Marshall’s tiny new smart speaker will blast you with huge sound


This stylish little box packs big sound.
Photo: Zound Industries

One of the most iconic brands in rock ‘n’ roll amplification is ready to give Apple’s HomePod some fresh competition.

Zound Industries unveiled its newest portable speaker today, the Marshall Uxbridge Voice. It comes with Bluetooth and Spotify Connect, plus you can control it with your voice using Alexa. Best of all, though, this thing is really freaking loud.

The Marshall Uxbridge Voice can be paired with other AirPlay 2 speakers.
Photo: Zound Industries

The Marshall Uxbridge Voice measures just 5 inches by 6.6 inches by 4.8 inches. To put that into perspective, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is only slightly shorter at 6.2-inches tall.

Marshall Uxbridge Voice specs

The speaker boasts a max sound pressure level of 96 dB, with an input voltage of 100-240 volts and a frequency range of 54-20,000 Hz. Those specs might not mean anything to you. But trust us when we say that’s a ton of performance for a small speaker. We haven’t heard the Uxbridge Voice in person, but Marshall is well known for its sound quality, especially when it comes to rock music.

Instead of using volume rockers for physical controls, the Uxbridge packs three rockers at the top that let you adjust volume, bass and treble. There’s also a microphone and play button on the box. Zound also added a far-field microphone array that can recognize your voice commands when the sound is bumping. It also supports Apple’s AirPlay 2, so you can pair multiple speakers together.

The Marshall Uxbridge Voice will support Alexa when it launches April 8. The company plans to add Google Assistant support on June 11. Pricing for the speaker is set at $199, making it a cost-friendly alternative to HomePod that looks just as good.

Via: The Verge