The Marshall Woburn II Wireless Bluetooth speaker is the company’s largest model and an updated version of their Woburn product line. Like most Marshall speakers, this one is designed to resemble the look of their famous line of guitar amplifiers. And also to give an impression of Marshall’s “wall of sound.”
Having said this, the Woburn II can seem a bit feature-thin for a new Bluetooth product. It’s essentially just a wireless speaker with few additional features.
Look and Feel
Marshall Bluetooth speakers all resemble their iconic guitar amplifiers to some degree. The Woburn II is as large as many practice amps, 15.8 x 12.2 x 7.9 inches (41 x 31 x 20 cm), and it weighs 18.9 pounds (8.6 kg), so it can easily be mistaken for one.
The bass reflex cabinet is covered in black, brown, or white Tolex. And features a woven gray grill cloth emblazoned with a large plastic Marshall logo with gold letters and a strip of matching anodized gold aluminum trim at the bottom.
The ultimate in rock and roll…
On the top of the case are the user control controls mounted on a brushed gold plate, with knobs made in the same style as their iconic amplifiers. Four large rubber feet ensure that it stays firmly in place. Overall, it definitely exudes a strong rock and roll ambiance.
The back panel is covered with legal notices and warnings, so it looks better placed near a wall where that side is hidden. Also on the back are a pair of RCA input jacks and a service port.
On the top panel from left to right is a 1/8-inch (3.5 mm) input jack and a push switch to select either this jack, the RCA connectors on the back panel, or Bluetooth input.
In the middle are the control knobs for Volume, Bass, and Treble. The small slashes around each control are actually small red LEDs, so it’s easy to view the amp settings even in very low light. To the right of the knobs is a playback pause push button and the main power switch.
Woburn II works with an input voltage of 100 – 240 volts at 50 or 60 Hertz, so it can be used anywhere in the world without an adapter. Unfortunately, there’s no option to connect a battery pack.
Rock and Roll Power
The Woburn II is a stereo speaker system. It comes with two 5.25-inch bass speakers and two 1-inch tweeters. The speakers are individually powered by Class D amps that provide 50 watts to each bass speaker and 15 watts to each tweeter.
All this power means that Woburn II can pump out sound levels of up to 110 decibels, with a full-range frequency response of 30 – 20,000 Hz, loud enough to keep all your neighbors awake all night!
Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity
Woburn II utilizes Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX technology, so it can receive an audio signal up to 30 feet (10 meters) away. You can stream music directly to the speaker from a smartphone, computer, or other wireless media device. Plus, this Bluetooth revision allows you to connect two devices to the Woburn II at the same time.
AptX is an improved compression technology that works with Bluetooth to provide almost CD quality audio. It also minimizes latency, which is important for watching video.
And you can control it from your phone!
The free Marshall Bluetooth app lets you get firmware updates and create custom EQ settings using its five-band EQ. You can also use it to adjust the LED brightness, pair the Woburn II with another speaker, or put it to sleep and wake it up.
How Does it Sound?
The Marshall Woburn II’s large woofers coupled with dual bass ports on the back of the cabinet ensure a powerful low-end response all the way down to sub-bass frequencies. Some users might find it to be too bassy, even with the bass control rolled back.
On the other hand, the high end is crisp and bright, with plenty of sparkle in the upper ranges where cymbals and vocal sibilants reside. Overall the sound is excellent, especially at high listening levels, which one would expect considering its price.
The Woburn II is just a speaker. It doesn’t provide any special connectivity features like Spotify Connect or AirPlay. And there is no support for digital assistants like Alexa or even Wi-Fi for multi-room audio.
A battery option would be a nice addition, so the speaker could be used outdoors. Also, the package doesn’t include any cables, a surprising omission in a product at this price. Finally, since it looks like a Marshall guitar amp, a guitar input would be a nice added feature.
Marshall Woburn II Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Pros and Cons
- Superb audio performance with rich, powerful bass depth and crystal clear highs.
- In-app EQ and fully adjustable bass and treble knobs.
- Iconic Marshall design.
- No audio cables or accessories are included.
- Not the most attractive of back panels.
Looking for more superb Marshall products?
Then take a look at our in-depth Marshall Stanmore II Wireless Bluetooth Review, our Marshall Kilburn II Review, our Marshall Acton II Review, our Marshall Tufton Review, and our Marshall Stanmore II Wireless Wi Fi Alexa Voice Review.
Or, if you’re looking for Marshall Headphones and Earbuds, you may also enjoy our Marshall Mid Bluetooth Headphones Review, our Marshall Major 3 Bluetooth Wireless Review, our Marshall Major III Wired Review, and our Marshall Mode EQ Review in 2002.
Marshall Woburn II Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Final thoughts
The Marshall Woburn II is an excellent choice if you enjoy listening to music at medium to high volume levels with a full-range frequency response and powerful bass. You can use it wirelessly or connect devices through the two external input connectors. And it really looks like a Marshall amp, adding a rock and roll vibe to your living room.
On the downside, it offers fewer internet options than similar models from other manufacturers. This might or might not be important to you. And since it won’t run on batteries, it’s not very portable.
Happy Rock and Roll listening!