Does The Retro-chic Marshall Woburn Wireless Speaker Go To 11?

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2017-08-02
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Marshall Woburn Wireless Speaker: Have you ever played in a band?

Surely one of our best wireless speakers, we love this Marshall. Have you ever wanted to play in a band? When was the last time you went to a real rock concert? (That long ago? Bummer… man – or gal.) Think back to every rock concert you’ve ever been to… and what pops into your head? Bright lights, screaming fans, and a giant wall of speakers and amps piled up behind the band… blasting out those awesome riffs so loud you could feel them right in your bones. And what sort of equipment were they using? Probably a whole wall of Marshall amps and speakers. Remember the big pile of gear, with the Marshall name diagonally across the front of every box in big bold script? Did you ever imagine that THIS could be you?

The Marshall Woburn Wireless Speaker Is A Classic Design

Well, now it can be…. The Marshall Music Shop opened in London in 1962 and the brand took the music industry by storm. Marshall amps tube sound was extraordinary, and you didn’t have to be a physicist to know they played really loud.

Marshall’s quickly climbed to the top of the heap for serious rock concert stage gear. Over the years, Marshall has made a lot of different models, in all sizes and shapes, but they all continue the Marshall tradition of iconic good looks, that great Marshall sound, and the ability to go to “eleven” and sound great doing it.

Marshall Woburn Wireless Speaker Colors

Image Name Color Output Power Rating List Price Buy now WiFi Warranty Length Battery Power Connections Available Bluetooth Dimensions Stereo Pairing Warranty Weight Remote Control Details
Compare The Marshall Marshall Woburn Marshall Woburn Black Digital amp
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$600.00 buy this Marshall Woburn Black  lowest prices available now Yes n/a No Bluetooth, 3.5mm mini-jack Yes, aptX® 7.3 x 13.8 x 7.3 inches 14lbs iPhone iOS and Android Apps
Compare The Marshall Marshall Woburn Marshall Woburn Cream Digital amp
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$460.98 buy this Marshall Woburn Cream  lowest prices available now Yes n/a No Bluetooth, 3.5mm mini-jack Yes, aptX® 7.3 x 13.8 x 7.3 inches 14lbs iPhone iOS and Android Apps

Woburn Is The New Marshall In Town

Well, now there’s a new Marshall in town. Marshall has come out with a new line of Bluetooth speakers. Even if you’ve never owned a guitar in your life, and the closest you’ve ever gotten to a stage is the third row, you can listen to your tunes on a genuine Marshall amp… one that fits right on your mantelpiece or in the corner of your den. There are several models in their new line, and the biggest and best by far is the Marshall Woburn.

But, will it make my guitar playing better? Well…err… no. The Marshall Woburn is a Bluetooth speaker. It has awesome retro Marshall styling, with a wrapped cabinet, a gold-tone brushed metal control panel with real indicator lights, a big bat switch for Power, and real Volume, Bass, and Treble knobs. The Marshall logo, boldly emblazoned across the front grill of the cabinet in classic script calligraphy, completes the picture of an amp that would look right at home on stage with your favorite rock star.

The Original Inspiration For The Woburn Is the Marshall Electric Guitar Amplifier

The Marshall Woburn also shares one other feature with its professional cousins: the ability to play really clean and loud. Let’s be honest. The Marshall Woburn is not even close to the most refined product we’ve ever reviewed; it doesn’t have the technology features and sonic benefits provided by most of our recommended audio systems; but lots of bells and whistles isn’t always the answer.

With the Woburn you are guaranteed to have fun! It’s like owning a piece of rock history. And, also to be honest, this thing ROCKED OUT! It plays loud; it plays clean; and you’ll be able to enjoy rock vocals and electric guitar solos when you turn it up and it’s not bad for everyday listening.

The Marshall Woburn Wireless Speaker [video]

We Like Friendly Connectivity

Even better, not only is the Marshall Woburn unique in the wireless space, it’s also friendly. You won’t need to read the manual to figure out how to get it to play. You’ll be rocking out to your favorite tunes as soon as you open the box and plug it in.

Marshall designers keep it nice and simple: The Marshall Woburn plays music you send to it from your favorite Bluetooth device. It also has a pair of analog line inputs you can use to connect it to your stereo or AVR, and an optical input you can use to connect it to your TV or computer.

Note: The Marshall Woburn doesn’t do music streaming services, or any of that other fancy stuff built-in. If you want streaming, you can use any of the Woburn’s inputs to connect it to a Sonos Connect, or any other source you like that supports all those other options. You can even connect it to the optical output of your TV and use it as an external speaker when your favorite concert is playing.

Connectivity options on the Marshall Woburn include:

  • Bluetooth (the latest 4.0 version – with AptX).
  • One 1/8” analog input on the top panel (for connecting a portable player).
  • One pair of RCA jacks on the back (for connecting the Woburn to your stereo).
  • One Toslink optical digital input (for connecting to your TV or computer).

Another note here: if you plan to connect the Marshall Woburn to the optical output on your TV, make sure you can set that output to “PCM stereo” mode; the Woburn won’t play surround sound. For TV, you can always connect the Woburn to the analog headphone output on your TV – or any other device, which all put out a nice standard stereo signal.

The Marshall Woburn Controls Take TheirStyling From The Famous Guitar Amplifiers

Tactile Physical Controls Are The Best!

You’re looking at them. There’s a big gold plated switch to turn the Power on and off. We love that there are knobs for Volume, Bass, and Treble. Also, a single button selects between the available inputs (a row of nifty lights tell you which one is currently selected), and another button tells the Woburn to pair with your Bluetooth device. There’s one more switch on the back that sets which standby mode your Woburn will use. TIP: If you like simple this product just works.

