Marshall Stanmore II Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black (UK)
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Two tweeters and a woofer are individually powered by Class D amps for a combined total of 80 watts of powerful sound. The Stanmore II’s advanced components combine to produce clean and precise audio, even at the highest volume. Fine-tune bass and treble via the analogue knob controls atop the speaker, or via the Marshall Bluetooth app (available on iOS and Android). Our first recommendation for those looking for a single speaker that can flood your main living space with incredible sound
This speaker is boxy and brassy, with a set of no-nonsense knobs to twiddle, and we love it. None of that touch-sensitive control rubbish or a sci-fi look that’s only suitable for the ultra-minimalist here. Alexa may be able to do much of the everyday adjustments for you, but when you want more bass, you can also twist a big knob on the top. Doing so illuminates a scale around the edge, telling you instantly what level you’ve reached in a delightfully retro way. Whether the Marshall Stanmore III is the right choice for you or not will depend largely on what you need from a wireless speaker. If you want something that will look really cool and sound fantastic with loads of power then this will be perfect, but if you’re looking for advanced smarts like voice control and multiroom then you won’t get either of those and you’re better off looking elsewhere. As you might have guessed from the name, this is the third instalment of the Marshall Stanmore series, there aren’t actually loads of differences between this and the last one but the Marshall Stanmore III definitely has some upgrades worth knowing about.
The Marshall’s large control knobs offer a satisfying feel, as does the power lever. However, as the volume and tone is controlled by your phone as well as these on-speaker controls, a series of LED light sits around each so you can determine the volume level and bass/treble settings.
The rose-gold accents really lend the design of this speaker a sense of sophistication, and are carried through the bottom panel, Marshall logo, and the controls on the top of the casing. Things have moved on. There’s no longer just a dial to twist when your favourite song comes on, then guard to make sure no one else touches it. With the app, you can crank up the volume from the kitchen and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.Having bass and treble controls is one of Marshall’s calling cards when it comes to its speakers, and it’s a lovely touch, especially if you like being able to control exactly the way your music sounds. It’s a fairly large Bluetooth speaker that perfectly at home being cranked up loud. It has oodles of Marshall style and fairly good audio quality, too. However, since it doesn’t rely on Wi-Fi like its pricier sibling, the Stanmore II Voice, this version is just begging for an integrated battery like the Harman Kardon Go + Play 2.