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Marshall Stockwell II Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black and Brass - Amazon Exclusive
|Model Name||Stockwell II|
|Item Weight||1380 Grams|
|Color||Black and Brass|
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- Stockwell II offers 20+ hours of portable playtime on a single charge. Its pint-sized frame and guitar inspired carry strap make it perfect to take with you.
- Utilizes True Stereophonic, a unique form of multi-directional sound from Marshall. Experience absolute 360° sound where every spot is a sweet spot.
- Equipped with Bluetooth 5. 0 technology for wireless music play. Play music with any Bluetooth device at a range of up to 30 feet away from the speaker.
- Silicone exterior and steel metal grille, making it supremely rugged and durable.Maximum Sound Pressure Level: 80 dB SPL @ 1 m
- IPX4 water-resistant rating, so it's able to withstand splashes of water when accidents happen.
- Features multi-host functionality so you can easily connect and switch between two Bluetooth devices. Now you and a friend can take turns playing what you want to hear.
- The top panel features analogue control knobs for bass, treble and volume, allowing you to fine-tune to the exact sound you desire.
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Marshall Stockwell II Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The Marshall Stockwell II Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The Stockwell II is encased in a silicone exterior and features a solid metal grille and the iconic Marshall script. Take it with you wherever the long road leads.
Marshall Stockwell II
20+ Hours of Portable Playtime
Travels Light, Sounds Heavy
Withstand Splashes of Water When Accidents Happen
Stockwell II has an IPX4 water-resistance rating, so it’s able to withstand splashes of water when the weather starts to turn. It’s the perfect speaker to take with you, even when the outdoor elements aren’t perfect.
Customize Your Sound
The Stockwell II top panel features analogue control knobs for bass, treble and volume, allowing you to fine-tune to the exact sound you desire.
Charge Stockwell II in a flash. 20 minutes gets you 6 hours of portable playtime, while a fully charged battery can be reached in only 5 hours.
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|Connectivity Technology||Bluetooth||Bluetooth, 3.5 mm Input||Bluetooth||Bluetooth, RCA||Bluetooth, 3.5 mm Input||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm Input|
|Item Dimensions||7.00 x 6.00 x 2.75 inches||12.40 x 8.70 x 10.20 inches||10.30 x 1.70 x 5.60 inches||13.78 x 7.68 x 7.28 inches||14.00 x 8.00 x 6.50 inches||5.90 x 10.40 x 6.30 inches|
|Item Weight||3.04 lbs||5.50 lbs||2.65 lbs||10.20 lbs||10.80 lbs||6.70 lbs|
|Power Source||default_no_selection_value||Battery Powered||AC & Battery||Corded Electric||Battery Powered||—|
Built for life on the road, this compact portable speaker offers 20+hours of playtime. Weighing only 2. 2 lbs, Stockwell II packs a solid punch despite its pint-sized frame. Stockwell II utilizes True Stereophonic, a unique form of multi-directional sound from Marshall. Experience absolute 360° sound where every spot is a sweet spot. Three class D amplifiers power its subwoofer, front and rear facing tweeters, for a sound that’s brilliantly powerful and clear. In addition, Bluetooth 5. 0 technology allows you to connect to a variety of wireless devices with a range of 30ft. Echoing the legacy of rock ‘n’ roll, Stockwell II has a solid metal grille that pays homage to the steel mesh grille found on many microphones and a guitar inspired carry strap for easy portability. Its roadworthy construction with silicone exterior and IPX4 water-resistant rating make it extremely rugged and durable. Take it with you wherever the long road leads.
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Well, long story short, I tested this speaker against a handful of other highly-regarded Buletooth speakers in the $50-75 range, just to be sure that the Stockwell's price tag wasn't based on branding alone, and I ended up satisfied with the results. The Stockwell II isn't a perfect speaker -- it does drop off more low-end base than some speakers with "boomier" designs, and it may not get quite as loud as some others at the very top of the volume dial, but the one thing it does do well, is sound good across virtually every source & listening scenario.
Every time I thought I had found a song or sample that proved another contender could top the Stockwell II for less cash, I found there was a caveat... For example, the Archeer A320 produced better bass at low-to-mid volumes, but its midrange was muddier across the board. I realized after more research that the Archeer adds some artificial bass boost on the low-end that sounds good in some cases, but extended into the low-mid range, cluttering up some intstrumentals and giving voices a weird "overboosted aftereffect" vibe. Meanwhile, at higher volumes, the Stockwell produces enough thump to be heard, while remaining noticably tighter than the others.
