Marshall recently updated its line of Bluetooth speakers, the Stanmore Bluetooth speaker is in the middle of its three new options in terms of size, price, and performance. You won’t be disappointed with the aesthetics of the Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth speakers. The loudspeaker sounds great in terms of sound quality.
The Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speakers Product Review
The Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth speaker, available in black or white, follows the same basic concept as the rest of the Marshall range: It looks like a miniature guitar amplifier. But at 7.7 x 13.8 x 7.3 inches (HWD) and 10.3 pounds, this is a pretty chunky speaker. If you like the retro design of Marshall amps, the Stanmore does it justice with a grained leather exterior and a tweed-like fabric grille with gold accents in brushed aluminum.
The control panel on the top houses buttons for volume, bass, and treble as well as a power switch, a play/pause button, and an audio source button for switching between Bluetooth mode and aux or modes. There is a 3.5 mm aux input on the top and a cinch input on the back.
On the back, there is a connection for air to escape, as well as the aforementioned cinch input and the connection for the power cable. No cables are included for the RCA and 3.5 mm inputs, which seems like an omission given the high price.
The Marshall Bluetooth app is free and provides firmware updates for the speaker. It also allows you to use custom EQ presets or create your own, in conjunction with the bass and treble controls on the control panel. With the Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth speaker app, you can easily adjust the brightness of the red LEDs, turn audio prompts on or off, and pair the speaker with another Marshall device to create a stereo pair.
Design-wise, it may be from the 1970s, but the interior of the Stanmore is all about connectivity, with WiFi being the big addition alongside the existing Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity.
Compatible with Chromecast, Spotify Connect, and AirPlay, the Stanmore also has internet radio; All of this is configured via the Marshall Multi-Room App. Inside the Stanmore, there are a 50 W Class D amplifier for the woofer and two 15 W Class D amplifiers for the tweeters.
With all of its iconic design riffs, the Stanmore relies on sound quality. The advantage of using WiFi is of course the lossless sound quality, and this is where the Stanmore really stands out.
While Bluetooth music lacks depth and breadth, tracks streamed from an iPhone to the Stanmore first via AirPlay and then via Spotify were exceptionally extensive, with detailed vocals and hugely amplified basslines.
Ease of Use
Setting up the Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth speaker is pretty easy. You need to download the Marshall Bluetooth app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The Marshall app can also be used with other Marshall products and has granular controls for the headphones. On the Stanmore II, however, it is only used to update the firmware.
To get started, you need to turn on the Stanmore, open the app, find the Stanmore in the list, connect, apply updates if necessary, and then connect the speaker via Bluetooth in your device’s settings. That’s it. More information on the application is in the Software section.
The Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth speaker also has multi-host functionality, which means it can connect and switch between two Bluetooth sources. This means you can listen to your music on your phone and if you have a friend who wants to go online and play their playlist they can.
The Stanmore also has wired ports rather than just the same old AUX port that everyone else has. This baby has old-fashioned RCA inputs! These inputs are perfect for a nice turntable and playing records, among other things. Overall, this is a very easy speaker to set up and use.
The Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth speaker App is actually quite useful. The app not only serves as a firmware update hub but also has an equalizer and presets to fine-tune your sound.
You can also use the app to pair speakers, which means you can link two Stanmore IIs together for the left and the right experience. It’s pretty great when you can drop the penny for two of them. You can also control the intensity of LED lights
This speaker has great clarity and no hum or distortion, even at full volume. It gets quite loud, but it can’t really be classified as a party speaker. But it can keep up and does justice to all styles of music. The bass sounded powerful and thick, the mids sounded balanced, the highs well-cut.
Overall, this is a great sounding balanced speaker with some leeway to play with and tweak the sound to suit your tastes.
Pros and Cons of the Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker
- First-class design and appearance
- Impressive materials and construction
- Easy to set up and use
- Powerful sound for the great
- Useful app with good control
- The price is on the high side.
The Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth speaker is a good all-rounder that matches or exceeds much more expensive Bluetooth speakers in the market. It works well in a wide variety of settings and situations with a generally comfortable tonal balance.
For once, the Marshall Stanmore is a product that can be judged by its appearance. You get exactly what you’d expect from a speaker that sports the iconic Marshall branding. It’s a hearty, high-quality thing that suits the audience the brand is attracted to. If you want screeching guitars and grainy bass at thunderous volume – this speaker delivers. In addition, it has many connections and is a good choice as a unique music system.