we think the Marshall Stanmore Compact Active Loudspeaker is going to be hit. why? unlike current horde of portable Bluetooth units that either bears a contemporary design (think Jambox) or goes on an all-out ruggedized built, the Marshall Stanmore sports the same throwback guitar amp look reminiscent of the golden era of rock ‘n roll and comes complete with analog interaction knobs for custom control of your music, vintage-look fret front, brass detailing, and of course, Marshall’s iconic script logo. packed into its petite 350 x 185 x 185 mm frame are two 3/4″ dome tweeters and a 5 1/4″ woofer, bolstered by a digital Class D amplifier for 80W worth of sonic power output.

connectivity is surprisingly well rounded for such a compact system, which includes Bluetooth technology with aptX codec support, 3.5mm auxiliary input, a set of RCA connector, and an optical input. needless to say, with such a varied input, the Marshall Stanmore Compact Active Loudspeaker is more than just a Bluetooth speaker; you can hook it up to your vinyl player, CD player, TV or even modern game console that pumps out digital audio through optical cable. as with all Marshall speaker, it comes packed with a rock n’ roll inspired coiled, double-ended stereo cable with two 3.5mm plugs for the ‘complete look’ if you opt to utilize the 3.5mm input jack. coming soon to Marshall Headphones web store with an yet-to-be-announced price available now for $500 a pop (we don’t know why the PR text says 400, but we are seeing 500, alright).

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[UPDATE June 12, 2014; 5.08PM PDT] our bad. the price is $400 and in addition, there is a new Stanmore Brown joining the original black and cream models. pre-order is happening as we speak.

[UPDATE September 24, 2013] we have a price update. check it out.

Published by Mike chua

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