1. Marshall has been making audio equipment designed to recreate the old school looks of speakers and guitar amps that were famous a few decades ago. But don’t let the retro style design fool you – what lies inside their products is probably the best we’ve seen.
2. The Marshall Kilburn bluetooth speakers reminds you of those older guitar amps in terms of design. Knobs and the materials give it a nice classic look. It weighs almost 3 kilograms, but that gives it a more solid feel that you know this isn’t just any ordinary speaker.
3. The leather handle comes with the Marshall Kilburn and features two 0.75-inch tweeters plus a 4-inch woofer.
4. The main controls are located at the top – giving you access to the volume, bass and treble controls. Also located on top of the speakers is the power switch, source/wake button, the pair button plus the LED lights letting you know of the current speaker status.
5. Our only quip is that the Marshall Kilburn does not include a speakerphone function considering it supports Bluetooth. If you get a call when playing tunes from your smartphone, you may have to disconnect it first before answering.
6. Setup is completely simple since the Marshall Kilburn has a dedicated pairing button. Just press it and turn on Bluetooth from your audio device and you are good to go.
7. The Marshall Kilburn also lets you connect legacy audio devices using the 3.5 mm audio jack – a coiled cable to complete the retro feel is also included in the package.
8. Using Bluetooth, I’ve streamed various tunes from my devices to the Marshall Kilburn with EQ settings on the device turned off so I can properly use the bass and treble functions on the speakers.
9. I tried Ray Parker Jr.’s classic Ghostbusters and vocals are well represented on all channels. Trebles are spot-on, especially after tuning it to suit our ears.
10. I moved on playing Mike Posner’s I Took a Pill in Ibiza and it gave a clear representation of mids, highs and lows. The beat was enough to get your ears pumping but not too much that it can be overwhelming. It also managed to register various instruments like strings that overall gave a wonderful listening experience.
11. Even with a small compact speaker like the Marshall Kilburn, stereo separation is still present, and there was little to no distortion heard even when the speakers are places in full volume.
12. The internal battery can last for almost 20 hours on a single charge. Translated to a real-world scenario, the Marshall Kilburn managed to last about a week of regular usage.
13. Overall, the addition of bass and treble knobs is what makes the Marshall Kilburn stand out. It’s easily one of the best performing Bluetooth speakers we’ve used.