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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 23 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Music Lovers Perspective

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    Ponskippa
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    So I want to begin by saying that I consider myself a musician. I play guitar, I've owned a marshall amp in the past. I love music, and listen to music for at least two hours a day. The Marshall Stanmore II looks and feels like a Marshall Guitar Amp, So this will be great for Marshall Amp lovers who want to accent their living room or bedroom with the Marshall brand and design for their music and AI assistant purposes. The materials used in the build for this speaker feel every bit like the materials used in Marshall amps, even down to the buttons and control knobs. I love that part of it. It would be so awesome if I could plug my guitar into this thing and use it as a practice amp. No can do. The amp has a good number of connection options, you can plug in RCA cables, an aux cable, or stream wirelessly with Bluetooth or Wifi. You do need to download the Marshall Voice app on your phone to connect the speaker to your wireless network. Having the speaker always connected to Wifi allows it to use Alexa with your amazon account. If your a fan and user of amazon and alexa this is a great option for you. It has all the same functionality of Alexa found in Amazons echo and fire products. I do not like that there is no On/Off button or switch on this speaker. I assume it is because it is meant to be left on and connected to Wifi at all times so that you can use the Alexa voice assistant. Its not a huge deal, but for times when you aren't going to be home for an extended time, it would be great to be able to turn it off without having to unplug it. I only give this amp 4 stars and it is hard to recommend it to a friend because the sound quality is only just "good enough" but not great, especially for the asking price. That being said.. it's not bad, the sound and eq is fairly balanced. At low volumes, the speaker sounds fine. Overall tones are clean and balanced, bass is present without being too punchy or distorted. The issue is when you get to 7 and above on the volume knob. To my ears, the sound becomes a little harsh on the high end, Treble is harsh and the bass doesn't become any deeper. Everything just gets louder. The EQ knobs on the panel honestly do not do much to control the EQ. Bass sounds the same at 5 and 10. Same thing for the treble knob. Highs and Treble sound the same at 5 and 10. You're honestly better off using a software EQ within your music streaming app of choice. Maybe they can fix this with a firmware update through the Marshall Amp. Out of the box, the bass and treble controls are useless. The look, design, and Marshall name call for this speaker to be played at high volumes to entertain your guests at a party. I just can't recommend this speaker for that purpose. It doesn't sound great at its highest volumes. This is a niche speaker for loyal Marshall Amp lovers and owners. Alexa is great on here, but Alexa is great on every other speaker that has it. If you are expecting amazing sound quality or a party speaker, look elsewhere. Pros - Beautiful Elegant Classic Marshall Design - Alexa -Many connection options - Balanced clean sound at lower volumes Cons- No ON / OFF Switch - EQ control knobs are pretty useless - Not Portable ( needs to stay plugged into the wall at all times)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive Sounding Smart Speaker

    Posted
    Justin
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    The Marshall name has little meaning to me as I am of a younger generation however when my elders saw this speaker they all starting tell me about the brand and their memories. Very neat for such a speaker to be such a conversation starter! The Stanmore II with Amazon Alexa puts a trusted name behind a new product so let’s take a look at what it has to offer. Out of the box the speaker is fairly large but this is to be expected given the Stanmore II is one of their larger speakers. Fits great on an end table however it may take up most of the table depending on the size. The unit I received did come in a box that I would say had a major printing error which was the inconsistency of the output of the Stanmore II. The main back section said it came with a 30-watt sub amp and two 10-watt tweeter amps when the detailed spec side stated the correct information which is a 50-watt and two 15-watt respectively. Now this isn’t a big deal but rather an error that I hope has been caught by the time I am writing this. Otherwise the packaging was great with the usual power cord and booklet information as the only other items in the box. Setup was a breeze and you can actually bypass the app if you just want to use this as a Bluetooth speaker however I would recommend using the app which allows for a few nice adjustments based on taste not to mention enabling the Alexa features. The app allows for adjustments to the Red LED backlighting around the knobs, equalizer settings, Amazon Alexa setup, Software updates to the speaker, etc. I boosted the backlighting a bit since it was a little dimmer in daylight out of the box. The equalizer allows user customization to the sound but I found the knobs on the unit enough to satisfy my needs for the most part but the app does include several preset EQ settings as well. The speaker itself allows connection via Bluetooth, Wifi, RCA, and AUX inputs. Seeing RCA inputs on a present day speaker is crazy to see but it stays true to the name and makes it a versatile speaker for sure. It would have been cool to see a USB Type C input or something as well but that might be asking quite a lot. The knobs on top control the Volume, Bass, and Treble continuously despite the unit having a 1-10 adjustment “look”. All the buttons feel of higher quality and the knobs are fairly tight with little play. The only question I am left with is why no power on and off switch? I guess they expect us to unplug the unit from the wall every time. The sound quality of the Stanmore II honestly blew my mind the first couple time I heard it. I am new to powered speakers but not to portable Bluetooth speakers of $200+. I can say this speaker blew my 25-watt Bluetooth speaker out of the water (and it should for the price/power). The bass is deep and punchy which travels through the floor and walls when turned up. It has no lack of bass even in hip hop music which is does well for its size. The tweeters could be a bit better I would say as the highs can be a bit muddy at times but the sound is still amazing. Overall volume gets insanely loud for a speaker this size. Distortion is almost none existent at any volume but one small nitpick I have is that the volume level seems a bit out of wack, as the speaker needs to be at 40%+ volume just to hear it but once past that point get increasingly louder very quickly. Maybe having the level spread out a tab more would be better in my opinion. My final opinion of this speaker is… buy it if you want quality sound AND a smart speaker. I believe Marshall does have “Non” smart versions of this speaker which would save some money and still allow for the powerful sound of this unit. I would highly recommend taking a look at the Stanmore II with Alexa if you are in the market for such a speaker! Pros: - Look/Design - Incredible Volume - Adjustable Sound Quality - “Smart” Speaker - Several Input methods Cons: - Packaging misprint - Pricey

