Marshall now makes Alexa speakers

And Google Assistant's coming too

Marshall now makes Alexa speakers

Marshall is smartening up a couple of its speakers with the new Alexa-powered Stanmore II Voice and Action II Voice.

The iconic music gear maker has added Amazon's voice control assistant to kick things off, but says that Google Assistant support will also be added by the end of the year too - no word on AirPlay 2 or Apple HomeKit yet.

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It's good to see another voice assistant-agnostic smart speaker, and we should expect to see more where these came from - the company plans to launch Marshall Voice speakers "with other services" in future.

Both speakers feature signature Marshall styling in black and gold - that means vinyl covering, salt and pepper fret and the logo front and centre. There's also a brass plate running along the bottom with five LEDs to the side which indicate whether or not Alexa is listening. Much more subtle than the Echo ring, but more in keeping with the rock-friendly design.

Marshall makes Alexa speakers now

On top there are more traditional buttons and knobs for volume, treble and bass, source, play/pause, and a mic mute.

The speakers will work as part of wireless, Alexa multi-room systems and the Stanmore II Voice has two 15W class D amplifiers for the tweeters and a 50W class D amplifier for the subwoofer. The Action II Voice meanwhile has three class D amplifiers for its tweeters (15W) and subwoofer (3OW). Both do Spotify Connect, Bluetooth, 3.5mm in and the Stanmore Voice II adds RCA in too.

The Stanmore II Voice goes on sale on 2 October for $399 and pre-orders are open now. The Action II Voice is coming slightly later, with a release set for $299 9 November. Pre-orders for that one open on 2 October.


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