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The Marshall Emberton II is a stylish waterproof Bluetooth speaker that sounds solid at moderate volumes, but it’s not a meaningful upgrade over the original.Epblogs goal is to be the tech side of trust. We are proud of our independence and of our Marshall Emberton II Review thorough testing methods, in which we take our time with a product. We regularly check our test reports for changes and thus keep them up-to-date over a longer period of time – regardless of when a device was released.guaranteed reviews . Trust our Epblogs comprehensive reviews. We tested the products over a longer period of time and were able to see how they cope with everyday tasks. This is how we help you to find the best product for your read our guaranteed reviews .
The Marshall Emberton II is a stylish waterproof Bluetooth speaker that sounds solid at moderate volumes, but it’s not a meaningful upgrade over the original.
Marshall’s Emberton II Bluetooth speaker ($169.99) lasts longer on battery power and is more durable than its predecessor, but those changes (along with a few cosmetic tweaks) don’t add up to a significant upgrade. And although we like the in-app EQ presets, the lack of a speakerphone option and the overbearing presence of digital signal processing (DSP) hurt its potential. Other outdoor-friendly speakers in this price range, including the Editors’ Choice-winning JBL Charge 5 ($179.95), offer much more power.
Another Classic Design
Available in black-and-brass or cream, the brick-like Emberton II measures 2.7 by 6.3 by 3.0 inches (HWD) and weighs a substantial 1.5 pounds, measurements that are identical to the previous model. The front of the speaker sports the Marshall logo, and the enclosure uses a grain-leather pattern with a rubbery feel. If you like the rock aesthetic of Marshall’s guitar amplifiers, the Emberton II’s looks won’t disappoint.
Internally, two class-D 10W amps push the dual, 2-inch full-range drivers and deliver a frequency range of 60Hz-20kHz. Two passive radiators enhance the bass response. With the Emberton II, the left channel fires out the front grille and the right channel fires out the back. Although this isn’t true stereo separation (typically stereo speakers fire audio through left and right drivers, not front and back ones), the speaker is still likely to produce room-filling sound because of this setup. For a more traditional sense of directionality, you can pair multiple speakers together in Stack mode.
Up top, there’s a Bluetooth pairing button on the left, a battery LED indicator on the right, and a brass multifunction button in the center. Press the central button to control playback; push it to the left or right to skip forward or backward a track; and nudge it up or down to adjust the volume. Unfortunately, the Emberton II lacks a mic, unlike its smaller sibling, the Willen, so you can’t use this speaker for calls. A USB-C port sits on the right panel for the USB-C-to-USB-A charging cable in the box.
The Emberton II’s IP67 rating is excellent: You can submerge the speaker in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. Bluetooth connections don’t work well underwater, but the speaker should survive poolside splashes, heavy rain, and a rinse under the faucet without any issues. The IP rating also includes dust protection, which is a relief because the speaker’s grain-leather exterior se
Marshall estimates that the Emberton II can last roughly 30 hours on a charge that’s a solid number, but your results will vary based on your typical listening volume. A 20-minute charge gives you four hours of playtime, while a full charge takes a lengthy three hours.
The Marshall Bluetooth app (available for Android and iOS) is fairly basic, though we don’t expect a versatile app experience for a speaker of this size. The in-app EQ is really just three presets: the default Marshall mode, Push mode (boosted bass and treble), and Voice mode. Otherwise, you can manage the Stack mode for multiple speakers and download any firmware updates.
Heavily Controlled Sound
The DSP for the Emberton II is intense. At top (surprisingly loud) levels, the bass thins out dramatically and the speaker’s sound signature changes quite a bit. The absence of EQ adjustments in the app thus makes sense, because the DSP works hard to prevent distortion; any dramatic EQ changes might be too much for the speaker to handle reliably. You might prefer the Push mode, which boosts the bass and treble a bit, but, even then, the Emberton II isn’t capable of delivering serious bass depth. We left the speaker in the default Marshall sound signature mode for most of our testing. It can easily fill a mid-sized room, and perhaps even a large room, with sound, but you might need something more powerful for the backyard.
On tracks with intense sub-bass content, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the Emberton II delivers a laudable thump at moderate levels, but the drivers and radiators begin to struggle with the deep bass just beyond that. The resulting sound isn’t distortion—it could be the sound of the DSP kicking in at certain volumes—but this is far from a pristine delivery of the lows. Thus, for deep-bass tracks, you should stick to moderate volume levels.
Bill Callahan’s “Drover,” a track with far less deep bass in the mix, gives us a better sense of the speaker’s sculpted sound signature. The drums on this track can often sound thunderous through bass-boosted drivers, but here they sound less powerful. The bulk of the bass response centers on Callahan’s rich baritone vocals. Otherwise, the highs are quite crisp and bright. Again, the sound changes as the DSP kicks in at higher volumes: The lows thin out and the highs remain bright.
Aesthetics Are the Main Appeal
The Marshall Emberton II looks cool and delivers a rich audio experience on most tracks, but the DSP can be a little aggressive at high volumes and deep bass can sometimes challenge the drivers. The speaker also isn’t a very significant upgrade over its predecessor, and so the price seems a bit high as a result of these shortcomings. We’re fans of the JBL Charge 5 in this price range, as well as the Sony SRS-XB33 ($149.99), both of which offer more power. Additionally, the more affordable JBL Flip 6 ($129.95) boasts a comparable audio experience and the same level of durability.