Marshall Middleton Review – Your Portable DJ On The Go
Marshall speakers are known for high-quality audio equipment, boast superior sound quality, and have robust builds, blending vintage and modern aesthetics. The brand’s legacy in music and commitment to audio fidelity make its products appealing to those who value sound quality and iconic design. Marshall Middleton is a stylish, retro-designed speaker targeting music enthusiasts with a knack for style. We have been using the Marshall Middleton for some time, and today, we’ll discuss how well it fairs out in this review.
Marshall Middleton Review
Due to its good brand value, Marshall Middleton has maintained a stronghold of its price. It was launched for ₹31,999, and its lowest price during sale days was ₹29,499. There are two color options: Black & Brass and Cream.
What’s Inside the Box?
Before the review, let’s look at what you get in the box. The package is quite simple with the speaker’s image, with a spot-on message about its portability; it comes with the following contents:
- The Marshall Middleton Speaker,
- A Detachable Carry-on Strap,
- Documents (User Manual, Legal and Safety Information),
- USB A to USB C Charging Cable.
Design and Build Quality
The Marshall Middleton Speaker boasts a classic, vintage design with a rubberized finish, making it easily recognizable from a distance. The Black and Brass color seamlessly blends with the home or office furniture environment. There’s also a cream version for those who prefer clean aesthetics with muted and stubble colors. The iconic Marshall logo on the front adds to its aesthetic appeal and catches everyone’s eye, making it not just a speaker but a piece of decor.
Middleton’s sturdy build and compact size are convenient for indoor and outdoor use while ensuring durability. It weighs only 1.8kg, so you can carry it with you at your friend’s house party as well, and since it’s IP67 rated, you need not worry about accidental water splashes if you plan to take it for pool parties.
However, be ready to clean the dust off it, as the rubberized finish attracts dust like a magnet.
Marshall Middleton supports stereo output, producing clear and immersive sound in the frequency range of 50 Hz-20,000 Hz. For the specifics, it comes with dynamic drivers consisting of the following:
- 2 x 3” 15W woofers,
- 2 x 3/5” 10W tweeters,
- Dual passive radiators,
2 x 20-watt Class D amplifiers for the woofers,
2 x 10-watt Class D amplifiers for the tweeters.
Marshall Middleton delivers exceptional sound quality, staying true to the brand’s reputation. It offers a well-balanced sound profile with crisp highs, detailed mids, and deep bass. The speaker is designed to handle a variety of music genres effectively, ensuring a rich listening experience.
You can further fine-tune the music to your taste, using the analog controls on the speaker’s top to change the bass, treble, volume, and track. The LED indicator volume and battery come in handy in low-light environments, though I would have liked it if the button also had LED.
Connectivity and Features
The speaker offers Bluetooth and a 3.5mm AUX input, making it compatible with various devices. The Middleton also supports stack mode, allowing you to connect to your friend’s Middleton speaker, and this can be done to create a multi-speaker stack for a synchronized audio experience.
There’s a Marshall Bluetooth app for Android and iOS with a simple, clean, and well-designed UI. With the app, you can adjust treble and bass from the equalizer settings and check the battery stats. Since it uses Bluetooth 5.1, you can pair it with multiple devices for a multi-host functionality.
One of the key advantages of the Marshall Middleton speaker is its impressive battery life. A full charge lasts up to 20+ hours of music playback, allowing extended listening sessions without frequent recharging. And when required, it can be recharged in just four hours and thirty minutes.
With great battery life comes a superpower, as you can even charge your or a friend’s power bank using a USB Cable. However, this speaker and power bank combo is slightly heavier than some competitors, which might affect its portability for some users.
Pros and Cons
After spending time with Marshall Middleton, here are the Pros and Cons to summarise the review:
- Classic, eye-catching design with robust build quality.
- Outstanding sound performance with clear highs, mids, and deep bass.
- Versatile connectivity options, including Bluetooth and AUX input.
- Long battery life with reverse charging.
- Portable form factor.
- The rubberized finish is a dust magnet
- Relatively heavier than other Bluetooth speakers.
- Less accessible for budget-conscious buyers.
- Lacks advanced features like LHDC codec, Wi-Fi, and voice assistant integration.
The Marshall Middleton Speaker is an excellent choice for those who value style and sound quality. Its robust build, exceptional audio performance, and long battery life make it a standout product. While it may be pricier and slightly heavier than other portable speakers, its unique features and classic Marshall design make it a worthy investment for music enthusiasts. Ideal for audiophiles, professional musicians, and those hosting social gatherings, these speakers are designed for durability and portability.
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