Hey music fans! If you really need a smartphone that goes to 11, then Marshall Amplifiers has got you covered.
Yep, you read that right. Marshall Amps -- makers of loud and iconic guitar amplifiers since the early 60s -- has jumped into the wireless game with the London Android smartphone.
As you might expect, Marshall, which is selling the phone through its headphones unit, says the device is focused on sound quality. It has a separate onboard sound processor, can play uncompressed music formats like FLAC and has stereo speakers, as well dual headphones jacks with separate volume controls.
Of course, Marshall really grew into a powerhouse lifestyle brand initially by catering to the needs of 60s rock musicians who wanted more and more volume from their guitar and bass amps. Founder Jim Marshall developed a 100-watt amplifier head that sat atop a "stack" of 12-inch speakers for The Who in 1965. The Marshall stack was soon taken up by many others -- from The Jimi Hendrix Experience to My Bloody Valentine -- exposing the brand name to millions of fans on stages around the world.
Still, we at Light Reading don't suggest you abuse your new Marshall phone like how Hendrix -- and others -- have abused the Marshall stack:
It might not hold up too well!
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading