Most people are familiar with Marshall thanks to their amazing guitar amps and guitar players who’ve used them. Everyone from Eddie Van Halen to Eric Clapton has used Marshall amps and they are highly regarded in the music industry. Now, the company has started exploring the world of consumer audio electronics. They released a few devices last year and have announced a few this year at IFA 2018.
Launching this autumn, the Voice line of speakers are powered by Amazon Alexa and will get Google Assistant functionality soon after. The company plans on releasing more Voice speakers with other services in the future. Each speaker combines components such as class D amps, a bass reflex cabinet system and custom-tuned drivers engineered for a balanced and dynamic response. Of course, there is the signature design language of Marshall’s speakers.
The first two Marshall Voice speakers launching are Acton II Voice with Amazon Alexa and Stanmore II Voice with Amazon Alexa. Both are perfect for any space, small or large. Stanmore II Voice with Amazon Alexa will be on sale from October 2nd, with pre-orders beginning August 30th. Acton II Voice with Amazon Alexa will be on sale from November 9th, with pre-orders beginning October 2nd. Both speakers will initially launch in the U.S. with other countries to follow.
MSRP on these new speakers is $299USD for the Acton II and $399USD for the Stanmore II. When available you can get them at marshallheadphones.com.
Marshall Kilburn II
The company’s second announcement is the Kilburn II. This is a follow-up and improvement to the Kilburn, the company’s first attempt at Bluetooth portability. New for this year is its multi-directional Blumlein stereo sound as well as Bluetooth Qualcomm and aptX.
The design of the Kilburn II has also been updated to give it a more “roadworthy” look and feel. Kilburn II has a solid metal grille that pays homage to the steel mesh grille found on many microphones and a guitar inspired carrying strap for easy portability. Its flush-mounted corner caps and IPX2 water-resistant design make it supremely rugged and durable. Some of the features include:
- Blumlein Stereo Sound: Kilburn II is constructed with British engineer Alan Blumlein’s original idea of stereophonic sound. By separating out the spatial content of stereo recordings, Kilburn II enhances the size and reassembles the signal in a way that can be projected in all directions. The experience is completely different to other portable speakers on the market and results in a rich, multi-directional sound that immerses the listener in their music and gives them a true 360° sound experience – indoors or outdoors.
- 20+ hours of portable playtime: Kilburn II weighs just 3kg and offers 20+ hours of portable playtime on a single charge. You can track the speaker’s battery life with the visual battery indicator located on the top panel.
- Bluetooth 5.0 aptX: Kilburn II comes equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 aptX technology for wireless music play. Play music with any Bluetooth device at a range of up to 30 feet away from the speaker.
- Multi-host functionality: Kilburn II features multi-host functionality so you can easily connect and switch between two Bluetooth devices. Now you and a friend take turns playing what you want to hear.
The Kilburn II is available now at marshallheadphones.com with an MSRP of $299USD.