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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 46 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Marshall - Legendary Sound

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    vrs99
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    Vintage Marshall Rock ‘n Roll in a five-and-a-half-pound Box of Tunes. Unplugged, Amped Road Tunes from the Company that made it possible to get Stadium-Filling, high gain crunch we now associate with rock. Legendary Marshall Amplifiers. Have no data but believe there must be generous magnets on the back of the speakers. Which in my opinion is where all good hard-hitting clear sounds originate. My impression, wow. When I unpacked the speaker noticed first the quality, the textures of the material, the analogue knobs and the superb engineering. Sync to phone was immediate. 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. Detecting some tinny high notes. Bass and Midrange was spot on, started fiddling with the Analogue Bass and Treble knobs. Hours later I am sitting here loving this speaker. One surprise was how well the sound carried from my living room and through my kitchen. The sound across the two room was rich and full, impressed. Having Bass and Treble control is a Huge plus in my book. And they are smoking hot real analogue knobs including the volume, not some small plastic push buttons. The knobs look and feel great, Old School Rings the Bell. Battery appears to last forever. When I first got my hands on the speaker I spent the rest of the day listening to music well into the later evening. There are ten red bars on the top indicating battery charge. Four days later after I had played music all afternoon and evening there are still seven bars of charge! The box is obviously very rugged and built to travel and resist moisture. Fits quite nicely about the house as well with its distinctive design. The Retro Vintage Marshall Amp look is worth the price of admission, the box is stunning. You need only glance at the box to see that this is top shelve Legacy Engineering. Jazz, Rock, & Classic are all crystal clear, delivering well-balanced Highs, Midrange and Bass which are Rich and Full. Crank it up for an experience in the legendary loud of Marshall. 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. You will be glad you did. Bottom-line – Love this Music Box with a Blast from the Past!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, Great Battery Life, Cool Retro Design

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    gadgeTT
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    Pros: * Clear sound that gets loud yet stays clear. * Great battery life. * Convenient and useful analog sound control knobs. * Compact yet powerful. Cons: * Volume knob is independent of volume on music device (phone, etc.). * No local playback controls (play/pause, skip, etc..) * No microphone for voice calls/voice assistant. * Charging via provided AC power cord and not the more standard USB charging. This compact, portable speaker has a TON going for it. 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. First and foremost, it sounds great! Clear highs and powerful bass. There are even analog knobs on the top to adjust the bass and treble to your liking. The battery life is excellent, too, with a really nice LED battery level display. This speaker has a good weight to it; heavy enough to imply quality construction and solid innards, yet light enough to carry around by the swanky (and removable) black/red leather carrying strap. 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. The cool retro styling is a hallmark of the Marshall line of music equipment. The analog knobs, the corner bumpers and the Marshall logo all say “Music-focused.” There’s a 3.5mm aux in jack for those who want a wired connection instead of Bluetooth. My few complaints are really minor in an otherwise great speaker. Most speakers of this type have local volume buttons that essentially control the output volume of the device that is playing the music (phone, tablet, etc.). The knob on this speaker is fully independent, though. It adjust the volume of the speaker regardless of the volume of the music device. 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. This can be a tad confusing and maybe even a bit of an issue if you do end up setting your phone’s volume high and then disconnecting the speaker. Anyway - it’s not a big deal, but something to keep in mind. Also, most speakers of this type have a standard USB cable for charging. Probably due to this speaker’s large battery, there’s a built-in AC adapter and a provided AC power cord instead. The cord is removable and the power socket on the speaker is normally covered by a rubber flap to keep moisture out. At least there’s no power adapter (rug bump or wall wart) so it’s just the AC cord. If you’re traveling and want to charge on-the-go, just remember to carry along the provided AC cord and don’t expect to charge from a car unless you have a suitable power inverter handy. Overall, this is a really great sounding and great looking portable music speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Totally impressive speaker

