“…going back to my pair of reference LS3/5As, I’m now ruined by the clarity that the Marlows provide.”– TONEAudio magazine
The Jordan Marlow is a compact, high performance loudspeaker combining the Jordan Eikona full-range drive unit with a furniture-grade cabinet based on pioneering BBC research. It has a detailed, natural sound and large-scale imaging which can do justice to almost any genre of music.
Behind the Marlow’s acoustically-transparent grille is the Jordan Eikona, an advanced, alloy cone drive unit that covers the majority of the musical spectrum. Designed by audio legend Ted Jordan, the Eikona’s apparent simplicity produces a more natural, realistic sound than the more complicated approach of separate woofers and tweeters.
BACKGROUND TO THE BOX
The Marlow cabinet is constructed of thin Baltic birch ply, heavily damped with internal pads and lined with acoustic foam. This type of cabinet looks deceptively simple but is difficult and expensive to make well. The process is closer to making a musical instrument. Each element – wood type, fixture, damping type and placement – is critical. When executed correctly, this attention to detail gives a solidity and naturalness to the sound which is very beguiling.
In developing the Marlow, we kept all the elements of the BBC cabinet techniques and added a few refinements of our own. In particular, we use modern, high-technology damping materials, and the size and tuning of the reflex-loaded cabinet is designed to precisely match the Eikona. At the same time, we have kept the elegant, domestic-friendly proportions of classic UK loudspeaker designs.
This standard edition is wired with Kimber Kable 4TC and fitted with Swiss-made 4 mm sockets, which provide a better connection than most binding posts, as well as keeping the appearance clean and fuss-free. Cabinets are currently available in walnut or rosewood real-wood veneer. The loudspeakers are individually numbered and supplied in matched pairs. Each loudspeaker is supplied in a cloth bag which can also be used as a dustcover when the Marlow is installed on a stand.
The Marlow is hand-built in England.
“Words like ‘very impressive’ and ‘sophisticated’ were used. Despite their diminutive size (think LS3/5a) they threw up a huge soundstage equal in height, depth and width to the (Eikona Transmission Line) Arrays. Not surprisingly the only real difference was in the bass output but all of us were amazed at how much bass the little Marlows could produce.” Ian, independent group listening session
sensitivity: 86 dB/Watt
frequency response: 44 Hz – 18 kHz (+/- 6 B)
maximum power handing: 100 w peak
recommended amplifier: 10 – 70 Watts
cable: Kimber TC
connections: Swiss 4 mm sockets, gold-plated
size: 330h x 200w x 180d mm (including connectors)
weight: 3.0 kg per speaker
supplied in pairs with individual cloth dust covers