Best Sound Quality Controlled Speaker – Marshall Acton II Review

Marshall has proven that he is still attached to his excellent performance, which is largely the cause of his global acceptance. The maker has refined and improved its recipe over the years and the result is unchangeable: the manufacture is very serious and the finishes are particularly neat and superb. We are always searching for the parallelepiped format and the look baffle/amp style, with very slightly rounded edges.

This great speaker simply combines the sound of Marshall with the latest AI technology, giving you an item which can not only give your music the treatment it deserves but also let you control it with your voice. It’s perfect for any room, big or small. Built with advanced components, It produces clean and precise Audio, even at the highest levels.  

This voice control is brought to the speaker by Amazon Alexa, so it is pretty advanced and adaptable. You can ask her to play your favourite playlist, pause the music if you need to take a phone call, or simply ask some standard questions which have been bothering you. Don’t remember the name of that song? If you sing it to her, she’ll be able to tell what you’re on about and find it and play it on your behalf.

When it comes to sound quality, Marshall is simply the greatest. For those who are technology buffs, it features three dedicated class D amplifiers that power its dual tweeters and subwoofer, for a sound that is nothing short of large. Wirelessly connect with Bluetooth 5. 0 with lossless wireless sound at a range of up to 30 feet while maintaining connectivity. There are more ways to connect than just Bluetooth 5. 0. In practice, there is a significant difference between sound and image on some devices and applications that offer no compensation. On the other hand, when it is the case (applications YouTube, Netflix, Facebook on iOS or Android), the good implementation of the protocol Bluetooth makes it possible to follow a minimum a video if one is not very sensitive to this shift. The wired connection also has a slight shift, but we can follow a video without much discomfort, even during the dialogue phases. You can also plug into the RCA or 3.5mm input for an analogue listening experience.

The classic Marshall design is like the vinyl covering and script logo adorning the front. LED lights at the front will let you know when Alexa is awake and ready to respond to your commands and questions, which is handy yet subtle. Far Field technology will pick up your voice even when the music is loud, and you are at the other side of the room, and thanks to a frequency range of 50-20,000 Hz, both the lowest and highest notes will be heard. In a room with very little reverberant acoustics, larger or being in an adjacent room, it is necessary to speak loudly and intelligibly to trigger the assistant and optimize the understanding of our request. In a noisier room (some guests talk with music in the background), we must approach within 3 m of the speaker to pass without a hitch our message. When the speaker broadcasts the music at a particularly high level (more than 80%), it is always possible to call the assistant to submit a request (the music is cut off if the “Ok Google” is heard), but you have to speak loudly and be within 2 meters of the enclosure.

 Like

– Strong and well defined basses

– Extended and balanced frequency response

– Simple and pleasant  

– Very neat construction

Dislike

– Bluetooth latency a bit too high

– Pronounced directionality

– Accuracy that could have been better in the treble