Marshall Kilburn Portable Bluetooth Speaker: Listen to your favorite music on the go with this portable speaker, which features a Bluetooth interface with aptX technology for simple wireless pairing with most Bluetooth-enabled devices. Experience rich cross-spectrum sound with a bass-reflex system that creates booming low-end tones.
Best speaker around the $300 range.
Posted by: Archy from: on
I had to find a replacement for my beats pill xl (which sounds great) due to the recall. So I bought the Bose soundlink iii it didn't compare with the beat pill. So I found this online at bestbuy and had to get it cause my Marshall stanmore was the best wireless speak I had ever bought for the home. This new Marshall is the same and sounds great on any level. It is a must get. Better the the beats pill xl.
25 out of 25 found this review helpful.
Everything I was looking for
Posted by: CBB78 from: on
Just purchased the speaker, and am very pleased. I was also looking at the Marshall Stanmore, Harman/Kardon Onyx Studio, and the Bose Soundlink III. I chose the Kilburn because of the following:
- Battery operated (Stanmore is not)
- Bluetooth and 3.5mm plug capable (H/K Onyx does not include 3.5mm)
- Plenty of volume for playing during outdoor BBQs
The sound is great and capable of pretty high volume levels! On some of my music, I had to turn down the Bass because it was too overpowering. It's nice being able to customize the Bass and Treble levels.
23 out of 23 found this review helpful.
Outstanding value with even more outstanding sound
Posted by: WildBlue from: on
Let's get this out of the way--the style of the Marshall is either a love-it or hate-it affair. If you're keen to the Marshall amp motif or have live music in your blood, the physical appearance of this speaker should fit your needs; and let's face it, style points typically do count for purchases like these. In this case, you really do get something special beyond the spate of all-plastic futuristic-looking cylinders, boxes, spheres and pillboxes that seem to typify most Bluetooth speakers today.
But how does it perform? I've got the Bose SoundLink Mini and Klipsch KMC-3 and KMC-1 Bluetooth speakers at home and work for comparison. Say what you will about Bose, but they DO know how to squeeze an amazing amount of sound out of tiny enclosures. Does the Marshall do better than the Bose at filling a room with a pleasant, snappy, punchy sound--well, sure it does, but it's got acres more driver and juice in the amp to do so; as such, it's hardly surprising that the Marshall seems to be able to fill larger spaces without sounding as strained as the Bose starts to at higher volumes. But would you be unhappy with the Bose over the Marshall, not at all--especially if a small form factor was your goal.
The Klipsch KMC series speakers are no slouches either--I'd put sound quality of the KMC-1 below the Bose, but the KMC-3 above them both in terms of liveliness and punch and ability to fill medium to larger rooms with less effort. The KMC-3 is probably the most direct competitor to the Marshall in terms of size and total output capability. So how do those two stack up...honestly, it's a bit of a toss-up. The Marshall probably sounds a tad more "full bodied" at louder volumes, but each seems to resolve vocals and instruments with equal aplomb. Both the Klipsch and Marshall lines support the aptX Bluetooth codec so overall sound quality is maybe just a hair more refined/revealing on the Klipsch KMC-3 and Marshall speakers than the Bose. Personally, I kind of prefer the Marshall's actual knobs and switches to either the Klipsch or Bose touch-sensitive panels or soft membrane buttons--but again, that's more a matter of personal taste though. I did find that Bluetooth pairing was much easier with the Marshall and Bose than the Klispch units.
All that said, frankly, critical listening comparisons and flowery descriptions of a single-speaker system using a Bluetooth connection to listen to streaming audio or even high quality MP3 files isn't necessarily a "high fidelity" experience in the first place. Others may disagree, but I find you can't really talk in depth about, or expect to talk about, all those things/terms you read about in stereo magazines and hifi websites with any real authority--transparency this, imaging that, transient highs...blah blah blah. Not that those things aren't legitimate issues to talk about, but music consumption/listening is so subjective anyway; you're likely going to hear something completely different than I would even when listening to the exact same setup.
