Enjoy thumping sound wherever life takes you with this indigo Marshall Stockwell II portable Bluetooth speaker. The rechargeable LiIon battery supports up to 20 hours of playback on a single charge, while the multi-host functionality allows connection to two wireless sources. This pint-sized Marshall Stockwell II portable Bluetooth speaker features a 10W Class D woofer amplifier for thundering bass.
Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
Allows to play music with any Bluetooth device at a range of up to 30 feet away from the speaker.
Stockwell II features a silicone exterior, steel metal grille and an IPX4 water-resistant rating, making it supremely rugged and durable.
Enjoy up to 20 hours of extended playback on a single charge.
Quick charge capability
20 minutes gets you 6 hours of portable playtime, while a fully charged battery can be reached
in 5 hours.
Allows to easily connect and switch between two Bluetooth devices.
Analogue control knobs
Bass, treble and volume knobs allow you to fine-tune to the exact sound you desire.
60Hz - 20kHz frequency response
Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.
Auxiliary audio input
Allows simple wired connectivity.
Legal and safety information
Marshall Stockwell II Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Quick start guide
USB Device Charging
Stockwell II Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Additional Accessories Included
Number Of Speakers
Minimum Frequency Response
Maximum Frequency Response
Maximum Depth Of Water Resistance
Power on/off, Volume
Power on/off, volume, treble, bass, sources switch, Bluetooth
Marshall Amplification is the best known designer and manufacturer of professional music amplifiers and stage speakers. Its classic “Marshall” script on the grill cloth is a guarantee that the equipment is top quality and will produce, as Pete Townshend noted, “sizzling sound with crunch!” Since 2010 Marshall has worked closely with Sweden’s top-rated Zound Industries to create consumer versions of its equipment. This review will focus on the latest of these collaborations, the Marshall Stockwell II wireless portable Bluetooth speaker, a surprisingly powerful unit with amazing sound quality and some great bonus features.
After extensive testing of the Stockwell II speaker in a wide variety of applications my conclusion is that this very compact unit has a superb combination of features, power and sound quality which far surpass the vast majority of its competitors in its price range.
First, consider that the Stockwell II is packed with a great set of features and specifications:
• Bi-directional stereophonic sound radiation
• Maximum sound level 80 dBA
• Frequency range: 60 Hz to 20,000 Hz
• 100mm woofer/main speaker, two 20mm dome tweeters, plus passive reflex radiators to create deeper bass
• 3 Class D Amplifiers provide 10 watts of power for main speaker and 5 watts of power for each dome tweeter
• Volume, Bass and Treble analog controls
• Very compact: 7.1” tall, 6.3” wide, 2.8” deep
• Weight: 3 pounds and feels very solidly built
• Shock-resistant: Survives 2 foot drop test
• Silicon exterior provides IPX 4 certified water resistance (protection from water splashed on it from any direction for at least 5 minutes) and it is very easy to clean
• Total Harmonic Distortion of less than 1%
• Bluetooth 5.0 aptX connectivity with multi-host functionality
• 3.5 mm external input
• Power supply: lithium polymer battery, USB-C 5V-12V recharge cable included
• Battery life: 20+ hours (12+ hours at maximum volume level), fast recharge time
• One year warranty on parts and labor
The Stockwell II comes securely packaged in a fabric cover within a shock-resistant storage box. Included is a simple illustrated getting started brochure, the usual safety warnings and a USB-C charging cable.
The Stockwell II speaker is very solid and quite attractive in an old school, rock concert stage style. It can survive the usual rough handling that portable Bluetooth speakers have to endure. The IPX 4 rating means you can splash it with water for up to 5 minutes from any direction. And the tight weave on the silicon speaker fabric and other surfaces makes it very easy to clean. The USB-C charging port is located on the right side, just above the 3.5 mm stereo input connection. You can attach the charging cable and it will be unobtrusive while you use the speaker. But the long battery life (20+ hours) and high-speed USB-C charging rate means that you won’t be recharging very often. The controls are very simple. The top has a Bluetooth connecting pressure switch, three big, analog knobs to adjust volume, bass and treble and a bar gauge indicating the battery charge. There is also a very nice, wide carrying strap which you can attach to the brass knobs on each side. The total package says quality, simplicity, very high cool quotient.
