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Marshall Stanmore II Review

A good speaker with classic styling, but quite expensive given it sound quality
Marshall Stanmore II
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $380 List | $314.14 at Amazon
Pros:  Makes guitars sound great, Alexa built-in, loud
Cons:  Expensive, not the best in its price range
Manufacturer:   Marshall
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Nov 15, 2018
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RANKED
#7 of 8
  • Sound Quality - 40% 6.4
  • User Friendliness - 20% 7.4
  • Volume - 20% 8.0
  • Connectivity - 20% 9.0

Our Verdict

Combining modern Alexa capabilities with classic guitar amp styling, the Marshall Stanmore II is a beauty to behold. However, we feel its sound quality doesn't quite live up to its high price tag. For the same price the Bose Home Speaker 500's sound quality is a clear step up, and it also offers Alexa capabilities built-in. So unless you're enamored with the Stanmore II's aesthetics, we think there are better ways to spend your home speaker budget.

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Pros Makes guitars sound great, Alexa built-in, loudExcellent Sound, Great volume, relatively compact, many connection optionsGreat sound quality, great volume, battery powered, easy to connect/control multiple speakersHiFi streaming compatible, 360 reality audio, great connectivityIncredible audio quality, powerful volume, pairs with other soundlink models
Cons Expensive, not the best in its price rangeExpensive, multi-speaker management leaves a bit to be desiredExpensive, somewhat heavy to move around when used in battery modeMultiple apps required for full functionality, bass sometimes overpoweringExpensive, not the most portable
Bottom Line A good speaker with classic styling, but quite expensive given it sound qualityOur first recommendation for those looking for a single speaker that can flood your main living space with incredible soundA premium home audio experience that can also be used wirelessly for outdoor listeningIf you're looking for a live music experience from the comfort of home, this is the speaker for youIf lush audio in a portable package is your top priority, this is the best speaker you can buy
Rating Categories Marshall Stanmore II Bose Home Speaker 500 Sonos Move Sony SRS-RA3000 360 Bose SoundLink Revo...
Sound Quality (40%)
6.4
8.7
7.7
7.9
8.0
User Friendliness (20%)
7.4
7.8
9.0
7.8
7.8
Volume (20%)
8.0
8.4
7.5
7.1
7.3
Connectivity (20%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Specs Marshall Stanmore II Bose Home Speaker 500 Sonos Move Sony SRS-RA3000 360 Bose SoundLink Revo...
Smart Home Compatability Alexa Alexa, Google Home Alexa, Google Home Google Home, Alexa Siri, Google Assistant
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Inputs Bluetooth, 3.5mm Aux, WiFi Bluetooth, 3.5mm Aux, WiFi, AirPlay Bluetooth, WiFi, AirPlay Bluetooth, WiFi, Google Cast, 3.5mm Aux Bluetooth, Micro-USB, 3.5 mm Aux
Dimensions 11.7" x 17.2" x 10.9" 4.3" x 6.7" x 8" 9.4" x 4.9" x 6.2" 5.75" x 9.75" x 6.13" 4.13" x 4.13" x 7.25"
Weight (lb) 13.8 4.7 6.61 5.5 2

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Marshall Stanmore II looks great and sounds good, but it can't quite live up to the quality of the other speakers in its price range.

Performance Comparison


Marshall Stanmore II wireless speaker - the stylish marshall stanmore ii offers a plethora of connectivity...
The stylish Marshall Stanmore II offers a plethora of connectivity options: Bluetooth, WiFi, 3.5mm AUX input; it even has Alexa built-in.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Sound Quality


The Marshall Stanmore II sounds good, but didn't really set itself apart from the rest of the field in our sound quality testing.


Like its sibling, the original Marshall Stanmore, the Stanmore II excels at making electric guitars sound good. In general we found that guitars riffs sounded a bit more lively on this speaker than others. However, that's where this speaker's exceptionalism ends. Its bass quality and power is about average. It offers a solid foundation on which the rest of the music can sit, but it lacks the thump of the likes of the Bose models. The clarity is also comparably average. Nothing sounds particularly muddled, but it lacks the impressive crispness that makes the Bose and Sonos models sound so good. That being said, we still really enjoyed listening to music on the Stanmore II, it just wasn't our favorite.

Marshall Stanmore II wireless speaker - the marshall stanmore ii sounds good, but not great.
The Marshall Stanmore II sounds good, but not great.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

User Friendliness


The Stanmore II has pretty much all of the accouterments one could want from a user experience, but still lacks some of the streamlined feel of its competitors.


If you're used to using Alexa devices, then controlling the Stanmore II with your voice will be second nature. We found its Alexa integration to be seamless. Marshall also added an app with this new iteration of its flagship speaker, which you can use to stream music directly to the speaker via your WiFi network (which is a bit more efficient than streaming it to your phone, and then linking the phone to the speaker via Bluetooth). However, we found this app to be a bit clunkier than those from Bose and Sonos.

Marshall Stanmore II wireless speaker - the stanmore ii has bass, mid, and treble controls.
The Stanmore II has bass, mid, and treble controls.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Volume


This is one area where the Marshall Stanmore II is really impressive. It is one of the loudest speakers we've tested.


In our testing the Stanmore II more than lived up to its loud and proud guitar amp heritage. We were able to listen to the Stanmore II in a large apartment with 10 people inside it, and still feel like the maximum volume was way too loud. The Stanmore II will likely be up to powering whatever party you'd like to throw.

Connectivity


The Stanmore II was one of the leaders in our connectivity testing. It offers Bluetooth, WiFi, and 3.5mm auxiliary inputs. Plus, it has Alexa built-in, so you can control its WiFi streaming with your voice.


Value


Unfortunately, we feel the Marshall Stanmore II's list price is a bit too steep.

Conclusion


The Marshall Stanmore II is an attractive looking speaker that will fit right into a guitar lover's home, but its sound quality doesn't live up to its price tag.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata
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