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    nickcal
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    These days, Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes and sizes. 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. The speaker has the look and feel of a small amplifier and in a sense, that’s what it is. Out of the box, it will have some charge (mine was at 75% battery capacity) and will be ready to use. Pairing the speaker is very easy, but unlike some other Bluetooth speakers, the Kilburn II has to be put into pairing mode rather than automatically being able to pair with a device. There are three knobs on the top of the speaker that control the power for the speaker, adjust the volume, as well as the treble and bass. When you turn the speaker on for the first time, you will need to press/hold the Bluetooth button to enter pairing mode. I was able to connect within a few seconds using an iPhone 7. The speaker comes in a really nice package. The speaker itself sits between two pieces of cardboard cushion and has a quick start guide and power cord accompanying it. In addition to Bluetooth, you can also connect to the speaker with a 3.5mm auxiliary cable. It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to Bluetooth speakers. I’ve used so many of them at this point, that sometimes they just blend together. The Kilburn II is definitely a stand out to me. While it may not be quite a portable as some other speakers, it is easy to carry around because of its leather handle. The speaker is incredibly loud and I was very happy to find that it’s a ‘true’ amplifier speaker for connected devices. 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. I also love that you have the ability to adjust bass and treble from the speaker as well. One of the only drawbacks to the Kilburn II is that there are no local playback controls. This would be a major con for some people, but it doesn’t bother me too much. I tested the quality and volume of this speaker out with many different types of music. I chose tracks with the specific purpose of testing different types of sounds. One of the tracks that was most surprising was “Believe” by Yellowcard. The beginning of the song starts with a violin solo. Depending on how I listen to the track, that part can sound muddled. The Marshall Kilburn II has such gorgeous sound quality that it made the violin solo sound crisp and clean. Bass depth was also very impressive. Given the superior sound quality, impressive max volume, long battery life, and portability, this speaker is ideal for outdoor gatherings. I can recommend this for any type of user.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Portable Speaker. This Thing is LOUD!

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    Mirvana
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    This Kilburn II model from Marshall is fantastic. Having had some experience with portable speakers but always wanting just a little bit more from all of them, I was pleasantly surprised to find this model from Marshall and test it out. It does not disappoint. First of all, I love having the ability to adjust treble and bass independently to cater to the particular source that’s feeding it. Right out of the box, with both set to “0”, music still sounds better than many portable speakers I’ve used before. 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. Treble holds on much longer but starts to lose some of it’s “brightness” at higher volumes (7+). Being independently adjustable though allows you to set them wherever they compliment the music rather than having to live with muddy bass at high volumes. All that said, good luck to you if you want to listen to this thing anywhere in your house higher than that (6-7+). If loud is what you’re looking for, look no further. It will probably be louder than you’ll be able to stand inside your home at 10. Take it outside and you might have to crank it up a tiny bit but this thing just keeps slamming your ears anyway. 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. It’s not going to be as loud as those but for its size, it punches well above its weight class. Well above. I’m generally not a fan of Bluetooth as I’ve found it to be, for me at least, a fairly unreliable way to do much of anything. Thankfully, pairing this speaker with a Bluetooth source is painless and quick. The connection seems to be very solid with no issues so far, even while keeping my phone on me and walking throughout my house. 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. Obviously, going louder will drain the battery more quickly. In short, the sound is great, bass and treble are independently adjustable which is a huge win in my opinion and they both contribute significantly to the sound. It’s plenty loud enough for outside parties, the beach, etc. and the Bluetooth connection seems really solid. Aesthetically, this is what I’ve been looking for in a portable speaker. Set it on a shelf or desk and I doubt anyone will assume it’s a portable speaker. It’s well worth the price tag if you want something portable, loud, and rugged enough to take outside or to the beach. 10/10

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The little speaker that can

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    Capshroud
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    I’m not prone to superlatives in reviews, and I’m not sure I’ve ever given a 5 star rating, but this speaker is truly amazing. 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. I rather like it right down to the corner caps, steel grill, and removable leather carrying strap. Yes, this speaker is expensive, a bit heavy at 6 lbs, and larger than most portables, but it delivers. 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. Beyond the look there is a fabulous sound coming out of this boxy portable speaker. 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. The bass is clean and strong, but it doesn’t overwhelm or muddy the mids and highs. 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. I found that I like to be at least 8-10 feet from the unit to really appreciate its room filling sound and balance. It handled all genres of music from rock to classical with equal ease. 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. That’s 36 watts of music power coming from this little box with a big enough battery for 20 hours of play. There’s a bar led display to show you how much charge you have. It can fully recharge in 2 ½ hours or play while plugged in. The charger is built so the AC cord plugs directly into the back behind a silicon flap. Why the flap? Because the unit has an has an IPX2 water-resistant rating. The only other control is a single button that controls Bluetooth pairing and switching between Bluetooth and the rear AUX input jack. The Bluetooth is a step above most speakers including the previous Kilburn. It has Bluetooth 5.0 aptX which adds high quality audio for Android devices. (I don’t think Apple yet supports aptX.) It also allows two devices to be paired at once. You can take turns with a friend sending music to this guy. 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. Pairing went without issue and the range is very good. 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’s a great and funky speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Most amazing BT Speaker I've owned

