The Marshall Woburn III is a wired home speaker that boasts the company's signature retro-style design. It stands out from other speakers on the market thanks to its RCA and HDMI ARC inputs, which make it easy to integrate with other components in your living room, like your TV. Features like its placement compensation tool are designed to bring you the best possible sound, adjusting the device's output depending on where it's set up in your room. It's on the higher end of the manufacturer's home audio lineup than models like the Marshall Acton III and the Marshall Stanmore III.
The Marshall Woburn 3 is very good for music. It comes with many features to optimize your listening experience, including a placement compensation tool in the app. It lets you input the position of the speaker in your living room, whether it's near a wall or in a corner. Bass and treble levels are adjustable, too, so you can get the sound you want. Since it reproduces an extended bass, you can feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop.
The Marshall Woburn 3 is fair for watching videos and movies. This home speaker comes with an HDMI ARC input, so you can connect it right to your TV to experience the best possible sound with your favorite films. Dialogue reproduces with clarity, and there's even a night mode to balance the volume level between different programs. Plus, its extended bass ensures that you feel the rumble in action-packed scenes. It has fairly low latency with iOS and Android devices, too, so it's suitable for watching videos from a paired smartphone in most cases.
The Marshall Woburn 3 is acceptable for podcasts. Voices are reproduced with clarity and detail, so you can easily follow along with your favorite shows. This speaker gets loud, too, so you can hear without issue, even in larger rooms. That said, this speaker is large and heavy and is wired only. If you move from one room to another, it's not very easy to bring the speaker with you. However, if you plan to stay in one room, it's a solid choice.
This speaker doesn't support voice assistants.
The Marshall Woburn is a wired-only speaker that isn't meant for use outside.
The Marshall Woburn 3 is available in Black. You can see the label for the model we tested here.
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This speaker is a high-end home model from the manufacturer. Its HDMI ARC inputs and night mode features help it stand out from the crowd as it's easier to pair with your TV than similarly-priced home speakers on the market, like the Sonos Five and the Bose Home Speaker 500. That said, it lacks some additional smart features that you can find with these other premium models, like Wi-Fi connectivity and integrated voice assistant support. Still, if you like Marshall's aesthetic, it delivers a solid sound with a deep and extended bass.
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The Marshall Emberton II and the Marshall Woburn III are designed with different uses in mind. The smaller, more portable Emberton is ideal for users who want to take their audio with them on the go. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, unlike the Woburn. However, it doesn't get as loud as the larger, wired-only Woburn, nor does it reproduce as much low-bass. Since the Woburn is designed for use with TVs, it's the only one with an HDMI ARC input.
Depending on your preferences, you may opt for either the Bose Home Speaker 500 or the Marshall Woburn III. The Bose is a bit smaller and doesn't reproduce quite as much low-bass. It doesn't get as loud as the Marshall, either. If you want to connect your speaker with your TV, the Marshall speaker's HDMI ARC input may make it a better choice for you, too. However, only the Bose supports Wi-Fi connectivity and built-in voice assistants.
The Sonos Five and the Marshall Woburn III are both premium home speakers with wired-only designs. Their larger size enables them to reproduce more extended low-bass, so you feel the rumble in bass-centric audio. While the Marshall supports Bluetooth, the Sonos supports Wi-Fi. Their designs are similar to other models from the manufacturers, too, so your personal preferences will play a role in your ultimate choice. The Marshall performs better than the Sonos at max volume, though, and it has an HDMI ARC input for connecting to TVs.
The Denon Home 350 and the Marshall Woburn III are both high-end home speakers with wired-only designs. The Marshall boasts the company's signature guitar amp design, which some users may prefer. However, only the Denon supports Wi-Fi connectivity and built-in voice assistants.
The Marshall Woburn 3 is a stylish home speaker with the manufacturer's signature retro design. It has a rectangular design with the company's logo in gold on the front. The sides appear to be plastic, which has a leather-like texture. The front is covered with a woven-style plastic fabric. It's rather large, but its chic design is worth showing off in your home.
This wired-only speaker isn't very portable. It's rather large, too, so you need to use both hands to carry it from one room to another. It's also a little awkward to integrate in front of a TV due to its large size, which you can see in the image here. If you like the manufacturer's aesthetic but prefer a more portable speaker, you can check out the Marshall Emberton II.
This speaker isn't designed for outdoor use, so it isn't rated for water or impact resistance. That said, it's well-built for indoor use, thanks to its good-quality materials. The body is made of plastic with a leather-like feel, which seems solid and durable. In front, the drivers are covered with a plastic-like woven material.
The controls are on top of the speaker; they have a similar retro aesthetic. Knobs let you adjust the volume, as well as the amount of bass and treble in the mix. You can also play and pause your audio using the button next to the power switch. Holding this same button towards the right fasts forward your track, while holding it towards the left rewinds it. There's even a button to change the audio source. All these controls are easy to use, and there's some feedback. For example, there are light display levels for the volume, as well as the bass and treble. A solid red light shows which source you're on. When you're connected to your TV over HDMI ARC, you can access additional controls like Night Mode.
The Marshall Woburn III has great frequency response accuracy. Through the app, you can use its placement compensation tool to adjust the output based on where the speaker is placed in your room. It has a slightly v-shaped sound, with a touch of extra boom in the bass and a little more brightness in the treble. Still, it's suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content, and you can adjust its bass and treble. Plus, its dynamic loudness feature ensures that your perception of the frequency response stays the same, even when you listen at lower volumes. As a result, you can still hear the bass and treble clearly, even when you turn down the volume.
While there's no battery, the speaker goes into network standby if left unused for ten minutes to save energy. At that point, any paired Bluetooth device is disconnected. You just need to interact with any control or button on the top panel to wake it up.
The Marshall Bluetooth app lets you control the speaker from your phone. You can provide information about the speaker's placement so that it automatically adjusts its output accordingly. Plus, you can adjust its bass and treble, change the source, and use the night mode to balance the volume level when the speaker's connected to your TV via HDMI ARC. You can see a video of the app here.
There are a few wired inputs available on the speaker. The AUX input lets you wire older devices to the speaker, and there's also an RCA input. If you want to connect the speaker to your TV, there's even an HDMI ARC input. Placing the speaker around your TV is tricky due to its size, but it does improve the sound compared to traditional TV speakers. Since it's a stereo speaker, you notice some separation, with sound effects localized to the right and left channels in the mix.
With Bluetooth, you can stream audio right from your mobile device to the speaker. There's even a short chime when you connect or disconnect a device over Bluetooth, allowing you to keep track of your connectivity. Latency is fairly low, so you won't notice issues with lip-synching if you want to watch videos on your paired smartphone.