• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Big, bright room-filling sound from a box that's smaller than a breadbox.

    • Written by from North Easton

    I love my Bose SoundLink, so when I saw this Marshall Stanmore at the Apple Store it was indeed an impulse buy. But once I brought the unit home, I was so glad I caved-in to my impulse. The Stanmore sounds so much better at home than in the store.

    The Stanmore paired easily with my iPad and iPhone (5). Never in the evening did I experience a drop in Bluetooth reception.

    The unit does not have an internal battery, so that helps to define its use. It's powered by standard household current with an internal power supply; no external transformer cords to mess with. I love the volume and tone control knobs on the top, as I often like to tweak the sound quality. I know I can go into my Apple iOS settings, but adjusting the knobs is so easy and immediate (and retro).

    We have nice in-wall speakers, but this little box filled the entire room with rich sound. Last night was mostly acoustic Diana Krall; at no time did I feel the Marshall was a compromise to my component system with this musical genre. I tried my classic test: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' "Moanin' "; oh my god, I could just feel the spittle from the sax mouthpiece flying across the room. The clarity and response makes this little Marshall black box paired with my iPhone my new favorite sound system.

    True confessions - I did test a classic pedal bass response from Tracy Chapman's "Mountain O' Things", and that's where the Marshall can't resolve the ultra bass response like my component sub-woofer; I didn't expect it to. The bass it did render though was rich and deep; you could feel the air puffing out the back woofer port. Like the SoundLink, I got better sound when I let the music bounce off the back wall.

    I still like my Bose SoundLink for it's portability and big power from a little box, but I've found my new front-porch, back-deck and man-cave musical companion with the Marshall Stanmore.

    And oh, it looks cool too; nothing cheap about the look and feel here.

    172 of 187 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Great!

    • Written by from PRUNEDALE

    Worth every penny. Phenomenal design and sound. The volume is loud enough to fill the whole house. I couldn't turn it to the max with out suffering permanent hearing damage.

    97 of 107 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from NEW YORK

    Most definitely the best sounding Bluetooth speaker I have ever heard!! It's absolutely incredible. And then from an aesthetics perspective ... This thing just took my apartment to a whole new level, it's beautiful.

    93 of 101 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Keep the packaging handy, you may need to return it.

    • Written by from franklin

    Opened this beautiful speaker as a Christmas gift. Plugged it in and was amazed by the sound. Looks absolutely gorgeous. But exactly one week later (New Years Day) it failed to connect to any Bluetooth device. So this product gets high marks for sound and style. Low marks for execution.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb looks, even better performance!

    • Written by from London

    I was in the market to replace my Bose speakers and was looking around at different products. The Stanmore stood out to me for its unique and sexy design, and I immediately fell in love.

    When I got the speakers home and plugged them in, I cranked some house, rock, pop, classical, and jazz. All sounded fantastic through either the Bluetooth connection or auxiliary cable. The ability to adjust the treble and bass with the analog dials is a bonus as you can make your music sound exactly how you want it to, especially if you are a fan of multiple genres. The Stanmore is also loud and fills not a room but a house. You feel bad cranking it up to full volume because you know the neighbors will be able to hear it.

    The only time I had issue with the sound was when watching a movie, a car honking sounded a little distorted. But this does not make the Stanmore a bad buy as it is not a home theatre speaker, but one to enjoy music for clarity and intense power. Another minor nuisance is that it always has to be plugged in when in use, though the sound makes up for this, and the speaker is compact enough it fits nicely in any room but large enough that portability to the beach may be difficult. Again, this is part of the appeal and design, so no rating stars lost here.

    If you are looking for a sexy, powerful, and amazing sounding speaker, look no further. I would deffinitly recommend this to anybody looking for an addition to their bedroom, living room, basement, office, or wherever else you want music. Go out and get this thing, and you will never look for another speaker system again.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Separation

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    Excellent sound quality and extremely loud also. Great separation too. I am impressed by the clarity and precision of this little beauty and I love the look too. It has RCA inputs, digital optical audio (Apple TV's have this), auxillery and bluetooth.

