Marshall Stockwell 2 Review

Marshall Stockwell 2 Review

  • Stockwell 2 in review: Not everything is perfect
  • The design
  • Sound Quality
  • Stockwell 2 in comparison
  • Specifications
  • Scope of Delivery
  • My conclusion
  • Benefits
  • Disadvantages

Marshall guitar amps aren’t necessarily for everyone, nor are their typically high prices, but there’s no denying that Marshall makes some top-notch Bluetooth speakers.

The new Marshall Stockwell II is a speaker with a very nice design and an ingenious sound. The price of Marshall Stockwell II might be a bit steep, but ultimately there is very little not to like.

PROS:

  • Powerful sound with rich bass and bright highs
  • Adjustable bass and treble controls
  • Cool design

CONS:

  • No speakerphone
  • Water protection only IPX 4
  • High price

The design

At 17.8 x 15.2 x 7 cm and weighing a whopping 3.0 kg, the Stockwell II is now available in black or gray finish. The side panel is a silicone material that’s vaguely reminiscent of leather. Still, the star of the design, aside from the Marshall logo that sits front and center, is the metallic mesh speaker grille.

Marshall Stockwell 2 front view

There are three knobs at the top; the first controls are power and volume (which work independently of your mobile device’s master volumes), while the second and third are for bass and treble controls.

The top panel also features a Bluetooth pairing button (which doubles as an audio source button when switching between aux-in and paired devices) and a battery life indicator. Unfortunately, there are no playback or track navigation controls and no speakerphone.

The back panel is also clad in a matte black metal grille. The ports included a USB-C power cord, and a 3.5mm aux-in port is on the right. However, no cable is included in the scope of delivery. There are gold-plated screws on both side panels for the included strap, black vegan leather at the top, and red velvet at the bottom.

Marshall Stockwell II control dial

The speaker has a modest IPX4 rating, meaning it’s somewhat waterproof. It can handle light splashes from all directions, but not real water pressure or submersion, so don’t throw it in the pool. Below the grille, the Stockwell II features dual 5-watt tweeters and a single 10-watt woofer, delivering a frequency range of 60Hz to 20kHz. One tweeter delivers forward, and the other brings sound through the back wall; both drivers sound so good they seem to be outputting the same sound.

Technically, Marshall Stockwell 2 is a stereo speaker, but it will essentially only sound mono no matter where you place it. This is because the woofer shoots through the rear wall, or at least the powerful bass can be heard there. Since lower frequencies are less directional, this isn’t a problem, and placing the speaker closer to the walls can slightly improve bass response in some scenarios. Marshall estimates the Stockwell II’s battery life to be around 20 hours, but that depends on your volume.

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Sound quality

On tracks with intense sub-bass content, the Stockwell II delivers a powerful low end for its size. There was no distortion when cranking the bass level and volume, although the DSP (Digital Signal Processing) greatly reduces bass depth when the speaker is maxed out.

At moderate volumes, the bass sounds a bit fuller, richer, and more powerful for a speaker of this size, which is impressive.

With songs that have far less deep bass in the mix, it gives a better sense of the Stockwell II’s overall sound quality. Also, with the bass and treble controls set in the middle, the drums on such tracks sound heavier than expected – the woofer packs a punch here.

Marshall Stockwell II with a wearable strap

And yet the bass sounds quite natural, and the high mids and highs ensure a pleasant, crisp balance of the sound. In addition, the standard settings provide a nice and balanced sound overall.

At lower volumes, the drivers sound a bit more powerful, but at higher listening levels, the sub-bass somewhat disappears, and the focus is on the low mids as far as a bass response is concerned. Vocals get a crisp, clear presence without adding too much sibilance to the mix.

Of course, the balance between the lows and the highs can be altered greatly here with the EQ controls. Still, when the Stockwell II is set at equal volume, it delivers a rich, bright, relatively balanced listening experience. The DSP also seems to affect classical recordings (and jazz) far less than pop music – at high volumes, these tracks retain more of their depth and dynamics.

Technical specifications

  • Water protection IPX 4
  • Range 30 meters
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Dimensions: 17.8 x 15.2 x 7 centimeters
  • Weight: 3 kg

Scope of delivery

  • Marshall Stockwell 2
  • USB-C Cable
  • Owner’s Manual
Marshall Stockwell 2 Review
Marshall Stockwell 2 Review

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