If Nigel Tuffnel of Spinal Tap’s Marshall amp goes all the way to 11, then we’ll have to assume that the new Marshall Willen, the company’s latest and smallest Bluetooth speaker, goes all the way to at least 0.11 .
Although it measures just 101.6 x 100.5 x 40.4mm and weighs 0.31kg, Marshall promises the Willen will deliver the company’s signature “heavy” sound via three presets, with a built-in two-inch full-range speaker and two passive radiators for “solid instrument separation”. – something that is not given in such a small speaker.
IP67 dust and water resistant, you’ll get approximately 15 hours of playtime from a single charge of the Bluetooth 5.1 Willen, which can fully charge in three hours and squeeze three hours of playtime out of a 20-minute charge , if you’re short on time.
Built-in microphones let you take and reject calls from a connected mobile device, while a “Stack Mode” feature lets you chain multiple Willen speakers together for multi-speaker sound. Marshall doesn’t mention whether the feature extends to support for its older speakers, which are some of the best wireless speakers you can buy.
Small size, big market
The main draw here is probably the look of the Willen, which apes the larger Marshall speakers of yore with a leather finish and amp-style grille, plus a physical control knob like you’d find on amplifiers. of guitar. . It’s also quite a versatile speaker in terms of placement — not only is it small, but it can sit on its side, rear, or upright, with a rubber strap allowing you to attach it to other objects as well.
That signature look has to do a lot of work here, too, because the portable speaker market is so competitive. Music fans have plenty of options to choose from across the price range, from the top-end Sonos Roam to more affordable picks like the JBL Flip 6 and user-friendly JBL Go 3. Marshall’s larger speakers have held up well in the past. , and at first glance the Willen is at least as attractive as its larger counterparts.
Its price is quite reasonable too. Launching “this summer” in the US and UK, it will cost $119 / £89.99.