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    Marshall Tufton Bluetooth speaker review: Loud, thumpy, with a long-life battery, but pricey and lacking in amenities

    The Tufton is the most recent Marshall Bluetooth speaker to cross TechHive’s portal. It’s a big, loud, bass-pumping, however bare-bones unit designed for out of doors and social gathering use. It sounds respectable and its construct high quality is top-notch, however its $400 MSRP is a good quantity of coin for an oddball stereo implementation, no buttons to regulate playback or dealing with telephone calls, and no capability to cost different units.

    It’s value noting that Amazon was selling the Tufton for $330 as I used to be scripting this evaluation, and the producer was throwing in a free pair of its Major III Bluetooth headphones if you buy it direct.

    This evaluation is a part of TechHive’s protection of the best Bluetooth speakers, the place you’ll discover evaluations of competing merchandise, plus a purchaser’s information to the options it is best to think about when purchasing.

    Design and options

    The styling of the Marshall Tufton is a nod to…. Well, to be sincere, I’m undecided. It has the Marshall brand, tweed grill, and Tolex overlaying, nevertheless it’s too skinny to be a combo amp, and it doesn’t mimic the long-lasting Marshall stack, both. That stated, it completely does shout Marshall if that’s what you’re after.

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    The Marshall Tufton is a hefty speaker, however its broad carrying strap make it simple to tote.

    I discussed that the Tufton is on the massive aspect, measuring roughly 14 x 9 x 6.5 inches (HxWxD) and weighing barely lower than 11 kilos. That heft displays very sturdy MDF development and heavy-duty parts. The again, held in place by high-quality screws, comes off, and for a number of causes, I took a peek inside. A bit extra on that later. The vast and sturdy carrying strap makes it really really feel a bit of lighter than the marketed weight, nevertheless it’s actually not for mountain climbing.

    Audio is facilitated by a four-way Class D amplifier: A 40-watt part to drive a single 5.25-inch woofer, two 15-watt sections to drive a pair of two.0-inch mid-range drivers, a 10-watt part to energy the Tufton’s single 0.63-inch dome tweeter. Don’t let the twin mid-range audio system idiot you, the Tufton just isn’t stereo as you would possibly anticipate it. One of the mid-range drivers faces backward, and whereas the mids in a stereo sign are break up between them, the excessive frequencies and low-end are usually not. More on the way it sounds in a bit. Speaking of low-end, the unit is ported for bass response and it’s fairly efficient.

    The Tufton has simply 4 controls: Volume/On/Off, treble, and bass knobs, and the Bluetooth pairing button, however they’re silky clean and strong feeling—Marshall didn’t low-cost  out when it comes to high quality on any stage. Even with the Bluetooth, which is model 5.0 for higher vary.

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    The Marshall Tufton is a primary speaker that’s supposed just for playback.

    The absence of play/pause and skip ahead/again controls means you’ll be able to’t use the Tufton to regulate playback from a Bluetooth supply. And since there’s no mic onboard, you’ll be able to’t use it as a speakerphone, both.  Admittedly, these are minor issues given the speaker’s supposed position; however given the worth, it appears a bit penny-pinching.

    The Tufton is rated IPX2, which means a number of drops of liquid shouldn’t do it a lot hurt, however don’t take it within the pool or depart it out within the rain (you’ll be able to read more about IP codes here). A captive rubber plug covers the two-prong connector for the ability twine and its 3.5mm aux enter, however once more, it’s a guard a in opposition to showers, not immersion.

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