Marshall - Kilburn Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black

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.Portable Speaker Buying Guide
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Overview

What's Included


  • Kilburn Portable Bluetooth Speaker
  • Power cord, double-ended coil cord, dust bag
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (369 out of 389)

Features


Connect wirelessly up to 30’ away

Pair with virtually any Bluetooth-enabled device.

Rechargeable Battery delivers up to 20 hours of playtime

Allows you to enjoy long-lasting listening sessions on the go.

Bass-reflex system

Delivers thunderous low-end audio.

Enjoy robust sound

The Class D amplifier delivers 40W of power (5W x 2 + 15W x 2). A 4200Hz crossover enables custom sound.

Separate Bass and Treble controls

Customize your sound.

Take the speaker on the go

A guitar-influenced leather strap allows comfortable carrying while providing a touch of style.

3.5 mm Aux Input

Easy wired connectivity.


Customer rating

4.7
95%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4.3

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding value with even more outstanding sound

    Posted
    WildBlue
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    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Very average sound

    Posted
    Best
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    I was looking for a portable speaker with bluetooth capabilities to use outdoor. I already had the small Boss speaker which has been okay for indoor music purposes. I was slightly familiar with the Marshall brand and I believe I did a quick online search on my phone to quickly read a few reviews. One of the reps at Best Buy saw me holding it and sang its praises, stating that he also had that same exact one and that it reminded him of the Marshall guitar amplifiers. Well, I decided to give it a try and purchase it. It seemed promising. GOOD: - The packaging was beautiful and it was easy to set the speaker up, though I still read through the manual first. - The handle was cute and nifty and felt sturdy. - The sound was definitely louder than my Boss bluetooth speaker. NOT SO GOOD: - The sound was very hollow, like I was hearing the music from really far away. - The bass was not strong at all. I like to 'feel' my music when I play it. This device lacked the strong amps it would need to play strong base lines from the music. - The bluetooth was extremely hard to connect. Even with the speaker sitting right next to my laptop, it was very hard to get connection. Many times, I had to disconnect my wifi to connect the bluetooth. But sometimes that didn't work. - I was able to turn the volume knob all the way up which made me wonder why the volume progression was so minimal. It didn't sound like a huge difference in volume between the halfway turn and the very end of the knob turn. - The sound lost quality when turning the volume knob up. It wasn't a week before I decided to finally return this speaker. It didn't do the job I needed it for. I have a new appreciation for my little mighty Boss portable speaker and for the purpose of outdoor music I opted for the ION brand of outdoor speakers which I'm extremely happy with (the Outdoor Explorer to be exact--that should give you an idea of just how much volume and bass I was looking for). For anyone who doesn't plan on playing their music too loud or just want something a little better than those smaller bluetooth portable speakers, then this may still be a good option for you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Bluetooth , Fantastic Volume and Depth..

    Posted
    Bigboybutan
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    Far superior product in comparison to the Beats Pill +, while almost double the price-it has far more battery power and volume. i have owned almost all the higher end bluetooth speakers or at least read up on them extensively and the original large Beats Pill XL which was made of metal Best Buy sold for around 300-350 before Apple discontinued it a year ago was by far the best Bluetooth unit I had used with about 2X the battery and Volume, Bass of the current weak Pill + (hence the new reduced price as 260 was far too much for a very minor upgrade over the base 160 Stock Pill), this unit is the closest to mimic that Original Pill XL's long 10 hour battery and this has almost more Bass and Volume with 4 analog Dials allowing you to alter the treble, Bass and equilibrium in an old school presentation that is cool. The unit is not so portable just know this-it is quite large with about a one foot wide footprint by 8 inches deep and it is quite heavy-also no waterproof feature and at 300-400 you will not want to drag this around and risk damage so consider pricing it more against the SONOS since you will most likely keep it it one spot. Still very much worth the high price-the sound is great and it has phenomenal Blue tooth range-it will pick up my iPhone almost 50 feet away THROUGH my condo walls when I come out of the elevator-I have never seen anything with that kind of range I have to say that is the BEST feature by far...It stays connected to my phone through numerous walls and almost 60 feet or more away with no break in signal-absolutely HIGH QUALITY. You won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Marshall Kilburb Amp Kicks It!

