Marshall Major - Built

By Hugo Jobling

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

As good as that sounds, there's one problem. Even though we're not particularly big headed (at least literally, it not figuratively) the Marshall Majors felt pretty tight such that it only took an hour or so before our ears were giving in under the pressure. This is obviously not helped by the way the Major's ear pads sit on, not around, your ears, but as other manufacturers have avoided such issues, we can only wish that Marshall would have too.

The cabling redeems the Major's faults somewhat with its useful incorporation of a stretchy section. We're prone to catching wires yanking mp3 players from our desk onto the floor and headphones from our heads - a problem the Majors give you a better chance of avoiding. Counter-balancing that, we wouldn't have complained if the non-coiled section of cabling were a bit longer.

The discomfort is something of a problem for the Majors as there isn't much of a shortage of headphones at this price point, such as Philips' 'The Stretch' and Grado's SR60 'phones, to name but two. Both of those are headphones that can be worn pretty much indefinitely, but more importantly audiophiles will almost certainly know the SR60's infamous reputation for offering superb sound quality for their asking price.

To their credit the Marshal Major headphones do sound pretty good for their asking price. Marshall's heritage as a supplier of guitar amplifiers seems to shine through in the type of music they work best with. With albums including Tommy, by The Who, and The Kinks' The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society the Major's are definitely in their element with searing guitar riffs the order of the day.

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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