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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 25 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    OUTSTANDING Speaker For Smaller Rooms!

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    Wraith
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    I have owned a Marshall Stanmore since it first hit the shelves and I am still getting compliments on it to this day and it fills our living room / kitchen (open concept home) with awesome sound. Now that I am semi-retired (ugh, don't know if that is a good thing or not yet), I have more time to catch up with the stack of books I have been meaning to read but I need music in my library. I HAVE to have music when I read, been that way since high school (I could just run the music through my head and what I was reading at the time would come back to me). I initially thought about switching out the Acton II for the Stanmore because it has all the latest bells and whistles but after doing some A-B testing of the two, the Acton II can't fill our living room / kitchen area with nearly enough sound as the Stanmore. That isn't necessarily surprising since the Acton II is much smaller, but audio engineers have done some pretty impressive things with speakers and headphones these days. With that being said, the Acton II is PHENOMENAL in my library, which is a much smaller room with lower ceilings. Setting it up so that the rear of the speaker faces a corner (like you do with a subwoofer in an entertainment system) really brings out an impressive amount of bass from this thing. I know that saying it is in my library probably brings up thoughts of classical music but really I'm reading to 70's & 80's rock. When I get sick of my own playlists from my phone I can switch to Amazon Music via Alexa to play whatever I'm in the mood for at that time. The only knock I can really give to the Acton II is that the microphone isn't nearly as good at picking up my requests as those in some of the dedicated Alexa items. Sometimes it states that it 'seems like I'm whispering but it thinks I asked for....', and it is usually correct but it is a bit of a delay that can be annoying at times. Trust me, I am not whispering, but perhaps it's placement in relation to my recliner isn't the best so it may not be all the speaker's fault. I know they bill this as a multi-room system, but since I only have one of these and my Stanmore doesn't have that functionality, I can't really speak to that functionality. Hmmmm.... maybe I need to convince the wife to let me upgrade that to a Stanmore II! All-in-all I'm very happy with the Acton II and would recommend it without reservation for those who want a stylish and great-sounding speaker for an office, bedroom, library or any smaller contained room. If they need something for a larger or more open space, I would definitely say they should stick to the Marshall family of speakers (because they are all awesome looking and sound great), but go for something with a bit more power.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best voice speaker out there

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    Capshroud
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    I already own the exceptional Marshall Kilburn II portable speaker and have several Echo devices in my home. With that in mind, I was anxious to try the new Acton II with Alexa baked in. There’s also a version with Google Assistant if that’s your choice, but it’s one or the other, not both. This is by far the best wireless Alexa speaker that I have yet to see and hear. So far it’s been flawless in responding to the voice prompt, so it gives all the power of the Echo ecosystem along with superb sound. Finally, Alexa can give you music that truly enjoyable to listen to. As far as appearance, you’ll either love the retro Marshall styling or go “whatever”. Regardless of that, you will be impressed with the build quality and the sound coming from this modest-sized box. You start the setup by downloading the Marshall Voice app to a phone or tablet. Make sure you get the correct app! It will guide you through connecting to your WIFI and to Amazon. It also controls volume and has equalizer functions. The app is OK, but it can be slow to react and could use some polishing. There are controls on the unit for switching inputs, volume, treble, bass, pause/play and mike on/off. These are totally electronic since all these functions can be adjusted wirelessly as well. The is no on/off switch. The assumption must be that just like other Echo devices, it will always be plugged in and on. Also included with the top mounted controls is an AUX in jack. You can’t be a Marshall device without a nod to its guitar amp ancestry. Unfortunately, they no longer include that cool, coiled cable. The sound is rich with amazing bass. I had some trouble getting the mid-range presence as good as my Kilburn. The bass is very full, and I would caution against pushing it much. It’s just not needed and may start muddying the midrange which was my balancing problem. At medium volume, it will fill a living room with amazingly clean, clear, full range music. If you really need to blast yourself, you can push the volume to a level that will amaze you, especially for its very modest size. It still sounds very good, but I felt it lost a little of its signature preciseness. Marshall continues to push amazing music with deep, full bass as well as clear mids and highs out of a small package.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Big Sound, Small Package

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    Saitzev
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    I did have a Marshall Stanmore II with Alexa preceding this. That was quite the large speaker, and it was fairly hefty. It really was a once you set it up you leave it there kind of speaker. It was certainly by no means a portable speaker. The Acton II with Alexa however is considerably smaller, as you can see by the image with can of soda in front of it. The Stanmore II was much taller quite heavier. The Acton II still delivers that same level of sound as the Stanmore II though so even if you opt for this you won't be missing a whole lot. The Stanmore II had two Tweeters and a Woofer with a total of 80W combined. The wattage here is a fair bit lower though weighing in only at 30W on the Woofer. I personally think the concession is worth the weight and size difference. It's still more or less a set it and leave it speaker though. If you really need portability there are two Marshall Models that will fill that need. I did listen to a few songs, similar one's I tested on the Stanmore II. I will say I was surprised with how loud this small unit gets, though I didn't push it much past half. There's some really good low end to be had in a lot of songs, and there's plenty of highs. My only real complaint with this speaker, and I don't think I mentioned it in my Stanmore II review, but the sound level is a bit odd here. After hitting about 1/3 volume till not quite 2/3 there's not really much middle ground for sound volume. To me on both models it seemed to not change very much. You more or less get quite or loud, there's no in-between. A friend of mine also echoed this with his own findings with the speaker. I think if some tweaking is made, it would go a long ways to providing a better more broader range of a soundstage. Still though, as for aesthetics, these speakers are pretty impossible to beat. Most other speakers are too sporty looking or really gaudy. There's just something timeless about the look of the Marshall line of products.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Marshall Legend Continues

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    vrs99
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    This is my second Marshall Bluetooth speaker and they continue to nail the design, quality and most importantly the Legendary Sound of Marshall. Love that they have continued with the Retro look of their amps, gorgeous stuff. It is amazing that such rich tunes can be produced, apparently magically from a box of this dimension. The highs and mid-range are crisp and clean, and the bass is deep and true. Spent the afternoon running through some classic Jethro Tull, mainly Ian Anderson’s first album “Stand Up.” Anderson’s music is typically more complex with more movements than you typically find, from his masterful flute to the acoustic to striking back with full rock n’ roll rifts the Acton II never missed a beat. The music that flows and trumpets from the Acton II is no less than you expect from the Legend of Marshall. Cool Highlight Features: - Amazon Alexa built into the box. - Wi-Fi for network connection. - Marshall Bluetooth App “Customize your listening experience.” - Spotify Connect. - Bluetooth 5.0 “Multi-Host Functionality.” - Pairing speakers with Alexa Eco-system. The extensive list of specs will not fit in my review easily, but I would encourage anyone searching for a speaker to take a close look. This speaker is very worthy of a place on the shelve in any room, or all your rooms. Looks good and sounds great. Bottom-line, I have more Bluetooth speakers than I care to count, and all of them except my two Marshalls are sitting in a closet somewhere. The Marshall’s are my go-to everyday system.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Attractive wireless speaker--app needs some work

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    SgtRock
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    I was excited when offered the chance to test the Marshall - Acton II wireless speaker with Alexa---my kids love Alexa (I honestly think she’s like a third parent to them sometimes) and we’d wanted something like this for their playroom, so this was perfect! The speaker is very sharp looking, and the size on this one doesn’t overwhelm the shelf. It fits nicely with the décor we have around it. The set-up seemed simple enough—plug it in, download the app (of course) and follow the instructions. This part was, unfortunately, extremely frustrating. We have a great wi-fi signal where I had it—I tested it both through my phone and through a laptop….but I could NOT get it to connect. I tried the standard route several times but it was a no-go every time. I then tried the ‘alternate method’ and unfortunately it wasn’t very helpful. You get to a certain point and it tells you to go to your wi-fi settings, then once paired with the phone return to the Marshall app to finish installation….except when you return to the app the instructions on how to finish never come up—it just takes you straight to the home page! There was no way to even get back to the set up instructions. I finally ended up taking the speaker to where it was right next to the wi-fi router. That ended up working….so now I needed to update the firmware. Cool, no problem, except it timed out and couldn’t complete (“unknown error”) three times in a row. In total it took over an hour to get through the set-up phase. The app needs a LOT of work. Through Bluetooth the sound is great (as would be expected from a Marshall product). The speaker puts out solid, clear sound, and the bass is very good for a speaker this size. Once it’s connected Alexa is straightforward and can use the normal Alexa app to be controlled, as well as the voice commands. It fits right into a connected Alexa home, or as a single Alexa app. My kids love it (especially the games) so it really is a great fit in the play room. You can customize quite a bit through the voice commands if you want to get that in depth—there is a huge selection of controls you can modify to get the sound right where you want it if you want to get that in-depth, but it sounds terrific right out of the box if you don’t. If you are looking for a wireless speaker that fits in with décor and looks better on a shelf than most, you can’t go wrong with this…just be ready for some frustration during set-up. Hopefully my experience wasn’t the norm.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Little Speaker Packs A Big Sound

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    The34Car
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    The Marshall Acton II speaker is a small but powerful speaker with a clean, balanced sound. The Acton II is the little brother of the Stanmore II. It is pretty much identical in looks, just on a smaller scale. It has classic Marshall styling with a textured vinyl exterior and brass plate and knobs on the top of the box. The front has the iconic Marshall logo over mesh with a brass plate at the bottom. The sound comes from three amplifiers (one subwoofer and two tweeters) and features a rear venting bass reflex system. Even though it’s Marshall’s smallest speaker, the sound will definitely fill the room without sounding strained. The Acton II is very versatile. It can be used through Bluetooth 5.0 with AptX for lossless streaming, through streaming apps via Amazon Alexa (such as Pandora or Spotify, etc.), or through an analog connection via a 3.5 mm cable. You can also link multiple Marshall speakers together to play music across your whole home. And whichever way you choose to play your music, you have options on how to control it as well. You can use the Marshall Voice app to control equalizer and volume or you can use the knobs on the speaker itself. Not only does this speaker give you great sound, but you can use it to control other devices or do anything that an Alexa Echo would do (as long as you have an Alexa account). If you don’t have an Alexa account, you’d be better off getting the version of this speaker that doesn’t have Alexa built in. I love Marshall speakers and this one lived up to my expectations for sure!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big Sound, Classic Design

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    TechBuyer
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    Marshall may be best known for being on the blaring end of an electric guitar from the music videos from the 70s and 80s, but more recently, they've started producing lifestyle products like headphones and speakers. The Acton II VOICE is an interesting update to their previous Bluetooth speaker offerings by adding Amazon Alexa (Google Voice is a different model) which opens up another, more seamless method of music streaming as well as transforming the Acton II into another node for all of the other voice commands. I personally love the Acton II as it looks like a classy piece of equipment that fits right into a nice living room, study, sunroom or deck with its vinyl housing and grilled Marshall speaker cover without looking like it just got beamed down from the mother ship or got rejected by the local laser light show. More info on weather/waterproof would be interesting, but its such a clean looking device with just a single cable to the wall. As for sound, its got surprising wallop for such a small speaker. The bass is a bit ploddy rather than punchy but its still very good compared to other Alexa devices. It also has a 3.5mm input for a pair of cans as well as the ability to connect to your phone or other Bluetooth device to play tunes from another device. Setup was simple, the most confusing part being choosing the right Marshall app which is the Marshall Voice (not multi-room) app. Then you detect devices from your phone, connect to your WiFi, enter your Alexa password and you are on your way. It even overrides other Alexa devices in the same room as it will play the music from the Acton II instead of the Echo Show in the same room. Loving this speaker so far, I'm sure I'll enjoy it and its timeless good looks for another 50 years or so!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Marshall Vinyl Clad, Tweed Grille + Alexa!

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    gadgetguy11
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    The Acton II Voice Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Assistant is Marshall through and through, solid to the core. Equipped with a Far Field Microphone array, a 4" single driver that plays down to 50Hz & 2) tweeters that play to 20Khz. Amazing classic Marshall sound rocks out! Virtually no distortion is heard up to 80% of full volume. Above that nearly deafening level, the high frequencies acquire a slightly raspy sound. The cabinet size of the Acton II is perfect for most interior spaces, unlike the larger Stanmore, which offers pristine sound with an oversized cabinet. The 4" driver is powered by a 25 Watt digital amp; each 0.75" tweeter is powered by a dedicated 8 Watt digital amp. Dimensions: 10.4 x 6.3 x 5.9 (W x H x D-inches). Weight: 6.6 pounds. Inputs: Alexa + Bluetooth & 3.5mm aux port. Onboard controls: Knobs for Volume, Bass and Treble adjustment - each illuminated by variable intensity red LED's, showing gradient level of each parameter. Classic Marshall look & feel! The far field microphone is unbelievably sensitive, even with the volume cranked up to "Volume 7". Possible Improvement? The iOS App is easy to set up, but will occasionally lack control. Thankfully, the onboard controls are 100% dependable & even when the iOS App did not respond, the volume, bass, midrange & treble controls on the Marshall made the desired adjustment instantly. CONCLUSION: Marshall scored a "Perfect 10" with this speaker & I cannot recommend a single area for improvement. This is one Rocking Speaker with Alexa that means serious business. I highly recommend this speaker!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big Surround sound in a little box!

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    dstracker
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    This is the first Marshall Speaker I’ve owned, and I’m spoiled with this brand. I’m a classical music fan and the sound of each instrument in an orchestra is clear and vibrant. Sometimes I like a little more Bass and I was a little leery of turning it up on the speaker. I shouldn’t have been. The bass has no distortion and absolutely no speaker vibration whatsoever! I am a happy camper. The auxiliary jack is a huge plus! I can listen to my music or even audio books from my cell phone through the speaker using Bluetooth. I also have the Marshall Action II connected to my wireless router for Wi-Fi streaming when I want it. The Marshall Action II can also connect to Alexa which it makes it convenient to change what I’m listening to. Alexa can also connect to home smart devices, but I don’t have any of those, so I don’t how well it works. Alexa also works from a good distance away, so if I’m in another room and want to change what I’m listening to, I can just tell Alexa what I want. The only problem with Alexa is that I need to speak very clearly so that it can understand what it is I’m requesting. The built-in microphone does work better than others that I’ve used for Alexa. There are 2 15w tweeters and 1 30w woofer making this one powerful little speaker. I can even drown out the gardeners, which is always a big plus. The tweeters and woofer combined elevate the clarity of sound (whether instrumental or vocal music) to another level. My audio books sound better through the Marshall Action II than my tablet! I downloaded the corresponding Marshall Voice app on my cell phone so that I can fine tune my sounds thru the app instead of having to get up and use the analog dials on the speaker. Unfortunately, there isn’t an app for my laptop, but the Marshall Action II speaker does connect to Spotify and other audio apps on my laptop through Bluetooth. I recommend this speaker to anyone that has limited space but wants great surround sound.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Good Without Quite Being Excellent

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    VADarkstar
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    Marshall managed to release a very impressive speaker system that competes admirably with some of the heavy-hitters out there. And while it is competitive, it cannot surpass the audio you can get from (typically more pricey) competitors. This is a stereo bass reflex loudspeaker system with two impressively crisp tweeters that are supplemented by a single woofer. It is capable of producing some impressive room-filling volume without objectionable distortion. But Marshall added a few features that aim to separate this speaker from an already crowded field. The speaker is designed to look like a guitar amp which, I guess, is cute - but it adds physical controls that I like - manual source control, nicely balanced knobs to control volume and base and treble, and a button to control play/pause. One interesting choice here is the addition of an aux input which contributes to a strong recommendation for this device (playback from an aux input will surpass input from bluetooth ANY day). So, to be clear, sound playback is very very good here - the bluetooth playback is noticeably weaker compared to cabled input (which is to be expected...but there are some bluetooth-only speakers that provide noticeably better sound). And I like being able to control bass and treble levels but the sound control could have been improved immeasurably with a midrange control as well (which could help supplement the sound losses from bluetooth transmission!). But what I figured might be a wonky implementation here turned out to be a total winner - Amazon's Alexa. Once I had this set up in the Marshall app (there's always an app), it responded flawlessly - and managed to navigate sound between playback and response quite well. So overall, there are clearly better speakers on the market - but most or all of them are noticeably more expensive. This system sounds really nice - especially when using a direct connection through the aux input. And the inclusion and implementation of Alexa is surprisingly good. Marshall put out a cute speaker system here that is quite impressive but isn't really in the league of some of its more expensive competitors.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Packs a punch!

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    Linksys
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    The Acton ll packs a nice punch that is almost comparable to its big brother the Stanmore ll. Just like the Stanmore ll, the Acton ll doesn’t distort even at top volume. Listening to Metallica Unforgiven, Coldplay Midnight and a Chris Cornell cover of Sinead O’ Connors Nothing compares 2 you, will show you the Acton’s depth. I’ve got Bluetooth speakers bigger than this without the clarity and depth. It’s not gonna rattle any pictures off the wall but just like it’s big brother this little thing has room/small house filling sound. Soon Marshall will update the Alexa line of speakers to connect together so you can do multi room audio. There’s just certain designs that are timeless and the classic Marshall amp design is one. The Acton ll has competition with Bluetooth speakers that sound nearly as good or maybe even better to some people, what the competition doesn’t have is the Marshalls looks. I use Alexa on my Acton ll and Stanmore ll to do simple functions such as playing music and such, so I can’t speak of how Alexa is with broader functionality on them. So, for what I need, Alexa works perfectly on them. If you want a Bluetooth speaker that has excellent sound and looks, the Marshall line is where you need to look.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Marshall Acton II w/Alexa ROCKS!

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    BBReviewer
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    Marshall Acton II Voice Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa - it ROCKS! I am not an audiophile and I'm not going to list all of the specifications of this amazing speaker. I will just say this is so much more than I expected. I wasn't familiar with the Marshall name, but after seeing it, I certainly recognize the look of those classic guitar amps. Very classy looking speaker. And I must mention this is about 6" high and about 10" wide and weighs in at about 5lbs! This is a hefty speaker. This is not what I would call a portable speaker, however you can move this speaker from room to room if you wish, but it must be plugged in - it is wireless but it’s not cordless. Connection is simple: You can sync directly to your Bluetooth device (eg iPhone) to play your favorite playlist. You can also get the Marshall Voice app and via WiFi, play anything via your network. The app allows various levels of sound adjustment but you can also use the knobs on top to adjust the treble, bass and volume. This thing can blast out the tunes while keeping a fantastic sound. Living in an apartment, I am not able to push it to its limits (I'm a considerate neighbor) but I pushed it a lot, and the sound remained clear and crisp. I love the sound this puts out. The Alexa voice assistant is an added plus. Personally, I am a Google home person having 4 placed throughout my apartment. Having Alexa doesn't mess with Google because you have to address them by their name, so it's a handy additional information source for me and I always have questions and requests. They each have their own pros and cons. I can request music from Pandora or Spotify or Amazon Music. I've got it all. Above all, the sound of this Marshall speaker is not to be understated! A definite recommend!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful & Music to My Ears!

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    Txstatesal
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    Marshall has a distinct and rich design in their speakers which is why I have been wanting one for years! The Acton II comes with its awesome speaker design and Amazon Alexa which I thought was a great compliment to my home. The built in assistant makes the speaker unassumingly helpful while not looking fussy on my cabinet. The microphone picks up my voice from a good distance and is clear when confirming what I directed. The range of sound fills the room to the quality and parameters that I set because of the dials for treble and bass which is great. I went from playing Elvis’ “Stand by Me” and to Marshmallow for a little fun, and finally some Manchester Orchestra for the guitar riffs and acoustics. The aesthetics and feel of the speaker are a good piece of art to sit in a room. It looks like it is a vintage piece of equipment but brings out the soul of music and with Alexa built-in, you can shop and order without the speaker standing out like a sore thumb. A quick side note, you can download the Marshall application that helps you tailor your speaker from your phone so that was a huge plus! I can’t wait for my next dinner with friends to play some music in the background and get people chatting!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Retro greatness

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    Quincy0980
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    The Marshall Voice Speaker with Alexa is a simple and brilliant concept. For those looking for the classic look of a Retro speaker with current functionality, look no further. This speaker is right out of the Marshall guitar amp/speaker catalog but with blu-tooth music and amazon in mind. The look is simple with a leather wrapped case and sound controls on top of a front firing speak. To aid in the bottom end sound, there is a port in the rear. Once you plug in the unit you are prompted to follow the quick start guide to complete the speaker setup with Alexa. So simple and easy. There are three sources that can be used for music, Blu-tooth, Aux and Wi-Fi from Alexa. Each source sounds great and using Alexa with Pandora and Spotify couldn’t be easier. On top of the unit there is a volume, bass, treble, microphone, play/pause button, source button and Aux plug receptacle. Very basic set up with great sound. This speaker will fill a small room with powerful clear sound that will not disappoint. This is a very easy product to recommend for anyone.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stylish and Great Sound

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    jsisko76
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    I have owned numerous bluetooth speakers, but this is my first one that has had Amazon's Alexa assistant built-in. To sum up this item easily, if you would love for your smart speaker to be able to double as your audio device, this is the speaker for you. Pros: - The Marshall design/style is phenomenal. It will remind you of old-school speakers popularized decades ago and are still in use today because of their quality. - The sound quality is excellent. You won't be filling up the whole house with sound, but it is plenty loud for its size. And the clarity is impressive. You can't find much better sound quality in this price range. - The inclusion of Alexa is a huge plus. If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber then you instantly have access to thousands of songs at your fingertips that you can stream just by asking Alexa to play a specific song or album for you. - The compact design allows you to place this speaker on pretty much any regularly sized shelf and it doesn't sacrifice sound quality. Cons: - Having to install yet another app to my phone to use another smart device is kind of annoying. But it is worth the sacrifice to have such a wonderfully functional smart device in my home. Tip: Make sure you install the correct Marshall app. Overall, this is a buy. Definitely consider this model if you are looking for a smart speaker but also want high quality sound for your music, audio books, etc.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Retro Look, Modern Electronics

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    DMNFL
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    I was attracted by the retro look of this speaker immediately. I like modern style, but this speaker brought something back with the grill on the front and the knobs on top. I know that this is made with Alexa and that I’ll almost never touch it, but the style and design and interaction that we used to get with our electronics drew me to this speaker. There is an equalizer in Marshall’s App, but I find that manually setting the bass and treble with the knobs on top give me the sound that I want more precisely. So it’s not just about look and feel. They’re useful. And the volume, of course, turning the knob rather than sliding across the screen on the phone gets me the volume that I want. Sliders in the apps can just be so touchy sometimes. The sound is great, which is of course the primary thing. It gets loud and could be used for many things. It plugs in, so it is portable to an extent as long as you have an available plug. Alexa is Alexa. I got this because it had Alexa. I don’t get speakers that don’t have an assistant inside them anymore, with my preferred being Alexa. I find Alexa to be much more accurate than Google in finding the music that I want, which is what I use this for mostly (sometimes weather). I would highly recommend this Marshall - Acton II Voice Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sounding • Retro-Attractive • Alexa Friendly

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    JBCTECH
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    The Marshall - Acton II Voice Wireless Speaker with Alexa is a very solid product. The sound is excellent, especially at higher volume settings. However, it does not reach a 'blast'-level of volume, which is fine for me, but may not be for others. Setting up the unit for Alexa and bluetooth was not entirely painless. This was mainly due to the effort to make instructions 'simple' on the start-up guide and in the app. It tended to leave gaps in the process that you just have to figure out - which I did. This has been a trend with many products lately and I hope it changes to a more helpful approach soon. My wife and I both love the retro look. That may differ for others, though our (adult) kids were drooling over it as soon as they saw it. It makes a nice addition to the 'decor' of our living room. The Alexa implementation (once set up) has been flawless for us and we thoroughly enjoy using it. Other than personal taste as to the Marshall brand, the only factor to consider is wether it best fits your core needs and goals for the price range. That, again, is a matter of personal preference. For us, this is a great addition to our home.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Alexa by acoustic Pros

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    phoenixfta
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    If you’ve been around music, you know the Marshall Stack is a favorite piece of equipment for musicians. Why? It accurately produces sound and it’s tough. I am very impressed with the sound and build quality of the Marshall Acton II speaker. There are three nice sized dials with illuminated levels on the top to control volume, bass and treble. Metal play/pause , microphone (for voice control/Alexa) and input selection buttons are nearby as well. It was easy to set-up, it connects via WiFi, Bluetooth or mini. headphone jack. 5 blue leds on the front of the speaker convey status (Amazon messages and when Alexa is listening and responding). I tossed my old Echo dot. I really love this device.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sounds as good as it looks

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    EnglishD
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    I love this speaker, let me get that out of the way. This speaker sounds fantastic, playing all different types of music and it has no worries when it comes to details in certain songs and can easily handle the bass intensive music too. Its a very versatile speaker. While this is a bluetooth speaker, it also connect via wifi making it easy to pair up with devices using the really good app. The app also lets you control the sound the way you like it.. The speaker is extremely well built and like all Marshall speakers it resembles the Marshall guitar amps. It looks great no matter where you place this thing. It has weight to it so its not something you`ll be carrying around, it also needs dedicated power so its not "Portable". For something in your home or in your yard then this is fantastic. works great with Alexa and is one of the best devices in my house when it comes to audio. I highly highly recommend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sound

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    Scott
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    I am the owner of many Bluetooth speakers and I also own an Amazon Echo Show which sounds pretty good by itself. When I received this speaker I noticed how well built and classy this speaker looked. The nice materials and the nice knobs just look very high quality. I downloaded the app and within minutes I was listening to music. My first impression was how well it filled the room. This speaker sounds 3x the size. Once I tweaked the sound using the app (can also be done on the unit) I was amazed the sound this thing produces. Trust me, if you want an indoor speaker / Alexa this is for you. Alexa picks up from 2 rooms away so the voice detection is also great. My only two little complaints are there is no power switch so you just have to unplug if you don’t want it on and it has to be plugged in meaning no battery in the unit. Overall, sound is incredible.

    I would recommend this to a friend