It could easily pass as a 1960s AM/FM radio, but the Marshall Kilburn is actually a state-of-the-art 21st-century Bluetooth speaker that draws its inspiration from the raw and wayward spirit of 1960s rock ‘n roll music scene. Even the controls and switches are throwbacks to the good ‘ol design of Marshall’s famed musical instruments.
The Kilburn comes with a classic touch of the 1960s rock ‘n roll era complete with the characteristic leather texture-like material adorning the box. The front-facing fret is reminiscent of mid-20th-century radios with a lovely control panel on top. It comes with a leather strap that is inspired by the straps of guitars, allowing for a more stylish way of carrying. It’s the classic Marshall design all over again, providing followers of the brand a stroll down memory lane.
However, unlike the music players of the 60s, the Kilburn comes with 21st-century acoustic technology that starts with a 4-inch subwoofer that is mated to two 5-watt and a 15-watt Class D amplifiers, giving listeners the kind of sound that they’d love to hear. Two ¾-inch domed tweeters give the characteristic pitch that can get everyone dancing to the beat.
Connecting modern music playing devices such as smartphones, computers, and tablets is made ridiculously simple with Bluetooth technology. Streaming music from one’s favorite channels is like listening to one’s favorite AM/FM radio stations in the past. As long as a device comes with Bluetooth connectivity, the Kilburn can efficiently blast the tunes straight out of its humongous speakers. When turned to 50% its volume, it can play continuous music for a full 20 hours. Going full blast will substantially reduce its runtime, of course.
The Marshall Kilburn pays homage to an elegant past. The classic 60s design belies the advances engineered into its acoustic delivery.