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Summary

Our Score:

7

Pros

  • Well-built
  • Stylish looks
  • Decent sound quality

Cons

  • Cheaper, better sounding rivals avaialble
  • Somewhat uncomfortable

Key Features

  • Made by Marshall!
  • Foldable design
  • Solid build quality
  • Manufacturer: Marshall Headphones
  • Review Price: £78.19

With its enviable reputation as an amplifier manufacturer unquestionably secure, Marshall is looking to extend its repertoire with the Marshall Major headphones and Marshall Minor earphones, the latter of which we're looking at here. Combining a stylish design with Marshall’s audio expertise looks like a perfect match on paper; after all - if Dr Dre can do it with Monster and its Beats line-up, surely Marshall can match those efforts.

Certainly the Marshal Major headphones give a good first impression. The refreshingly plain cardboard packaging doesn't make much effort to grab your attention and doesn't hold anything but the headphones themselves and a 3.5mm to 6.25mm converter (so you can plug the Majors into your Marshall amp). The hope, therefore, is that all of the £90 asking price is going into giving you a high quality pair of headphones, not flashy box art and gimmicky accessories.

The Major's matt black finish and faux-leather padding definitely looks the part. If you're familiar with Marshall's amps you'll see the tribute Majors are paying (even the name references an amplifier introduced way back in '67). We definitely like the look, and we're not alone - wearing the Majors to a certain recent Apple we received more than a few favourable comments from other journalists; and this in a room full of iPads.

The design is practical too. Metal rails enable the earpieces to be adjusted to ensure a good fit. Furthermore, the ear cups to be folded inward making the Majors compact enough to be ported about easily and we even managed to cram our set into a largish jacket pocket. The kink-protector provided for the cable at the jack suggests that care and attention has been put into designing these headphones.

weirdwilli

March 10, 2011, 1:45 pm

You Gould probably add that the Grado's leak sound lie no other, and thus are useless for use anywhere but at the home. I tried a pair of the Majors at a Dixons Travel and I was quite surprised, sounding pretty good, and being extremely comfy, although i only had them on for about 15 minutes.
I also tested them with my Omnia 7 which is a nice coincidence and I found that they went loud enough, and thanks to the clamp on your ears, they really blocked out a lot of outside noise.
I played a mixture of music, from Crystal Castles, De La Soul, Nero, and Frightened Rabbit and they sounded pretty good throughout, although i agree about the lack of bass, its still there, but far from being 'boomy'
All in all i was quite impressed, they look great, feel great and offer better than average sound quality especially for a branded pair like these and i think I'll be getting myself some!

MrGodfrey

March 11, 2011, 12:36 am

weirdwilli: You make it sound as though the Grados "leak" sound through bad design, however this is an intended consequence of the open-back design. In fairness though, as a non-audiophile I share your bafflement at the idea of buying a pair of headphones that everyone else can hear.

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