Marshall Amplification, made famous for its guitar amplifiers, also makes a number of other products including headphones. They were kind enough to send over a pair and we’ve tested them out for our Marshall Major II headphones review.
The Marshall Major II headphones are an update from the previous Marshall Major model headphones. The updated model features the following technical specifications:
- Transducer: 40mm moving coil dynamic speaker
- Impedance: 64 Ω
- Sensitivity: 100mV@1kHz = 99dB SPL
- Frequency Range: 10Hz-20kHz
The Marshall Major II headphones are an update to the older Major headphones. Marshall has implemented updated sound for deeper bass and extended highs with refined mid-range tones and lower distortion. The headphones are fully collapsible and fold up nicely for storage or transportation. The coil cord is double-ended and detachable, and contains a mic and remote for use with smartphones or other mic/headphone input jacks. When connected to a supported device, you can take calls or record voice memos. With the remote, simply click once to answer calls or hang up; or to play or pause your music while a double click will skip to the next track and a triple click will skip back to the previous track.
The headphones also feature dual 3.5mm jacks – one under each ear cushion so you can not only choose which side to plug in to, but also allow a second set of headphones to be plugged in to share your music with friends.
My first thought was that the ear cushions were on the smaller side, but they fit well covering the ears nicely. Coupled with the soft wrapped faux-leather textured headband, the Marshall Major II headphones are very comfortable. The ear cushions are adjustable and I had room to spare for further expansion while the headphones also fit both my 10 and 8 year old kids on the smallest adjustment showing these headphones will be comfortable and easily fit a variety of head sizes.
The headphones are well constructed, lightweight and feel solid. My only complaint is there appears to be a bit of warping where the plastic from the speakers meets the ear cushion but it is very minor and only really noticeable upon close inspection.
Marshall Major II headphones are available in black, white, or brown.
These headphones sound great. I tested them with a wide range of music styles from rock to rap, reggae, dance, country, and even classical music. Even at higher volumes there wasn’t any discernable distortion and the sound was clear and crisp with nice bass, midrange and high range sound. The Marshall Major II headphones also work great for gaming and provide rich atmospheric sound while game effects came through clearly, dialogue was crisp, and overall created an immersive sound environment to the game play.
When these headphones are on – even at lower volumes, outside ambient noise is for all intents and purposes non-existent and it’s near impossible to hear someone talking while standing beside you.
While the Marshall Major II headphones retail for $119USD on Marshall’s website, they can be found for around $100 on Amazon. In either case, given the sound quality and additional features like collapsibility and mic/remote functionality the price is more than decent for what you get.
Lightweight, great sounding, affordable, mic/remote function, and the ability to hook in a second set of headphones to share your music with friends are all features which make these headphones well worth a look. If you’re in the market for a new set of headphones, you can’t go wrong with the Marshall Major II headphones.
*We were sent a demo pair of Marshall Major II headphones for the purposes of this review.
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