Is the Marlow a BBC loudspeaker?
The Marlow draws on the BBC’s published research into cabinet design, but it is not a licensed design. We were able to refine cabinet, free of any licensing constraints. These refinements included unique damping materials and evolving an enclosure closely aligned to the Eikona drive unit.
Is the Marlow best suited to a valve (tube) or solid-state amplifier?
We have tested it with home theatre receivers, 200 watt per channel Class-D amplifiers and a 4.5-watt triode amplifier and it sounded magnificent with them all. The better the amplifier, the better the Marlow will sound.
What size amplifier do I need?
This is a tricky one to answer. To a certain extent it depends upon size of room, type of music and preferred volume. But the type of amplifier can come into play too; a valve (tube) amplifier has softer clipping characteristics than solid state, so a smaller amplifier may work unexpectedly well.. We recommend solid state amplifiers from 20 W per channel but the Marlows have worked extremely well with 4.5 W per channel triode (tube) amplifier.
Is the Marlow suited to all types of music?
In testing, it was used to reproduce orchestra, bass-heavy rock and solo acoustic music. It will play music naturally, with a big, accurate stereo image. It also works well in home cinema systems but for maximum home theatre effect (and the deepest organ music) we recommend adding a good subwoofer or two.
Is the Marlow intended for analogue or digital systems?
The Marlow is an accurate window into whatever source you use, whether analogue from a turntable or digital via a streaming service. The better the source material, the better it will sound. Although that also means that if the music is badly recorded, it will sound like that over the Marlows.
Can they be used on bookshelves?
They can and may work well but for best results we recommend floor stands, ideally open frame such as the ones we have designed. Once on stands, the Marlows are remarkably tolerant of room position and work well close to walls, if required.