The Bluetooth connection was effortless and solid from every device I tried (phone, tablet, laptop). It held the connection steady up to about 50 feet from my music source (with no walls or other blockages in-between.) As noted, you also have the option of connecting a non-Bluetooth source with a 3.5 mm stereo cable.
OK, so that’s the basics, but the big question is, how does it sound?
In a word – amazing!
I played a wide variety of music on the Stockwell II unit. Everything from 1950s jazz classics, 1960s rock and Motown standards, 1970s heavy metal to recent classical music masterpieces. Everything was reproduced with great fidelity and with a warm, rich body that no other Bluetooth speaker I have ever used could match. Bass lines had a very satisfying thump, mid-range tones were silky smooth and high notes could shatter crystal. I was very impressed that this compact unit had such range and power!
The sound quality is largely due to the superb engineering of Marshall and Zound. The big 100 mm (4”) main speaker driver is directed at the rear of the unit and the two dome tweeters fire through the front surface. Bass is not really perceived as directional – most of the stereo effect comes from the mid-range and high notes which the tweeters produce. Having the large speaker facing the back surface frees up space for the tweeters to work more effectively. Just put your hand on the front and rear of this speaker and you can really feel the difference – a massive thumping on the back and the energy of high frequencies on the front surface. Passive reflex radiators also help to distribute the sound through both faces.
There are a few elements which are not perfect. First, the maximum volume is 80 dB – adequate but not overwhelming. Some Bluetooth speakers are rated as 90 dB (twice as loud as 80 dB.) Turn the volume all the way up and it is room-filling sound but not room-shaking sound. The old Spinal Tap joke about turning the knob up to 11 definitely does not apply here. Second, the Bass and Treble controls may confuse some. They are marked from 0 to 10 but 5 is really neutral. Below 5 and the tone is attenuated, above 5 and the effect is enhanced. Just set both at 5 and then work from there to get the sound profile you like best. Third, the unit is not really interactive with your source. You can’t skip to the next song from the speaker, nor can you adjust the source volume from the speaker, only the speaker’s volume. This is not really a big deal but if you are used to the interactive nature of most
Bluetooth speakers just be aware of this minor limitation.
On the plus side, the use of USB-C for charging means that the Stockwell II is future-tech compatible. You can charge other devices by plugging in to the power in/out port on the side and the massive battery will bring your other devices back to life quickly. The battery meter is easy to read and leaves no doubt about the charge level. The elegant carrying strap makes moving the speaker around very comfortable, but it can be removed or just flipped down if you don’t like its look. The 3.5 mm input gives you the option of playing other sources through this great speaker. Most Bluetooth speakers have a similar port but this is a speaker good enough to actually make you want to use it!
After living with the Marshall Stockwell II Bluetooth speaker for a couple of weeks I can confidently state that it is one of the best values on the market. It has my whole-hearted and enthusiastic recommendation!
This good looking, vintage style Marshall speaker didn’t disappoint! Came out of the box charged. Up and running in about 1 minute. Sounds amazing but still super portable. Small but mighty! Rich sound and bass is perfect, with adjustable settings. Solid construction. Sound comes from front and back. Our 17 yo daughter loves it and I have to admit, I’ve “borrowed” it a few times already lol.
When this arrived I didn't expect a whole lot based on the size alone - boy was I wrong!
It's a square, each side a little longer than the length of a dollar bill. A lot of attention went into the detail of the finish - very nice!
Controls are easy - a Bluetooth pairing button, volume, bass and treble.
When my unit arrived the battery was stone cold dead - but maybe 5 minutes on the USB-C connection and it fired right up..
