Marshall Demos Audio Line-Up @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Marshall is one of most prestigious names in audio founded in 1960 and produces some of the finest guitar amplifiers ever made. Not so long ago, the company launched their own smart phone with exceptional audio quality and according to their PR rep has plans to create a unique VR experience which allows you to enter legendary studios like Abbey Road. During CES 2016, Marshall showcased their existing portable audio range.

Here we can see the fantastic Killburn speaker which has a warm, signature Marshall sound while looking absolutely breathtaking. Pictures really don’t do the product justice and I fell in love with the leather and creme design.

The Major II is Marshall’s revised wireless version of the original Major headphones which utilize custom 40mm drivers, and a detachable USB cable. In terms of pricing, the product is available for around the $90 mark but I wasn’t able to try it out with some audio content.

Here is a brief rundown of the headphones’ connectivity options and unique selling point according to the manufacturer.

Marshall Announces Their Very First Music Dedicated Smartphone

When you hear of Marshall, you are thinking about speakers, headphones or dedicated music gadgets for your instruments. But a Marshall smartphone? That’s something completely new and somewhat interesting.

While Marshall is just ‘borrowing’ the name and not building the actual handset, the thing itself looks pretty good. However, the specs seem a bit low for what they are asking for the flashgrip. It is said that it bears a 4.7-inch 720p IPS LCD screen, Quad-Core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8-megapixel camera and a removable 2500mAh battery. Oh yeah, and it also has a MicroSD slot to help extend your storage, should you want to put more music on it.

The flashgrip’s key parts, being a Marshall and all, stand in its music-oriented parts. The handset is said to come with two (loud) front-facing speakers, two headphone jacks, a dedicated button for launching your favourite music app at the top and, surprisingly, a volume rocker to adjust the handset volume. Also, Wolfson seems to handle the audio hub, coming with a Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub. If you haven’t heard about them, they seem to be named the best in the mobile audio solutions.

What we haven’t mentioned is that the flashgrip is powered by the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OS and comes with a lot of customized music apps. The Marshall handset will be released in the UK, Scandinavia and Baltic states on August 21st, with a price tag of £399. But really now, is it worth the money they ask for what they offer? What do you think?

Thank you Arstechnica for providing us with this information