Marshall Headphones Major II Review
While Marshall is a significant supplier of guitar amplifiers they do much more. The brand also does headphones and one that stands out if the Marshall Major II Bluetooth earphones. The headphone is the company’s first wireless headset that targets fashion-conscious audiophiles. It is an upgraded version from the Major II headphones. But do the earphones have more to offer than just wireless sound?
As a package, the Major II Bluetooth headphone is an attractive headset with a fun yet bass-heavy sound. The headset looks Retro, so you will like it or hate it. The headset has the same style as its wired counterpart. Both the headsets have the Marshall amplifier inside. You can buy it in a black/gold shade that screams notice me. The whole structure of the headphone is plastic and rubber with gold metal found on the control joystick on the left earcup. Furthermore, the left and right markings are in gold, as well.
The adjustment sliders on the earcups made of plastic, and for some this may not sound as if it can be durable. Compared to the original wired Marshall Major II there have been many users snapping the adjustment slider.So it looks like Marshall has not addressed the problem yet by replacing the sliders with metal ones. The headsets padded well with leather both on the headband and earcups.
We found the headset comfortable but did find some pressure on the ears after prolonged use. Furthermore, with the on-ear design the cans rest on the ears and not around them.So if you are a fan of over-ear earphones, we recommend you look at the Marshall Monitor instead. What the Major II does well is isolate noise well even without using ANC (Active Noise Cancellation.)
Included you get a top-rated headphone cable to use if the battery runs out of juice. The wire is straight with a short coiled section providing extra slack when you plug it in. Furthermore, you get the micro USB charging cable, as well. When looking at the cable, you would think it will add weight, but surprisingly it does not.
Marshall Major II Bluetooth Performance
When tested, we found the Major II Bluetooth headphone offers you basic features. You get wireless connection, a control stick, and mic for answering calls. There is no noise-canceling or you cannot connect multiple devices to it at the same time. If you do prefer multiple wireless connections we recommend the Plantronics Backbeat Sense instead. However, Major II is cheaper! On the one earcup, you find the adjustment knob to answer, reject, pause, skip, or play music. The control switch is helpful and easy to use. One lacking function is that you cannot use the headset with your phone’s voice assistant.
For us, this was a bit disappointing but not a deal-breaker. When it comes to sound, the Bluetooth headphone has the same sound as its wired counterpart.When playing certain songs, we did find a bigger mid-bass hitting you over your head. For some listeners this may be a plus. We found the headphones handle electronic and rap music well. The bass makes the sound exciting and fun to listen. However, if you are an audiophile, you may not find the imbalanced sound great. For rock tunes the Marshall Major II Bluetooth is not ideal to use when a guitar amp is present in the music.
The bass is overwhelming and drowns out other instruments in the process. Furthermore, we would not recommend using headphones for classical music as well.You will be left with highs that roll-off, making instruments sound lifeless and dull, so if you want a headset to listen to classics, we recommend the Jabra Move Wireless instead. Another thing the headphone lacks is a soundstage. What the headset does is concentrate the audio inside the head instead of projecting it outward.
Therefore, you will not get 3D audio, but the headphones affordable for a wireless headset and performs moderately within the same price range.
However, the headphone does have some positives!
Where the Marshall Major II Bluetooth can blow other wireless headphones away is with the battery use. You get 30-hours of playback and can easily use it for a week without draining the battery.
Therefore, the earphone is excellent for travelers who do not always have the correct outlet to charge the device. Before we forget you can use the headset to share music with family and friends using the headphone jack cable included.
You control the volume for both listeners using the headphone. Hence it is excellent for watching movies with someone at home or on a plane.
Marshall Major II Bluetooth Performance
- Battery: 30-hours playback and takes 3-hours to charge
- Color: Black, White, and Gold
- Cord Type: Wired and Wireless
- Extras: Microphone and Remote, Control Knob, Wireless Connectivity, and Collapsible
- Form Factor: On-ear
- Included: Charging Cable and Detachable 3.5mm Cable with Remote/Mic
- Internet: No
- Noise Isolation: Yes without ANC
- Warranty: 1-year
- Weight: 6.28 ounces
Marshall Major II Bluetooth Pros and Cons
What we like:
- Retro style is iconic but only may appeal for certain users
- Excellent cable with a coiled design
- Outstanding battery use
- The sound isolation is good
- Fun sound depending on what you listen
- Reasonable build
What we do not like:
- Overbearing bass listening to individual tracks
- Plastic sliders not as durable as metallic ones
Should You Buy it?
Yes, if you are a pop iconoclast that is looking for high-quality headphones. Furthermore, if you want to use it as studio earphones, we do not recommend it as the integrated Bluetooth can prevent this. For general use, they are perfect, and you will enjoy the fit, weight, and sound. You can take them everywhere without hiccups in the wireless connection. On the other hand, you will be able to enjoy your music on a flight up to 30-hours without the battery running down. However, with prolonged use, you may get some ear fatigue that is known for using on-ear-headphones.
While the Marshall Headphones Major II is a Bluetooth headphone, we found using it wired sounds better. We did notice an audible hiss using it with wireless connection. You do get a great package with top-notch cables included. Furthermore, the portable kit is great if you want a fun-sounding pair of earphones. Furthermore, when searching for the best price, we found the headphones been replaced by the Marshall Major III Wireless On-Ear Headphones.