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A loud outdoor amp guaranteed to alienate the neighbours

A loud outdoor amp guaranteed to alienate the neighbours

Marshall Tufton

£349, marshallheadphones.com

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If you enjoy picnics for the peace, the gentle buzzing of the bees and the slurping of your children doing horrible things to ham sandwiches, you will probably hate the Marshall Tufton.

It’s an outdoor speaker made by Marshall, creator of the legendary rock amplifiers beloved of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Even looking at it gives me a faint sense of tinnitus.

If you enjoy picnics for the peace, the gentle buzzing of the bees and the slurping of your children doing horrible things to ham sandwiches, you will probably hate the Marshall Tufton

If you enjoy picnics for the peace, the gentle buzzing of the bees and the slurping of your children doing horrible things to ham sandwiches, you will probably hate the Marshall Tufton

Most outdoor speakers are pretty weedy. The Tufton (one of a range of Marshall gizmos, including headphones, which I’m far too ancient and uncool to even try wearing), is most definitely not.

It’s by far the loudest I’ve ever heard and, satisfyingly, comes with separate controls for treble and bass, so you can actually hear the bass player for once. If you even edge towards top volume, the rhythm section will blast across your whole neighbourhood, and you will stop being invited to barbecues.

It’s a big, hefty unit, and runs for 20 hours off one mains charge. As might be expected of a device that evokes the caveman era of rock ’n’ roll, it’s pretty thin on brains: there’s only a Bluetooth connection, no Alexa or Google, and you can’t connect via wi-fi either.

It’s by far the loudest I’ve ever heard and, satisfyingly, comes with separate controls for treble and bass, so you can actually hear the bass player for once

It’s by far the loudest I’ve ever heard and, satisfyingly, comes with separate controls for treble and bass, so you can actually hear the bass player for once

On the plus side, it is waterproof: well, waterpoof-ish – it’ll be fine in a rain shower, courtesy of a rubber flap that covers the power socket. Just don’t drop it in the bath.

Who needs a picnic speaker this loud? Well, as Steven Tyler from Aerosmith once said: ‘If it’s worth doing… it’s worth overdoing.’

 

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