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Marshall Hanwell Speaker Unboxing and Initial Review: Awesomely Loud

Marshall Hanwell speakers in the house!
Marshall Hanwell speakers in the house!

Meet the Marshall Hanwell Hi-Fi Speakers

We first heard about the Marshall Hanwell speakers sometime in September last year. It was announced back then that the product would be only on a limited run and that they will only be manufacturing 10,000 units to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Marshall. We’ve been aching to get our hands on it eversince! Fortunately for us the local distributor of Marshall, Digits Trading, decided to bring a couple of those beautiful speakers over to the Philippines. We now have a review unit here at the Unbox HQ and we wanted to share with you guys our unboxing as well as initial review.

See Also: Marshall Monitor Headphones Unboxing
Before we get to the actual meat of this post though let’s get something out of the way. The Marshall Hanwell is part of a limited run, has hi-fi quality sound, and looks ridiculously amazing. It’s also very expensive. Locally it retails for Php34,950 making it one of the most expensive speakers you can get for your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or iPod. It’s not really a practical purchase. It’s more of a statement and for fans of the Marshall brand.

Okay, now on to the unboxing! 😛

Packaging and Hardware Initial Impressions

Big and heavy brown box. Our cat, Phoebe, loves it!
Big and heavy brown box. Our cat, Phoebe, loves it!

When the Marshall Hanwell arrived on our doorsteps it had four layers of packaging. First was the outer box which was your usual brown carton. Second was the actual box with the Marshall branding. Third was a layer of foam inside the box. Finally there was some sort of cloth material covering the actual speakers. Here are pics of the unboxing and the stuff we found inside the box. Don’t forget to read the captions!

Actual box with Marshall branding. Consistent with the look and feel of other Marshall products
Actual box with Marshall branding. Consistent with the look and feel of other Marshall products
Upon opening the top we saw a quick timeline and history of Marshall printed on the box. Cool.
Upon opening the top we saw a quick timeline and history of Marshall printed on the box. Cool.
We popped the lid open and saw a thick gray foam covering the speaker. On top was a box with the manuals, power cable, and audio cable.
We popped the lid open and saw a thick gray foam covering the speaker. On top was a box with the manuals, power cable, and audio cable.
Here's what's inside the black box
Here’s what’s inside the black box
After the foam we found the actual speakers. However it was wrapped in some sort of black cloth. So many layers, hehe.
After the foam we found the actual speakers. However it was wrapped in some sort of black cloth. So many layers, hehe.

We got stuck at this point because we had a hard time getting the speaker out of the box, hehe. It was hard because the speakers were very heavy. After checking out the internet we found out that the Hanwell weighs in at 23 lbs., which means that this isn’t made to be portable. Don’t expect to bring this with you when you go out of town. Anyway, after several minutes of trying to pry it out to no avail, we just ripped the carton apart, hehe.

It looks absolutely stunning
It looks absolutely stunning

The Hanwell unmistakably resembles the Marshall amplifiers we’ve seen countless of times being used by rocker guitarists on stage. The Hanwell is housed in a wooden cabinet, layered with black vinyl, and the front has fret cloth and the gold Marshall logo. At the top we find the analogue controls which include the audio jack, volume, bass, and treble.

What the controls are on top
What the controls are on top

Full Review Coming Soon

We’ve only been using this for a couple of hours but we can definitely say that the sound quality is awesome. The dual long-throw woofers definitely do their jobs in delivering fantastic deep lows, warm mids, and sharp clear highs. The volume on this thing is also ridiculously loud!

Watch out for our full review of the Marshall Hanwell next week. If you can’t wait for it and you want to buy already though just head on over to your favorite Beyond the Box store and get it for Php34,950.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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