You might not be able to enjoy that many pool parties during COVID summer, but Marshall’s latest speaker will definitely be useful once social distancing policies come to a close. Marshall’s new Emberton speaker put Marshall’s signature sound in a vintage-styled chassis that weighs less than 25 ounces and is IPX7 certified. An IPX7 certification means the Emberton speaker can be submerged in about a meter (about 3 feet) of water for up to 30 minutes.
Despite its tiny stature, Marshall’s Emberton sounds rich, loud, and distortion-free. The speaker features a multi-directional sound output that according to Marshall means ‘every spot is a sweet spot.’ Battery life is outstanding, coming in at more than 20 hours on a single charge. Also, there’s support for fast-charging. 20 minutes connected to a charger will net you 5 hours of battery life. The Marshall Emberton speaker has Bluetooth 5.0 support, so it can maintain a connection to another compatible device at a range of around 33 feet.
Marshall’s Emberton Speaker is $149. That’s the same price the popular Boom 3 speaker by Ultimate Ears’. These two speakers widely match each other’s features. The Boom 3, though, includes dust protection and Marshall’s Emberton does not. Both speakers do, however, include 360-degree sound, and both feature water resistance. Marshall’s new speaker has 33% more battery life than its Ultimate Ears counterpart, with the Boom 3 rated for just 15 hours on a single charge. Another win for Marshall’s Emberton is the inclusion of a USB-C port rather than an old Micro-USB solution.
At $50 less, Sony’s XB23 Bluetooth speaker only includes 12 hours of run time. So basically, Marshall is joining a pretty crowded sector of the Bluetooth speaker market. Consumers already have several compelling options, but Marshall’s Emberton really stands out with its vintage look, high performance, and long-lasting battery.
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