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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 51 reviews

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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound great style

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    Farosk
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    This is one of the best portable speakers I ever have whit the best clear sound Great volume I just love it so much one of my favorites I can't stop listening to my music on this amazing speaker definitely recommend it

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Killburn2

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    Dorclife909
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    First off I didn't think marshell could make the killburn better. But they did by adding a extra tewetter in the back so you can have a sournd sound and louder as well great job marshell speakers.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best speaker for all times!

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    lastaskz
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    The best speaker for all times! The best speaker on high, medium and especially bass! The bass is soft and strong! The sound is bright rich and loud! In advertising, everything is true! Highly recommend.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, bass, loud enough & very portable

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    Lestarolla
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    I am very satisfied. It's not too big. Sounds great

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Portable Speaker with Power and Style

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    TheHodster
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    The Kilburn II is a stylish portable speaker that produces high quality sound. The Kilburn II has two inputs, bluetooth and line, and has both bass and treble controls. A bass port on the rear produces high quality lows. A large battery allows approximately 20 battery hours of operation when unplugged. I tried the Kilburn II with both my IPhone 7 and Galaxy Note 8 in bluetooth and with the line in from the Note 8. Both phone paired easily and produced very good sound and volume. However, when connected to the Note 8 with line in, both the volume and sound were even better. I did not test the battery to its limits, but I used it for over 12 hours without power. The Kilburn II is ideal for anyone looking for an easy to use, high quality portable speaker with style and excellent battery life.

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  • 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

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  • 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's. 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's 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

    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'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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Bit of compact nostalgia!

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    MTCowboy
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    It seems like everybody is offering a Bluetooth enabled speaker these days, but this one caught my eye, pleased my ear and tugged at my heart a bit! The Marshall Kilburn II portable speaker is designed to look like a miniature, old-school Marshall guitar amplifier! It is about the size of a lunchbox with a premium leather strap and very simple controls and operation. Syncing via Bluetooth to my Samsung phone was accomplished via a simple press of a button and the unit offers plenty of volume and bass even outdoors on our patio. Marshall claims 20 hours of battery life. I haven't actually run it that long but there is a visual indicator bar that gives you battery status at a glance and we haven't run it below half-way yet. In summary - this is a solidly built, quality product that offers very good audio performance and is easy to use. This is a cool toy that you NEED to have to rock your summer!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Iconic looks, outstanding sound

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    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.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Bluetooth speaker but

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    Neal
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    It sounds amazing with virtually no distortion at any level. Why 4-star? Here are few things that annoyed me- 1. Bluetooth connection It frequently disconnected from my iPhone/Laptop when I was watching videos or listening to music. It suddenly disconnect for no reason. And its Bluetooth 5.0 but there's tiny delay in voice or notifications sounds from phone while watching videos. 2. Loudness This is loud but not very much. It depends where you play but for me it could have been more loud compared to its price and competitors. I returned this product within a week because of frequent disconnection. But if you not having any similar issues then this is the best Bluetooth speaker I heard so far.

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  • 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's 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'sn't 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's 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've 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: 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

    Best portable speaker... no kidding!

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    MichaelM
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    The Marshall Kilburn II is an amazingly good speaker. It's 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 won't 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    A really good retro-looking BT speaker

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    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

    Unbelievable

    Posted
    dcime

    I am not going to write a long review as I will get right to the point. I've 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've 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: 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 ...

    Posted
    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've 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's 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'ven'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'ven't 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'm 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'sn't 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