I’ve had a long history of respect for Marshall products. I first recognized them as a powerhouse when it came to electric amps and now, I have become a great fan of their Bluetooth speakers. Marshall takes the same care that they do with their amplifiers in designing their speakers and what comes out is a premium listening experience.
Marshalls’ Woburn II Bluetooth Speaker allows listeners to immerse themselves into vibrant audio powered by two 1-inch tweeters and two 5.25-inch subwoofers. The speaker features powerful Bluetooth connectivity and aptX technology. With that technology, you can connect to devices up to 30 feet away.
- RMS Power: 110 watts
- Input: 3.5mm audio, RCA
- Frequency Response: 50Hz — 20kHz
- Number of Tweeters: Two (2) one-inch tweeters
- Number of Drivers: Four (4) 5.25-inch drivers
- Number of Woofers: Two (2)
- Dimensions: 12.2″ x 15.7″ x 7.9″
- Weight: 18.9 pounds
The Woburn II speaker is quite large. It is actually larger than some portable amps I’ve had in my lifetime. It looks just like a classic amp and because of its size, it’s not really considered a ‘portable’ speaker. I would recommend that users find a good place for it to live and leave it there. It’s stylish enough to reside in a place where it can be viewed rather than be hidden like some speakers.
Getting started with the speaker is a breeze. Marshall has an app available that walks you through the steps of connecting to a Bluetooth device but you can simply just select the Woburn II from your list of available Bluetooth devices once it’s in Bluetooth pairing mode. Once it’s paired to a Bluetooth device you can simply start playing music from your favorite source. For me, it’s Pandora. I like being able between genres on a whim.
I happened to start this musical journey with a hard rock/metal station I had set up. I listened to Metallica, Rob Zombie, and Outkast using that station. After listening to a few songs on that station, I switched over to a 90s hip-hop playlist I had set up — also through Pandora — and at this point, decided to see what the app allowed me to do remotely. As it turned out, there was a firmware update available so I paused my listening experience to complete the update. The warning on the screen stated that it might take up to 10 minutes to complete and it wasn’t too far off. The app does provide you with the option of adjusting the speaker settings including the equalizer (presets), the brightness of the LEDs on the speaker, and turning the system sounds on and off. I found that the equalizer was helpful in bringing out the depth of a song depending on its genre. I like the availability of the app because I feel like it does add to the overall listening experience. It’s simple and easy to use so it doesn’t distract from the overall experience.
Even though my primary mode of listening to music these days is via Bluetooth I do appreciate that the Marshall speaker also includes an aux input and RCA input ports. It’s really fun that the speaker also has inline controls on the top of the speaker. The volume control coincides with the volume control on the connected device. So, if you turn the volume up or down on your connected device, then it will change the volume level on the speaker’s volume knob LED.
I was instantly impressed with the sound quality of the Marshall Woburn II speaker. I love that Marshall has included several options for adjusting your listening experience — bass/treble knobs on the speaker and the customizable equalizer in the app — so you always get the sound you want. The speaker won’t be for everyone as it’s quite large, but if you are looking for an awesome room-size speaker, I wouldn’t hesitate to invest in the Marshall Woburn II.
Originally published at macsources.com on March 25, 2019.