time writing about India's burgeoning handset market. The 20-hour battery life allows the Kilburn II to rock on all night, and the rugged design with IPX2 rating, leather carrying handle, and end caps around all corners ensure it can hold its own on the road. Luckily, there are plenty of speaker options available on the market for you to pair with the Echo Dot Kids. Check my attached pic where i put my marshall kilburn ii, This review is from Marshall - Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Indigo. 162mm / 6.42" Depth. Marshall Kilburn 2 review: Sound quality Marshall’s latest speaker has improved on its predecessor, the most noticeable difference being the Kilburn II’s … Because the unit has an has an IPX2 water-resistant rating. Libratone Zipp 2. You’re either going to love the retro, guitar amp look, or wonder “what is this thing” if you haven’t seen amps with the big Marshall logo on stage. As with the Kilburn II, they reported it didn’t distort at top volumes, and it got surprisingly loud. This becomes an issue, when you turn the knob all the way up and plan to control the volume with your phone - the volume becomes distorted. It's also a loud speaker. Marshall Kilburn II Review – The Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker For Rocking Out. Beneath that was a neatly wrapped speaker which is the highlight and just the charging cable - that's it. You can unsubscribe at any time and we'll never share your details without your permission. Along with BT there's also an 1/8" analog input in the back so you can hook up older devices or if you just want a higher quality audio input. Expensive and rare, but perfect for some people. * Great battery life. At that price you'd be hard-pressed to find another speaker that sounds quite as good. It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to Bluetooth speakers. There are a lot of newer bluetooth speakers on the market. If only I had gotten this speaker before I bought the 5 others I wouldn't have wasted my money. It also allows two devices to be paired at once. The Marshall Kilburn II looks cool, sounds great and is highly portable. What could be easier. I still have an iPod Classic, and wanted to play it by line out connection rather than Bluetooth. Marshall Kilburn and Marshall Kilburn II are amazing, awesome Bluetooth speakers. (Caution/Tip: Always unplug the power cord from the wall outlet first, before disconnecting from the speaker unit.) If you want a Great Looking Bluetooth receiver that delivers exceptionally wonderful music, if you love music, then you need to have a look at the Marshall Kilburn II. I was able to connect within a few seconds using an iPhone 7. Luckily my current mobile device support this new specification. This allows it to sound very good relative to its size. The Kilburn 2 is made out of high quality material, all throughout the entire box. Right out of the box, with both set to “0”, music still sounds better than many portable speakers I’ve used before. In addition, for those preferring to ‘hard-wire’ their audio, there is a 3.5mm stereo input to connect corded auxiliary sound sources. Here are a few of our favorite choices and why. 10/10. User rating, 4.1 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews. While the Kilburn II isn’t the smallest, or lightest speaker I own, it is certainly the best sounding, which to me is the most important thing anyway. 1962". Started running the speaker through different genres starting with Jazz and heading through to some earlier 80’s Rock, at first was not jazzed by the complete sound. The battery level is also clearly visible on the top of the unit with red LED bars so you’ll always know how much juice you’ve got in the tank. Beyond the incredible performance of this powerful “little” speaker, which was well-balanced - high sounds were clear and smooth, low sounds rich and deep - I think it’s definitely worth mentioning again, how awesome this Marshall-Kilburn device simply looks! On another note, you can plug other devices into the 3.5mm mini jack, but I don’t plan on using that feature very much since BT pairing is so quick and easy. There’s a bar led display to show you how much charge you have. Marshall has toned down the design, making the Kilburn II much more contemporary. So I made an intense research about this and also contacted the Marshall Customer Service (chat history available at the bottom of this post), but I didn't really like their support due to some outright incorrect information.. £269.99. What I mean by this is you can turn the volume up on the connected device and then the volume from the speaker adds to it. You can take turns with a friend sending music to this guy. You can adjust the treble and bass to your liking. And they are smoking hot real analogue knobs including the volume, not some small plastic push buttons. It can fully recharge in 2 ½ hours or play while plugged in. You need only glance at the box to see that this is top shelve Legacy Engineering. The Kilburn II gives good, clear, warm music with a room filling presence that’s amazing … and all coming from a modest little wireless box. Pros: The Kilburn II sports two class D amplifiers with 8 watts for each tweeter, and a 20-watt class D woofer. There are even analog knobs on the top to adjust the bass and treble to your liking. Sound is loud, clear and comes through with an amazing about of spacial depth I thought impossible until I looked more closely at the porting at the rear of the speaker cabinet. The battery life is also tremendous, as I’ve had this over a week and haven't had to charge it once. This will keep it from being a disposable unit like so many devices are trying to become. It really gives that look and feel of the classic Marshal brand, plus, its packed with some of the latest technology. The Kilburn II is the cute baby brother to the Stanmore, but don't let that fool you. Pairing with my phone was quick and flawless. It also offers RCA and 3.5-millimeter inputs. You have to take the back off to get to the battery. We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. I bought the black one. Power Requirements: The Marshall Kilburn II portable Bluetooth speaker is powered by a replaceable lithium-ion battery that can last up to 20 hours. The Kilburn II from Marshall Headphones makes no apologies for what it is. It adjust the volume of the speaker regardless of the volume of the music device. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. This creates a good position to bounce off some of the bass. Battery life is very solid, I mean really solid. In-store pricing may vary. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Marshall is best known for its vast amp range but in recent years it has used its audio prowess to muscle in on the Bluetooth speaker market. If you're thinking about getting this speaker, do it! The first-gen Kilburn continues to be Marshall's bestselling speaker, and its successor offers a slew of improvements in every area. Marshall has once again managed to deliver a standout portable Bluetooth speaker. Nice touch Marshall. The Kilburn II gives good, clear, warm music with a room filling presence that’s amazing … and all coming from a modest little wireless box. and almost 10 inches in width. There are rubber feet ensure that it won’t mar any surface its on and keep the shaking bass from rattling anything but your ears. Bluetooth does improve with a newer phone. Marshall makes some noise about 360-degree sound, but I’m … The first thing you'll notice about the Kilburn 2, is the quality. Marshall’s portable speakers are merely rated for water resistance (IPX4 for the Stockwell II, IPX2 for the Kilburn II and Tufton). National Product Review The brand new Marshall Kilburn II Bluetooth speaker is sitting on the desk right now, playing a song I know really well, and I’m tempted to turn up the volume. 162mm / 6.42" Depth. It looks like it's built to be able to handle the travel also! Following on from the portable £269 Kilburn II, Marshall has now released a larger version, the £350 Tufton, as well as the speaker we're reviewing here: the Stockwell II. Turn it on, press and hold the pairing button. MediaTek's latest premium SoCs come with integrated 5G and advanced AI capabilities, likely for less than the competition. Set it on a shelf or desk and I doubt anyone will assume it’s a portable speaker. It takes just over 2.5 hours to fully charge the Kilburn II, but if you're in a hurry, you'll be able to get a three-hour battery life with a 15-minute charge. Marshall’s Kilburn II is a fantastic update to its bestselling predecessor, with a stunning retro amp-inspired design and a well-rounded sound. User rating, 4.8 out of 5 stars with 191 reviews. While most of the portable Bluetooth speakers on the market are a fair bit smaller, Marshall has opted to make the Kilburn, which is the mid-size speaker in its new range, a larger alternative. Cut to Marshall Kilburn II, which I received this morning after waiting for 62 days, owing to the lockdown. In a VERY overcrowded BT speaker market, I can appreciate all that Marshall has done with this excellent line of products. The knobs look and feel great, Old School Rings the Bell. Overall, this is a really great sounding and great looking portable music speaker. To make it easy there is a removable carrying strap, not unlike a guitar strap, that reflects its heritage. The price feels high, though: Ultimately, this is not what we expect a $300 speaker to sound like. However, it's fairly safe to say that UE Boom 3 is a more popular bluetooth speaker, based on its 1,000+ reviews. You can turn the bass all the way up if you just want a thumper, but I think it’s unnecessary and gives unrealistic sound. The Marshall Kilburn, a $299 portable Bluetooth speaker, sounds fantastic, and offers bass and treble knobs to tailor the audio to your liking. Unfortunately, the speaker found on the Echo Dot Kids isn't the best. Legendary Marshall Amplifiers. I own several other BT speakers of many sizes for different occasions. Since most bluetooth devices send a variable rather than line-out volume, you’ll most likely just max out the volume of the phone and adjust the speaker’s volume as you like. The first Kilburn's tweed speaker cover goes hand in hand with the Marshall image, where the Kilburn II has a more practical metal grill. Love it. It out puts frequencies low enough to put some subwoofers to shame -though without the power. Instead of the power button, you now get a battery-level indicator that gives you an easy estimation of the amount of battery life left. Marshall Kilburn II – Easy To Carry. The Kilburn II gives good, clear, warm music with a room filling presence that’s amazing … and all coming from a modest little wireless box. It even has the red felt under the hand strap giving it a really cool vintage musical instrument vibe. Bass is quite good when set proportionally to volume, past a volume level of 5, middle bass is still fine but low punch and high bass notes start to fall off fairly quickly. Prime. This compact, portable speaker has a TON going for it. 243mm / 9.57" Height. The Kilburn II combines Marshall's retro design flair with room-filling sound. Battery last a long time, and it looks really nice. It's a tiny terror, a Bluetooth bad-ass. The Sound of the Kilburn 2 is good, it tends to sound a little muddy at times, but nothing major. Versus a handful of other Bluetooth speakers I've owned & tried, this one is distinctly Marshall in sound character. Grab a portable, battery powered Bluetooth speaker and crank up the volume. The aux input has been moved to the back of the speaker, which leads to a cleaner look at the top as you don't have to worry about a 3.5mm cable sticking out if you're looking to hook up the Kilburn II to a Chromecast Audio. Too much bass and it sounded box to me, too little and it got to bright. Key features. Compact an has great sound quality, carrying handle for ease of use! I’ve pushed everything from Britney Spears, Meshuggah, and Pink Floyd through this thing and it handles all of it with absolute ease. I typically buy black but this time I went with a blue one and it is very cool color. You would think it would weight a lot but it doesn't, very portable. However, it's fairly safe to say that UE Boom 3 is a more popular bluetooth speaker, based on its 1,000+ reviews. 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