I started with some AC/DC since they always bring a good mix of bass and treble. I was shocked when the bass was strong enough to show me that the surface I put the speaker on wasn't level and the bass caused it to rock and fall over :-)
Shockingly good sound comes out of this little speaker! Definitely good for a small room - very very FULL sound, crisp, clean, without being overly bassy. Worth checking out if you're looking for something that puts out good sound and is portable (20 hours play time on battery)
I've always been a Bose fan. I had the sound link mini and then the sound link mini II. Both had good sound but lacked a little on lows. I decided to give Marshall a shot and was extremely happy with the construction and sound. It has clean crisp highs, mids and lows. The battery last twice as long as my sound link mini II. I may never buy another Bose.
As a music fan I've always loved the design of the Marshall speakers and recognize the great sound that they always produce. I was excited to get this new Stockwell II to use outside, at the beach, BBQ's etc. While I wanted it for it's portability, I have been using it around the house more when I don't need my whole home wireless system.
The design of the speaker is simple, sturdy and practical. Like the Marshall amp's that the Stockwell II draws its design inspiration from, there are separate knobs to control volume, treble and bass. I am tired of downloading a new app every time I set up a new product just to adjust the sound so I love having the bass and treble right there on the speaker.
Pairing the speaker to my iPhone took all of 5 seconds and I was ready to go. The battery was at about 90% when I got it and there is a handy battery meter at the top of the speaker next to the controls which is a great addition.
Sounds comes from both sides of the speaker and sounds great at all volumes. I have been impressed by the details int he sound and at high volumes can hear it throughout my home. The sound is rich and clear and does not get distorted at high volumes.
The speaker is very sturdy and has some real weight to it for something so small. It has a really sturdy handle that attaches like a guitar strap which makes it easy to carry around but also to hang it somewhere outside.
It also charges via an included USB-C cable, not micro-usb which is a nice touch as many of my devices now connect this way. The battery life has been fantastic so far, I'm not worried about this every going dead on me.
Great job on this one Marshall!
Marshall Stockwell II Portable Bluetooth Speaker
This speaker is a nice sounding small portable speaker with an easy carry “leather” and felt strap. The speaker box itself is hard plastic surrounded by a rubber cushion. Something like an Otterbox case. Hopefully the rubber won’t do the same thing as the Otterbox. The speaker contains 2, 1-1/2” full range drivers. One on the front (left speaker) and one on the back (right speaker). It has 1, 2” woofer on the front and 1, 2-1/4” passive radiator on the back. The case is vented but not really ported. The venting seems to be more for the batteries. The power is supplied by a 10.8V 2600mah li-ion battery. The amp is rated at 10 watts for the woofer and 2 x 5 watts for the full range speakers. The controls are very easy to work and function much like you would expect. Volume is off to 10, Bass 0 to 10, Treble 0 to 10, a push button for Bluetooth pairing (Bluetooth connections states multi connection ability) and a good battery indicator. It charges with a USB C cable (supplied) and the use of any of your existing phone chargers, it does not come with the charger. This is normal but with this speaker it is a setback. It has the ability to charge at 12V 3A but finding a phone charger that will do that is hit or mis. If they intend it to be charged at that voltage, they should supply the charger. Using a standard phone charger that is 5V 2.1A it took about 12 hours to charge the battery. Next to the USB C charging port is a 3.5mm input jack for Aux input. The stated battery life is 20 hours. Running the speaker for 4 hours at high level only moved the battery indication down 1 of the 10 lights. The speaker is IPX4 water resistant. Do not use it next to the pool. I wouldn’t even take it to the beach for fear of sand getting in the cabinet. It will take a small splash but not much else. With that said it would look great on your desk and give you great sound with easy to use controls. Overall this speaker has the looks of an old guitar amp, just smaller. I can see it being a good fit on an office desk with plenty of volume for the occasional office get together.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about bass quality, design, size and sound. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 90/100 = Excellent quality.
PCMagRating, 4 out of 54.0Tim Gideon on May 7, 2019
Marshall Stockwell II
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