Marshall has announced its latest smart speaker, the compact Uxbridge Voice, which will come in both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant versions for $199. The voice assistants will make it possible to set up multiroom music, control smart devices and ask questions of.
The Uxbridge Voice with Amazon Alexa, available from April 8, is the brand’s most compact speaker. It connects via Bluetooth, AirPlay 2 and
While the front of the speaker sports the usual Marshall grille, the top features a very unusual set of “guitar fret” controls that function as rocker switches. Though I haven’t seen the speakers in person yet, I would have preferred the old-school gold knobs of the existing models.
Meanwhile, the Uxbridge Voice with Google Assistant will feature built-in Chromecast and will be available starting June 11.
The $200-and-under smart speaker market is quite competitive right now, with models such as the the Sonos One and the. It’s also a good deal smaller than most speakers in this price range as well.