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.