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Marshall Emberton review by Tech Adviser 

Marshall's smallest and cheapest Bluetooth speaker yet isn't perfect but those wanting a long-lasting pocket rocket have found it here


marshall emberton review


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  • Pros
  • Stylish & portable
  • Great sound
  • Durable
  • Long battery life
  • Cons
  • Can't stereo pair two speakers

Our Verdict

The target market for a speaker like this want a combination of portability, acoustic power and long battery life. The Emberton ticks those boxes with confidence.




Marshall continues to pump out new Bluetooth speakers in all shapes and sizes and the guitar amp company’s latest effort is the smallest yet. The Marshall Emberton is one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers you can buy.


Design & Build

The Emberton is much like other Marshall speakers, but smaller. This is by far the smallest model we’ve seen from the firm and could just about be described as palm-sized. It’s also lightweight at just 700g.


Marshall Emberton buttons


It’s not the smallest speaker we’ve tested at Tech Advisor towers but it’s very compact and will easily fit into bags with ease. To say it’s pocketable is a stretch unless you’re still rocking some combat trousers and that wouldn’t be comfortable anyway.


Forgoing the usual leather, the Emberton has a silicone rubber coating with the same texture. It makes it more durable and grippy since it’s designed to take out and about. An IPX7 rating means you’re protected from splashes of water as well as complete submersion, although Marshall oddly does not claim the Emberton as waterproof in the small print.


Marshall Emberton Brass Waterproof


There’s a black metal wire gauze at the back and silver at the front, adorned with the iconic logo. It’s a smart looking device, but the black and brass option looks super classy with black all over and the logo in, well, brass.


Apart from a USB-C port on the side, all the action is on the top with a Bluetooth pairing button and battery gauge straddling a striking brass button. There’s no space here for the amp-style dials found on the larger speakers.


This is more than just a power button, though. It’s actually a multi-direction control knob similar to the one found on Marshall headphones like the Monitor II ANC. You can rock it up and down to adjust volume, click it to play pause or flick it left or right to skip tracks.


Sound Quality & Features

Marshall says that the Emberton ‘packs a punch’ and that’s certainly my experience of using the speaker.


Inside are two dynamic full-range drivers that are 2in along with a pair of passive bass radiators. ‘True Stereophonic Sound’ is Marshall’s term for explaining that the speaker offers 360-degree sound along with custom tuning.


Marshall Emberton 360 sound


Technically this is a stereo speaker but being so small there’s not really a stereo field to speak of. It does a great job of filling a space with rich sound, though and that’s its main job. It’s not quite 360 like some speakers as it doesn’t sound great if you’re facing it side-on.


It’s slightly mind-boggling how a speaker so small can provide such a big sound. It legitimately sounds better than many bigger speakers and soundbars I’ve tested over the years.


Bass is warm and much more pronounced than you expect looking at the speaker. The mid-range is rich and clear, too, and there’s enough top-end to keep things knitted together. Tuning is nicely balanced so the Emberton sounds good regardless of what you throw at it.


You do lose a bit of quality at higher volumes with a more ragged sound, but there’s not much distortion and I haven’t found the need to pump the Emberton to higher volumes anyway.


There are a few small downsides to mention as you can’t use the Emberton with the Marshall app to do things like tweak the EQ. You also can’t create a stereo pair if you have two of them.


This isn’t a huge deal since the sound profile is going to appeal to most users and I didn’t find myself wanting to change it, but worth pointing out as adjusting bass and treble is normal on other Marshall speakers like the Uxbridge - which is also a smart speaker.


Marshall Emberton Bluetooth speaker


Another thing you might expect from an amp maker is some kind of input, but unlike other Marshall speakers, the Emberton doesn’t have a 3.5mm aux input so you’re limited to Bluetooth connectivity.


Despite being so pint-sized, the Emberton is able to offer over 20 hours of battery life. That’s very impressive and I’ve found the speaker to just keep going and going, only having to charge it a couple of times over the last month or so.


It charges over USB-C and a 20-minute charge can give you five hours of playback which is handy if you’re heading out but realise the Emberton is flat.


Verdict

The Marshall Emberton is one of the best Bluetooth speakers I’ve ever tested, doing exactly what it’s designed to do.


It looks great, is highly portable with a rugged design and offers a surprisingly big and rich sound for such a small speaker. Throw in really long battery life and a pretty good price point and it’s a winning combination.


There are some small downsides but they don’t detract much. It’s mainly an aux input that would be handy and the ability to stereo pair two Embertons would also be nice.

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Marshall Emberton - Portable Bluetooth Speaker
R3,290.00R2,990.00 Ex Tax: R2,990.00

EmbertonMarshall Emberton is a compact portable speaker with the loud and vibrant sound only Marshall can deliver. Emberton utilises True Stereophonic, a unique form of multi-directional sound from Marshall. Experience absolute 360° sound where every spot is a sweet spot. With 20+ hours of playtime, you can enjoy the superior sound of Marshall for hours on end.Superior signature soundRich, clear and loud, like the artist intended. Emberton utilises True Stereophonic, a unique form of multi-directional sound from Marshall. Experience absolute 360° sound where every spot is a sweet spot.20+ Hours of portable playtimeEmberton offers 20+ hours of portable playtime on a single charge. Its compact size and rugged durability make it perfect to take with you. Emberton can be quickly charged, with 20 minutes giving it a playtime of 5 hours.Roadworthy design rated IPX7Emberton is tough and resilient, boasting an extremely durable and easy to use design that features an IPX7 water-resistance rating.Multi-directional control knobEmberton is simple and easy to use. Control it with the multi-directional control knob. You can play, pause, skip tracks and adjust the volume of your speaker, as well as turn it on or off.PortabilityEmberton weighs just 0.7 kg and can fit in the palm of your hand, making it the perfect compact speaker to take with you.BluetoothEmberton comes equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 technology for simple connectivity, exceptional audio quality and wireless music play.Iconic Marshall designEmberton combines contemporary technology with iconic Marshall design to deliver hard-hitting sound while retaining a classic look. You’ll want to proudly display this speaker anywhere you go.TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSEMBERTONAUDIO SPECIFICATIONSFREQUENCY RESPONSE: 60 Hz – 20 kHzDRIVER TYPE : DynamicDRIVERS : Two 2" 10 W full range Two passive radiatorsSTEREO/MONO : StereoMAXIMUM SOUND PRESSURE LEVEL : 87 dB SPL @ 1 mCABINET PRINCIPLE : Sealed with passive radiatorPOWER AMPLIFIERS : Two 10 W Class D amplifiersBATTERYPLAY TIME : 20+ hoursCHARGING TIME : 3 hours to full recharge                                :20 minutes charging gives 5 hours of playtimeCONTROLS AND CONNECTIVITYTOP PANEL CONTROLS : Multi-directional control-knob: play/pause, skip track, volume control, on/off                                            Bluetooth pairing button                                            Battery indicatorBLUETOOTH RANGE : 10 m / 30 ftWIRELESS CONNECTIVITY : Bluetooth 5.0INCLUDED IN THE BOXBOX CONTENTSEmberton speakerUser manual with legal and safety informationUSB-C charging cablePHYSICAL UNITDIMENSIONS68 x 160 x 76 mmWEIGHT : 0.7 kgWATER RESISTANCE : IPX7COLORWAYS : Black..

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