Review: The Marshall Woburn II packs modern sound, retro look


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Marshall audio system stand out. That’s why I dig them. From the corporate’s headphones to its audio system, the audio is heat and full identical to the basic design suggests.

The corporate immediately is saying revisions throughout its strains. The brand new variations of the Motion ($249), Stanmore ($349) and Woburn Bluetooth ($499) audio system now function Bluetooth, an upgraded digital sign processor and a barely re-worked look.

Marshall additionally introduced a brand new model of the Minor wi-fi in-ear headphones. The wi-fi headphones have been among the many firm’s first merchandise and the up to date model now options Bluetooth aptX connectivity, new 14.2 mm drivers and 12 hours of battery life. Marshall additionally says the redesigned mannequin will keep in place higher than the unique mannequin.

It’s necessary to notice that the corporate behind these Marshall audio system and headphones is totally different from the corporate that makes the long-lasting guitar amp although there's collaboration. The Marshall model is utilized by Zound Industries, which additionally operates Ubanears.

The fashions produced by Zound Industries keep true to the Marshall model. I’ve used a number of of the merchandise because the firm launched and I’m happy to report that this new era packs the magic of earlier fashions.

The corporate despatched me the brand new Woburn II speaker (pictured above) and it’s a stunning speaker. That is the most important speaker within the firm’s line. It’s imposing and, in Reddit-speak, an absolute unit. It’s over a foot tall and weighs slightly below 20 lbs.

The speaker simply fills a room. The sound is heat and alluring.

The Woburn II includes a ported design which helps create the wealthy sound. Bass is deep although doesn’t pound. Mid-tones are pretty and the highs are completely balanced. In the event that they’re not, there are nobs mounted on the highest to regulate the tones.

I discover the Woburn an ideal speaker at any quantity. Flip it down and the sound nonetheless feels as complicated because it does at regular pay attention volumes. Crank the speaker to 10, drop the treble a bit, and the speaker will shake partitions.

Don’t be scared by the imposing measurement. The Woburn II can celebration, however it's seemingly simply as completely happy to spend the night in, enjoying some Iron and Wine.

Sadly, the Woburn II lacks a number of the magic of the unique Woburn. The brand new model doesn't have an optical enter and the facility change is a gentle change. It’s only for seems. The primary Woburn had a two place change. Click on one option to activate and click on the opposite to show off. It was an analog expertise. This time across the audio system retain the change, however the change is totally different. It’s synthetic and may as properly be an influence button. When pressed ahead, the change activates the speaker after which snaps again to its unique place. The click it gone. I do know that looks like a foolish factor to complain about however that change was a part of the Marshall expertise. It felt genuine and now it feels synthetic.

Like previous fashions, the speaker is roofed in a vinyl-like materials and the entrance of the speaker is roofed in material. Don’t contact this material. It stains. The evaluation pattern despatched to me got here with stains already on the material.

The Woburn II is a implausible speaker with a timeless look. At $499 it’s pricy however produces sound above its price-point rivals. I anticipate the identical efficiency out of up to date Motion II and Stanmore II audio system. These audio system are worthy of the Marshall identify.