Best Marshall speakers 2024: Everything from portable speakers to home Hi-Fi

As one of the most iconic logos in the history of rock and metal, Marshall is a name that has been on stage with the biggest names in the whole of music. While more typically known for being emblazoned on ridiculously loud guitar amps, Marshall has gone in a different direction in recent years, giving us some of the best Marshall speakers for playing tunes at home.

We've tested loads of Bluetooth speakers over the years, including many of the ones on this list which puts us in an excellent position to recommend you the very best speaker from Marshall. We rigorously test all of our recommendations, playing various reference mixes through them from a wide range of sources, using them in and out of the house, as well as ensuring any additional features are ruggedly examined. We also make sure to test any claims around battery life so you get a proper picture of how long the speaker will last while you're out and about.

If you want to know more about Marshall speakers or Bluetooth speakers in general, make sure to stop by our buying advice section which has loads of common questions answered. If you just want to see the best Marshall speakers you can buy today, then keep on scrolling...

The quick list

Best overall

Best Marshall speakers: Marshall Stanmore II

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1. Marshall Stanmore II

This brawny all-in-one Marshall hits the sweet spot when it comes to size, sound and style

Specifications

Features: Bluetooth aptX
Weight: 10.25lb/4.65kg
Smart connectivity: No

Reasons to buy

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Serious sonic muscle
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Bluetooth v5.0 aptX
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Two analogue line inputs

Reasons to avoid

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No smart functionality

The Stanmore II sits in the middle of Marshall’s home speaker range, and is an almost the perfect mix of attitude and power. 

Physically more imposing than the Acton II, weighing in at 4.6kg, it offers up all the classic Marshall design traits like textured vinyl wrap, grille fascia and classic logo. Up top are knobs for Volume, Bass and Treble.  

It’s also the first Marshall in-door to offer Bluetooth aptX for higher quality playback. There’s also analogue connectivity if you want to hardwire a player. In addition to app control, there’s Multi-Host functionality for dual Bluetooth pairing.

The larger cabinet opens the doors to a more robust performance. 50W goes straight to the woofer, with 2x15W servicing the tweeters. The result is a suitably room-filling performance.  

Louder tip: If you really want to get seismic, buy two Stanmore II’s and pair them in a stereo configuration. They won’t compete with the loudest Bluetooth speakers, but they’ll have a good go.

Best budget

Best Marshall speakers: Marshall Emberton II

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2. Marshall Emberton II

This remarkable pocket rocket sounds like a speaker three times the size

Specifications

Features: Bluetooth 5.1, IP67 rated
Battery life: 20+ hours
Weight: 1.5lb (0.7kg)
Smart connectivity: No

Reasons to buy

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Astonishing output for the size
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Supremely compact
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30 hour battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Better options for indoor use

The Emberton II is the Sham 69 of portable speakers. It’s where Bluetooth meets bootboy Oi, and we reckon it's bloody brilliant. Barely a handful at 0.7kg, it generates so much energy, you’ll be left grinning as it stomps stomps through your playlists.

It may be small, but the soundstage is impressively wide, thanks to Marshall’s True Stereophonic multi-directional signal processing, and it rocks harder than its 2x 10W amplification might suggest, with the second generation model rocking a cheeky wee sub-woofer.

The original Marshall Emberton boasted a thoroughly decent 20-hour battery life from a full charge, but that's been raised to 30 hours in the funky newer model and it also rocks Bluetooth 5.1 

The design is authentically iconic, and it’s extremely well finished (it’s a Red Dot Design winner for a reason), while an IP67 rating means you don’t need to sweat it in a downpour.

Best for beginners

Best Marshall speakers: Marshall Acton II

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3. Marshall Acton II

Entry-level home speaker offers clout for smaller rooms

Specifications

Features: Bluetooth
Weight: 6.28lb/2.85kg
Smart connectivity: No

Reasons to buy

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Easy to accommodate 
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Gutsy amplification
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Bluetooth v5.0
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3.5mm line input

Reasons to avoid

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No smart functionality

The Action II is the smallest of Marshall’s all-in-one home speakers. There’s no smart functionality, but the Marshall look is spot on, completed by a trio of knobs up top for volume, bass and treble. 

