We talked about Marshall speakers more than once, wrote about headphones, and now there is another pleasant reason. A new small Emberton speaker has been added to the Marshall speaker family.
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Many small speakers are on sale, so the novelty has an original, interesting design, excellent autonomy and sound with rocker notes.
Marshall Emberton Review: Design
The column is small by Marshall standards, but rather a weighty relative to other representatives of the world of compact acoustics. The column weighs 700 grams, so the sensations are unusual for such a miniature device. You take it in your hand, and you are surprised at its massiveness. Simultaneously, the column’s appearance is such that you want to put it in a prominent place – it is beautiful, and even the case that collects fine dust does not spoil the impression.
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The column’s casing is made of a material resembling soft-touch plastic, but if you wish, you can pry it off and understand that it is such a flexible silicone with a rough surface. On the plus side, it has shock-absorbing properties: if you accidentally drop the column, then the dense coating will take a hit.
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And the column is also not afraid of water, it will survive rain or splashes from a liquid spilt from a glass, and it can also be immersed in water for a short time – Marshall Emberton meets the IPX7 class and will last up to half an hour at a depth of 1 meter.
It is easy to recognize where is in front, and where is the back of the speaker: the front part is decorated with a corporate metal logo on an openwork grille. If the front of the metal grille is silver, then the back is black. And this is not a prop: the speaker plays at full 360 °, so you can put it as you like, the music will be heard from everywhere.
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Marshall Emberton Review: Control
All Marshall speakers I’ve seen before had a knob system for adjusting sound settings. In the Emberton model, it was redesigned, now there is a large key in the centre of the case.
The large button on the body with a circular notch is also metal, you press it, and you feel a clear stroke and precise operation. Touch control? Anywhere but Marshall. And this is very good.
Instead of changing treble and bass, you can now switch tracks and adjust the volume and start and pause songs. A separate key for activating Bluetooth has been preserved – that’s all.
Marshall Emberton Review: Sound
The tiny speaker turned out to be weighty, because Marshall did not want to save on materials, and at the same time did not want to sacrifice sound quality. You can’t go against logic, the Emberton doesn’t sound as loud as the Kilburn II or Stockwell II, but it’s still incorrect to compare them, these are models of different levels. At the same time, it was just interesting for me to listen to everyone in turn, because the older models of Marshall speakers can please with high-quality audio.
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The small Emberton received a pair of 2 “10W drivers, and the volume headroom is excellent. If you turn the sound to the maximum, you can anger the neighbours in the panel house, so you should not abuse it.
Marshall does not hide that they make acoustics for certain genres and moods, focusing on rock, jazz and even classics with an abundance of instruments. This does not mean that the Spotify playlist “Deep House Relax” will not be listened to. It’s just that the speaker’s low frequencies are not so saturated and not so interesting, so I would not recommend it to those who prefer electronics. But good mids and highs, the speaker perfectly conveys the voice, separates instruments and pleases with a naturally tuned sound.
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Marshall Emberton Review: Communication
On the one hand, Marshall speakers do not differ in special bells and whistles like NFC, there is no stereo pair mode. Supports codecs like aptX or aptX HD, not to mention LDAC, only basic SBC. You won’t be able to connect to the acoustics via a wire, of course, the era of wireless audio is in the yard, but just in case, I note that there is no 3.5 mm jack.
On the other hand, Bluetooth 5.0 works flawlessly and stably, the music flows without breaks, tested in tandem with the iPhone 11 Pro and Google Pixel 3 XL.
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You cannot use the speaker for hands-free conversations. There is no built-in microphone.
Marshall Emberton Review: Autonomy
The speaker is equipped with a USB Type-C cable, there is no power supply in the box, but this is not a problem, everyone has charged. Of the advantages of the speaker, one can single out an excellent autonomy. It works under 20 hours if you listen to music at about half of the maximum volume level. Also, fast charging works: after 20 minutes at the outlet, the column will work for about 5 hours.
It is simple to monitor the battery charge level: the column has an LED indicator, where one of ten divisions turns off as the discharge progresses. Moreover, the indication works exactly: one division has gone out, which means that the column has sat down by 10%. I also want to praise that the indicators are moderately bright and do not light up the room when replacing the bedside lamp.
Marshall Emberton Review: Impression
Readers may ask why such a price because it turns out that for one Marshall Emberton they ask for a pair of JBL Flip 5. There is nothing to say against this fact, the financial issue always matters. Still, Marshall Emberton acoustics have their own style and spirit, supported by quality materials, convenient control, excellent autonomy and high-quality sound. A solid thing in an unfading design and with convenient dimensions for $149. You can see here for the best deals from Amazon.