    Posted
    Pete
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    I have several smaller Bluetooth speakers that I’ve generally been happy with but mostly dissatisfied when louder or outdoor playing required volume heft. The Marshall Kilburn Bluetooth speaker provides both impressive looks, weight, hours of play, and volume to satisfy the need for a true music loudspeaker. The multiple switches and control knobs helps the at heart audiophile feel like they are simply taking one of their favorite stereo equipment pieces with them in portable fashion. Sitting open and visible on display on ones kitchen counter, the Marshall Kilburn Amp commands attention to which one responds with a simple “listen to this!” I have recommended this to a number of friends with a “must have” recommendation! You won’t be dissatisfied if you simply love audio gear.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best speaker with sound controls

    Posted
    Robey
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    Bought speaker because of the sound and battery replacement. Love treble and bass controls. Marshall is the speaker that all the great guitar players from my era used.Love high guitar treble Loved that sound all my life.And this speaker does everything I want in a Bluetooth portable speaker.No speakers l have heard can compare with the sound quality of this speaker.This speaker is not the loudest speaker but it ranks very high.. Plus battery replacement was very high on my list.Every Bluetooth speaker on the market needs to have battery replacement And Marshall lead the way for all other manufacturers to follow this move.I like my music on high all the time and the speakers I have owned UE boom lasted two months battery would hold a charge for about two and one half hours.Jbl extreme took one back because of battery issues.Got a brand new one in replacement. Still use it daily love the sound because it is loud. I got ten portable Bluetooth speakers if you like clarity than the Marshall speaker is the one to get.If you like real loud xtreme is good.Remember jimi Hendrix used Marshall and I love the sound of Marshall amps.The only thing lacking is waterproof Ing this speaker.If it had that it would be the best Bluetooth speaker on the market hands down.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best sounding speaker I've had so far!

    Posted
    Madhu
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    I've had a Bose Soundlink Mini, Mini 2, Soundlink III, JBL Charge 3, Bose Soundlink Revolve + and a Marshall Kilburn speakers so far. By far, the Marshall Kilburn speakers are the best sounding ones I've had. If you listen to music that is not always bass heavy - this speaker is for you. It just blew my mind away when I played my rock music collection. There is are two negatives that I found. The first one ( which might be a deal-breaker for some ) - when I used the bluetooth connectivity as opposed to the 3.5mm aux input, there was significant loss in the music quality. I bought a Aluratek Bluetooth transceiver and used the bluetooth from that and set the speaker always in aux input mode. Works like a charm. The second negative is, to charge the speakers you have to plug it in to the wall unit and turn the speaker on (no idea why!) - but that's not the problem. There's no indication of low battery on the speaker until you're down to 20%. But those two things aside, man are these speakers awesome! I keep going back to these speakers in spite of them being bulky.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Portable I've found

    Posted
    Loomis
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    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!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Quality Sound for Bluetooth Speaker

    Posted
    BrotherTim77
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about design, reliability, size and price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 94/100 = Excellent quality.
  • Expert Reviews (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5August 7, 2018
    Marshall Kilburn review: The kickass retro speaker that turns the style all the way up to 11
    Stunning looks, plenty of power and a tempting price tag, but the Marshall Kilburn isn't the most feature-packed speakerFull Review
  • PCMagRating, 4.5 out of 5Tim Gideon on August 31, 2015
    Marshall Kilburn
    The Marshall Kilburn portable Bluetooth speaker delivers a powerful audio performance that can be tweaked to your liking.Full Review
  • Tom's GuideRating, 4.5 out of 5Michael Gowan on August 25, 2015
    Marshall Kilburn: A Rockin' Portable Speaker
    The Marshall Kilburn harks back to the heyday of rock 'n' roll in looks and sound: It's a portable speaker that focuses on the essentials and delivers powerful audio. While competition is tough in this price range, no other portable BluetoothFull Review



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