Along the same lines, speakers that could get louder than the Stockwell usually ended up sounding crushed, or with a buzzy sound either from the processing or the drivers themselves, that didn't really produce a better experience than the Stockwell at max volume, which holds together pretty well, and is loud enough for an outdoor gathering of all but the most chaotic kind! (If you're trying to outdo a kids' pool party or a rowdy family barbecue, you might need more than 1 portable Bluetooth speaker in the first place!)
Anyway, I'm writing this review for people like me, who are intrigued by the Stockwell II, but have doubts about the price. I'm going to be returning or gifting the other 4 speakers I tested this against, and happily rolling with the Stockwell for the foreseeable. If you have incredible particular musical tastes, e.g. you listen to 99% EDM and hip-hop. there might be a more aggressive speaker that fits your expectations. But versus all that I threw at the speakers in my home-grown "2019 Bluetooth Speaker head-to-head," be it acoustic guitar tracks, Jazz, Rock, Metal, or podcasts and YouTube movies or music, the Marshall gave everything the most natural, i.e. "live" impression.
There may be competitor speakers that outdo the Stockwell -- I don't run an audio review site nor have the time to continue testing alternatives for weeks on end. But I came away mightly impressed with this little speaker (which, it should be noted is arguably more portable than many of the other large-ish "pro" quality BT competitors in its price range.) While I'm sure I could find an even better option at twice the price or size, I could never get the Stockwell II to sound *bad* -- more than could be said for some of the others I tried -- and it often sounded surprisingly clear.
Rarely do I make such an effort to review something online, but I didn't want all my time & effort on this little side-project to go to waste. :) Hope it helps someone else out there evaluating their options for a high-quality Bluetooth speaker to pair with a phone, tablet, or laptop, that's still easy to port around.
Class D amplifiers are not linear. That means that when you turn it up (or turn down the resistance) the Class D amp does not get louder in a straight line. It is exponential so it takes a long time of turning the volume knob before it starts to get loud, and then when it does, it gets very loud, very fast. You have to be precise when turning the volume knob and plan on treating "6" or "7" as the starting point.
In exchange for this one minor difference, you get an amplifier that is easily 90% efficient, compared to a Class A or B amplifier that is 50%-78.5% efficient - and typically closer to 50% efficiency. That means cleaner power and more power, with less distortion and more punch and power when you need it. Mostly what it means, is PURE sound quality that is crisp and clean and sounds awesome.
You can hear those amplifiers at work in this beautiful speaker. It is truly a work of art on several levels. It looks and feels outstanding. The build quality is like a German car of yesteryear folklore. The speaker just feels solid and perfectly built. It is heavy, and sturdy and interestingly, somewhat water resistant.
The engineering is very simple and clean and minimalist - all in a very beautiful look and feel.
But where it really shines is the rich, warm, powerful sound. This is one of those speakers that you look at it and listen to it and think to yourself - HOW DID THEY DO THAT? How did they get this relatively small, chunk of a speaker to look and feel so good and sound so amazing.
I would give this speaker 10 stars if I could. The battery lasts plenty long, even at loud levels (remember that 90% efficiency?) and it sounds SO, SO GOOD. Rich, warm and clear with no HISS and no noise or distortion. Run it at 10 and it sounds loud, but clear. The bass isn't the kind that rattles screws loose or makes you think your windows are going to rattle into pieces - it is the kind of bass that sounds like there is a real bass drum in your room, or a bass guitarist with a (Marshall) amp in your bedroom strumming away with the band.
Can you tell I'm a fan of this speaker. It is simply a thing of beauty.
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Bluetooth connection issue. When I connect it to my iPhone, sometimes the
Music isn’t audible until you get past #6 on the volume knob. I contacted customer service and they had me select the speaker on my phone, then select “forget this device”, then turn my phone off and reconnect the speaker to my phone. This cumbersome workaround works but I am having to do this every other time I want to use the speaker, which is annoying. Marshall is aware of the issue but no software update is available at this time. So, I will be returning the unit until they can fix this issue.
This speaker has better sound quality, it is omnidirectional so it sounds good wherever you are standing in the room. The battery lasts much longer and actually keeps it's charge. The bass and treble knobs actual make meaningful changes to the sound but are subtle enough that it never sounds bad.
