After making a splash with their spectacular Main II headphones, the enduring guitar amplifier model goals to take over residing rooms all over the place in a actually ‘sensible’ approach. A part of the Multi-room line of sensible audio system, the Stanmore actually delivers a contemporary tackle an analog glory. However can it win the mass attraction it strives for?
- ✓Heat, highly effective sound even at its loudest
- ✓Rock-solid construct high quality
- ✓Wi-fi centered: Google House, Spotify, AirPlay, Bluetooth
- ✕Restricted sound signature for the worth
- ✕Placement choices much less versatile than the competitors
Launch date and value
Marshall’s Stanmore Multi-room was introduced again on September 1, and is out there now for $449 commonplace value at retailers or the Marshall on-line store. The Stanmore works nicely alone however is is a part of the Multi-room line meant to be paired wirelessly with different audio system.
Design and construct high quality
The very first thing you discover whenever you lean in to take away the Stanmore from its field is how gratifyingly agency it feels. You instantly get the sense of how sturdy it truly is from the beginning and since it weighs a 10.36 lbs, it’s not heavy sufficient to suppose twice about altering its location—though you wouldn’t discover many appropriate locations. The Stanmore is the center sized speaker of the Multi-room set and it’s a bit on the cumbersome facet for the kitchen, lavatory or bed room.
That mentioned, it’s clear function exposes some inflexibility of design within the face of present competitors just like the Sonos Play:5 and the forthcoming Google House Max. At the same value level, each of those supply a much more modular philosophy as their designs are merely extra geared in the direction of versatility of location and speaker orientation.
However there’ll be no scarcity of headbangers at coronary heart flocking to this wi-fi speaker due to how nicely Marshall has tailored the enduring design of their signature guitar amps to a tool for dwelling listening. Every little thing screams high quality craftsmanship with an virtually seamlessly upholstered end and a set of helpful quantity, bass, treble and enter controls fitted on prime of a gold brushed metallic plate. The controls characteristic crimson LED indicators that add an up to date twist to the timeless design.
Wi-fi will be the focus right here however the Stanmore additionally cleverly stays true to its analog roots with a three.5 mm aux and RCA stereo enter for connecting a stereo or turntable for instance.
The Marshall Stanmore Multi-room earns good factors for offering future-forward wi-fi streaming choices. It may be arrange shortly for use with the Google House app because it has Chromecast built-in. And should you use Spotify, you can even pair the speaker with Spotify Connect with reap the benefits of something from common utilization out of your telephone or pill, to storing particular playlists with the Marshall Multi-room app (extra on this in a bit) for straightforward entry from the speaker itself.
The speaker additionally options some a lot appreciated comfort elements built-in. If you happen to’re streaming music out of your smartphone, playback isn’t interrupted by telephone calls, messages, and even video playback.
Though nothing specific to the Stanmore, I’m nonetheless at first puzzled by the dearth of an on/off swap, then subsequently impressed at how this improves usability. So long as the Stanmore is plugged-in, it is going to ‘wake-up’ every time a wi-fi sign prompts it to.
This “at all times on” characteristic centralizes a very powerful controls to your smartphone or some other wi-fi enter system and eliminates a redundant step in wi-fi tech—one thing incredible that wi-fi headphones ought to in the future take cues from.
In addition to how nicely this works with Google House, Marshall’s Multi-room line works the free Multi-room App that connects different audio system and opens up an fascinating set of options for people who wish to go previous atypical utilization.
The app scans to search out different Multi-room audio system and permits for single or multi modes and centralized distant management of every speaker’s bass, treble, and quantity.
On the enter selector knob, there are 7 multi-purpose notches that can be utilized to program and retailer ‘presets’. The Multi-room App permits you to program and handle these presets that may be Spotify playlists, on-line radio stations and podcasts. Every preset can then be simply known as up and even streamed via all related audio system concurrently.
Marshall claims the Multi-room line is the loudest wi-fi system in the marketplace and so far as my ears can inform, I can say with an excellent diploma of confidence, which will nicely have been confirmed with my time utilizing the Stanmore. I cranked each the unit and telephone output volumes full blast and will barely stand it for two minutes in my comparatively spacious front room.
It does certainly do an excellent job however even with the bass and treble at impartial settings, there was some sound degradation at about 90% full. It’s moderately spectacular contemplating how loud it was and the way a lot decrease the distortion threshold often is for audio system of this dimension and wattage. And I by no means skilled any dropouts or glitches. Sure, utilizing Marshall is rather like being within the entrance row.
Marshall acquired it’s identify for it’s heat, punchy tube-driven guitar heads and cupboards utilized by a pantheon of legendary rock bands like Led Zepplin or Black Sabbath, so it was anticipated that the sound signature be centered on the lows and mids. Though this in idea sounds actually engaging, I’ve to say as a shopper product, I used to be anticipating the Stanmore to tastefully uphold this character with a extra numerous vary of music.
The Stanmore did finest with each lossy and lossless rock and pop music, however did have a approach of coloring the sound of jazz, classical, and digital music specifically— all music kinds recognized for wider ranges in dynamics.
Though the bodily bass and treble controls convey a helpful hands-on ingredient, I discovered that tweaking these when listening to sure kinds of music was not sufficient to flee the persistent mid-lows blanketing sure sounds. This wouldn’t be such a gripe if it wasn’t for the truth that you get a a lot richer spectrum when in comparison with the Sonos Play:5 which is barely marginally costlier.
With the Multi-room collection, Marshall continues to present extra causes to take it significantly within the shopper area. The Stanmore presents a wholesome mix of basic and trendy dwelling audio design and can do nicely for these searching for one thing heat and highly effective to start out a smarthome speaker setup with trendy connectivity as nicely.
The tipping level for me is that the Stanmore merely isn’t designed to be a flexible beast. Though its lateral tweeter configuration matches its friends, it’s constructed on the precept that it has it’s place and function already determined and for different rooms, you may have different variations. And the sound signature isn’t fairly there but. I feel Marshall can handle to keep up it’s velvety character throughout a wider vary of music in time. However the Stanmore merely holds again a whole lot of potential and in some circumstances, alters the sounds of music simply not suited to this speaker.
With a retail value of $449, I’d suppose twice about shopping for the Stanmore Multi-room if I used to be into music exterior the favored realm. However remembering now after I took the speaker out of the field, the quick-start information envelope was labeled “Lengthy reside rock n’roll” so it’s secure to say Marshall has its advertising and marketing to steer the majority of their viewers for now. Regardless, the Stanmore Multi-room is a strong alternative that’s born to be wild.