• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Big, bright room-filling sound from a box that's smaller than a breadbox.

    I love my Bose SoundLink, so when I saw this Marshall Stanmore at the Apple Store it was indeed an impulse buy. But once I brought the unit home, I was so glad I caved-in to my impulse. The Stanmore sounds so much better at home than in the store.

    The Stanmore paired easily with my iPad and iPhone (5). Never in the evening did I experience a drop in Bluetooth reception.

    The unit does not have an internal battery, so that helps to define its use. It's powered by standard household current with an internal power supply; no external transformer cords to mess with. I love the volume and tone control knobs on the top, as I often like to tweak the sound quality. I know I can go into my Apple iOS settings, but adjusting the knobs is so easy and immediate (and retro).

    We have nice in-wall speakers, but this little box filled the entire room with rich sound. Last night was mostly acoustic Diana Krall; at no time did I feel the Marshall was a compromise to my component system with this musical genre. I tried my classic test: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' "Moanin' "; oh my god, I could just feel the spittle from the sax mouthpiece flying across the room. The clarity and response makes this little Marshall black box paired with my iPhone my new favorite sound system.

    True confessions - I did test a classic pedal bass response from Tracy Chapman's "Mountain O' Things", and that's where the Marshall can't resolve the ultra bass response like my component sub-woofer; I didn't expect it to. The bass it did render though was rich and deep; you could feel the air puffing out the back woofer port. Like the SoundLink, I got better sound when I let the music bounce off the back wall.

    I still like my Bose SoundLink for it's portability and big power from a little box, but I've found my new front-porch, back-deck and man-cave musical companion with the Marshall Stanmore.

    And oh, it looks cool too; nothing cheap about the look and feel here.

    203 of 224 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Great!

    Worth every penny. Phenomenal design and sound. The volume is loud enough to fill the whole house. I couldn't turn it to the max with out suffering permanent hearing damage.

    111 of 125 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    Most definitely the best sounding Bluetooth speaker I have ever heard!! It's absolutely incredible. And then from an aesthetics perspective ... This thing just took my apartment to a whole new level, it's beautiful.

    108 of 120 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Keep the packaging handy, you may need to return it.

    Opened this beautiful speaker as a Christmas gift. Plugged it in and was amazed by the sound. Looks absolutely gorgeous. But exactly one week later (New Years Day) it failed to connect to any Bluetooth device. So this product gets high marks for sound and style. Low marks for execution.

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker until it died

    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.

    25 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    3rd time will not be a charm

    First Stanmore worked for about 6 months and we loved it. Then it died. Luckily under warranty. The second one we picked up worked for about 2 hrs. That's it for us. We're done with this poor quality

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb looks, even better performance!

    I was in the market to replace my Bose speakers and was looking around at different products. The Stanmore stood out to me for its unique and sexy design, and I immediately fell in love.

    When I got the speakers home and plugged them in, I cranked some house, rock, pop, classical, and jazz. All sounded fantastic through either the Bluetooth connection or auxiliary cable. The ability to adjust the treble and bass with the analog dials is a bonus as you can make your music sound exactly how you want it to, especially if you are a fan of multiple genres. The Stanmore is also loud and fills not a room but a house. You feel bad cranking it up to full volume because you know the neighbors will be able to hear it.

    The only time I had issue with the sound was when watching a movie, a car honking sounded a little distorted. But this does not make the Stanmore a bad buy as it is not a home theatre speaker, but one to enjoy music for clarity and intense power. Another minor nuisance is that it always has to be plugged in when in use, though the sound makes up for this, and the speaker is compact enough it fits nicely in any room but large enough that portability to the beach may be difficult. Again, this is part of the appeal and design, so no rating stars lost here.

    If you are looking for a sexy, powerful, and amazing sounding speaker, look no further. I would deffinitly recommend this to anybody looking for an addition to their bedroom, living room, basement, office, or wherever else you want music. Go out and get this thing, and you will never look for another speaker system again.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Spend your money elsewhere

    The speaker popped then started clicking 5 months out of warranty. The speaker probably can be fixed but the poor customer service from Marshall wishes my money was spent elsewhere.
    The UE Boom performs better.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't purchase this item!

    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.

    29 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Very disappointed,
    Looked good, sounded good, but quit after under a year (will not power on).
    Please read rest of reviews.
    This is my first Marshall product, are they all this poorly built?

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Faulty Bluetooth

    I've had the speaker for just a bit over a year, and the Bluetooth just stopped working completely. I live in Australia, and bought the speaker from the US. Cost me $500 and now it's stuffed. It looks and sounds great, but don't waste your hard earned money on something that is not going to last. It's obvious that there are major problems with this speaker from all the reviews I've read. Anyway DO NOT BUY THIS SPEAKER!!!! I'm so @%#king p@#%ed off about it still. Marshall, your a bunch of theives.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds good, but stopped working in a year

    I bought this speaker because its sounds good and looks even better. I should have read the reviews before I whipped out my credit card. I had it a used it sparingly for about a year before it stopped working. I wasn't even using it one evening when I hear a couple of loud popping sounds. Now it won't power on. $400 is a lot of money to spend on something that doesn't last. I hope Apple will step in and help. I smell a class action lawsuit coming.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Great sound, great looks & then...stops working!

    Tolerated the annoying having to turn off & on to re-pair with my iphone (having to wait a minute for the power light to go off in order to reconnect) - had to also unplug & plug in the lead to connect that way when I got tired of the bluetooth issues.

    Given the price & only being 9 months old, this is not on!

    Lets see how they perform on the warranty claim.

    Back to my very trusty Bose sound dock!

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    So sad my Stanmore died!!!

    Apple should not carry this speaker. I had mine for a year and it just died. Bluetooth or plugged in just doesn't work. Apple says I have to contact Marshall directly and from the looks of this thread I am not going to have much luck. For $500 I am done buying Marshall products. So sad :(

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead product, used less than 10 hours.

    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.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, problems with connectivity

    I hooked it up to an airport express and the speaker has to be turned off and on again 2-3 times per day. I don't want my friends to have to pair with this thing if they want to share sounds over the air so airplay/airport express is the right solution. But it seems that the speaker loses connection or doesn't successfully disconnect from devices when music stops playing or the session is over.

    22 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound and looks BUT...

    As the title, it does sound amazing and it does look great. The finish is extremely good and again, looks incredible. The problem is as experienced by many owners, the speaker dies after only a couple months. No sound from any input. DEAD. I can understand electronics breaking but then you have to deal with their customer support. TERRIBLE. In this day and age they do not even have a proper twitter account. They are simply not responsive.
    To top it off, if you are in Canada you are in for a treat. They have NO REPAIR FACILITY ANYWHERE in Canada so you have to ship it to Syracuse. Another hassle to the list. Get a Bose. Does not look as good but it just works and they do have decent after sales support.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bluetooth wont work in 2 months

    Great looking and great sound, but the bluetooth just suddenly stopped working, for no apparent reason, in just 2 months. Absolutely ridiculous. For a $500 speaker this is terrible. I wouldn't ever buy one again.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy!!!!

    I never write reviews but I am so upset with spending $400 on a speaker that will last you about a year (or even less it seems for some), and having it go out on me for no reason. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON SHINY THINGS UNLESS THEY ARE BACKED WITH GOOD REVIEWS. Apple should stop carrying this brand unless they get their act together. LAME!

    18 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounded nice for the few months it worked

    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.

    14 of 15 people found this useful