Fashion on smart speakers is gaining momentum. Now in this high-wagon decided to jump Marshall, releasing the updated version of Action II and Stanmore II with the Voice prefix, where the support of the voice assistant “Alexa” was added. They have every chance to become very popular.
Wireless Marshall speakers are notable for the fact that they resemble the iconic guitar combos, so they stand out against the backdrop of Google Home and HomePod.
Previous models Action II and Stanmore II supported connection to the smartphone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth – the same should be expected in the new versions of Voice. The column can be pre-ordered on October 2 for 399 euros (Stanmore II) or for 299 euros (Action II). On the shelves of American stores, they will appear on November 9.
While the columns can only work with “Alexa”, but soon Marshall wants to release the version and with “Google Assistant”. This means that you will not be able to switch between voice assistants on the go – what you bought, this will work.
In addition, Marshall also showed a wireless Kilburn II with an identical design. She has a shoulder strap, so the column can be taken with her – this in products from Google and Apple is not provided at all. Kilburn II supports Bluetooth 5.0, codec aptX and can work up to 20 hours. In addition, Kilburn II can switch between devices and has a moisture protection IPX2.
The column also has a special Blumlein Stereo system: it determines the amount of space and reassembles the signal so that it is evenly distributed in all directions. Kilburn II is available from UK retailers, and it can be pre-ordered at Marshall for EUR 299.