Marshall teamed up with Zound Industries a few years ago to roll out speakers designed to look like its guitar amps, and the company is now rolling out new connectivity options. The new speakers will now offer multi-room audio through Marshall's Wireless Multi-Room System, which allows you to control the music playing in any given room though the Marshall app.
The speakers now sport Chromecast built-in, AirPlay, and Spotify Connect in addition to Bluetooth 4.2. Three speakers are being upgraded with the new connectivity options — the $349 Acton (opens in new tab), $449 Stanmore (opens in new tab), and $599 Woburn (opens in new tab). That's a $100 increase from the standard Bluetooth-only editions of the Acton and Stanmore, and a $50 hike from the regular version of the Woburn.
Alongside the wireless connectivity options, all three speakers feature a 3.5mm jack, and the Stanmore and Woburn also come with an RCA jack. There's also a new control dial that lets you choose from seven presets, giving you easy access to your favorite Spotify playlists.
The new speakers are now up for pre-order, and will be available in stores starting September 21.
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For $100 hike, I would just buy the old version of the Stanmore and add a chromecast audio to it and do something else with the leftover cash.
Add a Chromecast audio for what? To connect your music? These speakers already have Bluetooth but they can connect to multiple speakers so a Chromecast wouldn't be necessary.
Better sound than bluetooth; don't have to worry about where your phone's location and the music cutting out; and saving your phone's battery.
It has Chromecast built in
The new one does for an increase of $50 or $100 depending on the model. Hence why I said I would buy the old model and add a chromecast.
The price is absurd, this issue was solved with a Chromecast audio for cheaper. I got mine does 150 (blonde version) and while I love it, it's not worth 350.
Chromecast Audio does not look elegant and It requires AC power.
So does the Stanmore and Woburn and Acton. So needing a plug doesn't really matter.
The puck tucks underneath...
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