Despite its compact dimensions, there are three amp modules inside, driving a pair of tweeters (2x 15W) and a modestly-sized woofer (30W). It certainly has the firepower to make its presence known.

Bluetooth v5.0 is standard, but there’s also a line input for any 3.5mm analogue device. It’ll also work with Marshall’s app.

Best portable

Best Marshall speakers: Marshall Stockwell II

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4. Marshall Stockwell II

This stylish portable is ideal if you want to make a splash out and about

Specifications

Features: Bluetooth, IPX4 rated
Battery life: 20+ hours
Weight: 3.04lb/1.38kg
Smart connectivity: No

Reasons to buy

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20 hours battery life
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IPX4 water resistant
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3.5mm minijack input

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn’t work with Marshall’s Bluetooth app

The Stockwell II is the little brother of the Kilburn II, mimicking its design but on a smaller scale (180 x 161 x 70 mm). It sports the same cool carry handle, and weighs just 1.4kg.

Build quality is excellent. The chassis has a silicone exterior with a steel metal grille, both of which contribute to its IPX4 water-resistant rating. There’s 20 hours of wireless playtime available. A 20 minute quick charge will get you 6 hours of music on the move . 

Power output is rated at 20W (with 10W going to the woofer, and 2x5W aimed at the tweeters).

Bluetooth is v5.0. Multi-hosting means you can switch between two connected Bluetooth devices, which is a lot of fun if you want to get into a battle of the bands. There’s also a 3.5mm minijack to connect a local source.

Best outdoor

Best Marshall speakers: Marshall Kilburn II

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5. Marshall Kilburn II

This beefy portable offers classic looks and plays hard

Specifications

Features: Bluetooth, IPX2 rated
Battery life: 20+ hours
Weight: 5.5lb/2.5kg
Smart connectivity: No

Reasons to buy

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Powerful portable performer
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IPX2 water resistant
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3.5mm minijack input

Reasons to avoid

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Not ideal for indoor use

The Marshall Kilburn 2 is a high powered portable designed to rock your patio BBQ. The rugged design, with flush-mounted shoulder bumpers and a carry handle fashioned after a guitar strap, inspires confidence.

There’s more than 20 hours of wireless listening to be had on a full charge, and you can get up to three hours playtime with just 20 minutes on the wall. The speaker is big enough (243 x 162 x 140 mm) to offer a decent stereo spread. Driving it along is 36W of amplification, with 20W for the woofer, and 2x8W for the tweeters. 

Bluetooth is v5.0 with aptX, for the best possible wireless performance. Conveniently, if you want to hardwire a portable device, there’s a 3.5mm input too. 

The Kilburn II has an IPX2 water resistant rating, so an inclement shower or two won’t phase it. It weighs a manageable 2.5kg. 

Best desktop

Best Marshall speakers: Marshall Uxbridge Voice

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6. Marshall Uxbridge Voice

Marshall packs a punch with this smarter Bluetooth belter

Specifications

Features: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Airplay 2
Weight: 3.06lb/1.39kg
Smart connectivity: Yes, choose from Alexa or Google models

Reasons to buy

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Punchy mid-range performance
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Smart functionality

Reasons to avoid

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Could do with a little more bass
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Build quality is the lightest in the range

The Uxbridge is the definitive modern Marshall Bluetooth speaker. Available for either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, it’s compact enough for desk and den use, and offers decent smart connectivity. 

The speaker employs a 30W digital amp, but the presentation is unapologetically mono. While bass is limited, the midrange is rich enough for easy listening.

Hands-on controls are up top, with individual controls for bass, treble and volume. There’s no physical input connection option, so you’ll be restricted to wireless all the way.