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    MadSquabbles
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    If only I had gotten this speaker before I bought the 5 others I wouldn't have wasted my money. All the others were too bass heavy, too bright, too low volume, etch. I'm no audiophile but I have a very picky ear and have a hard time settling with a speaker that doesn't sound just right to me. With the built in tone control this can make a perfect speaker for almost anyone. First of all the Kilburn II is a hefty little device. I don't know if it's just the case that's sturdy as heck or if it's the insides that hold the weight. Either way it feels like it can take a good beating... give one! It comes with two power cords, one US and one EU. I was kinda bummed that it wasn't micro USB or USB 3.1 like most devices that are available, but on the plus side it uses a standard power cord. 7a 125v figure 8 2 prong (probably better known as a PS4 power cable). I pulled the cable out of my console and plugged it in the Kilburn with no problems. I cracked open the unit because unlike the previous version there isn't an easy to open spot to replace the battery. You have to take the back off to get to the battery. It's pretty easy to remove and replace the hard part would be find a replacement battery itself. This will keep it from being a disposable unit like so many devices are trying to become. 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. And the quality is AMAZING! It out puts frequencies low enough to put some subwoofers to shame -though without the power. You hear the lows, just can't feel them. You have to balance the sound though. Too much bass and it sounded box to me, too little and it got to bright. My left ear is extremely sensitive to high pitched sounds so being able to tweak the sound just right is a huge plus. Even out the box is sounds very good. It's also a loud speaker. It filled a 600sqft room at work with so much sound one guy at lunch took his headphones off to see what was going on. This was without distortion at bass at 6. I put in my workout room filled the house from one end to the other with sound. 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. If you're thinking about getting this speaker, do it! If I had done it earlier I would have 4 speakers gathering dust around the house (I gotta use one for working out!).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's a Marshall!

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    MrShinyCadillackness
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    As a guitarist of many years and owning other Marshall products, this product fits into my lifestyle perfectly. I own several other BT speakers of many sizes for different occasions. 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. The controls are minimal (volume/bass/treble), but are very effective, and all that are needed to dial in the sound you prefer. My preferred EQ setting (bass at 7, treble at 5) works well for all of the music I listen to. The Marshall also sounds excellent at any volume, making it a great choice for any situation. It actually cranks up pretty loud and doesn’t break up, but that’s not very surprising considering it’s a Marshall. I’ve pushed everything from Britney Spears, Meshuggah, and Pink Floyd through this thing and it handles all of it with absolute ease. Once paired and EQ set, all you really need to worry about is the Volume knob. It acts as the power knob and volume in one. On, off, and volume with one knob. What could be easier. The battery life is also tremendous, as I’ve had this over a week and haven't had to charge it once. 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. Speaking of tank, you could say this is a tank, or built like one at least. I guess that’s why it is a tad heavy though. Again, the weight isn’t an issue to me at all. I actually feel like that makes this even more attractive considering the build quality is so good. You can “feel” the premium when you pick it up. Solid construction with attention to detail. It even has the red felt under the hand strap giving it a really cool vintage musical instrument vibe. In a VERY overcrowded BT speaker market, I can appreciate all that Marshall has done with this excellent line of products. Simply outstanding in every way. 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. It sees my Note 8 within seconds of powering on and once I launch my cloud music service app, I am all set. Lastly, this is most likely on display at your local Best Buy, so I highly recommend taking a listen next time you are in. If you have a musician in the family, consider this as a gift and watch them open it up with delight. Turn it up to 11 and rock on \m/,