Why We Enjoyed Using The Woburn

Audio Format Support: When you use Bluetooth, all of this complicated stuff is handled by your source device. Whether you’re playing tunes stored on your touch device or laptop, or using your favorite streaming service, if your device can send it via Bluetooth, then the Woburn can play it. Likewise, anything with an analog output will play just fine through the top panel or RCA inputs - Imagine plugging in your guitar! About the only thing you need to make sure of is that the optical output on your TV puts out stereo instead of surround sound. (If the output of your TV insists on sending surround sound, then you’ll have to use analog there.)

Marshall Woburn Black // Bass Test // Max. Volume [Video]

Hardware Specs

The Marshall Woburn sports a pair of 5-1/4” woofers for clear, powerful bass, and a pair of 1” ferrofluid-cooled dome tweeters, for a sweet smooth high end.

The speakers in the Marshall Woburn are powered by three separate Class D amps – 20 Watts x 2 plus 50 Watts x 1. Marshall says the Woburn can deliver sound levels of 110 dB at 1 meter at 300 Hz, which is impressively loud, and covers a frequency range from 35 Hz to 22 kHz (after hearing one, we believe them wholeheartedly – this thing really does blast. [Ed: The amp power spec is duplicated in both the manual and the website. Since it doesn’t have a separate subwoofer, either the bass is common for both channels, or they got the details wrong…]

As we mentioned before, the Woburn uses a big metal toggle switch for Power, and actual knobs for Volume, and Bass and Treble…. no sissy buttons or confusing menu ­­displays here. The Marshall Woburn is AC powered – with an internal power supply so it’s got a real power cord and not a wall wart.

Here are the rest of the specs:

  • maximum total audio output power: 80 watts RMS
  • rated operating voltage: 100 – 240 VAC at 50/60 Hz (it will run anywhere)
  • (maximum operating range: 90 – 264 VAC)
  • maximum power consumption: 200 watts
  • standby power: 0.43 watts - power saver mode; 8.7 watts – standard mode
  • The Marshall Woburn weighs a solid 17.5 pounds.
  • The Woburn is 15.75” wide, 11:4” high, and 7.9” deep.
  • Cabinet choices are traditional Black and a gorgeous Cream

Marshall Woburn Bluetooth Speaker [Video]

The Bottom Line

The Marshall Woburn really doesn’t have a downside. It is exactly what it sets out to be. However, there are a few things you might want to keep in mind when deciding if the Marshall Woburn is exactly what you’re looking for:

The Woburn is a free-standing Bluetooth speaker, with analog inputs, and a single digital optical input. It doesn’t include streaming clients, or its own fancy apps; you can’t link up a pair of them as separate stereo speakers; and it doesn’t do anything that would qualify it as a multi-room system.

The Woburn plays really loud, really clear, but it doesn’t offer the greatest fidelity. This is NOT an apology; the Woburn was designed to look amazing and rock, and that’s what it does.

The Ports At The Rear Of The Marshall Woburn Along with The Available Connections

As you can tell, we really liked the Marshall Woburn – for what it is. Its retro styling isn’t just skin deep. It really looks and feels like a classic piece of equipment. If you’re looking for a speaker for your play room, the Woburn will look great on a shelf, under the posters of your favorite band, across from the pinball machine. And, as we’ve said already, this baby really rocks. It sounds pretty good down quiet, and it really cranks when you turn up that volume knob.

Of course, we couldn't be talking about Marshall without mentioning that great spoof 'Rockumentary' - "This is Spinal Tap". So here is the classic scene where guitarist Nigel Tufnell talks about his guitars and the fact that his Marshall Amplifier is better because the volume goes to 11, and is therefore 1 louder than the others. You can skip to the Amp bit at 1:18...

"This Is Spinal Tap" Nigel's Guitars and Marshall Amplifier[Video]

This makes it absolutely awesome for parties in the den, especially if there’s any air-guitar involved, and especially if impressing your friends is part of the deal. The Marshall Woburn will definitely do the job of playing music – and send you back to the days of rock and roll. However, if you’re looking for the utmost fidelity, and your tastes run more to a more high-end wireless audio system, then you’d probably do better to look elsewhere.

Marshall Woburn Wireless Speaker Colors

Image Name Color Output Power Rating List Price Buy now WiFi Warranty Length Battery Power Connections Available Bluetooth Dimensions Stereo Pairing Warranty Weight Remote Control Details
Compare The Marshall Marshall Woburn Marshall Woburn Black Digital amp
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$600.00 buy this Marshall Woburn Black  lowest prices available now Yes n/a No Bluetooth, 3.5mm mini-jack Yes, aptX® 7.3 x 13.8 x 7.3 inches 14lbs iPhone iOS and Android Apps
Compare The Marshall Marshall Woburn Marshall Woburn Cream Digital amp
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$460.98 buy this Marshall Woburn Cream  lowest prices available now Yes n/a No Bluetooth, 3.5mm mini-jack Yes, aptX® 7.3 x 13.8 x 7.3 inches 14lbs iPhone iOS and Android Apps

Frankly, We totally enjoyed our time with the Marshall Woburn and it deserves it's place in our top-rated wireless speakers list. We're glad that audio products like this exist!

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The Marshall Woburn is perfect for Rock music enthusiasts who want to add a bit of retro electric guitar styling to their home. Think Clapton, Beck, Hendrix and Led Zeppelin for the perfect Marshall sound.

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