• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounded nice for the few months it worked

    • Written by from St Peters

    The Bluetooth was never very good. It would only connect to an iPhone or iPad about ten percent of the time, and then if the device got more than about ten feet away, the connection cut in and out.

    Eventually I gave up on Bluetooth and just used it with an audio cable.

    Finally it just died. No lights, no sound.

    It was under warranty, and I appreciated that the local Apple store was willing to allow me to return it.

    We got a Bose SoundLink II to replace it. So far the Bose works great - pairs quickly, sounds good, and I can carry my iPhone or iPad all over the house and the connection holds.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks and Sounds Great...but it stops there

    • Written by from St Pauls

    I had this for less than 4 months and really only use it when I have guests around. The sound is nice and looks great. Unfortunately the bluetooth is spotty at best. You can have the blue tooth sound source right next to it and it'll still cut out after a 15-20 minutes. I thought i could still live it with and connect a sound source via the input...good thought until this past weekend when that too would cut out the sound. It would eventually come back on but only to cut out again. Makes no sense. For $400 you'd think the quality would be better. It's really sad .

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks good but bluetooth is terrible.

    • Written by from new york

    I love the look of the speaker and the sound quality but the bluetooth connectivity is terrible. I've tried it with a few different macbooks and iphones and it failed with all of them. The bluetooth loses connectivity or it becomes choppy for no reason.
    If you are looking for a wireless connection from your idevices to the speaker do not buy this marshall. I wish I could return it but i've gone past the 2 weeks return window.

    In short if you want to use the bluetooth to connect to this speaker don't buy it.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for 7 months only

    • Written by from Pacifica

    Power doesn't turn on and has a ticking sound when the switch is turned on. The sound quality was OK when it worked, but there was a delay in sound when using bluethooth which doesn't make it adequate for watching movies. I bought it only because of the design. I took the decicsion to not have it repaired and get a better speaker instead.

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  • 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.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for few minutes

    • Written by from Bellevue

    The device plays for 3-4 minutes only (via bluetooth) and then it just gets unresponsive. Nothing helps, only turn it off and wait for few minutes. The same with different devices connecting to it - iPhone, Mac. The device is completely unusable, will bring it back tomorrow. Hope this is just this model.

    On the bright side, the quality of sound is really amazing! The inbuilt speakers of all my laptops and other portable electronic just sound plain and squeeky compared to those speakers! +1 star!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Speaker

    • Written by from Cayce

    I had so much trouble with the Bose SoundLink bluetooth connection that I quit using it. The sound wasn't all that impressive either. While I admit the Marshall was an impulse buy while getting my phone repaired, I haven't looked back. This speaker connects without any complications or aggravations. The bluetooth connection works great with my MacBook Air, iPad and iPod. The sound? Amazing! It is exactly what you would expect from a company that has filled our ears with loud, quality sound at concerts for years. Marshall should be proud of this personal-sized speaker. The history of Marshall is well worth scrolling though if you're an audiophile and it is on the company's website (name + amps).

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and excellent style

    • Written by from Ancaster

    Have had this unit for just over 12 months now. Sound quality and volume are very impressive for this size of unit. Very good in all ranges including a solid, but not muddy bass. Construction seems very good for this price point. Have recommended this to friends and have demo'd it to many that went and bought one. Great style if the retro look is your thing.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Prepare to be blown away

    • Written by from vancouver

    I visited my local Apple store yesterday to make my final decision on a bluetooth speaker. I grabbed the Marshall and set it down on one of the demo tables. While I was talking to an employee re: pros and cons, several customers came up and started peppering me with questions about it. Two other employees made a point of dropping by and testifying their experience (and love) for the Stanmore.

    Such is the excitement the product creates before turning it on. Ah, but when you unbox and crank it up for the first time.
    The moment when it's just you and the sound - no hype, hyperbole or hipsterism.

    Wow.

    A much like a fine automobile, I don't need to hear it roar to life to appreciate the Marshall's impressive looks.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    16 of 21 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

    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

  • 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

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

    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!

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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