FAQ Marlow

Is the Marlow a BBC loudspeaker?

No. The Marlow draws on the BBC’s published research but it is not a BBC design, nor has it been developed within their specific requirements. As a result, we have been able to refine the famous BBC cabinet technique, free of any licensing constraints. Our refinements included unique damping materials and evolving an enclosure closely aligned to the Eikona drive unit. 

Is the Marlow better with 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 power output does my amplifier 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. The Marlow will play music naturally, with a big, accurate stereo image. It works well in home cinema systems but for maximum home theatre effect (and to be thoroughly satisfying on reggae, dub 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.

Can the standard Marlow be fitted with binding posts instead of sockets?

We find the high quality sockets fitted are superior and more reliable than most types of binding post. The exception is the Tom Evans pure copper post, as fitted to the Marlow CE. If required we do have high quality double 4 mm speaker plugs available for purchase which match well with the sockets and require no soldering.

Can the standard Marlow be upgraded to the Marlow CE after purchase?

Yes, they can be upgraded by fitting the Tom Evans pure copper binding posts and wiring. This will take them 90% of the way to the CE version. The Marlows will have to be returned to us for this as it is not a user-fit modification.