    You really can't go wrong with the Stanmore. You know you want it. Buy it. The money is not an issue. You will not regret this.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound...has trouble staying connected

    • Written by from Portland

    I love the sound and it fills my studio apartment with rich, deep sound. I use it with my Macbook Air (which handles all of my home media).

    The only issue I have is that I occasionally have to turn it off and on because it drops it's connection...but this isn't enough for me to not like this thing...

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, problems with connectivity

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I hooked it up to an airport express and the speaker has to be turned off and on again 2-3 times per day. I don't want my friends to have to pair with this thing if they want to share sounds over the air so airplay/airport express is the right solution. But it seems that the speaker loses connection or doesn't successfully disconnect from devices when music stops playing or the session is over.

    21 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid Speaker. Good Sound.

    • Written by from Fresno

    Solid speaker. Not something you want to cart around (a bit heavy/no battery) Natural sound. Nothing I've tried compares. Solid wood with faux-leather wrapped case, retro switches. Very sweet! Simple to use. In my opinion, sounds better at louder volume (I've sampled with well know old songs I know every nuance , etc. to Classical, Jazz, Country, Pop) All come through with very good sound. Remember this is not a $4000. speaker! It's $400. and worth it. Will easily rock the house, but really made to be listened to in one room (not a home sound-system) bedroom, office or huge vaulted ceiling living space. All good. Yeah, you can hear it in other rooms (and the outside walls will tremble) but you won't get full listening experience without being within 30 meter or so (range of Bluetooth). Pairs (in order) to 6 different devices (sweet) via Bluetooth. Dual connectors if you want to plug directly into an old-fashioned turntable (cool), Direct access cable if you don't want to use BT. Also can use with Airplay (so why even bother with BT?). Buy an aux cable and your set for TV, etc. My only major complaint (after only a few days of use) seems to automatically pair with last device and does NOT seem to continue looking for next device (if 1st is off), so I end up re-pairing. Bummer. I should probably research a bit more before making a judgment on this. I may be doing something wrong. Next complaint; such detail! beautiful box! Nice Design! Why the cheap plastic "Marshall" plate on front. Looks good but, come on, how much more could a metal plate have cost? This quality component deserves a "real" badge. I'd give 5 Stars except for my earlier comments and maybe I'm spoiled. Really beautiful and easy to move from room to room if I need to. Perhaps I need one for ech room. That'd be cool.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The search is over.

    • Written by from Santa Monica

    A couple days ago I decided that I could use some kind of iPod/iPhone dock in the kitchen/dining room area. After testing several of the models at my local electronics store, I settled on the Bose Sounddock Series iii -- now, I've never had a Bose system but there fairly well regarded and it sounded fine. As I tend to do after a purchase I did even more research, had I made the right choice. That's when I stubbled across the Marshall Stanmore. The review for this thing are very high. I returned the Bose and decided to give it a shot.

    This thing sounds amazing. Now, I have high end speakers in my bedroom and in my home theater, very expensive speakers with a warm sound and with plenty of power, which as you may or may not know is essential to getting speakers to sound great. If you turn up your speakers and they start to distort and strain, chances are your amplifier is weak. I don't know what amplifier the Marshall is using but it's giving you real power, not exaggerated power claims like you see on most home receivers. Anyway the point is even though the Marshall is small it packs a lot of real power. I had the volume at 5/10 and stopped because the room, which includes a large living room, dining room and kitchen and twenty foot ceilings was filled with sound. I can honestly say I won't ever take it to ten. And as the volume went up the sound stayed clean and clear. I play Adele, Jay-Z, Mozart, Pearl Jam, Yo-Yo-Ma ... and more and all sounded great. I'm very very impressed with this unit and will recommend it to anyone looking for a stylish and well performing powered speaker.

    Other than sound quality, the biggest benefit over the Bose was inputs. Bose has two, the dock and an auxiliary jack. in addition to bluetooth, the Marshall has optical, stereo rca and auxiliary jack. so basically you can connect anything to it, including AppleTv and your cable box and your iPod and bluetooth your iPhone -- without unplugging anything!

    For now I have my airport express going into the Marshall via in the included auxiliary cable but will probably switch that to the optical connection, reason being, bluetooth tends to have a much shorter range and I don't want the music cutting out because i had to run upstairs.

    This speaker is amazing. I hope it'll stand the test of time. For now, it's the best portable I've had, over models from bose, jawbone and various others i've long forgotten about. It's not cheap, but it is well worth it.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't purchase this item!

    • Written by from Boston

    If you're thinking about purchasing this item, please don't! I suggest you but Bose instead. The Bluetooth function of this speaker is really bad, I connect my iPod and as long as I don't move the iPod the sound seems to be okay. However if I start moving my iPod, the connection gets broken and you get delayed sound and it's super super annoying. (that's probably why they are showing this item in apple stores with iPods that are put in mounts and can't be moved around). When it's connected to my mac, the speaker is just giving out a terribly delayed noise, it's not even music anymore, just a creaking annoying sound.

    -if you're planning on just using the audio cable and not the Bluetooth, then you'd get a flawless sound.

    18 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker until it died

    • Written by from Taos

    I have had this speaker 3 months and 1 week. It completely died - nothing plays, not even the manual connection to our record player/stereo - completely died - just emits a low level static sound. For the record, for the past 3 months it was spectacular, really wonderful sound. I just recycled the box it came in too! I've contacted Marshall for the 1 year warranty, we'll see.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent speaker

    • Written by from China Spring

    I bought this speaker for my wife. She is easily frustrated by technology and is legally blind. I decided on this speaker for several reasons. 1st-Marshall has a good reputation and has been making speaker systems for musicians for over 50 years. That says a lot. 2nd-it had large, easy to use controls. Big on/off toggle switch, big nobs for volume, treble and bass. Easy to see and feel. For someone with low vision, that is important. 3rd-you can plug in your smart phone and need not pair it with bluetooth. You can use bluetooth and indeed it has the latest/greatest iteration of bluetooth with excellent music quality but you do not need to use that feature. Again, for someone with low vision, easy connection is important. No need to look at a small screen to pair via bluetooth. My wife has an iPhone 5. So now she can plug her iPhone into the speaker using the headphone jack (a high quality 3/8th headphone jack cable with 2 male ends is included with the speaker), turn the speaker on, use Siri to play any music on her iPhone and I have a very happy wife. The sound quality is superb. We have a 4500 sq.ft. house and if cranked up one can hear the music throughout the house and without distortion. This is a high quality product. I am a very fussy guy when it comes to sound quality and own an excellent stereo system with large high quality speakers and my wife and I go to concerts often. We know what good music should sound like. While the Marshall speaker system is not the equal to my home stereo, for a small portable speaker, the sound quality is excellent. For the money, this is a great value.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best bluetooth speaker

    • Written by from Montreal

    Absolutely love this speaker. It's loud, it's clear, music sounds awesome on it!! You can connect multiple devices to it and easily switch between them.

    The attention to detail by the manufacturer shows that this is a quality product.

    This speaker will bring you back the joy of listening to music and doing nothing else!

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Big & nice sound, great connectivity, with tone controls!

    • Written by from Broadlands

    Based on the classic small studio monitor design of around 1 inch tweeter & 5.25" woofer, the Stanmore puts out smooth, warm and engaging sound, especially at louder volumes. At lower volumes, the tonal balance is great for background listening. Great bass for the size, and for the rest of the range, mid's & hi's can be tailored with the treble and bass tone controls (which is rare for a Bluetooth speaker). The connectivity is also rare, with optical input, and both RCA and mini jack. The only caveats are for the size and power, it cannot be battery powered, it doesn't have a microphone for speakerphone, and doesn't have Bluetooth multi pairing. Pairing is so quick and easy, and it's size isn't ideal for speakerphone or battery powered portability anyways. Good drivers and dense cabinet makes this a decent weight speaker with solid controls—this speaker is well-built, and should last. I always look forward to using this speaker as a one-piece room-filling speaker, and is an ideal fit for home or office.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly Involving: Thanks Marshall!

    • Written by from New York

    This speaker hits so many bulls-eyes it's hard to know where to begin.

    First, the aesthetics. It looks like a mini marshall amp and has a terrific 60/70's Rock, Hi-Fi personality. I don't usually fall for "retro" styling but in this case nothing feels phony or ersatz. Size is perfect for me: it sits on my desk next to my iMac. Quality is high, all knobs, switches & buttons are solid. This speaker was obviously made with a lot of care. Feels substantial & heavy, hence doesn't seem to be designed to be moved around (no handle).

