Marshall isn’t exactly a new comer when it comes to the world of audio. They’ve been producing high quality gear for the better part of 50 years and it’s safe to say that they know a thing or two when it comes to amps and speakers. Their newest product comes to us in the shape of the Kilburn, their first portable speaker.
Aesthetically, the Kilburn stays true to the brand as it looks exactly like one of their classic amps from the rock ’n’ roll days. It even has the analog knobs up top that allows you to tune the sound to your liking. It has a 3.5mm input, but who needs that when it also has Bluetooth 4.0 baked right in. The Kilburn has two 3/4” tweeters flanking a single 4” woofer that’s responsible for pushing the lower end of its 62Hz – 20kHz frequency range.
Marshall claims that it is the loudest speaker in it’s class and judging by their track record, I don’t doubt it. I’ve only ever heard the Stanmore model in person, but it was without a doubt the loudest speaker that was on display at the time. If the Kilburn inherited that power from it’s older brother, then it’s definitely a force to be reckoned with. At 50% volume, which is probably still pretty loud, you can squeeze about 20 hours of playing time out of it. Though the Kilburn isn’t the first Bluetooth speaker by Marshall, it is the first that has the option to take it off of the charger and bring it with you wherever you go. At almost 7 pounds it’s not exactly light, but it does come with a guitar-style leather strap so you can feel like Jimi Hendrix minus the fire.
If you want to get your hands on one you’re going to have to wait until Marshall releases them this coming June. When they do become available you will have to choose between two colors: black and cream. The Kilburn speaker by Marshall will retail for $300, so start saving your pennies.