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Five star sound, one star Alexa integration

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    daytonadan
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    I have to admit I am really torn on this one. On the upside, this is the best sounding bluetooth speaker I have ever heard, hands down. Just spectacular sound quality from such a little cabinet, with amazingly smooth and deep bass and ultra clean and balanced overall sound. Unfortunately it is crippled in some respects by a failed attempt to add Amazon Alexa functionality -- which is almost worthless in my view . Since this thing carries a hefty premium over the previous generation non-Alexa speaker, with near identical tech specs, you would be well advised to buy that one instead of this one. That model is cheaper and has an extra input for an optical connection that this one lacks. There is no USB input on either one, which seems incredibly dumb for a device such as this one. That said, if sound quality is your main consideration, the Marshall Stanmore II Voice is a stellar performer. This is about as good as it gets in package this small. You can connect four ways, Bluetooth, wi-fi, stereo RCA jacks and an auxiliary cable. Wi-fi (which is a bit difficult to get working because of the awful app, required for setup) gives you direct access to all the usual streaming services and Amazon Music, since it is an Alexa device. That's a good thing. Music quality varies depending on the source, with direct aux and RCA inputs being the best, wi-fi second and bluetooth third. But they all sound pretty darn good thanks a superbly designed amp and speaker package. Marshall apparently achieves the super clean, well-balanced sound with three (count em, three) amplifiers. A massive 50 watter for the front firing woofer (some of the smoothest bass I have ever heard) and two discrete 15 watt amps for the two smaller main speakers. Those are each less than an inch across, which makes it even more amazing they can produce such full, rich sound. It IS stereo but you would be hard pressed to tell since the main speakers are only inches apart. The look of this speaker is pretty terrific too, especially is you are fan of Marshall, which built the big amps and speaker cabinets used by nearly every legendary rock group there ever was. The Stanmore II Voice shares that simple basic design. Black textured case (also available in white), salt and pepper grill. Distinctive Marshall script on the front. Gold tone control panel with simple black and silver knobs. Very classy and a very sturdy build. About 10 pounds. Nothing fancy going on here, unless you want to count the little red LEDs that light up as you change the settings on volume, bass and treble. You can make them brighter or dimmer with the app. There are also a couple of simple buttons for changing the input source (wi-fi,bluetooth, RCA or aux) and pausing or skipping songs. Now on to the not so great stuff. Pity poor Alexa. She seems a bit schizophrenic here, especially if you have any other Alexa devices within earshot. Sometimes there there is a HUGE lag between the time you say "Alexa" and when the speaker is able to actually respond to commands. When that occurs, other Alexa devices are likely to jump in first, muting the Alexa in the speaker and making it impossible to play the music you want on that speaker. Other times, the opposite happens and the speaker locks out all other Alexa devices, even those that are much closer to your voice. When that happens, the Alexa in the speaker often cannot clearly hear what you are saying because you are so far away and can't carry out the proper command. The only way I could get Marshall Stanmore II Voice to reliably work with Alexa was to turn off the microphones on all the other nearby Alexa devices -- so ONLY this speaker could respond. It does work then, allbet haltingly. And despite advertising to the contrary, no it does not hear you anymore once music is playing. (If you want to say something like turn it up or skip to the next song). Alexa is deaf as a post at that point, unless you are really close. Multiple Alexa devices on the same network also seem to confuse this speaker and sometimes causes it lock up completely, at least in terms of Alexa functionality. Unplug to reboot. I never could get the whole multi room music thing to work either. This whole Alexa thing may have seemed like a good idea but it wasn't. Don't pay extra for the voice functionality unless this is the ONLY Alexa device you own. As for the Marshall Voice app, that is another loser. It hardly does anything beyond allowing you to setup the device on wi-fi and change the volume. There is an equalizer function with presets for various music genres but I found the Stanmore II Voice sounded best with flat settings -- bass and treble set to halfway. The only other downside to the Stanmore II Voice is that, unlike most bluetooth speakers, it is not at all portable. Since all those big amps draw a lot of power, this is AC only. No battery. The speaker must be plugged into the wall at all times. But once you hear it, you may decide that really doesn't matter all that much. In the end, I give it five stars instead of three because the sound quality is most important. And the sound quality is top notch. With better Alexa integration, I probably would have given it five star rating.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Marshall Sets the Standard with Speaker

