Here's what we like
- Great sound quality
- Looks stylish
- Classy physical controls
And what we do not
- ] Alexa does not have good intervals
- Min speed shocks at installation
As far as Bluetooth speakers are concerned, the sound and sound quality do not go as often as you want them to. Enter Marshall Stanmore II Voice, anxious to spend that trend and provide some powerful sounds while watching pretty well. Oh, and Alexa is also built for good measure.
It's a pretty big speaker, but as you look at a moment, Alexa integration is more of a novelty than a core feature. Here's what we've done of our time with it.
Marshall's Guitar Amplifiers are some of the most recognized in the world, so it's hardly surprising that Marshall Stanmore II Voice takes the familiar look and just tweaks it a little to suit the look of a home speaker.
It has a fleshy looking presence to it. It looks expensive and is suitably heavy at just over 10 pounds and at 13.78 x 7.68 x 7.28 inches it's also a decent size. Big enough to pack a punch, but small enough that you can still place it somewhere in your living space without feeling it dominates the space. There is no need to make concessions in exchange for portability, because this speaker requires power supply to power. As a little nod to Marshall's pedigree, there is also room for the legend "EST 1962" to be characterized by fascination, to remind of its legacy.
The class feel continues with how the knobs work on top of the device. There is steering wheel for volume, bass and treble with LED indicators that light up to reflect their position. It's a weighty feeling for them too, so do not be surprised when you childish tweak them first first for that matter. Other place of residence is a 3.5 mm analog analogue input, a source selector button, playback / pause and a microphone shut-down button so Alexa does not need to listen to everything you say.
] At the back of the unit are a pair of RCA analog inputs and a bass reflex port. Wireless connectivity offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Spotify Connect. Things can be almost as varied as you want them to be, even though I expect most Bluetooth connectors to choose a lot of time.
If things get a little more complicated, the actual setting for Marshall Stanmore II Voice is. The speaker comes with a very fast quick start manual, which basically states that you should connect the speaker and download the Marshall app. Linking it to Bluetooth is a fairly common process, except I thought it was a little insignificant. It's common to hold down a button to put it in mating mode, but I found that it took a few tries for my iPhone XS to detect it and get started.
It's a slight inconvenience that can be put down to what's true Bluetooth, but the fact that there's such a basic and virtually nonexistent manual (one that's available online) means you need to use your knowledge of Bluetooth technology to figure things out. It's good if you're used to tech but to delegate to someone who's not so experienced?
On the plus side, once again, the app makes much of the other hard work for you.
Controls / App
Marshall Stanmore II Voice has a choice of controls. If you're physically close to it, you can fine-tune things from there, or you can use the app to fine-tune the sound to your liking. As mentioned, the knobs feel suitable and like you have paid good money to the speaker because you have it. These are the small things that add to your feeling about your purchase.
The Marshall Voice app is where you may find yourself more time. After all, you have already used it to set things up at the beginning. As much about this speaker, it's as complicated as you want it to be.
Do you just want to play music and leave the app to do the great things? Dip into the EQ presets and there are a lot of options according to the genre you are listening to. If you're not exactly an audio file (other than letting your music sound good), it's only right to get the best results from the speaker.
However, you can easily adjust things manually if you want to know what you do. Within the app, you can also do things like changing the input source (save a trip to the physical device to switch between your smartphone music and Spotify, for example), adjust the LED intensity of the speaker, rename it or connect multiple other Marshall speakers so you can control the entire home from one app. Because you only have Marshall speakers, of course, because they only link to each other.
The app is a little basic but that means it's easy and simple. It's also where you have to go to log in to Amazon Alexa.
Alexa support is a great addition, but Marshall Stanmore II Voice is not as smart to listen as you want it to be. If you are close to the speaker and willing to talk a little more consciously than usual, it's good to go, but this is not a perfect smart speaker in any way. Marshall Stanmore II Voice uses a few remote-field microphones to listen, no matter how high you play music, but she's not the sharpest when you get what you say if you're a short distance away. She works best when you are in the same room otherwise you have to talk, even if you have only walked a short distance from the room where the speaker is located. It's best to consider Alexa a bonus to the speaker's solid audio information rather than an important reason to buy it.
If you read this and think "hello, how about Google Assistant support instead?" Hold on for a while. The Google Assistant-compatible version of this speaker is set for release 2019.
You know that moment when you realize you made a really good purchase? That moment happens when you start listening to your favorite songs through Marshall Stanmore II Voice. Two 15 watt class D amplifiers operate their tweeters while a 50 watt class D amplifier drives the subwoofer. That means grunt and power when you need it, while you're subtle and delicate for the quieter tracks.
I tested their bass and all-power with some Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age tracks. It sounded powerful and made me listen to more. I have found a good test is to upload some of a friend's album. Recorded on a limited budget without having undergone expensive processes, I know a good speaker or a set of headphones can pick up fancier shades as cheaper forms of audio can not only be achieved. Marshall Stanmore II Voice did in any way do anything new and new again. I could hear subtle notes that I usually did not notice when listening to other devices.
Turn it up to 10 and your neighbors will choke, but it easily shows the power of this speaker. I found 4 or 5 where rich enough but if you keep turning up there is no quality loss here. The balance is kept well in all volumes. It simply assumes that you have left the app at a preset EQ instead of dabbling yourself. There is not much need to fine-tune if you are not very keen to see what the difference is. The device simply sets good sound quality.
Then I'll buy it?
In a word-yes. Of course, Marshall Stanmore II Voice is not perfect. Choosing between Alexa or Google Assistant support will be a problem for some households. The Alexa support is not perfect, which means that you speak a little more clearly than other smart speakers. This is not a household solution – it's an advantage in an outstanding set of speakers.
As for sound quality, this is a pretty wonderful speaker. Never lacking a verbatim type, it is safe to improve your sound experience at home. The fact that it looks good at the same time makes it all the better. It's a purchase decision that you will not regret.
Here's What We Like
- Good Sound Quality
- Looks Stylish
- Classy Physical Controls