The Marshall Kilburn II Bluetooth Speaker sits on the desktop right now, plays a song I know very well and I am tempted to turn up the volume. Trouble are other people in the house who may not appreciate a sudden blast of Nogizaka46; because Kilburn II gets high. Really loud.
There is satisfactory volume too, to reach the ear clip level, turn a big button on the top. It is coated in rubber to grip and has a delicate circular pattern with equalization-style placement indicator on top. Turn it until it stops, and unless it's party, someone will hit the wall and shout: "Hold it down!"
Next to the volume button are two others, who independently control bass and treble. It's amazingly old-fashioned, and the entire layout makes you think of Marshall's famous amplifiers. The design of Kilburn II does exactly the same. It is a rectangular box covered with a soft material, which from a distance looks a bit like leather, while the front has a steel colored grill with the iconic Marshall logo in the middle. It is less flashy than the first Kilburn speaker, and lost the brass plate on the top, the flip switch for the power and separate lights and Bluetooth pairing buttons.
Plastic covers protect every corner ̵
Kilburn II gets high. Really loud.
This is where Kilburn II comes in its own. The monstrous volume level it produces means that it is perfectly suited to keep people entertained outside. It's a Marshall product, so it's not shy from producing lots of bass, but not at the expense of quality and control. It is very musical, especially in medium volume, with a beautiful, balanced sound that we could tailor to our taste with bass and treble controls.
Turn the volume all the way up and turn the bass and treble controls until they stop, and Kilburn II loses its rope, becomes hard and distorted. But you do not want to do this, as it makes sense to adjust the base and the tweeter, all that is needed is that the speaker will still sound good at maximum volume. We liked it most on half-volume in a moderate size room.
Wondering how long the power cable must be using Kilburn II outside? Do not worry, there's a battery inside that's good for at least 20 hours of playback before it needs charging. It will take two and a half hours to plug in before it's ready for another outside excursion, but it will continue to play while plugged in. Alternatively, a 20-minute charge returns 3 hours of operation. We have had the speaker for a week, with use every day for at least an hour, and the battery meter shows that there are still more than half power left.
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It's getting better. The device uses Bluetooth 5.0 with AptX, which means good range – around 30 meters according to Marshall – and we could control it from the second floor of the house when it was in the yard. For the true festive atmosphere, two devices can connect the speaker at one time. We tried this with both an iPhone X and an Android-based Honor 10, and it was connected without any problems, although you have to get an appointment as to who plays what and when, because you can hijack play just by pressing games .
It felt red on the underside like a guitar strap – so you can pretend to be Rod Stewart.
Kilburn II produces 3D stereo audio with front and rear tweeters, along with a two-grade bass-reflex system amplifier pushing 8 watts through each of the two tweeters and a single 20-watt class D-amp for the woofer. This is an increase over the Kilburn speaker power. All this, plus the significant battery, means that this is a big boy – almost 10-inch with 7-inch by 5-inch – and it weighs about 6 and a half pounds. It's definitely portable, but you will not waste it on a long trip. If you do, the speaker feels solid enough to fall and it has an IPX2 water resistance class to keep it safe in a very light shower.
We like Marshall Kilburn II. It has muscular intestines, a surprisingly sweet and balanced sound that you would not expect from styling, and the image provided by tattooed folk music that regularly markets the brand's products in ads. If that's a problem, it's the price. It's a serious $ 300, or 270 British pound. It's $ 100 more than Ultimate Ears Megaboom, our outdoor Bluetooth speakerphone, and almost twice the price of Riva Turbo X, which tops our best Bluetooth speaker list. It's also a bit more expensive than the original Kilburn speaker.
If you turn off the style and can not wait to feel the red movie in hand, you will not be disappointed after spending money on Marshall Kilburn II. It is available for purchase from 30th of August.