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    stoptheclocks
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    The Marshall Stanmore II Voice Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Assistant is one sweet wireless speaker. First of all it looks really nice anywhere in the house. I got the speaker in black and it has a honeycomb grey and gold fabric front. The speaker is very intuitive to how you want to connect it. There are four ways to connect and I was able to connect all four. These options are: 3.5 mm Jack Aux, Wifi, Bluetooth and a RCA L/R audio input in the back. The controls are all on top of the speaker. The Volume, Bass and Treble control your sound. There is also a play/pause button, microphone button and a source button as well as two microphones that listen to you when you command Alexa. There is a couple of things you need to do first. Download the Marshall Voice app from Google Play on an Android device like your smartphone. And if you want Alexa, I found it best to download Amazon Alexa App. Once I downloaded the apps I was ready to start connecting. I selected the Wifi streaming from the source button. I went in the Marshall App and selected the network I wanted the wireless Marshall speaker. I was able to connect but it was way more difficult than I thought it should be. I went through some great amount of trying before I was able to connect to the wifi. I don’t think that is because of the wireless Marshall speaker, rather I have a couple of wifi settings and had to choose the one where the speaker connected. At first on my computer, it chose voice connectivity.This is not the same as my library music on the computer. I was able to hook up to wifi music connected on the right network. It took a while to find the right wifi setting BUT once I did, it was worth the extra time. Alexa was much easier to hook up with the Amazon Alexa app. No issues there with Alexa. In the Marshall Voice app you get an EQ which lets you customize the sound coming out of the Marshall speaker. Very nice feature! Now I have never had Alexa and it was really cool. Alexa played music, answering questions and the turning off and on lights if you have that kind of wifi setup in your house. Alexa was fun to play with and a real nice feature of wireless Marshall speaker. Next I wanted to connect the speaker to the Bluetooth on my computer. I didn’t want to connect the smartphone via Bluetooth just the computer. So to make things easier I turned off my smartphone so the Marshall speaker would only hook up to my computer not smartphone. I already had a Bluetooth speaker hooked up to the computer, which shouldn’t make a difference, but I took that connection off my computer so that the computer would easily recognize the Marshall speaker. And to be honest, it did help. The Bluetooth from my computer connected very quickly to the Marshall speaker. The third way to connect to the wireless Marshall speaker was very simple. I simply plugged in the headphone jack on my HDTV. I got instant sound through the Marshall speaker. It sounded great. Lastly I wanted to hook up the RCAs from the HDTV to the Marshall speaker. I didn’t get a connection right away. But it was an easy fix. I simply reset the factory setting on the speaker and the RCAs worked. The sound of the Marshall speaker is very nicely rounded out with punchy bass and a nice treble tone that is comfortably loud but not piercing. The controls mentioned earlier, volume, bass and treble are adjustable to suit your sound needs. I think the Marshall speaker sound great with everything at noon on the dials. One thing to keep in mind is the source volume compared volume of the Marshall speaker. If you are getting low volume on your Marshall speaker, turn up the volume on the source. This gives you more volume to control on the Marshall speaker. One more thing, the Marshall speaker has to be plugged at all times to retain your connection. It does not have a rechargeable battery. Not really a big deal if you keep in one place. The Marshall speaker is loud enough to be heard through out the house, so placement is up to you. The wireless Marshall speaker is also capable to use in another room. I didn’t try this feature because it is not something I would use. But it is cool to know that it is there if you want it. In my opinion, this is an incredible wireless Marshall speaker that sounds excellent and has four tech ways to hook it up. It also looks great in the home with a nice platform and color.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Plays fairly loud but sound is a bit muddy.

