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Marshall Kilburn

Portable Bluetooth® speaker (Cream)

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Our take on the Marshall Kilburn

Set the Marshall Kilburn down on the table, and your friends will know you've come to rock the party. This compact, portable Bluetooth speaker doesn't just look like a legendary Marshall guitar amp— it's designed to play loud and strong. Two 3/4” dome tweeters and a 4” woofer deliver clear, detailed sound. And because each driver has its own Class D amplifier, you can play your music at maximum volume with virtually no distortion.

Marshall Kilburn

Old school top-mounted control knobs let you adjust the sound.

Ready to rock

Set the Marshall Kilburn down on the table, and your friends will know you've come to rock the party. This compact, portable Bluetooth speaker doesn't just look like a legendary Marshall guitar amp— it's designed to play loud and strong. Two 3/4” dome tweeters and a 4” woofer deliver clear, detailed sound. And because each driver has its own Class D amplifier, you can play your music at maximum volume with virtually no distortion.

A vintage look and feel

The Kilburn features a top-mounted brushed-brass control panel with three smooth-motion sound adjustment knobs and a sturdy power switch that are classic Marshall. The stitched leather strap, vintage Marshall logo, and gold-colored metal trim make this one impressive portable speaker. And with a built-in rechargeable battery that can play for up to 20 hours, you can impress for most of the day.

Product Highlights:

  • portable Bluetooth speaker for use with smartphones, tablets, and laptops
  • analog volume, bass and treble control knobs
  • two 3/4" dome tweeters and one 4" woofer, driven by three independent Class D amplifiers
  • total system power 25W (5W x 2 plus 15W for woofer)
  • stereo minijack input for portable devices
  • AC charging cable
  • built-in rechargeable battery delivers up to 20 hours of operation
  • 9-1/2"W x 5-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D
  • weight: 6.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Bluetooth portable speaker
  • Two 6' AC power cords (US/EU)
  • Hand Strap (installed)
  • 18" Stereo minijack cable
  • User Manual

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Features and Specs

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

Product Research


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

Two-Way Stereo Speaker: The Marshall Kilburn portable Bluetooth speaker houses two 0.75" dome tweeters and one 4" woofer, powered by a 3-channel Class D amplifier rated at 5W x 2ch + 15W x 1ch. The Kilburn boasts well-balanced audio with clear midrange and extended highs for a sound that is both articulate and pronounced.

Bass Port: The Marshall Kilburn portable Bluetooth speaker features a Bass Reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port for higher efficiency and deep bass response.

Built-In Bluetooth: The Marshall Kilburn features built-in Bluetooth (version 4.0) with support for wireless music streaming (A2DP) and multi-device pairing (SSP). The Kilburn can be paired with a variety of Bluetooth-enable devices; including Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, Mac computer/laptop, and more. The Bluetooth wireless range is approximately 33'.

  • Wireless Music Streaming: You are able to wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled device to the Marshall Kilburn Bluetooth speaker. Playback control, search functions, and song/artist information will still need to be done from your Bluetooth source device.
  • Multi-Device SSP: Simple Secure Pairing (SSP) allows devices to be paired without entering PIN codes. The Kilburn remembers the last 6 paired devices and connects automatically to the last paired device when turned on again.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Marshall Kilburn.

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

Top-Panel Controls: Volume (0-10), Bass (-12 to +6dB @ 180Hz), & Treble (-12 to +6dB @ 3kHz) can be adjusted quickly and easily with the analog control knobs located on the top-panel of the speaker, allowing you fine tune the speaker system to your personal preference. There are also Source/Wake & Pair push-button controls, as well as an On/Off toggle switch.

Power Requirements: The Marshall Kilburn 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. You can continue to listen to music while the speaker's battery is charging. A full charged takes approximately 3-4 hours.

Note: The speaker automatically turns off after 20 minutes of inactivity.

Carry Strap: The Marshall Kilburn portable Bluetooth speaker features a guitar-influenced leather hand-strap that enables easy and stylish travel.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

