Marshall has announced the Uxbridge Voice, a smart speaker that seems to wear its music love on its sleeve and packs in Amazon Alexa’s voice assistant as an afterthought. That’s thanks to the unmistakable Marshall styling that makes it look like one of the company’s famous guitar amplifiers.

That means it might not be for you, but we quite like it. It at least has more personality than the Amazon Echo (although it costs more than the latest standard Echo) and comes in white if black isn’t your thing.

By packing in Alexa, you can control the music or radio or whatever with your voice, and link it to other Alexa products in your home for multi-room audio. Marshall says the Uxbridge Voice packs in “thunderous sound from its compact frame. An advanced setup with high-end components come together to produce screaming highs and hard-hitting lows for a brilliantly balanced sound”. Rock and roll.

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The design is smart, with a neat matte finish and controls on the top of the unit if you have guests round and don’t want to talk to it. With controls for bass and treble as well as volume, the Uxbridge might give you more control over the sound of your music via its hardware than competing products.

The Uxbridge goes on sale on 8 April direct from Marshall for £169.