The Bluetooth connect and disconnect tones are slightly annoying but easy to get used to. The speaker will auto turn off when it's not in use without making any sound (Unlike the Denon Envaya which has a loud tone when it turns off). This is perfect if you like to sleep to some music.
My 2 year old niece loves to listen to music on this, and I think it's because anything you play on it is unoffensive to your ears. It just sounds good.
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Here are my thoughts.
Packaging was great, came in a nice box well protected on the inside.
In the box you get a USB C for charging the speaker, which is quite good as this is set for the future. you also get the manual and safety & warranty sheets.
Speaker Build quality:
The speaker has a really great build quality, it feels quite premium with a slight rubberised feel which I love. I think the toughness can really take a beating, so durability is not an issue here.
Key Features and functionality:
Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity was great with audio and video sync in movies from Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube. I also didn't have issues with distance or weak signal cracking around my small apartment, signal bonding was good.
Volume & EQ Knobs are a joy!!, no need for an app to adjust EQ you can make little adjustment to better tune your music, the EQ really makes a difference but! dont expect worlds of difference here, they only boost and cut the Bass and Treble of your song.
Battery level indicator was nicely done, in good visible area right at the top, battery life is excellent been using it for days off and on without a recharge.
The Bluetooth button had me wondering how it works 🤔, I thought you need to press it once for activation, but you are meant to press & hold for a few seconds to go into paring mode 😆oh me lol, I never read manual first.
Could not test the water resistance, was too scared 😆.
Sound quality is really great, the sound signature is that of an 'open clear sound', the speaker adds some kind of reverb/delay effect to your music, very subtle but cleverly done.
its like the effect is only affecting the mid-range and a bit of the highs, so it targets mostly vocals and solo instruments like trumpets and sax or lead guitars. This is quite unique and new as I haven't heard this well executed in a speaker. Sony tried something like this in their SRS XB 40 and 41 with the "LIVE" sound but in my opinion it was bad, but these guys manage to pull it off here.
its not all perfect here tho! some songs actually suffer harm from this effect in my opinion, and since you can't turn it off that particular song will always sound weird every time it plays 😢, a control knob would have been great to adjust that effect to taste.
The speaker is not a 360 speaker but it sure gives 360 speakers a good wake up call. the sound at the back is almost the same as the front just a little less shimmering, also great sound all around the speaker from all angles.
The treble on this speaker is really good the clarity is awesome and Crystal.
Mid range definition is also really great, the bass doesn't drone out the mids, the vocals are clear, even some nuances are heard clearly.
now this is were we pack our bags and leave the show, this speaker is simply not a bass speaker or one for small parties. it is just about ok for a small room or low to average level listening.
it lacks resonating low end, causing the music to feel a bit empty sometimes, this is more evident in Hip hop, Pop some EDM music with some 808 kick.
However I found that backing the speaker to the coner of a wall will give a reasonable bass boost and some fullness, however there is no hope for the outdoors with that technique.
other genres like smooth jazz, classical, funky and surprisingly some EDM with heavily compressed kicks actually sounds really good on here so its a hit and miss with the bass. keep in mind it has a small body too.
Volume Level & Loudness:
usually some speakers with weak bass at low levels will often resonate a bit better at higher volume levels, but this speaker will max out at about 80% in my opinion, if you go above that then the internal limiters will start to mess with the music which is just unpleasant to hear, and you end up turning the dials back down, and even at 80% the loudness is still not as majority of small body cheaper speakers on the market and this might be the surprising factor that may break the deal for some.
Now the Stockwell 2's unique sound experience definitely has a place in the market but I think the price (at £219.99) is a bit much for what the speaker offers in general (as just a Bluetooth only speaker). The next point of action would be to look to the bigger brothers, the Killburn 2 and the Tufton, but seeing that the price of the Kilburn II is too close to the Stockwell 2 makes me to question the performance of the Kilburn II as well, I think the Tufton might be good to try since its all round bigger.
bottom line: if you want to occasionally crank the volume to get people moving and feel the beat then just look elsewhere as this speaker will disappoint you.
BUT! if you are after a really awesome sound experience and dont mind always listening at Low or average comfortable levels with decent bass, super compact form for travel, excellent battery life then this speaker is awesome for that.
Hope this helps!
I will start off with the negative that made me return it. There is unfortunately a lot of things that are not good about my experience.
Now a lot of people will just use bluetooth and not the 3.5mm input. But when you spend this much on a blutooth speaker, I would consider it poor not to have the ability to connect devices this way. As when you have a speaker sound this good, it is always as good or better to use a cable rather than bluetooth so long as you find it practical enough.
The issue is that the speaker always goes into what seems a sleep mode when a cable is connected to this input. It does this in under 2 seconds of no audio playing. Then often takes over a second to wake up again. This results in it virtually always skipping the beginning of tracks off. If they begin with lyrics, well you miss the first few words. This is an unacceptable flaw for a speaker of this price. I thought it was a fault with mine so I returned it and got another. It had the same issue. I also went into PC world to try their one on display and it is exactly the same. I am really surprised nobody else or the professional reviews have mentioned this.
Not that many would use this speaker for audiobooks or radio, but it would basically be unusable via the 3.5mm input. Every time there is silence for over 2 seconds, you will almost certainly miss the next word or two. Really poor.
No other blutooth speaker I have tested out in a store or have owned has had this problem. I contacted Marshall trying to explain just how much it would change my view on this speaker if they sorted it out. I just can’t accept it for such a premium speaker. It will be a simple fix, but would obviously cost them money to start producing them all and having to sort this out. They in the end did thank me for what I had found out, but it was at first quite difficult for them to believe what I was experiencing.
I also tested the charging ability. Claiming it can charge at 12V 3A may be a bit of a stretch. With the correct PD charger, it can get close to 2A at 12V but no where near what it states. It also says it can charge a phone from the type c port at 5V 2A. From the picture of it charging my tablet, the voltage drops quite a bit even when it isn’t close to 2A. I feel if it reached the current it claims, the voltage would drop to a point where it wouldn’t charge your device correctly. It seems to do the job, but very slow.
Yet more negatives is that with my replacement, the tweeter on the back must not have been sealed in place correctly. Whenever there was a lot of bass, you could hear air being forced in and out around it. Basically like port noise. This to me shows that there may be some inconsistency with build and quality control too, but I think this is not going to normally be the case as my first one sounded fine. In the end I returned both though.
Onto the sound.
It isn’t totally without issues here either but none are at all big, and if I try and ignore the other issues with the speaker, the sound is very impressive for the price and size of the speaker. Again, I will start with the areas that could be improved.
This speaker has very impressive low end. Those saying it is lacking need to factor in just how small it is and not just how it sounds. It sounds massive for it’s size. I also don’t get the problem with volume being to quiet. You can’t expect a small speaker like this to be loud while maintaining a clean and accurate sound. This limits it nicely and never distorts. The problem is just how separate the low end is from the mid range. There is a hole in the middle effect. There is very little in the way of mid bass. It seems very boosted from around 55hz – 75hz and sounds incredible if the music being played just has bass at around these levels. If it goes beyond that, it can sound incredibly lacking. I find the bass dial always needs to be on full as it controls bass at around 100hz and if you turn it down, you get the low end and virtually nothing in the middle. If you use EQ on your input device, you can get it to sound brilliant though. But it could either do with the mid bass boosting or not so much weight on the low end. And if marshall had tuned it slightly differently (which would have been possible), it really could have been outstanding here.
Something that I think is good is that is sounds pretty much the same from all angles, but there is unfortunately a negative effect that I think is related to this. As you have the left and right channels coming from the front and back, you get an odd echo effect. Even worse when against a wall. Many instruments sound very distant as if they are in some large hall and sound quite artificial at times. As a very critical listener, I was not a fan of this as it would have been avoidable at the expense of the sound coming from all directions. I don’t think this is such a disadvantage as the audio quality for the size is still more than acceptable.
If it didn’t have the aux input problem and the 2nd purchase didn’t have an issue with the tweeter, this speaker would have been 4 stars, maybe 5 now the price has gone right down.
But the input issue and faulty unit really makes me disappointed with this speaker on the whole.
But don’t let this review put you off if you are a bluetooth only user, as in that case, I think it will likely be outstanding, especially at the price it is at now.
The build of this speaker is the best thing about it. It is remarkably solid compared to most stuff these days. Got a good weight to it and the dials have a great rubber grip. I wouldn’t worry about this getting a bit wet or getting bumped about.
Since I returned this speaker, I took a risk and went with something very different. The IKEA ENEBY 20. This is built nothing like as solid and not waterproof in any way. It also is a little bit bigger in every direction, which does make it seem pretty large in comparison. But what made me try this out was because of the reviews it was getting. And the fact that the speaker plus the battery for it is just £60. And I’m being honest here – it sounds better. With the expense of it not being as practical, the sound and price makes up for all of this. It doesn’t have stereo, but has no echo sound effect and not a hole in the middle between the midrange and bass either. You can make it better with EQ too.
I would actually recommend the ENEBY 20 over the Stockwell II now. But can fully understand that the need for the small size and build can outweigh saving money for the other speaker. If you are after good sound though and value for money, there is not really any comparison. The ENEBY 20 has a dial like the Stockwell II which is pretty hard to find and also has bass and treble EQ built in though is harder to use.
Very long but hope some of you find this review helpful as it seems I have had a very different experience to most.
Empecé siguiendo a Oluv en su blog y ha habido tal evolución que ha sido un no parar. Muchos vendidos de nuevo otros regalados.
Al grano. Calidad de sonido a día de hoy en gama alta, Vifa Oslo, en gama media el marshall y por menos dinero el Anker Soundcore motion +.
El Oslo y el Marshall no tiene pijadas tipo botones de avance, retroceso, pausa de canción pero suenan brutal.
El Marshall estoy muy muy sorprendido es el que mejor suena de todos con la app Música de IOS siempre que regules el bajo y el
Agudo. No he odio nada mejor.
No es muy potente y al maximo pierde calidad pero estoy muy muy impresionado con el sonido.
Otro que no puedo dejar de recomendar es el Denon 250 pero ya es un modelo antiguo que supongo sustituirán pronto.
Enfin el Oslo me acompaña ya desde hace ahora dos años y nunca defrauda pero entiendo que se pasan con el precio.
Saludos y espero sea de utilidad.
P.D. Visitar canal YouTube tuve de Oluv clavinetjunkie para ver decenas de comparativas.
I literally fell in love with this wonder-box.
The sound is clear and incredibly spacious. The stereo soundstage is almost unchanged in all directions. The bass is not cheapishly boomy but calm and with impressively extended depth for it's size. The documentation says 60 Hz but I made some measurements and it has no noticeable decline down to 52 Hz. And sound is reproduced so-so good even down to 42 Hz. Wow!
The battery life is perfect. On level 7 (70%) it lasts roughly 24-25 hours. The battery indicator is very nice and correct (linear). I measured charging after emptying the battery. It took 4 hours, 37.5 Wh, 7200 mAh (at ~5.25 V / 1.9 A). Calculating real Li-Ion capacity inside: 37.5 Wh / 3.7 V = 10.2 Ah = 10200 mAh. Meaning probably 3 cells (type 18650) x 3400 mAh each
Lovely and sturdy design, good sound controls on the top. Also powerbank function which works nice, but for standard micro USB devices you need to buy additional USB-C to micro USB cable.
Focus on MINOR disadvantages:
1. The great magic of Blumlein stereo processing creates a nice wide soundstage. But in some 5% of the cases it produces weird effects. For example a straight centered vocal could become distant and diffused. Or if the track already contains reasonable amount of psychoacoustic processing, you can get some instrument or voice partly fading back and forth. For me this is a minor issue, as this is not an audiophile system anyway.
2. According to maker's statements, the Stockwell II should support some kind of quick charge. "20 minutes can provide 6 hours play". However I couldn't make it work. It always charges at 2 A / 5 V. I tried the stock cable, and 3 other powerful cables with 3 chargers with QC 3.0 and one charger using Power Delivery (45 W). Always the same. This somewhat disappointing as in real life I need to charge at least 1 hour to get 6 hours runtime. But not a critical problem for me either.
3. Non-linear volume control. On levels 0-3 not audible at all. Level 4-5 - for quiet music late at night. Level 6-8 - normal loudness, indoor use. Level 8-10 - the power dramatically increases - for outdoor use, small garden, picnic or small party (5-6 people). Moreover, on volume level above 8 the bass gets weaker.
This is a minor issue and you can easily get used to it. I usually pick some of the following combinations:
Volume = 5; Bass = 4; Treble = 7
Volume = 7-8; Bass = 5; Treble = 8-9
Volume = 9-10; Bass = 9-10; Treble = 8-10
Despite few minor issues that may matter to some audiophiles, I think this is (one of) the best portable 20 W BT speaker(s) on the market. You will fall in love with it and will sell (some of) your old ones for sure.