A gift for my husband [ ANDREA  Dec 12, 2017 ]
Chose this one because I like the first one I bought. Recommended by Ziggy. Asked him for a Bluetooth speaker that was quality and LOUD. [ C  Oct 09, 2017 ]
Reviews. [ John  Jul 19, 2017 ]
I've heard great things about this product! Can't wait to try it! [ S  Mar 07, 2017 ]
This was a holiday gift for my teenage son - he is very happy with the speaker connectivity and sound. He uses is in his bedroom, while he is showering and when he is outside. I've had to ask him to turn it down a few times...but it sounds great! [ Jeffery  Feb 22, 2017 ]
I'm in the need for a system and with the technology of today a good Bluetooth speaker is all that's required. Besides it looks so cool. Just an old rocker from the sixties. [ KEITH H  Feb 22, 2017 ]
Love the look of these speakers. Knowing Marshall amps sound great, this was bound to sound just as good for portable speakers. This is great if you're looking for great-sounding, easy to operate Bluetooth speakers. [ Samuel  Jan 05, 2017 ]
Great sound and features for the price. [ Michael  Dec 22, 2016 ]
Prefer the control style on this speaker to touch-pad style. Also, excellent reviews. [ JIM  Dec 21, 2016 ]
After reading multiple consumer reviews and 2 professional reviews i decided to make the purchase from Crutchfield because they are a certified and trusted dealer which i have purchased from in the past and have had no problems with. [ Basil  Dec 21, 2016 ]
Listened to one last night and was blown away. [ MARK S  Dec 19, 2016 ]
Like the looks ,reviews were great [ Peter  Dec 19, 2016 ]
read many reviews, Have a JBL already. This one is much better. Let ya know when I get it... [ james  Dec 19, 2016 ]
I love the look and I know that Marshal is good quality. Also, the Youtube site gave it a really good rating and said it was good and loud. [ Heidi Virginia  Dec 16, 2016 ]
great reviews and retro look to pair with a turntable [ Brian  Dec 15, 2016 ]
Sound quality mentioned in reviews, battery life, analog controls [ Louis  Dec 12, 2016 ]
Reviews and research [ Ronnie  Nov 29, 2016 ]
I chose a Marshall Bluetooth portable speaker for two reasons. First, I learned about Crutchfield in 1982. Since that time, their first rate customer service, great price to value ratio and wide product offering keep me coming back again and again. Have you tried dealing with customer service at a big box store lately? Comparatively, Crutchfield's customer support will shock you in the best possible way. The second reason I bought this product is because I trust Crutchfield without question. [ Gregory  Nov 27, 2016 ]
Marshall is a well renowned maker of guitar amps. I had an opportunity to hear the Kilburn recently and it sounded great. I may use it to provide back up to my tenor sax solos at small gatherings. Looking forward to using it with my i pad full of rock and blues. [ Arthur  Oct 24, 2016 ]
BECAUSE it is a groovy awesome little speaker and IT should rock my kitchen and studio :) with no problem [ joanna  Oct 15, 2016 ]
Good reviews and we liked the retro look. [ Peggy  Oct 08, 2016 ]
Good reviews on other sites. [ Robert  Oct 04, 2016 ]
Need something portable and battery-powered that I can hook my Hi-Fi Man into that looks good and has long battery life. [ M  Sep 29, 2016 ]
I heard this speaker at a friends house and liked the sound and the separate bass and treble adjustments. I purchased it from Crutchfield because of price and reputation for good service. [ RANDALL  Sep 27, 2016 ]
Awesome sound and rechargeable battery [ Tracey  Sep 19, 2016 ]
Killer sounds, any questions? :-) [ Robert Layne  Sep 16, 2016 ]
It was in stock and a great price with free shipping!! [ Shaun  Sep 04, 2016 ]
The reviews were all positive, and I like to ROCK! [ Randy  Sep 01, 2016 ]
I have a Marshall Acton, similar to this model but needs to plug to the AC. I bought this for my portable needs. [ Tu  Aug 30, 2016 ]
scored high in the reviews I read. CR [ john  Aug 30, 2016 ]
Went to couple stores where they had different speaker displayed. Marshalls definitely had the best sound when compared to Bose,Sony and Beats Pill. [ Pablo  Aug 24, 2016 ]
Portable, loud, looks great, and reviews are satisfactory for my needs. [ Charles  Aug 07, 2016 ]
is cordless and sound amazing! [ bruno  Aug 03, 2016 ]
good reviews [ John  Aug 02, 2016 ]
I wanted a Bluetooth speaker that could pair up with my smartphone, that could also deliver great sound! [ James  Jul 06, 2016 ]
I had previously purchased one last week. needed another one. excellent product so far [ Rita  Jun 16, 2016 ]
Best sounding bluetooth speaker in its class and Crutchfield has the best price. They currently beat Amazon and even eBay. [ Adam  Jun 01, 2016 ]
Not too happy with this. Good sound but for the price you can get a better speaker which also supports wifi. Nice design though. [ GEORGE  Jul 05, 2017 ]
Great sound, killer retro looks, nice build quality. [ Lee  Jun 17, 2017 ]
I needed a bluetooth speaker and like this one because it looks like a Marshall amp, and I like the fact that it is substantial and not a cheap plastic speaker. This will also serve as a practice amp for my basses as well as for listening to music. [ Kim  Jun 16, 2017 ]
Needed a good portable speaker - this one seems to fill the role and looks beautiful. [ Kimberly  May 18, 2017 ]
Best reviews, best sound quality for the price [ Christian  May 09, 2017 ]
Gift for my wife and she loves it [ STEPHEN  May 08, 2017 ]
Classic design and a good sound. The customer service support in shopping was great and helped me make the decision [ STEPHEN  Jan 29, 2017 ]
Great reviews [ Richard  Dec 22, 2016 ]
Great brand name and user reviews [ Mindaugas  Dec 21, 2016 ]
High ratings in PC Mag. Cool design and adjustable bass/treble. Old school and new school. Hope he likes it. [ Amy  Dec 15, 2016 ]
I love its deep sound with attractive design :) [ Jiin  Nov 28, 2016 ]

