Marshall Stanmore II Review
In technical terms, this means:
- Frequency Range: 50-20,000Hz
- Mains Frequency: 50-60Hz
- Mains Voltage: 100-240V
- Available in black and white
- 101dB at a 1-meter distance
The Marshall Stanmore II Bluetooth speaker has been on the market for a few months now, but the customers who have/had used the predecessor or even the somewhat more powerful Woburn have not caught fire. So, another very interesting question is, of course, why is the predecessor model still being traded more expensively on many well-known platforms on the Internet than the supposedly more modern successor?
I am a self-confessed Marshall speaker fan and have been for many years and over the years have used most of the speakers offered by Marshall. I started with the Marshalls STANMORE I, the notorious KILLBURN, the STOCKWELL I Marshall Stockwell blog post, and the WOBURN.
So, when Marshall announced last year that it would relaunch the well-known models, like many other users, I was, of course, very excited about what was to come. With the Kilburn II, which was released, it was soft, contrary to the first quite modest reviews in the I was very satisfied with the network, especially the newly implemented ALEXA function did the rest.
- Good general tonal balance
- It is among the loudest devices we’ve tried
- Very good dynamics across most use cases
- Stereo setting not very broad; not great localizability and distance
- Slight lack of high mids, low-end extension, high-end extension
What exactly are the differences between STANMORE I and STANMORE II?
In the end, the differences aren’t as big as one would think, given that there are almost eight years of development between the two loudspeakers. However, at the latest with the second visual comparison, apart from the brass plate in the lower area of the front cover on which the Marshall lettering was immortalized, not much has changed. I don’t think that would have been desired by most fans of the brand either, because Marshall is retro and, therefore, cult!
The controls on the speaker’s top, which are now equipped with red LEDs, are a bit more noticeable. In my opinion, this is a very nice gadget because when I operate the controls, the red LEDs light up in the corresponding scale. The connection options are also identical to the predecessor because here, too, there is again the possibility of connecting analog playback devices such as CD players or cassette tapes using a jack plug and using them to “fire” the Marshall Stanmore II.
So, as you can already see, the real optical impressions of a new kind remain here in a very manageable framework. What are the advertised innovations?
The biggest innovations can be found in the built-in technology. The Stanmore II Bluetooth speaker has, for example:
- Qualcomm aptx technology
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Two 15-watt class D amplifiers (sound for the tweeters)
- A 50-watt Class D amplifier for the bass and subwoofer (I’ll come to that later).
Stichwort Multi Hosting
I find the multi-hosting function of the Marshall Stanmore II very interesting. However, this allows two devices connected via Bluetooth to be played simultaneously. In practice, this means that, for example, two users can log in simultaneously with their smartphones and play their favorite tracks one after the other without having to log in or log out again each time.
Of course, the Stanmore II Bluetooth speaker is also “ALEXA” compatible. Of course, you can argue about the sense or nonsense, but it is not a “must feature” but just a “can” function that I think is good, and of course, it also works with the previous model if the ALEXA app is integrated on the smartphone.
The innovations introduced here represent real added value. But, unfortunately, the whole thing also has a catch that should not be underestimated!
The Marshall app, which is used to control the speaker via the smartphone, is, to put it bluntly, underground, borderline, obsolete, and functional like two concrete blocks on the legs in a swimming competition!
The app does not manage to establish a connection to the speaker for many users. If the connection is established, updates are “downloaded” for the first time for a good 10 minutes, which is not a bad thing; because you always stay up to date! When installed, the app requires permission to locate the location for reasons I don’tquite understand? Messages pop up regularly, such as that the storage space is not enough to use the app. The connection breaks without moving location, etc.
The app’s performance is acknowledged by the users in the Play store, not without reason, with just under 2.4 stars. However, this should be improved urgently!
My tip for getting the current firmware is installing the app, granting location approval, and uninstalling it again. The smartphone can also adjust the volume without the app, and you can still play around with the preset genre sounds (classic, rock, pop, etc.) without any problems using the controls on the box. However, if you want to change the lighting of the LED regularly, you will, of course, have to use the app, but then have fun.
The sound of the Marshall Stanmore II
The Qualcomm APT X technology makes the drivers built into the speaker sound very round, even under full load, and can also fill larger rooms with sound. However, when I listen to the predecessor in direct comparison, I like the older drivers installed there for some reason, but they sound a little bit better and a bit “rocker.” Furthermore, it bothers me personally that you have to turn the STANMORE up quite a bit until it starts to pump properly in the areas of the lower scaling; in my opinion, very little is happening.
Otherwise, there isn’t much to complain about in terms of sound; the basses are strong and pounding – the trebles don’t rattle even under full load, which is often a problem with loudspeakers and offers a quite dedicated and (by Marshall standards) quite clear sound. “As for the sound, I feel it. Stanmore II Bluetooth speaker is strong and worth listening to, especially when it gets loud!”
The volume of the Stanmore II
In terms of volume, the STANMORE II is, of course, the “BIG BROTHER” of Marshall Stockwell or the KILLBURN test report on the MARSHALL KILLBURN. Nothing is burning here; because the next smaller parties in your own four walls should not be a problem.
If you like it louder and more powerful, you have to switch to the two “Big Brothers” WOBURN or TUFTON. Anyone who would like to use the decibels of loudspeakers as a guide should know that the STANMORE II offers 101 dB, the WOBURN II comes to 110 dB, the Kilburn II and ACTON II to 100 dB, the Tufton to 102 dB.
The Stanmore II Bluetooth speaker is not necessarily the cheapest model on the speaker market. But the prices “slide” online slightly, and with the optical and haptic quality offered, the stationary Bluetooth speaker is not overpriced.
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The STANMORE II is an impressive Bluetooth speaker with full power and a compact format for fans but also for curious “new listeners.” The cool retro design and rich sound foundation highlight the Marshall.
In addition, the fact that it does very well without explicitly implemented smart functions such as Alexa or Google Home makes it quite likable. If you only want to listen to rock and hard rock, you can also do this with the predecessor without any problems. By the way, you save yourself the trouble with the really bad Marshall app right from the start.