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Vintage Style, Superb Sound

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    Janine
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    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. Weighing in at a little over 6 1/2 pounds, this bluetooth speaker has a detachable ‘guitar-influenced’ leather strap with soft felt-like fabric on the reverse side, for comfortable portability. Rubberized feet protect the bottom of the speaker from scuffs, and provide stability. The power jack, located on the back plate, is covered by a silicon weather seal which is another small detail that spells good craftsmanship. Suffice to say, this Marshall-Kilburn speaker is really rugged and durable, and certainly made to last. Flawless functioning of the bluetooth button makes pairing your Marshall-Kilburn speaker to wireless devices super fast and easy; you also use this button to toggle between paired devices. In addition, for those preferring to ‘hard-wire’ their audio, there is a 3.5mm stereo input to connect corded auxiliary sound sources. The handy Quick Start Guide features a multiple language index. There are two charging cables included - one for the US, and one with a European plug (just in case you travel and take your Marshall-Kilburn portable bluetooth speaker on the road with you). Plus, the speaker’s built-in, rechargeable battery, lasts up to 20 hours on a full charge. Good stuff! (Caution/Tip: Always unplug the power cord from the wall outlet first, before disconnecting from the speaker unit.) 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! 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. So, if you have a fond nostalgia for the classic Marshall guitar amplifier (as I do when reminiscing about my son and the band he played in with friends), then this vintage stylized bluetooth portable speaker might be just the thing for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great quality speaker!

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    Ace254687
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    The first thing you'll notice about the Kilburn 2, is the quality. This speaker is one of the nicest bluetooth speakers that I've seen yet. The Kilburn 2 is made out of high quality material, all throughout the entire box. From the metal grill in the front, to the leather casing around the speaker. It really gives that look and feel of the classic Marshal brand, plus, its packed with some of the latest technology. With that being said, I'm not sure I would agree with the way they designed some of the parts of the speaker. Such as, the volume knob and the placement of the bass, but I will get more in depth with that later on. The Sound of the Kilburn 2 is good, it tends to sound a little muddy at times, but nothing major. The Kilburn 2 reaches extremely loud volumes, as well as pack some heavy bass. The only problem with the bass is, (depending on where you place it) you either hear way too much bass, or not enough bass. I found that the Kilburn 2 sounds best, when it's placed on a bookshelf near a wall. This creates a good position to bounce off some of the bass. The Kilburn 2 is loaded with many great features. One of the best features, is the 20+ hrs of battery life for long play times (which it really does last that long). Another great feature, is bluetooth 5.0, which lets you stream wirelessly over longer distances, as well as stream to multiple sources at once. Then there's the knobs, the volume, bass and treble. While the bass and treble knobs are very welcome, the volume knob is more of an inconvenience. I do see why they added this, but trying to combine nostalgia with modern technology, takes away from the portability factor of bluetooth. 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. Therefore, you must fine tune the knob to your liking, which in my case, requires walking over to the bookshelf. Overall, the Kilburn 2 if a great bluetooth speaker with only a few minor flaws. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a high quality bluetooth speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected ...

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    YourMainDude
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    I've put my hands on various Marshall products at Best Buy over the years but I truly thought it was a marketing gimmick with no real prowess behind the insignia. Much to my surprise, I have to admit I was wrong. The Marshall - Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker is a quality piece of equipment. From the velvet lined handle, to the reinforced corners, to the feel of the knobs ... right down to the audio performance - this speaker was a complete surprise. As a preface summary, this speaker unit is in a league of it's own and shouldn't be confused with all those other 'pill' style speakers - which are cool products - but not nearly as powerful or long lasting. The knobs have a nice legacy Marshall feel to them. Beyond those controls, the LED battery indicator is large and functional. Pairing with my phone was quick and flawless. The rear port/speaker is probably the defining attribute with this box. 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. Versus a handful of other Bluetooth speakers I've owned & tried, this one is distinctly Marshall in sound character. Some people may not like the staging of this beast compared to other speakers and those product attempts at 'wide' sound dispersion, but for an outdoor music blaster - this thing cuts through ambient stuff with solid fidelity and with an adequate about of sound staging ...like a Marshall should. Charging is relatively fast and I like the fact that the power cord has an IEC type plug instead of a barrel connector. 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. Nice touch Marshall. Battery life is outstanding at moderate listening levels and I've repeatedly surpassed the rated spec of 20 hours. 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. The aptX 5.0 hardware is a nice compatibility facet for the future. Luckily my current mobile device support this new specification. Range easily exceeds 30 ft, around corners/through walls and I haven't noticed any dropped or choppy connections during playback. This thing is loud, so be prepared for a lot of gain in the volume range. Bass and treble seem a tad bit limited but then again, I've not used this unit long enough to have it run through a proper break-in period. The treble control has enough head-room to cut through the din of noise when used outside with that little bit of extra 'slice'. Bass is punchy but doesn't rattle the chassis at full bore. We'll have to see how the construction holds up over time and after the drivers loosen up a bit. A solid design throughout. You've done good Marshall!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Marshall delivers the sound!

