Having taken its Major headphones for a spin, it seems only right to give Marshall's Minor earphones a similar trial. Sporting a sub-£50 price tag, an outwardly attractive design, and Marshall branding suggesting quality internals the Minors should have a winning formula. But as is so often the case, things not quite that clear cut.
Like the Majors, the Minors are packaged nicely, with a clever 'hinge' mechanism tilting the earphones up and toward you slightly - it's rather thoughtful for something that will be seen once then disposed of. There's only one accessory included with the Minors, in the form of a short 3.5mm extension cable that lets the earphones work with devices that don't play well with in-line remotes.
That, of course, betrays the fact that the Minors have an in-line remote. This works as you'd expect and has a particularly nice, solid click to it. However, contrary to every pair of earphones in our memory the remote is on the left-side cable, not the right, which is just plain wrong. On the plus side, the cabling is quite thin, but braided so that it feels very sturdy.
Aesthetically we can't fault the Minor earphones. The combination of black plastic and gold-coloured metal is a definite success. The concentric circles engraved into the metal backing catch the light nicely. If a pretty face is enough to tempt you to part with £50 of your hard-eared then the Marshal Minor's will suit you well.
Those less concerned with looks would do well to know that a criticism we made of the Marshal Major headphones carries over to the Minor earphones, in that these, too, proved a little uncomfortable to us. We tend not to like most earphones at the best of times, with canalphones being our preference, and though the Minors are better than the likes of Apple's God-awful bundled 'phones, they fared no better. Even the provision of adjustable spacers, to try and let you tweak the size of the earpiece to better the particular size and shape of your ears didn't do much for us.