Rock meets style with Marshall Stockwell

Rock meets style with Marshall Stockwell

Who else here thinks they're born in the wrong era? From the angst of James Dean, the early pop of The Beatles, and the 12-inch vinyl records (which ours I regretfully destroyed when I was a kid); pretty much everything pre-2000s is my fascination.

Sadly, technology evolves and so does the trend. Vinyl record stores dwindled, VHS went extinct, and the classic mp3 player changed into an app in our phones.

Keeping up with times with a look-back to its roots, Marshall released a plethora of wireless(and wired) speakers that sports the iconic script logo on an amp-inspired body.

The smallest device from the lineup is the Marshall Stockwell.

The Marshall Stockwell looks and feels like a book when enclosed in its faux leather cover. Photo by Ephraim Gestupa

The Marshall Stockwell looks and feels like a book when enclosed in its faux leather cover. Photo by Ephraim Gestupa

DESIGN

Marshall has been consistent with styling their speakers to look like miniature amps.

With its gold "Marshall" typography which sits front and center in the solid speaker grille (which is designed to mimic the cloth in a guitar amp), the Marshall Stockwell screams vintage with style.

It is not the smallest portable Bluetooth speaker you can cop but is one of the best in its class of speakers in terms of sound production.

The speaker comes with an optional faux leather flip-cover with a red velvet-lining to protect the device.

Marshall Stockwell has tactile buttons that are pleasing to see and touch.

Marshall Stockwell has tactile buttons that are pleasing to see and touch.

CONTROLS AND MUSIC

The speaker features three retractable analog knobs for Volume, Bass, and Treble.

Aside from being a major throwback to past music players, those three knobs give you the versatility to adjust your music to your liking.

For that perfect blend of punk rock, I suggest turning the Treble to 7, Bass to 4, and Volume just at 5 (trust me, this thing rocks).

All the buttons and knobs are gold metal and laser-etched, which means the panel not only has a premium feel, but also feature a high-grade of engineering.

Marshall Stockwell speaker
 
 
Marshall Stockwell speaker

Stockwell starts off in Bluetooth wireless mode, which you can switch to a 3.5-mm input with a single press of the "source" button.

Source selection stays the same, until you change it, even after powering the speaker on/off.

Little red LEDs glow to indicate active power and current input selection.

While I feel it plays blues and indie rock the best, it is consistent with other genres as well.

The speaker features a distinct sound, with the mids clearly defined and highs relatively controlled.

However, do not expect this to pump your heart out with deep bass because of its small size.

Nevertheless, it's a versatile speaker that I even use it when watching TV series’ like Stranger Things.

Fire up your music wirelessly via Bluetooth.

Fire up your music wirelessly via Bluetooth.

Staying in-line with many modern portable speakers, the Stockwell also functions as a speakerphone, allowing users to field incoming calls without having to reach for the connected device.

Add to that the 5V/1-amp USB output port for external charging of your smartphones and the speaker's 25-hour playing time and you can literally continue to jam for hours—without touching your phone.

Classic, indeed.