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Marshall Woburn III Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Apr 04, 2023 at 10:57 am
Latest change: Writing modified Apr 04, 2023 at 10:57 am
Marshall Woburn III Picture
7.8
Music
6.8
Videos/Movies
6.4
Podcasts
2.8
Voice Assistant
5.9
Outdoors

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.

Our Verdict

7.8 Music

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.

Pros
  • Extended low-bass.
  • Gets loud.
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
Cons
  • No graphic EQ.
6.8 Videos/Movies

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.

Pros
  • Extended low-bass.
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • No graphic EQ.
  • Large design isn't always easy to integrate in front of your TV.
6.4 Podcasts

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.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
Cons
  • No graphic EQ.
  • Wired-only design isn't very portable.
2.8 Voice Assistant

This speaker doesn't support voice assistants.

5.9 Outdoors

The Marshall Woburn is a wired-only speaker that isn't meant for use outside.

  • 7.8 Music
  • 6.8 Videos/Movies
  • 6.4 Podcasts
  • 2.8 Voice Assistant
  • 5.9 Outdoors
  1. Updated Apr 04, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Mar 30, 2023: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Marshall Woburn 3 is available in Black. You can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version of this speaker, don't hesitate to let us know in the discussions. That way, we can update our review accordingly.

Compared To Other Speakers

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.

See also our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best home speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers for bass.

Marshall Emberton II

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.

Bose Home Speaker 500

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.

Sonos Five

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.

Denon Home 350

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.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

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.

3.0
Design
Portability
Volume
1,532 inยณ (25,106 cmยณ)
Weight
15.7 lbs (7.1 kg)
Power Source
AC Only
One-Hand Carry
No

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.

6.4
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Good
Water Resistance
No
Dust Resistance
Unspecified
Impact Resistance
No
Floats In Water
No

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.

7.0
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Great
Feedback
Great
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Physical)
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Physical)
Track Next/Previous
Yes (Physical)
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

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.

Design
In The Box

  • Manuals
  • Power cable (1.8m / 5.9 ft)
  • Marshall Woburn 3

Sound
8.1
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
0.97
Std. Err.
3.48 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
28.3 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.3 kHz

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.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
6.9
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
5.83 dB
Stereo
Yes

This stereo speaker has a fair soundstage performance. It's not a 360-degree speaker, so its soundstage is perceived as narrower and more directional.

8.0
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
97.8 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
2.27 dB

This speaker gets loud enough to fill larger and more open spaces with sound. There isn't much compression when you push it to max volume, either.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving
No
Charging Port
No Battery
Battery Powered
No

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.

0
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Speakerphone
No
Siri
No
Voice Assistant
No
Voice Activation
No
Microphone Mute
No Microphone
Far-Field Performance
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
No Microphone
4.4
Active Features
App
App Name
Marshall Bluetooth
iOS
Yes
Android
Yes
EQ
Bass/Treble
Stereo Pair Mode
No
Party Mode
No
Multi-Room
No

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.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
Yes
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
Yes

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.

8.4
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
5.2
Bluetooth iOS Latency
92 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
156 ms
Bluetooth Range
334.6 ft (102.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices

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.

0
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
No
Apple AirPlay
No
AirPlay Latency
N/A
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A