Anyone with even a passing curiosity in well-liked music has in all probability seen Marshall guitar amps sharing the stage with most of the world’s biggest rock bands. Since 1962, the enduring look and emblem of those venerable highway warriors has let everybody know there’s some critical guitar shredding on the way in which.

More lately, Marshall licensed Sweden’s Zound Industries to fabricate headphones and Bluetooth audio system bearing the Marshall model, together with the Marshall Stanmore II Voice reviewed right here. The “Voice” within the identify signifies that it responds to voice instructions, and it is available in two completely different variations: Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. I had the Alexa model for evaluate. After some bother getting every little thing working, the speaker sounded fairly good, particularly enjoying rock music.

Features

The Marshall Stanmore II Voice seems identical to the amp head for a Marshall stack. It’s not precisely small, measuring 13.78 x 7.68 x 7.28 inches (WxHxD) and weighing a hefty 10.47 kilos.

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The again panel features a bass-reflex port on the left, a pair of RCA jacks, and the power-cord receptacle.

The bass-reflex cupboard homes two 0.75-inch damped-fabric dome tweeters and one 5.25-inch coated-paper cone woofer dealing with ahead with a port on the again, so don’t place it proper up towards a wall or different floor to keep away from overemphasizing the bass—until you’re into that form of factor! The specified frequency vary extends from 50Hz to 20kHz (±6dB) with a most output of 101dB SPL at a distance of 1 meter. The woofer is pushed by 50W Class D amplifier, and every tweeter has its personal 15-watt Class D amp.

One main characteristic is built-in Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice management—my evaluate unit makes use of Alexa—which requires entry to your Wi-Fi community. The Stanmore II Voice can be part of any 802.11b/g/n/ac community at 2.4- or 5GHz with WPA safety. This lets it stream music from varied on-line suppliers, similar to Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, and others. In addition, you’ll be able to management different appropriate units, similar to TVs, lights, locks, thermostats, and so forth. A far-field two-microphone array with noise cancellation permits it to listen to you even when the music is turned up otherwise you’re throughout the room.

In addition to on-line streaming, the Stanmore II Voice may settle for audio by way of Bluetooth. The speaker implements Bluetooth 4.2 and helps the A2DP, AVRCP, and HID profiles; it doesn’t assist the aptX codec. Another wi-fi “input” is Spotify Connect, which streams audio from a tool with the Spotify app on to the Stanmore II Voice by way of Wi-Fi. In addition, the unit offers two bodily inputs: a 3.5mm jack on the highest and a pair of RCA jacks on the again. It helps audio resolutions as much as 192kHz/24-bit.

With a latest firmware replace, you’ll be able to assemble a multi-room speaker system that may play completely different tunes in every room or the identical track all through your house. Using your Wi-Fi community, Alexa Multi-Room helps you to mix appropriate audio system from completely different manufacturers right into a multi-room system.

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On the highest of the unit (L-R) are the 3.5mm aux enter; source-selection button; quantity, bass, and treble controls with super-cool illuminated setting markers; play/pause/skip button; and microphone activation/mute button. Above these controls are two microphones for voice instructions.

User Interface

The high of the unit sports activities a number of bodily controls, together with a source-selection button, quantity knob, bass and treble knobs, a play/pause/skip button, and a microphone button that prompts Alexa or Google Assistant with out having to say the wake phrase. The microphone button additionally mutes and unmutes the 2 mics, that are mounted on the highest as nicely. The quantity, bass, and treble knobs are every surrounded with markers that mild up one after the other as you enhance the settings, which is manner cool.

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