Sure, some speakers might empirically sound like the bass is a bit "muddy" or "over-emphasized" or the highs a little "too bright" or maybe "de-emphasized" and that might all be part of the unit’s “signature sound”. For the Marshall, it’s not as easy to pin that signature down, and a big part of that is being able to adjust both bass and treble to your liking with the Marshall's adjustment knobs...you can do neither with the Klispch or Bose units. In my book, that alone makes the Marshall slightly more versatile than any of the other units…again, at least in my opinion. In the end...no, the Marshall is no substitute for a great set of bookshelf speakers and a fantastic amp, but that's not what it's designed for in the first place. All that said, the Marshall has a heck of a lot going for it…would I recommend the Marshall—absolutely, it kicks butt!
21 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Best Portable I've found
Posted by: Loomis from: on
This is my 4th portable blutooth unit. My last one still works but the battery has gone dead. JBL wants $20.00 less than the unit cost 4 years ago to replace the battery. Replaceable battery was a big part of the decision to buy this. Portability was a must. While larger than my previous units, still a very acceptable size.
Battery life is exceptional. After initial charge we ran this for 12 hours straight at 1/2 to 3/4 volume. Volume is really good on this unit. Like all portables, it has more volume if direct wired vs. blutooth.
Now the big question. How does it sound? UN-FRICKEN-BELIEVABLE! Right up there with my home stereo. Everyone at work came to see where all the great sound was coming from. Excellent highs, mids, & most of all BASS! The tone controls really let you shape the sound to the room or outdoors. Most devices don't give you tonal controls.
Buy this! You will be AMAZED & SATISFIED!!
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Excellent sound and clarity
Posted by: Mallory from: on
I've been through many portable sneakers and this by far exceeds all the rest. I've tried Bose, beats, and the Jambox and nothing comes close. You can adjust the bass and treble and the sound is very clear. It's a well built speaker and yet has a very appealing and retro look. It has up to 20 hours of battery like and syncing it is really simple. No bulky chargers. The only thing i would change is I wish it had some kind of battery strength indicator. All in all excellent product and worth every penny. I highly recommend this product!!!! Haven't had it long enough to experience any problems but I also recommend getting black tie protection on it to protect your investment.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
This is the best Bluetooth amp i have ever heard!
Posted by: radar116 from: on
This is the best portable bluetooth amp I have ever heard! crystal clear whatever the volume level. I have had Marshall amplifiers before and they always preform top shelf! Volume level is always under rated ( they crank!!) this is no exception. haven't had to recharge yet. 20 hrs to a charge, perfect! Love it!
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Best Quality Sound for Bluetooth Speaker
Posted by: BrotherTim77 from: on
I've listened to many speakers before purchasing the Marshall Kilburn. This speaker pretty much blows all of the competition away for portable bluetooth speakers with a rechargeable battery. The only other one that came close was the Harmon Kardon model that Best Buy carries. If you are concerned with getting a portable and rechargeable bluetooth speaker that has top notch analog/real world type of sound than this is the one for you. Almost all other bluetooth speakers just have really loud volume and are specifically tuned for only top 40 and hip hop music while any other genres on those speakers sound sub par. Not the case with the Kilburn. This is an extremely well rounded speaker and pretty much any type of music sounds excellent!!! Don't waste your time driving yourself crazy comparing a ton of other speakers. Just buy this one and you'll be happy.
10 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Battery does not recharge after less than 30 days
Posted by: Kevin from: on
I love the sound of this speaker but after only three weeks the internal battery will not hold a charge for more than an hour. Best Buy will not honor the warranty because I did not purchase an extended warranty so I have contacted Marshall directly in hopes that they will honor the exchange of a faulty unit.
13 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Very Good Sound System
Posted by: judy38 from: on
Lots of power from something so small. No regrets.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Best Bluetooth speaker
Posted by: TechJunkie from: on
I have had a few bluetooth speakers and this is by far the best quality!