- Marshall Acton II Wireless Wi-Fi Multi-Room Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in ($189.99, originally $299.99; amazon.com)
This smart speaker supports multi-room audio, allowing you to link compatible Marshall speakers and play different songs in different room or one song throughout the whole house. And while two speakers can create a powerful sound experience, one Acton II still packs a punch.
It’s powered by a 30-watt class D Amp woofer and two 15-watt class D tweeters. The result is a well-balanced sound experience with a wide soundstage for its size (10.24 -inches by 5.91 inches).
The Acton II looks like a classic Marshall speaker or stack, with the classic three knobs for control on top and a Marshall logo across the front of the speaker grille. Since this is a smart speaker with Alexa, there are far-field microphones hidden throughout the design. You’ll know when the voice assistant is listening, thanks to a row of LED lights on the bottom of the front grille. And you can ask Alexa anything you normally would, like weather information or to play your favorite song.
With the Marshall Voice app for Android and iOS, you’ll be able to connect the Acton II to your Amazon account for Alexa and customize aspects of the speaker. Choose from from sound profiles or use an equalizer to create your own personal sound.
Note: The prices above reflect the retailer’s listed prices at the time of publication.