In addition to Bluetooth 4.2 you can stream over Wi-Fi and there’s also support for Airplay 2 and Spotify Connect.

Best for volume

Best Marshall speakers: Marshall Woburn III

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The latest in the Woburn range cuts the mustard when it comes to power

Specifications

Features: Bluetooth 5.2 LE
Weight: 9.18 kg
Smart connectivity: No

Reasons to buy

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Best in class amplification
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Bluetooth v5.2LE
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Powerful delivery

Reasons to avoid

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It demands space...and wall reinforcement

The Woburn III is the latest in Marshall's much-loved home speaker series and this piece of powerful tech is well worth closer inspection if you're after a desktop speaker that really delivers punchy, face-melting audio.

It’s big and heavy - heavier even that the previous mode, weighing in at 9.18 kg (up from the Woburn II's 8.55kg ) and it takes no prisoners when the volume is cranked: Even when I had the volume at 4 out of a possible 10, the music filled the room with awesome clear and balanced audio.

The Woburn III has also received a Bluetooth upgrade - up from 5.0 to 5.2LE, while the plastic parts of the speaker are made from recycled materials and it's all wrapped in tactile vegan artificial leather.

Available in either black or cream, it rocks the classic Marshall amp look, and while the price tag is high, the room-filling balanced audio is amazing. The Woburn III is a Bluetooth speaker well worth your hard-earned cash,

Read our Marshall Woburn III review

Best premium

Best Marshall speakers: Marshall Tufton

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8. Marshall Tufton

This top of the line Marshall portable is fiercely pricey

Specifications

Features: Bluetooth, IPX2 rated
Battery life: 20+ hours
Weight: 10.8lb/4.9kg
Smart connectivity: No

Reasons to buy

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Bluetooth v5.0  
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Analogue line inputs

Reasons to avoid

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Hefty for a portable speaker
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Expensive

The Tufton is the headliner of Marshall’s portable line. Long and hefty at 4.9kg, with a guitar-strap carry handle, it’s not something you might easily tout about town, but with 20 hour battery life and IPX2 water resistance, it’s perfectly suited to a picnic on Hergest Ridge.

There’s some serious amplification onboard too, with 2x 15W going to a pair of full range drivers, and 10W for the tweeter. In addition to Bluetooth v5.0, there’s a 35mm line input.

Like its stablemates, the Tufton is rugged and well-built. It charges fast too. 20 minutes on the wall will give you four hours of playtime, and just 2.5 hours will fully replenish its Li-Ion battery. But the price is pretty off-putting.

Best for stacking

Best Marshall speakers: Marshall Middleton

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9. Marshall Middleton

The latest addition to Marshall’s speaker family hits all the right notes

Specifications

Features: Bluetooth, IP67 rated
Battery life: 20 hours
Weight: 5.24lb/2.38kg
Smart connectivity: No

Reasons to buy

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Stack Mode is brilliant
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Solid sound
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Great for festivals

Reasons to avoid

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The Emberton is a handier size

While the portable Emberton has become Marshall’s biggest-selling Bluetooth speaker, there’s a new kid in town vying for your attention. The Marshall Middleton hit the market in early February 2023 and is a chunkier alternative to the Emberton. 

You’ll still get 20 hours of playtime from a full charge, with the Middleton also offering Marshall’s True Stereophonic sound which will pump out your favourite tunes multi-directionally. The Middleton also carries a IP67 rating meaning it’s dust and water-resistant and a full charge will take four and a half hours.

But what we like most about the Marshall Middleton is its Stack Mode, which allows you to connect multiple Middletons together to create a fabulous wall of sound.

Buying advice

A woman stands outside of a door, holding a Marshall Emberton Bluetooth speaker

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How to buy the best Marshall speaker for you

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If you’re buying a Marshall speaker, no matter the size, you’ll want to revel in the marque’s signature sound - that rough-edged tonality to guitars, the sense that you’re teetering on distortion when you really push the volume - and perhaps equally important, you’ll want to own that classic Marshall look. 

