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Marshall Kilburn II

Portable Bluetooth® speaker

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Overview

Our take on the Marshall Kilburn II

Our customers loved the original Marshall Kilburn portable Bluetooth speaker for its powerful sound and striking looks. The Kilburn II delivers everything they liked about the original — and more. According to Marshall, this rugged portable Bluetooth speaker is the loudest in its class. It has stronger built-in amplification and better-sounding Bluetooth streaming than the original. And it's also water-resistant.

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Marshall Kilburn II

Top-mounted analog control knobs make things simple.

Our customers loved the original Marshall Kilburn portable Bluetooth speaker for its powerful sound and striking looks. The Kilburn II delivers everything they liked about the original — and more. According to Marshall, this rugged portable Bluetooth speaker is the loudest in its class. It has stronger built-in amplification and better-sounding Bluetooth streaming than the original. And it's also water-resistant.

Bluetooth 5.0 aptX™ streaming

The Kilburn II has Bluetooth 5.0 aptX built in. This technology has twice the transmission speed of Bluetooth 4.0. With a compatible iPhone® or Android™ smartphone you can stream near-CD-quality audio and enjoy every detail.

Plus Bluetooth 5.0 lets you simultaneously pair two devices with the Kilburn II. So you and a friend can take turns being the DJ without a break in the music. And Bluetooth 5.0 is backwards-compatible, so you can still stream wirelessly from older Bluetooth devices.

Big sound

Two 3/4" dome tweeters and one 4" woofer create an expansive soundfield. All three are driven by independent Class D amplifiers for optimum performance. With total system power of 36 watts, the sound is clean, punchy and powerful.

Made for the outdoors

The Kilburn II has a vinyl cabinet covering that makes it water-resistant. Flush-mounted corner caps protect the vinyl against scuffs and tears. The speaker's built-in battery gives you up to 20 hours of continuous operation. So your poolside party can rock into the night.

That Marshall look and feel

The Kilburn II features a top-mounted brushed-brass control panel with smooth-motion knobs and a sturdy power switch — classic Marshall. The stitched leather strap, vintage Marshall logo, and gold-colored metal trim echo the look of legendary Marshall amps.

Product Highlights:

  • portable Bluetooth speaker for use with smartphones, tablets, and laptops
  • Bluetooth 5.0 aptX
    • high-quality audio streaming
    • lets you simultaneously pair two devices
  • analog volume, bass and treble control knobs
  • two 3/4" dome tweeters and one 4" woofer, driven by three independent Class D amplifiers
  • bass reflex
  • total system power 36W (8W x 2 plus 20W for woofer)
  • frequency response: 52-20,000 Hz
  • 3.5mm stereo minijack input for portable devices
  • IPX2-rated water resistant
  • encased in vinyl with flush-mounted corner caps
  • AC charging cable
  • built-in rechargeable battery delivers up to 20 hours of operation
  • 9-1/2"W x 6-3/8"H x 5-1/2"D
  • weight: 5.5 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Bluetooth portable speaker
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Hand Strap (installed)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Legal & Safety booklet

I already own the Marshall Kilburn and I just received the Marshall Kilburn II and what I have listened to so far I am very impressed! With the extra power it is definitely louder. I think it sounds more crisp, clear and clean and the bass is punchy! I am glad I made this purchase!!!

Merrill, Macomb, IL

Reviews

Marshall Kilburn II Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Not audiophile quality

John from Allen, TX on 11/15/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Overall a great portable speaker, looking like a marshall stack...My only issue is the sound quality. It's not bad, but I was expecting more audiophile quality after reading the reviews and that's not the case. After couple days of break-in it's still a little boomie and boxie. I got a great deal from Crutchfield so I'm gonna keep it otherwise it would of been returned.

Pros: Cool looking like a Marshall stack, not bad sounding

Cons: Sound is boxie & boomie. Doesn't automatically connect everytime, you may have to go and hit the connect button

Awesome Sounding

Merrill from Macomb, IL on 10/11/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I already own the Marshall Kilburn and I just received the Marshall Kilburn II and what I have listened to so far I am very impressed! With the extra power it is definitely louder. I think it sounds more crisp, clear and clean and the bass is punchy! I am glad I made this purchase!!!

Pros: Sound, connectivity and battery life

Cons: I wish it looked more like the earlier version.

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Features and Specs

Features
Weather-resistant Yes
Waterproof No
Speakerphone Mic No
NFC Touch Pairing No

Product Research

Features

Classic Marshall Design: The Kilburn II features a classic Marshall design, with a vintage-looking front fret, solid metal grille, and the iconic script "Marshall" logo.

Rugged Portable Design: The Marshall Kilburn II features flush mounted corner caps and a water-resistant design, making it supremely rugged and durable. It has an IPX2 water-resistant rating, so its able to withstand a little water. The Kilburn II comes with a guitar-influenced leather hand-strap that enables easy and stylish travel.

Blumlein Stereo Sound: The Marshall Kilburn II features Blumlein Stereo Sound (named after an electronics engineer, Alan Blumlein) and is engineered to produce a larger than life multi-directional sound that will immerse you in your music, indoors or out. The Kilburn II houses two 0.75" dome tweeters and one  4" cone woofer that are powered by three Class D amplifiers (totaling 36 watts) for pronounced and articulate sound. 8 watts is delivered to each tweeter, while 20 watts is delivered to the woofer. The speaker also utilizes a rear-firing port for smoother, deeper bass response.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Marshall Kilburn II features built-in Bluetooth (version 5.0) with support for wireless music streaming (A2DP). You are able to wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth source device to the Marshall Kilburn II Bluetooth speaker. Playback control, search functions, and song/artist information will still need to be done from your Bluetooth source device. The speaker has a Bluetooth wireless range of approximately 30'.

  • Qualcomm aptX: In addition to support of Bluetooth's standard SBC audio codec, the Kilburn II offers support of Bluetooth's "CD-quality" (16-bit/44kHz) aptX codec for higher quality audio streaming from Android and other devices.
  • Dual-Connect: The Kilburn II can be connected to two Bluetooth devices at the same time. Playing a connected Bluetooth device will make it the selected audio source. If second Bluetooth device was playing at that time, it is paused.
Note: The Kilburn II does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for making and answering phone calls.

Aux Input: In addition to wireless Bluetooth connectivity, the Kilburn II is fitted with a rear-panel stereo minijack (3.5mm) input for connecting practically any portable audio device with an analog output or headphone jack.

Top-Panel Controls: The Kilburn II's top-panel features analog control knobs for bass, treble and volume, allowing you to fine-tune to the exact sound you desire. The volume knob also doubles as an on/off knob. A Bluetooth pairing button is also located on the top-panel.

Power Requirements: The Marshall Kilburn II portable Bluetooth speaker is powered by a replaceable lithium-ion battery that can last up to 20 hours. It can also be powered via AC power thanks to its built-in power supply and detachable 6' AC power cord. The speaker's battery is charged when the unit is plugged into an AC outlet and turned On. The Kilburn II has quick charging capability so you can pick up and leave at a moment's notice; 20 minutes gets you 3 hours of portable playtime, while a fully charged battery can be reached in 2.5 hours. You can continue to listen to music while the speaker's battery is charging. You can track the speaker's battery life with the visual battery indicator located on the top-panel of the speaker.

Note: If the Kilburn II is left unused for 10 minutes the speaker saves battery charge by going into standby. In this mode all indicators are off and the speaker does not respond to Bluetooth connection

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