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    Marvlus
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    To the meat of the matter first! The sound coming from this little powerhouse is amazing. I am a bass fanatic and this speaker did not disappoint. I listened to the Black Eye Peas with minimal treble and total bass...thunderous. I then listened to Pieces of a dream with a piano solo turning up the treble...crystal clear. Because I libe in an apartment and I had the sound all the way up, I'd half expected the neighbors to bang on the door asking me to turn my music down. It really is that booming folks! Now to the aesthetics. It came well packaged in biodegradable, molded cardboard that held it rock solid in its box. Then it was wrapped in a white piece of cloth that I'm pretty sure wont clog up our landfields (for the eco minded folks), it kinda felt like unwrapping a Christmas gift. It's a solid speaker that won't get knocked over from a good gust of wind if your out camping or at a picnic. I'm not great at weights and measures but I'd say it's about 3-4 pounds with the dimensions of 6X4X4. I have the Black model, in leather which I like because it's not going to get dirty when I sit it down in the grass. What I really love about the speaker are the dials, they are analog so I get to choose if I want a full step or half step up and down on the volume, treble and bass as opposed to digital where it's either a full step either way. This may not make since to the millennial crowd but it's about choice to the old heads...LOL. You get two different power cords, US and International, I think. If you want a wired connection to the speaker you'll need your own cord. The detachable handle is a little tricky to remove and seems that it might compromise the strap if you do it multiple times, but at least you get the choice. I think I like strapped. But if you go strapless there's a small finger grip in the back to carry it around. The only cons for me thus far; the speaker isn't waterproof and it doesn't have a speaker phone. The many pros are; the sound, it's loud strong and clear. Pairing is literally less than 10 seconds. Initial charge was Buick and seems to last a long time. The look is old school which makes it unique. And the ability for me to be the master of my sounds using the analog dials. This will drown out all the other big boom boxes...yes!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Compact Bluetooth Speaker for Rockers!

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    Porsche
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    If you're a rocker, you're already familiar with the Marshall brand of amplifiers. In recent years, they've expanded their brand to headphones, cellphones and bluetooth speakers like this one. The Kilburn II is the cute baby brother to the Stanmore, but don't let that fool you. It still sounds great. There's plenty of bass and enough volume to satisfy your everyday needs. This will have a permanent place on my kitchen table, synced to my iPad, for all of my breakfast entertainment. Speaking of syncing, I had no issues syncing this to my iPad Air 2. All I did was push the Bluetooth button on the top and pairing began immediately. When turning the iPad back on, all you have to do is turn the speaker on, and it pairs automatically. If you're an audiophile, you can adjust bass and treble controls to get a better sound. I recommend starting at noon on both and see if it sounds like it should. I turned the bass down a tad, and the treble up a tad. In terms of loudness, when turned all the way up, it's nowhere near as loud as an old Plexi, but it's definitely loud enough for rock and roll! It's worth noting that it is IPX2 water-resistant rating, so it’s able to withstand a little bit of water, so you could bring this to the beach if you wanted to. Fully charged, the battery lasts about 20 hours, which should be enough for day at the beach and an evening camping. It looks like it's built to be able to handle the travel also! The Marshall Kilburn II looks cool, sounds great and is highly portable. My only ding is that it's a little bit overpriced.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable

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    dcime

    I am not going to write a long review as I will get right to the point. I have been looking and trying all the top reviewed bluetooth and wifi speakers on the market. Sony, Sonos, Harman Kardon, JBL, Amazon Echo, UE Megaboom and of course Bose. I wanted something, not too big, but spectacular looking and sounding for the bedroom. I finally found it in the Marshall Kilburn 2. This is a gorgeous piece of electronic history. The resemblance to a guitar amp and microphone from the Seventies is spot on. The sound that comes out of this bluetooth 5 Aptx speaker is exhilarating no matter what the genre. I have this unfortunate problem of being very critical when it comes to audio/video equipment. This speaker, paired with a bluetooth 5 Aptx smartphone or tablet gives absolute auditory satisfaction. The people at Marshall R & D need to be sincerely thanked. To put a portable, consumer grade bluetooth speaker on the market for the masses has been a dream come true. The sound is crisp and airy in the highs and tonally correct in the mids. The bass is thunderous when needed, and very accurate at moderate volume levels too. Its a beautifully crafted sounstage. You really need to hear this, audition it, to believe it. No this speaker cannot be dropped in the pool, but it can take a splash. My ears will never be the same again. Yes to all of you that have taken the time to read this review. Yes to all the Best Buy sales representatives I've dealt with over and over. We finally found a true winner here. The Marshall Kilburn 2 bluetooth speaker has, my mind, officially blown!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply the best!

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    Duluthian
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    As someone who owns several Bluetooth portable speakers, I can honestly say I have never been more impressed with a speaker than I am with this one! To begin, the Marshall Kilburn II is built like a tank. It really does feel like a full sized Marshall amp. The craftmanship is really something special. Solid materials with great attention to detail. This is really a piece of beauty! The controls are simple and easy to use. A volume/power dial, a bass dial and a treble dial. Along with a small button for pairing the Bluetooth that's it. A 3.5mm input is on the back of the unit. Again, simplicity. Also, the built in leather carry strap is a beautiful touch. Now many of the speakers on the market today have things like built in phone connectivity, menus to find functions and such. Not the Kilburn II. This is simply designed to do one thing and do it well. This is all about providing the best sound possible. To be honest, most speakers sound pretty good these days. But nothing compares to this. Volume really cranks when you need it to. The independent bass and treble dials are awesome. You will really appreciate not having to dive into a menu or push this while pushing that and so forth just to complete a simple task. Battery life seems to be every bit of the 20 hours that is advertised. I also like the red LED's on the top that indicate the level. The Speaker is a bit bigger and heavier than most portable speakers. I suspect the big battery plays into the weight. But its not so large as to keep it from being portable. I really don't think you can find a better sounding and well built portable speaker if you tried. If you are looking for a speaker to take out in the rain or onto the sandy beach, you might want to look elsewhere. But for everyone else (and I do mean everyone!), this is the speaker for you!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    ilikeit
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    I was looking to upgrade my JBL Charge speaker to the JBL Xtreme because I consider JBL portable Bluetooth speakers to be among the best sounding. Then while researching prices, I stumbled upon several reviews from well known testing and review websites that spoke highly of the Marshall-Kilburn II speaker. They even gave the speaker their Editors Choice Award. So off to Best Buy I went to see for myself. What a tough decision. It was a tie as the JBL, Marshall-Kilburn and even the Ultimate Ears Boom speakers all sounded great and you can't go wrong with any one of these. What was the deciding factor? The Marshall-Kilburn had several. The nostalgic look of a famed guitar amp was a big one. How could you not enjoy that look? It will set it apart from any other portable Bluetooth speaker out there. Not only was the sound on par with the rest of the best but another big selling point for me was the separate controls to adjust the Bass and Treble to my own liking. You won't find that feature on the others. The Marshall-Kilburn isn't as small or portable as the others. It isn't waterproof to the extent that it could take a dunk in the pool as with others. It doesn't take phone calls as with others. And I don't care. I bought it to use out on my patio and not the beach, pool, camping or hiking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A really good retro-looking BT speaker

    Posted
    Zunderwood
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    I gave the unit a good charging before its first use. It has three dials: an on/off dial that also controls the volume, and a dial for bass and one for treble. Next to the on/off button is a Bluetooth on/off button which – when held down for a few seconds – puts the speaker into BT pairing mode. I paired it to both a Note 4 and a Pixel 2 XL phone. Easy as pie. It paired to both without any problem. The sound is quite good. For giggles, I wanted to see how far I could move the phone from the speaker before losing connectivity, and at one point was way across the house with no loss. Not too shabby. The appearance of this speaker – a cool retro look - takes me back to my youth. Physically, it is large compared to other portable speakers at 9” wide, 6+” high, and 5.5” deep. I also tried turning the sound as loud as it could go, and quite remarkably it showed no distortion at full volume. I tried different genre types, with Rock and the Blues both at full volume. No distortion with either. Adjusting up the bass had a much more noticeable effect on the music than did adjusting treble - by a fair amount. I haven’t had an opportunity to check out the speaker’s battery capacity of 20 hours, so I can’t speak to that. I wouldn’t expect to use it more than 3 to 4 hours at any given time, so 20 hours is going to be more than enough when using it on battery only. Overall, I like this speaker. I believe it deserves a hardy thumbs up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best portable speaker... no kidding!