Thankfully, you get all three, even on the smallest Marshall Bluetooth portable, the Emberton. Whichever speaker you go for, with such musicil heritage behind the name, you know it's going to be the ideal companion for your tunes. 

Other things to consider

As ever, when buying a portable wireless speaker you should consider battery life. Longer playtime is better, but also consider how fast it charges - you don’t want to be waiting around forever to start cranking the tunes. Many modern speakers offer fast charging, whereby you can tease a good few hours out of your speaker with just 20 minutes plugged into the wall. 

Build quality is key too. You’ll not want to fret it’ll fail over a mud-spattered festival weekend, so look out for the dust and water-proof rating to ensure it’s up to the job for you.

In addition to basic wireless connectivity, consider what physical inputs are on offer, so that you can hook up a physical source like one of the best phones for music.

Finally, when buying a Bluetooth all-in-one speaker as your main music system, our simple advice is to go large and heavy. Having the ability to move air in a meaningful way is always important.

Which Marshall speaker is the loudest?

If you want the loudest volume then we'd go for the Marshall Woburn III. It's got bags of power with a 90W Class D amplifier for the woofer, two 15W tweeters for the mids and two 15W tweeters for the highs. The tweeters are angled outwards, giving it an absolutely massive sound.

Best Marshall speakers: Three Marshall speakers sitting on concrete steps

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Which Marshall speaker is good for home use?

Pretty much any Marshall speaker will be good for home use. There are models designed for outdoors, like the Marshall Kilburn II, but any of the speakers on this list will do the job. What it really comes down to is whether you want something on a budget, something you can take outdoors, a desktop specific speaker, or something incredibly loud.

We've formatted this guide by use case to make it super simple for you to pick the right speaker for your home.

Do you need a smart Marshall speaker?

If smart functionality appeals, opt for a Marshall with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant built in (admittedly the choice is currently quite limited) enabling you to control your music using your voice, as well as ask your speaker for things like news headlines, the weather and upcoming appointments.

How we test

When testing a Marshall speaker - or any Bluetooth speaker for that matter - there are several steps we'll always take to ensure it makes the cut for one of our guides. We're music lovers first and foremost here at Louder, so we've got loads of experience playing music through a variety of different systems, leaving us in an excellent position to be the judge of truly great sound.

Of course, the first port of call is to test the sound of the speaker itself. To do that, we'll run a series of our favourite reference tunes through it to see how it reacts. These are songs we know incredibly well, professionally mixed and mastered for the best sound quality possible. Whether it's pumping bass from a hip-hop track or jangly guitars from an indie anthem, these mixes will be personal to the reviewer and used to test a multitude of sound systems.

We'll then look at the features the speaker has beyond the sound itself. Does the Bluetooth connectivity operate quickly and efficiently? Are there enough methods to control it on the unit itself? Does feature connectivity to smart speakers? We'll test each of these to ensure they work properly.

Next, we'll look at the durability of the unit. We want to know that it's capable of putting up with a bit of rough and tumble, as inevitably a Bluetooth speaker will find itself to be the heart of the party, and wireless ones might well be taken on holidays too. We'll examine the speaker to see that it's well put together, with no blemishes on the finish or out-of-place components.

Finally, we have to think of the battery life of any Bluetooth speaker. We'll test a speaker from full charge to no charge, no matter how many albums it takes. This allows us to get a realistic view of the battery life, which may well be less than the manufacturer specifies.

Steve May

Steve is a home entertainment technology specialist who contributes to a variety of UK websites and mags, including Louder Sound, Yahoo UK, Trusted Reviews, T3, The Luxe Review and Home Cinema Choice. Steve began his career as a music journo, writing for legendary rock weekly Sounds, under the nom de plume Steve Keaton. His coverage of post punk music was cited in the 2015 British Library exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination, as a seminal influence on the Goth music scene.

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