Marshall is known to provide excellent devices that provide great audio, despite having looks that are known to be “gimmicky;” this notion can also be seen on the Marshall Stockwell. This portable Bluetooth speaker has the typical “Marshall look,” and a solid audio performance to boot, but only at moderate volumes. There is also an adjustable treble and bass, but these distort at high volumes which holds the device back from achieving a higher rating.
The Marshall Stockwell Boasts Good Looks and Great Audio at Moderate Volumes
For its dimensions, the Marshall Stockwell measures approximately 5.7 x 10.1 x 2-inches. It also weighs about 2.7-pounds which is not exactly what you can call lightweight. It is of a slender rectangular shape which makes it easy on the storage space. Its cover is made of imitation-leather vinyl, with the inside lined with red velvet.
When you flip the cover open, you will see a familiar design that will reveal itself. There is a cloth speaker grille and the company’s iconic logo found on the front panel. Its controls are found in a line across the top. Underneath the grille, you will find dual 2.3-inch tweeters and woofers of the same size. These are powered by a two-channel class D amplifier.
Marshall is known to mix traditional and modern in their devices. For the Marshall Stockwell Bluetooth Speaker, this type of styling is still apparent. There are knobs for the volume, which will work independently to the connected device. There are also knobs for treble and bass, all ranging from 1 to 10 (like the ones you see on an amp). These knobs are retractable, which means you can press on them so that they keep their settings and lets it stray away from accidental adjusting.
The device also boasts a good battery life as Marshall estimates the Stockwell’s batteries to last up to 25-hours on a full-charge. However, the results when it comes to battery life may be relative since it depends on how loud you play your music.
The company promotes the Stockwell as the “loudest speaker in its class,” and they may not take this claim lightly as it does perform well in terms of volume. However, the speaker can get louder than it should. Hence, when you get to exceeding volumes, you will get distortion issues, especially on deep bass.
At moderate volumes and on music tracks with the lack of deep bass, the Marshall Stockwell really shines. However, those who prefer loud music with deep bass may find the high volumes a disappointment for an audio experience.