Marshall’s Emberton is a basic but brilliant Bluetooth speaker

Marshall’s new $ 149 Marshall Emberton Marshall Bluetooth speaker gives the beloved Logitech Ultimate Ears Boom a run for his money. For starters, it charges via USB-C for fast, hassle-free charging, and borrows the excellent joystick controls from Marshall’s recent line of headphones. Instead of having to learn a few button combinations to change the song or check the drum level, everything here is very simple. The remaining battery life is conveniently displayed at all times in an LED-lit window. To navigate, simply tilt the golden spiral bump in one of the four labeled directions to adjust the volume or find the song you want. As some companies try to find smart ways to let you control their devices, like swiping or gesturing, there’s something to be said for making physical buttons easy, accessible, and fun.

The Emberton’s design may not match everyone – it’s a brick-shaped speaker made to resemble a portable guitar amp with metal grilles covering the front and rear. The speaker is covered with a sturdy, removable silicone sleeve that is attached by default. This is Marshall’s most moderate speaker design yet, and it looks simpler than previous models, though it’s not as modern or as colorful as some other small Bluetooth speakers.

 

The Emberton’s design may not match everyone – it’s a brick-shaped speaker made to resemble a portable guitar amp with metal grilles covering the front and rear. The speaker is covered with a sturdy, removable silicone sleeve that is attached by default. This is Marshall’s most moderate speaker design yet, and it looks simpler than previous models, though it’s not as modern or as colorful as some other small Bluetooth speakers.

At 1.5 pounds, it feels a lot heavier than I expected a speaker of this size to be, though it doesn’t seem unwarranted given its long battery life. I’ve been using the Emberton non-stop since getting a review unit to test, and it easily hit the 20-hour lifespan claim when I was listening to music at medium volume. I can never mention this enough times because Ultimate Ears apparently hasn’t heard us yet, but it’s great to have USB-C charging.

The good battery life, IPX7-rated waterproofing, and USB-C charging are all great, but the sound quality of this speaker is what will make me recommend it compared to other models of similar size and similar price. Any category of music or my selection of podcasts sounded full-bodied with a surprising amount of bass and clarity in the mids and highs, with an exceptional balance that kept them present in the sound. Little Dragon’s self-titled album is a good showcase for little Emberton. It has rich mids and highs on vocals and electronic instruments at all times, and the bass has a full effect to deliver a balanced, strong sound that seems to come from something bigger. This speaker claims to offer 360-degree sound. Obviously, it can’t provide true all-encompassing sound, as there are no speakers that shoot in all directions, although the effect gets close enough to sound that way.

If you’re looking for a small Bluetooth speaker with powerful sound, a long-lasting battery, and USB-C charging, the latter currently a rarity on the market. the best choice is Marshall Emberton. But $ 150 for this speaker seems a little too high, given that it doesn’t have a microphone or much more in terms of cool functionality. Still, it’s a stellar value based on everything you get here.

 

 

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