5 questions already asked

No [ LOGAN  Jun 22, 2017 ]
Not really, it's not designed for that. However, the sound quality is fantastic and it looks really cool. [ JOHN  Jun 22, 2017 ]
I think you would need an adapter. You can't connect 2 via Bluetooth [ Deborah  Jun 22, 2017 ]
Yes, there's and 1/8" jack on the top panel and a source selection button. [ JOHN  Mar 16, 2017 ]
Yes. It sounds great. We have one and bought one for our son. (The Marshall) [ Sherry  Mar 16, 2017 ]
Of course via the headphone jack on the top of the unit. [ James  Mar 16, 2017 ]
Yes, an iPod can be used with this speaker. You can use the bluetooth feature or use the DOUBLE-ENDED COIL CORD WITH 3.5MM STEREO PLUGS TO CONNECT TO YOUR MUSIC PLAYER. Included.. [ Veco G  Mar 16, 2017 ]
Yes [ A  Mar 16, 2017 ]
Certainly. It has an audio (headphone jack AKA "AUX") input right on top and even comes with the cable.....a nice quality one. [ Adam  Mar 16, 2017 ]
Yes. With a 1/8th inch phono cable. Male to male [ Eddie  Mar 16, 2017 ]
Yes, it has an aux input [ Deborah  Mar 15, 2017 ]
absolutely! [ Hobart  Mar 15, 2017 ]
I use Bluetooth but there is an input plug that will work with an iPod [ JIM  Mar 15, 2017 ]
Yes it pairs with my Samsung Galaxy no problem. Should connect to any bluetooth phone/ audio player. [ Adam  Mar 16, 2017 ]
It should. We have I-phones and pairing was no problem [ Raj  Jul 04, 2016 ]
Sure does, no problem pairing with my Android (Galaxy S7). It's been a great little speaker also....super long battery life and good output for its size. [ Adam  Jul 04, 2016 ]
Yes [ Michael  Dec 07, 2016 ]
Yes [ Esias Engelbert  Dec 02, 2016 ]
Yes, it's removable. [ Aya  Nov 29, 2016 ]
Yes. Has a tight fit, but comes apart like a button shirt [ Austen  Nov 29, 2016 ]
The strap sure is removable. It's a nice speaker, not cheap but worth the price if you like quality. I have the cream and a black one too. [ James  Nov 29, 2016 ]
Go with the Kilburn. Sound quality is excellent, crisp, and midrange is great. Only heard the Bose one in the store, but from what I heard, not even close to sounding as good as the Kilburn. Hope this helps. [ Kyle  Jun 14, 2016 ]
I have the Bose and love it. It is small yet quality of sound is superior. It connects easily with my iPhone. [ Rhea  Jun 13, 2016 ]
I have no experience with the Marshall Kilburn. I have enjoyed the Bose for the past year. I too was interested in clear sound. Doesn't need to be loud. And it sounds great. I enjoy the portability and find the removable cradle design very handy. I just pick it up and take it with me into the shed if I'm working on a project, or a kids room, or a patio. When finished I can quickly set it back in the cradle with no fuss. [ JEFF  Jun 13, 2016 ]
Scot, I bought two of the Bose soundlink minis last October for my adult children. This was after i had purchased one for myself. The clear crisp sound is wonderful. I have not had any problems and enjoy the portability of the little speaker. I teach elementary PE and use the speaker in classrooms when I don't want to transport my entire music cart. It is so easy to operate and sound is phenomenal. I use with my Ipad so I don't have experience with Spotify, but I would think that would be the same. Wendy [ Wendy  Jun 13, 2016 ]
I own the Bose and it's the perfect stow and go poryable device for vacations, tailgates, etc. Sound quality is excellent for all music except for perhaps those looking for extreme base for hip-hop, etc... Great battery life as well. No complaints at all. [ Stephen  Jun 13, 2016 ]

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