Marshall Headphones brought four new products to IFA in Berlin this year. The Woburn and Acton join the Hanwell home audio thrower launched two years ago, which has now reached the end of its production run, and the current Stanmore model. Meanwhile, the new Mode EQ and Mode earphones team up with the Major, Minor and Monitor headphones.
Quite simply oozing rock 'n' roll cool, the Woburn features vintage-inspired grille cloth with the immediately recognizable Marshall logo positioned dead center. The cabinet is covered in the same kind of material that Marshall uses for its iconic amps, and gold-colored volume and tone knobs sit up top.
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The Woburn outputs 80 W RMS via two 1-inch dome tweeters and two 5.25-inch woofers, with a frequency response of 35 Hz to 22 kHz. Users can stream music to the speaker over Bluetooth or connect a player via a supplied double ended jack curly cable. It's also possible to hook the system up to an existing old school hi-fi setup via the RCA inputs, or feed in sounds from a television, external storage, or a external digital music streamer courtesy of an optical input port.
The sample tracks being played from the company's cabled smartphone sounded pretty good, but it's impossible to say for sure how this model will perform without one-on-one time and in a room with a good deal less background noise. This model is currently shown as available for pre-order for €500 (about US$650), and will be available in black or cream.
The smaller Acton is not yet shown on the manufacturer's website, but we've been told that it will cost €230 (US$300) upon release. Said to have been created for smaller living spaces like kitchens and small bedrooms, this model features one 4-inch woofer and two 0.75-inch dome tweeters (each driven by its own Class-D amp). It will also come in black or cream.
Of the two earphones, the Mode EQ is perhaps the more interesting – featuring, as the name might suggest, an integrated EQ switcher. Users can hit the mid-cable control to swap between two tonal flavors, the first aimed at bass lovers and the second offering a brighter listening experience. Both earphones feature a 9 mm driver, have a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz and a 39 ohm impedance at 1 kHz.
The Mode EQ model is up for pre-order for €79 (US$100), while the Mode earphones are priced €20 cheaper.
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