Marshall kilburn ii Bluetooth Speaker
20+ hours of playtime • Bluetooth 5.0 • Multi-directional sound
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Proof that great things can come in small packages, Marshall’s new Kilburn II Bluetooth speaker offers up style, sophistication, portability and huge sound – all from a compact unit measuring 24.3 x 16.2 x 14cm. What’s more, the Kilburn II provides 20+ hours of playback time and is ready and waiting to go anywhere with you.
Rugged and durable
Coming from the company that is synonymous with durable, hard-wearing amps that are built to withstand a lifetime on the road, the Kilburn II features flush mounted corner caps, the same textured, protective casing as its extensive range of amps, a solid metal front grille and an IPX2 rating, making it impervious to splashes of water.
to the relatively lightweight unit (2.5kg) is a guitar-inspired leather strap that allows you to carry the speaker comfortably out into the garden, down the beach or pretty much anywhere – perfect for whatever adventures 2019 has in store for you. On a full charge, which can be reached in approximately 2.5 hours, the Kilburn II provides 20+ hours of portable playtime, and a visual LED indicator on top of the unit lets you know exactly how much juice is left in the bank. It is also equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 aptx technology, which is easily pairable with your Mac or IOS device by tapping a button on top of the unit, and has a range of up to ten metres.
Beyond the sumptuous style and portability of the Kilburn II, it is the huge sound that it manages to kick out that really blows the mind. Powered by 36 Watts, the unit has been specially engineered to produce large, multi-directional sound that fills the room and projects remarkably well in large, open spaces. A top panel features analogue control knobs for bass, treble and volume, allowing you to fine-tune the sound to your specifications. Ramped right up, the 20-Watt Class D woofer amp and the twin eight-watt Class D tweeter amps make it sound like you’re hosting your own mini Knebworth in your back garden. The detail and range of sound that the Kilburn II produces puts many units twice the size to shame. We tested it across a wide and varied range of styles, from heavy rock to EDM, and it was very respectful of even the most subtle of sounds.
Accentuating further the party aspect of the Kilburn II is its multi-host functionality. You can connect two devices to it simultaneously via Bluetooth and then switch between them at will with very little breakup of the sound continuity, although this can be something of a downside if others aren’t keen on your taste in music and take it upon themselves to override your selection! There is also an 3.5mm AUX port on the back, so if you want to hook it up to your old retro ipod then the option is there, although you will have to supply your own cable.
From the retro rock design to the durable build, the Kilburn II is a worthy addition to Marshall’s other Bluetooth speakers, including the Acton and Stanmore. Yet while those speakers are significantly bulkier and louder, the Kilburn II has the edge in terms of a smaller size, lighter weight, water-tight construction and fetching carry strap that makes it truly portable. And it doesn’t seem to sacrifice much by way of sound quality over its bigger brothers. Setting its stall out early, this is the Bluetooth speaker to beat in 2019.
A big sound from a compact unit, the Kilburn II is a rugged, lovable box of delights that can be taken absolutely anywhere.
The Kilburn II is rugged, durable and won’t require a roadie to carry for you
The metal grille and legendary Marshall logo on the front of the Kilburn II just screams rock ‘n’ roll!
The back of the unit features a 3.5mm AUX input if you want to connect an old ipod or similar device to it
Analogue knobs on the top of the unit allow you to fine-tune the bass, treble and volume to suit your taste