    I've got it wired into a Audioengine D1 & I'm playing AAC lossless files through Audirvana Plus software on my Mac. Bluetooth works fine but I'll probably keep it wired for the better sound & only use BT now & then.

    How does it sound? Involving, alive, clean sound. Someone else mentioned how it renders guitar sound and I will vouch for that: lots of texture & presence. Deep Purple, Joe Walsh, Zep, ZZ Top et.al. really shine but my whole library benefits. Bass goes to 45 Hz which is good enough for me, plus you can feel some real "slam" as you raise the volume (put your hand over the port at the back & feel the air moving). My Audioengine 5s are so neutral (less involving) by comparison. Another: My Bose Soundlink Mini is known for "punching above its weight"; I would say the same for the Stanmore. It will surprise & astonish you with its power & finesse in an albeit, larger but still minimalist container.

    At really low volume some bass cuts out, but I mean really low. This thing will get louder than I will probably ever need (& maybe you).

    Bass & Treble controls are rare on BT speakers & yet they give you some quick analog control over the sound-- really useful. 4 inputs, bluetooth, mini jack, RCA, & optical is also more than you will usually get from other BT speakers.

    I can't recommend this speaker highly enough. Way to go Marshall!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Speaker.

    • Written by from Bernalillo

    This speaker surprised me with how good it sounds. It fills a good size room with deep rich sound no problem. It's compact and doesn't take up much space. The only downside to this speaker is that it is not portable.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Astonishing

    • Written by from Franklin

    This speaker has an amazing build with an appropriate weight and size. It produces a nice full sound with a tight low end. It is one of the few speakers of it's kind to offer optical inputs for a truly lossless digital sound. Only downside is the price. For 400 dollars I would like it to be AirPlay compatible. Add that feature, Marshall, and this speaker is flawless.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great looks, equally good sound

    • Written by from Granite Bay

    I was looking for a speaker for my garage gym which is fairly large area. Was double minded between Marshall Stanmore vs Sonos Play 5 (I have Sonos in rest of my house). I'm glad I chose Marshall. It not only looks great in my garage but has amazingly clear and loud sound . Speaker performed well across different Genre (tested Metallica's 'Enter Sandman', Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams' and Cold Play's 'Magic' to name a few songs). Compared to Sonos Play 5, it has a more raw Vinyl like sound.

    Unlike some of the other users, I had no problem pairing it with my iPhone 5S which consistently maintained connection. If you are looking for a great looking bluetooth speaker which sounds incredibly good, look no further.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead product, used less than 10 hours.

    • Written by from Corryton

    I bought my Marshall Stanmore at the Apple Store in Knoxville, Tennessee in November, 2013. It has been lightly used (less than 10 hours total) and kept in its box. After making room on my desk for the speaker to have a long term home, I plugged it in night before last to find that it won't work. It will not turn on, period, not even an LED. I emailed Marshall customer service along with a copy of my Apple Store receipt. Here is their reply:

    "Thanks for contacting us. I am really sorry that you are experiencing issues with your Marshall Speaker. I am afraid that I cannot offer you warranty support for this speaker: the warranty expired in November 2014. The Authorized Service Centre in the US is United Radio and you can contact them directly to make repair arrangements for your speaker. You can get in touch with them through their website, www.unitedradio.com. Please note, all repair and shipping costs will be your responsibility. Thanks, please write again with any further questions or comments. Best regards, Sherri - Customer Support"

    The only previous issue I had with the speaker was last summer when I plugged it in to listen for a while. The Bluetooth quit working for no apparent reason, and the speaker would not respond to any user input. Turning it off and on did nothing. I then turned it off and unplugged it for a few hours, after which it seemed to work normally.

    I bought this product for three reasons: (1) it sounded good, (2) it looked good, and (3) it was not made in the Peoples Republic of China. I wish now I hadn't wasted my money - it is essentially junk at this point. This product is less reliable than British cars. I strongly urge readers to avoid Marshall products like the plague. It won't work, and they won't fix it.

    1 of 1 people found this useful