Marshall Uxbridge Voice packs Alexa and AirPlay 2 in a tiny box

Joanna Estrada
March 27, 2020

Marshall has launched a few smart speakers, including the hefty Stanmore II.

Each Marshall Uxbridge Voice speaker measures 5.04-inch x 6.61-inch x 4.84-inch, which makes this nearly as compact as a Google Home or the Amazon Echo smart speakers.

Looking from the front for all the world like a classic Marshall amp shrunk down to size, the Uxbridge Voice has a lot going for it, but its unique looks are sure to be a factor for potential purchasers. But trust us when we say that's a ton of performance for a small speaker.

Marshall's range of voice-activated smart speakers have always been a great choice for those that want to add a little bit of rock 'n roll style to their tunes. You get adjustable bass and treble controls too, something that has been a hallmark of Marshall speakers for years now. That's blatant marketing speak, but generally, Marshall is known for its sound quality, especially for rock music. Zound also added a far-field microphone array that can recognize your voice commands when the sound is bumping.

That said, it's still a distinctly smart speaker.

This version of the Uxbridge Voice will also be followed by two more - one with Tencent Xiaowei on May 4 and another with Google Assistant on June 11. (Have you heard how bad an Echo Dot sounds?) They're also fairly blah in terms of style. Connectivity options will include Bluetooth 5.0 and Spotify Connect alongside AirPlay 2, making it the first device in the Marshall lineup to support Apple's streaming technology. So in that sense, the Uxbridge Voice fills a very specific niche.

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