Marshall Uxbridge Voice smart speaker gives Alexa a rocking makeover

What Can Smart Speakers Do?

Speakers that talk to us have been around for decades. Speakers that we can talk to, on the other hand, are still pretty new. Thanks to voice assistants, you can get a smart speaker that won’t just play music, but will do whatever you tell it to. Smart speakers aren’t amazing conversationalists, but they can tell you the weather, remind you of appointments, control your smart home devices, and even order pizza for you. It all arguably started with the Amazon Echo, but there are now dozens of different smart speakers to choose from, and we’ve gathered the best ones here. Before choosing a speaker, however, you need to choose a voice assistant.

Marshall’s range of voice-activated smart speakers has long been an excellent choice for those that want to add a little bit of rock ‘n roll style to their tunes. But they’ve never been particularly compact – especially if you’ve been looking for an Amazon Echo Dot equivalent.

Enter the Marshall Uxbridge Voice, an Alexa-packing smart speaker that squeezes the Marshall look – and sound – into a smaller package.

Offering the full suite of Alexa compatibility, meaning it’ll control your smart home devices via voice commands, as well as playing your music wirelessly and answering questions, it also supports Bluetooth, AirPlay 2 and Spotify playback.

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Marshalling the multi-room

The Marshall Uxbridge Voice can also be made to work as part of a multi-room set up, working alongside other Alexa speakers (including Echo devices) or AirPlay 2 speakers to beam different tunes around your home.

Available in white or black colour schemes, with a design that continues to take influence from the classic Marshall guitar amps, Marshall says that in the Uxbridge Voice, “high-end components come together to produce screaming highs and hard-hitting lows for a brilliantly balanced sound.”

We’ll know if that’s the case by April 8, when the Marshall Uxbridge Voice hits stores for $199 / $169.99. A version with the Google Assistant built-in will follow on June 11.

What Can Smart Speakers Do?

Speakers that talk to us have been around for decades. Speakers that we can talk to, on the other hand, are still pretty new. Thanks to voice assistants, you can get a smart speaker that won’t just play music but will do whatever you tell it to. Smart speakers aren’t fantastic conversationalists, but they can tell you the weather, remind you of appointments, control your smart home devices, and even order pizza for you. It all arguably started with the Amazon Echo, but there are now dozens of different smart speakers to choose from, and we’ve gathered the best ones here. Before choosing a speaker, however, you need to select a voice assistant.

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