    Posted
    MichaelM
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    The Marshall Kilburn II is an amazingly good speaker. It is plenty loud with little to no distortion at even the highest volumes. It produces multi-directional sound that fills the room, and the range is excellent with clear highs and deep bass. You will not be disappointed with the sound quality. The speaker looks like a retro guitar amp, so if you like retro, this one's for you. Battery life is phenomenal with close to 20 hours of playback time. It's also water resistant, so a little rain won't hurt it. I wouldn't plan on submerging it, however. I really like that you can pair multiple devices with it. It also has an AUX port for plugging non-Bluetooth enabled devices into it. It also has a replaceable battery, unlike other portable speakers. The only thing about this speaker that could get a complaint or 2 is the weight. It's listed at 5.5 lbs. I would counter that argument with sound quality. There are lighter portable speakers, but none that sound better. I also own a UE Megaboom, which sounds great and is lighter, but the Kilburn II sounds better in my opinion. The bottom line is that if you want a portable speaker that sounds amazing but don't mind a little extra weight to get it, and you like retro, you won't find a better speaker than the Kilburn II.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not as loud as it looks

    Posted
    GH06903
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    The first thing I noticed about the Kilburn Portable Bluetooth Speaker besides was the weight and size of the speaker. If you are looking for a truly portable bluetooth speaker, you probably wouldn’t want to lug this around with you to the beach or a picnic. Given the size and weight, I expected a speaker that would blow me away with its power, but that wasn’t the case. I found the sound to be a bit tinnier than I expected. The bass was not very strong even when I turned the dial all the way up. When I did turn it all the way up, it sounded muffled. One of the other things I look for in a Bluetooth speaker is how it performs at lower volumes. In that respect it performed very well. I found that when I used this speaker for background music, it was clear and sharp but there are many speaker options that will give you that kind of performance at half the size and a lower price. The bottom line is that if you like the nostalgic look of this speaker, then you may not mind it’s below par performance for the price. But if you want a great sounding speaker with some power that is easy to carry around with you, there are probably better options out there for you to consider.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great bluetooth speaker!

    Posted
    Honestreviewer151987
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    The Marshall Kilburn is a great antique looking and great-sounding Bluetooth speaker. We will immediately fall in love with the Kilburn’s design as this is a product of pure nostalgia. The Kilburn, has the feel of a "real" Marshall with the housing, the speaker cover, and the control knobs and switches all inspiring confidence for a reasonably long lifetime even under demanding environmental conditions. It has the most rock solid bluetooth of any device we've ever owned. Bluetooth connection was quite simple and I got my phones connected to the speaker. Sound quality - I also like that it comes with a bass and a treble tuning knob so one can fine-tune the sound depending on speaker placement and personal preference. I set the bass and treble to 50% and the sound had the perfect powerful bass, shimmering highs and a good sense of space. Battery - The battery lasts quite a while between charges if you simply remember to power it off each time when you're finished listening, and charges fairly quickly. Usually takes a couple of hours when the battery is completely depleted. Great product! Classy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Iconic looks, outstanding sound

    Posted
    AgentOJ
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    If you want an iconic good looking bluetooth speaker, look no further. The Kilburn 2 packs a punch for get-togethers. Everyone recognizes the Marshall brand, and the Kilburn 2 delivers ear bleeding sound for such a small speaker. The Bass, Treble, and volume controls allow you to customize the sound profile of the music playing and gives a nostalgic feeling/look. The carrying handle has a nice red felt underside which helps with carrying the speaker and giving it a pop of color. Also, The battery indicator is red, which complements the carrying handle. Again, the aesthetics on this speaker have no equal. We will be displaying the Kilburn 2 on our bookshelf when not in use. Pros: -Phenomenal sound that you can tailor to your needs (bass and treble control) -Aesthetics are iconic -Water resistant (good for pool side and the beach) Cons: -Not as portable as other bluetooth speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend