Marshall announced two smart speakers at IFA this week, Stanmore II Voice and Action II Voice. Both speakers launch later this year, powered by Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. While we don’t get too excited for Alexa products, simply because we’re more aligned with Google’s digital assistant, Marshall states that Google Assistant-powered speakers will come later this year.
Once Assistant support arrives, think of these speakers similar to Google Home Max. These are tailored more towards those who value sound quality and the pricing hints at that. With regard to sound quality, I’ve had a Marshall Stanmore speaker sitting in my office for a few years now and use it daily. It’s a great speaker, but Marshall hasn’t yet provided all of the specs for each speaker.
Speaking of pricing, Stanmore II Voice (the larger one) will go on sale October 2 for $399, with pre-orders beginning August 30. Action II Voice will go on sale November 9 for $299, with pre-orders starting October 2. Availability shows as US Only to start, but more countries to follow.
Once these are up for pre-order, we’ll let you know.