Marshall are a big name in the world of audio equipment, but are of course more widely associated with guitars and amplifiers than they are with headphones. It seems like every big audio brand wants to branch out into headphones and earbuds these days, so do these match up to expectation? We reveal all in our Marshall Major headphones review.
The Marshall headphones are really awesomely designed, and I’m certainly not accusing them of jumping on the bandwagon for the sake of it. I feel that these cans certainly bring something new to the market. In the manufacturers words, they plan to “evoke the spirit” of the original Marshall Amp range we know and love. They’re a damn cool brand, and who knows, maybe these will become to guitar music lovers what Beats have become to Hip Hop lovers (only hopefully better sounding).
- Foldable Design
- Included 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch connections
- Soft Leather Ear Pads
- Self adjusting wing support
- Marshall Amplifier texture (vinyl design)
I don’t always focus much on the looks of a headphone, it’s subjective depending on taste and I like to focus more on quality, but you can’t help but be impressed by the looks and presentation of the Marshall Major headphones. They come in a swish box which looks almost rustic and hand made, making a lovely experience when it comes to opening them for the first time. The coiled cable is reminiscent of guitar gear and has a retro feel, while the phones themselves are a thing of utter beauty. Constructed from soft leather with a smooth black or white finish (they could almost be an apple product) with the Marshall logo nicely embedded on the side, these look great (and more expensive than they actually are). Again, a great way to show off your rocker roots.
The padded leather cushions mean that the Majors sit on your ear nicely and are designed for long listening sessions. They’re comfy on the ol’ ear drums too, they don’t have ridiculous bass boosts and don’t make your ears tire too quickly.
The key is of course the audio quality, and though this model ticks every other box, does it sound good? The answer is a resounding yes. Audiophiles will tell you that these may not be the best in the world, and they’d be right, probably, but if we’re talking about bang for your buck in audio terms then the price tag for this offers great value! Good audio clarity, crisp top end and a solid bass without trying to blow your ears off, Marshall have got these just about right.
Only one criticism of this, and not something I’ve experienced myself, the cool folding design has been said to make these headphones liable to break, but they do come with a one year manufacturers guarantee, so it is unlikely that any problems wont be resolved. A few bad reviews about the build quality on amazon have dragged its score down a bit, but dont let that fool you, this is an excellent bit of audio gear for the price.
The Marshall Major Headphones have definitely got the thumbs up from me, and I would recommend them to people looking for a good set of headphones for listening to tunes and perhaps for a guitarist listening through his amp (lets face it, they fit the look)