Model: Kilburn II Bluetooth Speaker
Key Features: 2.5kg Weight | IPX2 Water Resistant | Easy To Use Controls | Customisable Sound | Frequency Range 52 – 20,000 Hz | Multidirectional Sound | Wireless Charging Case | 15hr Playtime | 20Hrs+ Battery Life | Quick Charge 20mins For 2.5hrs Battery Life |
Sound Quality: 10/10
Stability & Durability: 8/10
Best For: Everyday Use & Outdoor
Release Date: Available Now
Marshall is a legendary brand, a brand that is synonymous sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. After over 20 years gigging on the road on 7 July 1960, Jim opened a family run music store with his wife Violet and son Terry called ‘Jim Marshall and Son’, at 76 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, London. Today you will find a plaque on the pavement outside to celebrate our humble beginnings. The store sold a variety of musical instruments and attracted many young emerging talents, such as Pete Townshend, Ritchie Blackmore, John Entwistle and Big Jim Sullivan, who were friends of Terry and knew the music store through Jim’s drum students, such as Keith Moon.
The store quickly got a reputation as the place to be for young rock musicians. More established music stores at the time were concerned with providing Jazz instruments which was the prominent style, but Jim saw an opportunity to supply the alternative crowd. He soon became one of the leading amplifier stores in the region. However, these young guitarists, were complaining of not getting the tone they wanted from the amplifiers available. So, Jim and Terry decided to build their own. Jim focused mainly on the mechanics of the product, while Terry and Ken Bran, then Service Engineer, looked at an RCA circuit and started experimenting with different components. Like Jim, neither were guitarists, with Terry a prominent Saxophonist, and it was these different ears that enabled the Marshall Sound to be born. The first amplifier now known as ‘Number One’ attracted 23 orders on its first day in store in September 1962 and would become the first of many JTM45 amps. Aptly named, it stands for Jim & Terry Marshall. The ’45’ stands for the RMS (root mean square) value, which differed from the other manufacturers who rated their amps at peak power. In March 1963, such was the success of the amplifiers, that Jim opened a second shop over the road at 93 Uxbridge Road to accommodate more products and production. However, demand soon exceeded supply and in June 1964, Marshall opened their first dedicated factory on Silverdale Road in nearby Hayes. Marshall went to another level in 1965 when Pete Townshend demanded the sound to be louder with a bigger stage presence. The solution was, to the horror of roadies everywhere, the Marshall 8×12” speaker cabinet. But Jim quickly replaced these with two stacked 4×12” cabs giving rise to our iconic Marshall Stack. The rest is history.
And so Marshall became the guitarists best friend. But that was in the 60’s. But back in 2021 Marshall haven’t stopped there and they’ve adapted this legendary technological thinking and experimentalism by bringing it to the mass audience in the ever crowded headphone and speak market. Tell us to find a bluetooth speaker and a quick Google will bring a tidal wave of options through your phone or computer screen. Most of those however, are shit. Cheap, awful sound quality mixed with tacky robotic styling with make your favourite tracks sound like fart being pressed through a microphone. The result being muffled, distorted air that makes you want to thrown the speaker out the window, leaving you asking why expected anything less for a £80.00 speaker. So listen to us when we say, take your speaker purchase seriously. Spend a little dollar on it, the cheaper it is normally means the worse the sound quality and who wants that? With that being said, the Marshall Kilburn II may be the best quality for money speaker on the market. With a clear crisp sound the Kilburn makes listening to your daily playlist a pleasure, even at higher volumes the balance is astonishing. And unlike other speakers we’ve tried, it relishes the challenges of projecting cumbersome podcasts with uneven sound distribution and low level mixes, making them sing with ease. You feel as if it’s a 60’s rocker sitting there looking at you, cigarette in mouth saying “really? thats all you’ve got for me pal?”. Battery wise we can’t complain. A single charge and it lasted us 2 full days of garden listening, which is slightly incredible as it apparently has a battery life of 20hrs. In terms of ease of use it couldn’t be simpler with even the least tech savvy person being able to work it, the format laid out exactly the same as the brand traditional amps. Simply tweak till your hearts content. Portability is a breeze as well thanks to the stylist and immaculately designed carry handle which is felt lined which makes it perfect for garden parties, beach hangouts for long summer days in the park with friends. It would appear then the Kilburn II replicates everything that is perfect and rich in sound from its amplifier ancestors, creating a superbly balanced, crisp and breeze-like listening experience that will make you feel as if you’re centre stage with your favourite bands.