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Compact Bluetooth Speaker for Rockers!Posted
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's 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
The little speaker that canPosted
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 ? 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