    Posted
    darien87
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    My wife when she is in the kitchen cooking or doing the dishes likes to listen to music. Unfortunately she likes to do this through her crappy little phone speaker. Drives me nuts. So I decided to buy her a wireless speaker so that she could listen to better quality sound. I'm a stickler for good sound. My home theater is a 7.2 system with multiple amps. I like my music and movies to sound good. The first speaker I bought her was by Sonos. I don't remember the model number but it was the biggest one they had and sold for about $500. I thought it sounded pretty good but the speaker didn't work with the one app that my wife uses to listen to music so back to the store it went. Enter the Marshall Stanmore II. This speaker is a nice size, (a little smaller than the toaster oven we have it next to on our kitchen counter). It is not heavy at all, probably weighs about 5 pounds. I downloaded the Marshall app, paired the speaker with my phone and I was up and running in about 5 minutes. If you want to stream via Wi-Fi unfortunately your options are a bit limited. You need a Premium Spotify account to use their service via Wi-Fi. Otherwise your only option is to use an app that works with Chromecast. I do not have a Chromecast or Alexa mainly because I don't like the idea of my electronics constantly spying on me. But you can certainly use Bluetooth and just play your music through whatever app you want. I used Pandora, Tunein Radio and Spotify as well as the native music playing app on my phone. All worked fine. But how does it sound? Not bad, but not great. For a relatively small speaker it puts out a decent amount of bass. It won't vibrate the wally or anything but if you're just playing some pop music or rock or anything that doesn't have a deep bass line it does pretty well. Unfortunately the highs are lacking. Everything sounds a bit muddy. I'm not sure what the Stanmore uses for tweeters but they aren't very good. Even with the highs turned up all the way on the Marshall app I still found the highs missing. The speaker does play pretty loud. The wife was working in the kitchen and at one point I was out in the backyard with the sliding glass door open and I could hear the music clearly from where I was. If you're not a discriminating audiophile like I am then this speaker might work just fine for you. And honestly as a device to just play some music in the background while you do housework or as noise for a party the Stanmore does pretty well. Just don't expect it to play as clean as a set of high quality speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Zound Team

      Hello, thanks for the great feedback and review of the Stanmore II Voice with Alexa speaker.

      Amazon Music is another music player that you can use, it can be set up through your Alexa app.

      If you believe the speaker is defective or have concerns about the performance of the speaker, don't hesitate to reach out to the Marshall Support Team for assistance, you can reach them at support@marshallheadphones.com.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bringing back the good ole days

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    Crasher
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    So Marshall has come out with a vintage looking wireless speaker that is bluetooth enabled with Alexa built in. If your anything like me and grew up around garage bands hoping to make to it big then you know just how memorable Marshall amps really are. For me i was really excited to see this set up especially seeing as how you have RCA inputs along with a few turn dial adjustments. Lets take a stroll down memory lane and see exactly what Marshall has to offer in this new line up. First off out the box i have to say this speaker has the look and feel of a typical Marshall amp. Its kind of heavy for being such a small piece but that is is just fine with me because helps add to the ascetics of a typical Marshall amp. Set up is done pretty easy through bluetooth via Marshall's app. Connection can be made either via bluetooth or through your Aux 3.5mm jack or RCA cables. This is one feature that i really like is having the RCA jack in the back to be able to utilize this speaker either for turntables or as a add on for a receiver/stereo set up. Now on top you have three knobs. One is for volume control, bass and treble. Now i know some people complain about them being pointless for sound control but you have to take in to consideration the whole reason for downloading the app. Yes the buttons work and serve a function however your going to get your best sound through the app which uses a 5 band equalizer with a few different presets. The turn dial knobs for me give it a nice old school retro feel and i personally like it alot. Now with the Alexa built in you will need to sign up or have an Alexa account which is free. Once all that is done its pretty much your standard Alexa. You can have her access your playlist and turn your volume up and down and so on. I think by this point everyone pretty much knows how Alexa works so i won't spend too much on all the Alexa features as they are pretty much standard. I really want to focus on the sound. After all this is a Marshall so it better live up to its name right? Here's the thing i was a little worried on how good sound quality would be across bluetooth and what the range and stability would be. Well one thing i can tell you is sound quality is phenomenal to say the least and so far i have not run in to any connection issues. First off this is not a 360 speaker so placement is very critical to getting the best sound available. If your having a party obviously you want to the speaker away from your guest facing them preferably against a solid back drop to help give the bass that extra punch and travel. With that being said sound quality is great. Volume control is plentiful giving you more than enough room to fill any space with sound that should please just about everyone. The bass quality is not real punchy if that's your thing. You will never really feel the bass hit you hard but that doesn't mean its terrible by any means. The bass seems to drift off a bit at higher volumes but this ok with me because i don't want it to take away from my vocals or mids. If your looking to get a bass sound that is going to rock you and your neighbors window then you will be disappointed however if your looking to get a speaker that can put out sound quality in all its entirety with out taking away from one particular section then you will be more then pleased. The vocals are crisp and clean allowing every little word to be heard with ease while the built in tweeters help bring out the high hats and percussion you might normally miss. The mids blend in perfectly to help complement your bass with neither one of them taking away from one another. And while i can't say for sure what max range is on bluetooth what i can tell you is that i got about 30 feet out with no issues. Here's my final verdict. Look this is a no brainer for me. If your old school like me then your going to love the vintage look and feel with the awesome sound quality. And if your new school then your going to like some of the new features like wireless bluetooth and Alexa built ins. The versatility makes this a great speaker for a pool party or a on the go DJ. The sleek vintage look means that you can leave this placed in your home with out it looking like a eye sore either. At the end of the day you i think you'll find that this is a really good buy Pros: -Vintage look and design -Awesome sound quality -Plenty of volume control -Built in equalizer with pre-sets via the app Cons: -none that i can see so far

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic design & build quality, great sound!

    Posted
    Saitzev
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    This is a really nice speaker. It's got that timeless Marshall design and really solid build quality. It weighs quite a bit too. This isn't a speaker you're going to be moving around a lot. you're going to want to put this in a room and leave it there. It's not one you can use off the AC like many other speakers. This one is more similar like the Echo or Google Home just much, much larger. The sound on this is pretty great. There's a good amount of bass and plenty to offer with high's and mid's. To really get a feel of the bass though you do have to have it turned up a fair bit, probably around 50% volume. Once you do though, boy does it come alive. There is an app you will need called Marshall Voice. It will get your Speaker setup relatively quickly. It also takes you through the process of setting up Alexa with your Amazon account providing you have one. There is also an EQ that you can use as well. It's just a 5 Band EQ. It would be nice if it was a bit more featured though. I didn't notice a whole lot of differences in the sound when configuring it aside from the mids. There's also a setting to adjust the brightness of the LED's around the Dials for the Volume, Bass and Treble. Alexa is very responsive from the little I've used it on this speaker, you could think of it as an extremely premium Echo. The design and features are really nice. I appreciate the types of connectivity you get with this. You have an Aux In on top next to the dials. You have an RCA in on the rear. Then there is the Bluetooth along with Wi-Fi. I did test using Spotify over the various inputs including the Aux from my phone which has a Quad DAC built in. Using it's a effects was welcome with an increase in audio quality, though it wasn't staggering as what's built in here is really good. If you're looking for a nice speaker to have in your home a fairly large or small room, this would be a great addition. It will need some room though as it's over a foot wide and at least 8-10 inches deep and about 8-10 inches tall. My only real dislike with it aside from needing to have the volume up to get more Bass response would be the Dials on top. I do wish they had a stopping point as they freely and infinitely rotate. This is just more a nitpick than a con really. I'd still get another one knowing this though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This speaker is just too cool! Loving it!

    Posted
    allib
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    We have all seen the typical look of most Bluetooth/wireless speakers which are acceptable, but nothing special. That is not the case with the Marshall Stanmore II speaker! Its guitar amp style design with the classic gold Marshall lettering, grille and brass control knobs is something to admire and stand out. This is not a speaker that blends in to the background and we just love the look. Speaker setup starts by plugging in the unit and installing the Marshall Voice App. In app instructions further guide one through the setup process. If one chooses to utilize the Amazon Alexa voice assistant you also need to download the Amazon Alexa app and then link it in the Marshall Voice app speaker settings. Thus far, we have used the speaker via Bluetooth and WIFI connections, but RCA and 3.5mm input connections are also available. Sound quality is quite impressive with two 15 Watt class D amplifiers powering its tweeters and a 50 Watt class D amplifier to drive its subwoofer. The Marshall Voice app allows one to adjust equaliser settings or choose from custom settings for rock, hip hop, jazz and more. The app also allows one to adjust the LED intensity on your speaker which is red, but turns to blue when Alexa is actively in use. The Alexa voice assistant has worked quite well and can tie into any Alexa enabled interfaces such as thermostats, lights and locks. The hands free Alexa feature does make music listening easy by asking Alexa to change the volume, play a particular song, playlist or podcast. Alexa can be turned off on the speaker itself by holding down the voice mute button for about three seconds. With Spotify linked in the Alexa app we were able to play music from this streaming service or the Amazon Prime Music service. There is a setting within the Alexa app to specify Spotify as the default streaming service or otherwise Alexa will play a song from its service first if available. We have not tried out the multiroom speaker setup with the Stanmore II, but it's good to know that we can establish this setup with Alexa enabled devices. In summary, the Marshall Stanmore II with Alexa is a bit of an investment, but one is getting great quality sound with Alexa controls and multiroom compatibility in a very classic design. We would not hesitate to recommend this speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Speaker!! Alexa built in.

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    Mirvana
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    My wife and I LOVE the new Stanmore model from Marshall!! We replaced our Amazon Echo that we had in our living room with this and were extremely pleased with the quality of sound. We also have the Kilburn II portable Bluetooth speaker and were very impressed with the sound and look and decided we had to try out the Stanmore as our main home smart speaker. Obviously, it was able to do that and more for us. The sound is very rich and full without being overly bright. Bass response is good and provides a nice “punch” in high bass notes that a lot of smaller speakers lack. It’s not going to be mistaken for a home theater sub but it’s plenty adequate. If you like your music loud I assure you that won’t be an issue as well since it can get plenty loud enough for anyone. As much as the speaker excels in sound it does that and more in connectivity. RCA, Bluetooth, internet, and coax inputs cover the gamut of “traditional” inputs while Alexa voice control feels just as responsive and intelligent as our dedicated Echo model. Pair all of this with the mobile app and you’ve got full control over your speaker from anywhere in your home without having to go to the speaker to change anything. Volume, equalizer, input, all of it can be accessed from the mobile app. You can even change the brightness of the red LED lights from the app as well as rename the speaker to whatever you’d like. Aesthetically, I’m not sure how you could improve the Stanmore. No matter what decor you have at home it will fit in with anything. The classic look mixes well with anything modern and looks right at home anywhere. Despite its size, we were able to neatly and unassumingly place it on a bookshelf. Setting up the speaker for both our home network and our Amazon account (for Alexa) were easily done through the app and took mere minutes. As far as cons go there aren’t many: the price is steep but feels appropriate for the product and the apparent measure of quality it’s built to. If you must have “realistic” sound then a speaker like this isn’t for you. You’d be better off with a dedicated system. If you want a smart speaker that has incredible sound and looks like a million bucks with a trusted name behind it, I don’t know of anything at this price that’s going to beat it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Out of the box this speaker is brilliant.

    Posted
    Shae
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    I have been testing this speaker for two weeks. Out of the box this speaker is brilliant. This is our first Marshall speaker and I am blown away by the craftsmanship. It doesn’t seem gimmicky at all. It all fits with it’s retro design and the knobs are quality crafted. Looks are definitely reminiscent of the guitar amps they are known for, and it does not fall short. It is just a gorgeous and visually stunning speaker that will fit into many home designs/styles. It is not super heavy, but it has some weight to it. Which makes it less portable. This is Marshall’s larger of the two in this particular line up and it has to be plugged in at all times to operate. For us, it’s the perfect size and weight. It was super easy to set up. Connectivity was fast and simple. The only downside is that you need to download the app for initial set up. I wasn’t able to set it up without the app. The app is nice, design wise, but there isn’t much use/function for it after initial setup. It does have a couple extra features such as setting your custom EQ settings based on the type of music you’re into, with their pre-made music options. But you don’t need the app for that because you have those beautiful golden metal knobs to set your sounds volume, bass and treble. Most may be interested in Alexa but I’m not impressed with her capabilities as yet. She is responsive and clear, but if you have several Alexa devices it can get a bit annoying. You would need to disconnect other Alexa devices just to keep you sanity. Sometimes she does take a few more seconds than normal to respond when activated, and sometimes speaks when not summoned. No fault of Marshall, because she does that on our other devices as well. I actually didn’t use her much, as I would turn on the speaker manually out of habit and I preferred that. I have two young children and I don’t need her loud mouth waking them in the mornings. Lol Ok, SOUND!!! Man, it’s clean, crisp and LOUD! We were blown away by the quality of sound being produced. It was extremely loud and responded quickly when turned up. I was a bit apprehensive turning it up 100%. We didn’t think anything could beat the speakers we swear by and can be found in several rooms in our home, but this one speaker made us think twice. In two weeks I don’t think I’ve touched the other speakers although I do like that we can link those in other rooms via Bluetooth, and this Marshall speaker does not have that capability. So that is a downside if I wanted to add more in the future. I did note that “coming soon” you would be able to build a multi-room setup via Alexa through other Alexa capable devices or another Marshall voice speaker(s). Seeing that she’s a hit and mainly miss for me, I would prefer if my ecosystem had the option to also connect or link via Bluetooth. All in all, This is now my newest obsession. I absolutely love this speaker and would recommend it to anyone thinking about giving this a shot. Even with Alexa being a miss for me(which really isn’t a fault of Marshall), based on sound quality alone it gets a 5 star from me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I wanted to love it....

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    Josh76
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    I have been admiring the Marshall speakers for awhile now and was excited to get this new one with Alexa built in. Unfortunately, the speaker falls short in a few ways. First let's talk about setup. The speaker is packaged nicely and really is a beautiful product. It is also pretty heavy, which is fine, since this is an in-home speaker and not portable. Setting up Alexa was simple, as was setting up bluetooth. Once those were setup, I tested it out and was really impressed with the sound at all levels. There are bass and treble knobs on the unit and you can adjust the EQ even more with the Marshall app. I love that I can do this. This really does sound great. Now the bad parts; both the Marshall website and the Best Buy site state that this can be used in a multi-room setup with other Alexa enabled speakers. This is not the case. This speaker cannot be used in any multi-room setup. I have speakers in every room and it would have been nice to have this playing music with them. The Alexa built in needs a lot of work. The mic seems to be on a delay of a few seconds and my other Alexa devices always pick up my voice before this one does. It also does not pick up my voice well when playing music which was something it was advertised to do as well. Alexa can be disabled, 4 red lights will appear on the speaker when doing this. You also cannot change the wake word, which would make it so much easier and more user friendly when having it around other Alexa devices. Alexa also only works when in the Bluetooth or Wifi source. It will not work if the source is set to RCA or Aux. My workaround for multi-room audio was to plug it into my Airport Express to set it up with Airplay but this would not work either since Alexa does not work on that source. Another annoying feature is standby. There is no power switch so the device will go into a low power mode. Alexa still works but when I have it on he RCA input and Airplay, I have to manually turn the speaker back on. I would have loved to use this speaker as part of my multi-room setup, instead it is relegated to my desk as a bluetooth speaker for my PC with Alexa disabled. I really wanted to love this speaker - it looks fantastic and sounds great, they just missed on a few key points. My hope is that Airplay 2 will be an added feature available as a firmware update so i can add this to my multi-room setup. Until then, it is definitely going to be underutilized.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Zound Team

      Hello Josh, thanks for your feedback regarding the Stanmore II Voice with Alexa Speaker. We hope you are continuing to enjoy the speaker.

      In theory, Alexa enabled devices can be used to set up Multi-Groups and share Multi-Room functionality, however at this time due to delays with Amazon, this feature isn't yet available. We are hoping to see Multi-Room functionality rolled out in the next few months and once available, it will be pushed out through an Over The Air (OTA) update: the speakers will update during the night if they are connected to a Wi-Fi network.

      We can confirm that it isn't possible to change the wake word on the Marshall Voice with Alexa speakers, however the wake word can be changed on other Alexa devices to avoid confusing Alexa.

      Don't hesitate to let us know if you have any other feature suggestions or feedback, for assistance please reach out to support@marshallheadphones.com.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Alexa, this thing rocks!

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    Technopackrat
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    As a Christmas present my son received one of the Marshall Bluetooth speakers and we were blown away by the sound and how it filled a room. Fast forward a year or two and Marshall introduces their Bluetooth speaker with Alexa. I've got a few home assistants powered by Google, Alexa and Cortana. I use none of them now because, as a sound device they just aren't up to par. Yeah, they are great home assistants, sort of. I didn't have much luck with the Cortana device. The Google device is pretty intuitive since I have an Android phone but Amazon nailed it with the broad uses of Alexa powered devices. The new Marshall Stanmore II Voice nails everything that I wanted in a home assistant device and the sound quality is freakin amazing. I get all of my typical Alexa usability and add room filling high quality sound which is especially nice when tapping into my Amazon Music Library. I love the multiple inputs of this speaker. There are two auxillary jacks (RCA and 1/8" plug), Bluetooth, and Wifi. You can control the speaker wirelessly with the Marshall Voice app on your smartphone or by talking to Alexa or you can plug into an auxilary jack directly with your player. The top of the speaker has 3 dials: volume, bass and treble. There is also a play/pause button and a microphone on/mute button. The Marshall Voice app even allows you fine tune the sound with either pre-set EQ settings or you can customize to your own taste. One of the upcoming features will be to set up a multi-room sounds system using Alexa, either playing the same content or separate. I'm looking forward to this feature which would rival similar systems. The speaker is beautiful if you love the Marshall amp look. It's small enough to fit on a bookshelf or even stick on your computer desk and use as a computer speaker via one of the aux jacks. Multi-use, multi-faceted, While the price is higher than other home assistants you do gain sound quality and this speaker could easily replace a room stereo. I can't waith for the mutli-room sound system capabilities.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Truly impressive!

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    Linksys
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    Most Bluetooth speakers are described as room filling, the Stanmore ll is house filling! Rock, alternative,country, and any other genre besides rap and the Stanmore ll could literally be your whole audio system, it’s that good. Listening to Metallica/Nothing else matters and you truly see what this speaker is capable of. I’ve listened to many Bluetooth speakers and this is the only one that does not distort, even at max volume. For the vinyl lovers or audiophiles you have the ability to hook up a turntable which is really nice. Alexa works great as you’d expect and is really nice to have that built in to select your music from your amazon library. Obviously the most important element of a speaker is to sound good and the Marshall has that base covered. Where it truly stands head and shoulders above its competitors (with a lower or higher price) is its design. This isn’t just a speaker it’s a center piece, a piece of furniture, etc., it’s just beautiful. This is the type of speaker that people will automatically be attracted to and then will be blown away when they hear it. If you’re budget is less than this is in price and you want a Bluetooth speaker, save up wait and buy this instead! The Stanmore ll truly does the Marshall name justice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Rocking Speaker

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    The34Car
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    This speaker is awesome! The sound is impressive without any tinkering and it is loud enough to fill the whole house. To my ears, the sound has plenty of deep bass, sharp vocals and clear highs to provide a really rich sound. The sound stays just as good at high volume. It’s got a classic Marshall amp look that says you’re a serious rocker. The look is definitely a conversation starter. Setting up Alexa on the speaker was simple and pairing to my phone was simple as well. I can now just tell Alexa to connect to my phone when I want to play music from my phone and listen from this speaker, so I don’t have to go into my phone’s Bluetooth settings each time I want to connect. I can also tell Alexa to play something on Pandora and the speaker will play it. So easy! The thing I like the most, above the cool look of the speaker and above the convenience is the sound. I just love it and I have quite a few top brand Bluetooth speakers. This is my new favorite. I will point out the one “downside” if you want to call it that: it needs to be plugged in to operate, so no rechargeable batteries in it. Not really a downside, but it decreases its portability slightly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Marshall is Excellence

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    Mark
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    I've used Marshall products for the past 20 years. I play guitar and have a Marshall Half Stack, so i was curious with their new line of bluetooth products. It looks like their traditional amp. You can customize the tone and bass by moving the knobs. You also have the option to listen to your music through Aux, bluetooth, and wifi. I like the wifi option personally, you'll have easier access to listening to your music. The Marshall app needs a lot of work. It doesn't have a lot of options and it was difficult to set up. I tried several times to sync up through the app. I did not like the set up. You have to install the Marshall App to read instructions as well. The sound quality is great! I expected no less from Marshall. I listen to rock, jazz, trap, and edm. Every genre sounded great, it doesn't have a lot of bass? just turn up the bass knob or tune to get your sound just right. This bluetooth speaker does not have an on or off switch. Its directly plugged into outlet, so its always on. I did set it up with Alexa via Alexa app. I don't use it often since i use spotify for my music. Alexa is very responsive. I own different Alexa bluetooth speaker and when playing load music is not as responsive. You literally have to scream "Alexa" to get it to work. Marshall amp is very responsive even with loud music playing. I did notice when studying, Alexa will turn on without me commanding it, it does that from time to time. Kind of weird. Either way, i love this amp. Reminds me of old school Marshall amps and has great sound. Its small enough to be portable and loud enough for parties. I would recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Rich Full Sound

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    Cueball2000
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    Just like the Marshall amps that you've all seen at any rock show, this Marshall-Stanmore II Voice Wireless Speaker delivers the kind of sound that fills the room and makes you want to keep it on all the time. Unlike most other Alexa speakers you can use the control knobs on top to increase or decrease the treble, bass or volume. Of course there's an app as well with an equalizer with 6 presets or you can customize the sound manually. The knobs on the top are surrounded by LEDs whose brightness can be controlled via the app as well. Alexa works just as you would expect answering your questions, controlling your IOT devices and of course playing music from your Amazon music library, iHeart Radio, TuneIn and Spotify if you have a premium account. I was unable to play anything from Pandora. A few downsides to this speaker is that you can't change the wakeword like you can on other Alexa devices. You are stuck with "Alexa", no "Echo", "Amazon" or "Computer". Another thing you can't do is include the device into a group. I haven't tried any routines or skills on it yet but it should be able to do it. The speaker connects easily to bluetooth so I can always pair it to my iPhone or iPad to play other music sources. One feature the speaker has that other devices don't have is an Aux in and RCA jacks on the back to plug into a larger system if you wanted. Overall, the sound quality makes up for those few shortcomings I mentioned and with a speaker this large, that is the most important thing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to my speaker array

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    JKhan
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    Relatively easy to set up and really good sound right out of the box. this is definitely a powerhouse of a speaker in a relatively small package. Cranking up the volume fillss not only the entire room but I can hear it all throughout the my place. As for Alexa, the integration does not miss a beat. It is just as good as my Fire tablet and my dots that I have strewn throughout the house. The issue that I find, as with many of the speakers in this class, is slight issues with the app.even on a strong Wi-Fi connection, there is often the delay when shifting settings. And setting up the speaker initially, the app was a bit of a hindrance. I must admit though, the equalizer works pretty good in tailoring sound to your specific type of music. Bluetooth works without a hitch and it's great when pairing up with other units in my home. Auxiliary and RCA inputs are definitely welcome with the RCA connection becoming rare. Looks good, sounds good, and I would put this speaker up against any of its competitors in this class of upper level smart speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic compact stereo system

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    ILUVFREEWIFI
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    One of the first things I did after getting this speaker was to set it up on Bluetooth. Paired easily with an OG Pixel phone. Proceeded to listen to classical music from YouTube Music. Heard great sound without having to use separate speakers. Bass was fine. There are some sound controls on the device. Looks like it can be connected to a record player with RCA ports. Device can use Wi-Fi which I assume is for whole home coverage with multiple speakers. Alexa needs Wi-Fi to run too. Amazon Alexa makes it easy to use the speaker hands free. Wish it was compatible with Google Assistant tho :-( This is a great compact stereo system for folks with space constraints. And no need for a lot of components to create clutter and complication.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Product

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    acidxfrost
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    I liked the look of this speaker and it went with the decor of my room but I thought it was going to be a little gimmicky. It is not. It is very high quality. It looks and feels like a small Marshall amp. On top of looks it sounds fantastic. Very crisp with some good lows. I love the different input options and the built in Alexa. I like the added touches of having manual turn knobs with light indicator. This makes it so you can change settings with voice or with the app too. I honestly can't think of anything bad to say about it. This speaker is everything I wanted and more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound

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    bigshayn87
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    I can't believe how clear and detailed this bluetooth speaker sounds. Even at high volumes I hear nothing but great clarity. The bluetooth connection is strong and the design is very sleek. I love this thing.

    I would recommend this to a friend