Marshall has been adding to its lineup of smart speakers, and now they’re adding to that family with the Uxbridge Voice. This newest sibling comes with unique “guitar fret” controls and will support both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
The “guitar fret” controls on the top of the speaker function like rocker switches, allowing you to control the volume as well as treble and bass. There’s also a play and pause button and a button to disable the Alexa-enabled far-field microphone. But the smart functionality means that you won’t have to even bother with the controls. You can just use your smart device or use voice commands. The smart functions also include a noise cancellation feature. The speaker connects via Bluetooth, Airplay 2, and Spotify Connect. Voice with Google Assistant will also feature built-in Chromecast starting June 11. Using AirPlay 2 and Alexa, the Uxbridge can be paired with other speakers allowing for a multi-room setup. Using the app, you can set up customised preferences using built-in EQ presets. You can even connect with other Alexa-supported devices, so the speaker can be used to control your smart home through voice commands if needed.
Marshall also kept the speaker small. It weighs only 1.39kg and measures a diminutive 168mm tall. The compact speaker comes in either white or black colour schemes and features the iconic Marshall design so recognisable from their ubiquitous guitar amps. Marshall’s sound quality is also present because “high-end component come together to produce screaming highs and hard-hitting lows for a brilliantly balanced sound.” Marshal further boasts that the “Uxbridge Voice is engineered to create a thunderous sound from its compact frame.” The speaker is available April 8 and is priced at $199. A version supporting Google Assistant will come out in June.