New Marshall Earphones and Speakers: Price and Availability

Do these go to 11?

by Aaron Macarthy Beards Oct 3, 2018 at 3:21 PM

  • Legendary guitar amp manufacturer, Marshall, has announced a refresh to its Bluetooth speaker line, with 3 new models. The company has also updated a pair of its in-ear headphones.
    There is a range of prices for the new Bluetooth speakers. The Acton II is £219, Stanmore II £299 and Woburn II a hefty £439. The speakers all keep Marshall's guitar amp design. However, whilst the exteriors look retro, the interiors are distinctly modern. All feature the latest Bluetooth 5.0 codec and benefit from upgraded DSP (digital signal processing). Marshall claims this new DSP has an improved dynamic range compression. This, they claim, allows for better performance, regardless of volume.

    The Acton II Bluetooth is the smallest speaker here. It has twin tweeters and a mid/bass driver. All are driven by a dedicated Class D amp. The Stanmore II Bluetooth is more powerful, with a meaty 80 watts of output. Lastly, the Woburn II Bluetooth has a huge 110 watts. That's a lot of power for a Bluetooth speaker. It also features two tweeters and 5.25in mid/bass units. Marshall's new speakers can be paired together over Bluetooth to play music simultaneously or as a stereo pair. The Marshall Bluetooth app allows for changing between EQ presets as well as changing the brightness of the speakers’ LED lights.

    Marshall has also announced that they have updated their Minor in-ear headphones, which were launched back in 2011. The new Minor II phones will cost £120, feature aptX Bluetooth and boast twelve hours of wireless playback from a single charge. The new earphones now have magnetic earbuds, allowing the buds to clip together around a user's neck, useful when they are not being used. The new earphones also have quick charge. This means users will get two hours of playtime from twenty minutes of charge. Two hours will charge the battery to 11!

    Will the increase in power, enhanced connectivity and retro looks keep consumers coming back to Marshall? Or is this update too iterative to warrant an upgrade?

    All the speakers and headphones are available for order now.

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