Marshall headphones

From guitar amp to headphones – traditional brand with style

Marshall’s story has something to do with rock’n’roll. Jim Marshall was the founder and spirit of the British traditional brand without which there would be no legendary bands and their equipment. Meanwhile Marshall releases their own headphones through the Lifestyle product line with Minor, Major and Monitor, which come in the Mashall-typical design, but do not only appeal to musicians.

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The latest reviews: Marshall

Bluetooth by Carsten Kaiser 4 months ago

Marshall Minor II Bluetooth

Powerful Sound, but with a Feeble Fit

Marshall provide the Minor II with a wireless connection courtesy of the aptX codec and Bluetooth 5.0 standard. In addition to this, the design of the popular Marshall Minor in-ears has been significantly upcycled. What’s more, the headphones offer some interesting special features for improved...

3.3

Smartphone by Ulf Kaiser 1 year ago

Marshall Major III

Powerful on-ear headphones with lifestyle design and treble accentuation

The Marshall Major is by no means just a legendary tube amplifier from the sixties, but is also an established on-ear headphone from the same manufacturer. It’s presented to us for this test in the wired third version. Visually, the equally lightweight and robust device...

3

Bluetooth by Ulf Kaiser 1 year ago

Marshall Major III Bluetooth

Powerful Bluetooth On-ear Headphones with Lifestyle Design

British manufacturer Marshall has long been successful not only in the market of tube amplifiers but also in the field of consumer electronics. These products have always remained iconic and utilized the unique Tolex look that is reminiscent of miniature versions of the famous loudspeaker...

3.8

Editor's recommendations: Marshall

With the Major III Bluetooth, Marshall has a stylish and easy-to-use earphone for daily use that is already in its third edition. They score with punchy sound and rich levels. As far as neutrality and dynamics are concerned, they respond less precisely. I am particularly disturbed by the exaggerated presence which makes listening a bit exhausting, especially in rock music.

Ulf Kaiser
Ulf Kaiser 6. August 2018

The Marshall Mid A.N.C. offers a great design with a solid choice of materials. When it comes to accessories, the folding carry case is particularly eye-catching, with its purple linings and faux leather accents. The noise-cancelling properties of the Mid A.N.C. works perfectly. However, the output level of the headphones jumps back and forth when activating/deactivating the feature. When it comes to suitability for everyday use, the headphones are well positioned due to their small size and folding mechanism. On the other hand, the multi-function button control of these headphones is both a blessing and a curse, only becoming a practical addition once you’ve taken the time to become familiar with it. Ultimately, a second button would have made a handy addition to these headphones. The sound of the Mid A.N.C. lies squarely in the middle range. Therefore, it’s perfectly suitable for listening to speech productions, such as audiobooks, rather than guitar-heavy genres like rock and metal. The price/performance ratio of the Mid A.N.C. is reasonable enough considering the technical limitations and benefits these headphones deliver.

Carsten Kaiser
Carsten Kaiser 6. July 2018

The Marshall Minor II Bluetooth didn’t completely convince during this test. Having said that, these in-ears lean a little more toward the pro side of things with a chic design and interesting features, with their size adjustment, automatic pause functionality, magnetic “park positioning” and multifunction remote the biggest standouts. However, my list of issues against these in-ears means I can’t in all good faith give them too high a rating.

From the bare minimum approach to accessories to the complex multifunction button, the tiny info LED to the misquoted battery charging time, not to mention a generally poor fit; these headphones have plenty working against them. In particular, this last factor means there’s a poor performance in the sound isolation stakes, with far too much external noise intruding upon your listening enjoyment. What’s more, Bluetooth connection is not stable enough for purpose sometimes, with several dropouts recorded during the test. However, if you do manage to enjoy a good stretch of audio with no interruptions, you’ll be treated to plenty of power and boost.

In theory, Marshall has succeeded in bringing the Minor in-ear model up to date with more of-the-moment specs. In my opinion, Marshall has to do more to maximise the practicality of these Bluetooth headphones if the manufacturer intends to conquer the market at some point in the future.

Carsten Kaiser
Carsten Kaiser 4. June 2019