Marshall Acton Bluetooth Speaker REVIEW

Details

Before I get into my experiences, I want to outline some of the fine details of the Acton Bluetooth Speaker. You can connect to the speaker in two different ways — wirelessly through Bluetooth 4.0 or through a 3.5mm wired input and the speaker has top panel controls including a bass control knob, on/off toggle switch, pair button, source/wake button, treble control knob, and volume control knob. The speaker is powered by a single power cable and has an input voltage of 100–240V. It is quite heavy weighing in at just over 6.5 pounds and it comes in two different colors — black and cream.

  • Tweeters: 2 x 3/4″ Dome tweeters
  • Woofer: One (1) 4″ Mid-woofer
  • Cabinet Principle: Bass-reflux
  • Maximum Sound Pressure Level: 103 dB @ 1 m
  • Frequency Range: 50–20,000 Hz
  • Adjustable Bass and Treble Controls
  • Stereo sound

User Experience

The Acton speaker ships in a classic Marshall branded box. It comes packaged with a double-ended coil cord with 3.5mm stereo plugs, legal and safety information, a power cord, and a quick start guide. The box has some basic details on it and out of the box, it’s ready to use. All you have to do is plug it into power and pair it to your phone (or another Bluetooth device). Then, you can start playing audio as you wish. The first time you turn the speaker on, it should automatically go into pairing mode. If it does not, you can press the pairing button. I ended up having to press the pairing button to have the speaker show up on my phone’s Bluetooth device list. After I did, I had a strong steady connection to the speaker from my phone. Any other time I connected to the speaker, I didn’t have to repair the phone to the speaker. It didn’t reconnect automatically thought. I had to manually tell the phone to connect to the speaker.

Conclusions

The Marshall Acton Bluetooth Speaker is an amazing feat of sound engineering. The device has a unique, classy design and it works famously. Aside from the price (between $200–250), the speaker would be my first choice for a home entertainment sound system.

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