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Marshall's guitar amp-inspired portable speakers now start at £220

Marshall's guitar amp-inspired portable speakers now start at £220

Marshall has today launched two portable Bluetooth speakers, the Stanmore II (£220, pictured above) and Tufton (£350, pictured below), which join the 2018-launched Kilburn II (£270) to round out the brand’s portable wireless range.

The three-strong series - complete just in time for summer! - joins Marshall's existing powered Bluetooth and Alexa-compatible wi-fi speaker lines, and offers over 20 hours of battery life to satisfy even the most hardcore picnickers.

All three portable speakers have much more in common, too: multi-directional sound, a top-panel battery indicator, EQ and volume dials, a 3.5mm input, and the brand's trademark guitar amp aesthetic complete with a guitar-like carrying strap. 

‘Multi-host’ functionality means that two Bluetooth sources can simultaneously connect to the speakers, too.

The Stockwell II - the smallest of the three, about the size of a child’s lunchbox - features Bluetooth 5.0, IPX4 water resistance (so it can be safely splashed) and 20 watts of sound that’s fired both forwards and backwards. A 20-minute charge offers six hours of playback, and the built-in battery can act as a powerbank to charge portable devices too.

The also-new Tufton, whose larger, 4.9kg form pushes the traditional portable parameters, also features multi-directional sound - 70 watts of it this time. A 20-minute charge gives the user four hours of battery, while an IPX2 rating can protect it from 'dripping water'.

The existing 36-watt Kilburn II, which slots between the two newcomers in both size and price, also features multi-directional sound and IPX2 protection. Its Bluetooth 5.0 functionality is aptX-compatible, and a 20-minute offers three hours of playback.

The Stanmore II, Kilburn II and Tufton portable Bluetooth speakers are available now from Marshall's site (opens in new tab)

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Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her eight years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.