Saturday, April 11, 2015

Marshall Major II On Ear Headphone Review

Marshal is known for having excellent audio products, and up for review is the Marshall Major II. They are an on the ear design. Being an on the ear design, the ear cups are smaller, and the entire product is a bit more compact. The ear cups are sufficiently soft faux leather. The headband is easily adjustable MSRP is $120.  The cord is partially coiled for additional length, and also has built-in mic and remote for use with a smartphone.  You can even pick which earcup you want to plug the cable into.  Want to share your music with a friend?  They can plug into the other earcup!

Features and specs:

64 Ω
100mV@1kHz = 99dB SPL

The Marshall Major II came in an attractive box. Opening the box revealed the well protected headphones. Materials used in the construction were mostly plastic with some metal. Quality of materials used were good. The fit and finish was also good. They seemed to be well made and extremely durable. Also included was a soft carry bag, ¼” adapter, and manual. My personal preference is over the ear design, but the Marshall Major II was easy to adjust, and they were also fairy comfortable to wear.   I really like the fact that the cables were also detachable, and part metal around critical areas around where the connections are.  It would sure take a lot more abuse than normal to get a short in these cables!  Now it's time see how they sound.

Fresh Aire II:  Going To Another Place, the crisp strings had nice dynamics, flute was smooth with air. Piano sounded fairly natural and the kick drum had a nice low extension with some authority.  Steve Miller Band: Swingtown, percussion and guitar was very crisp and clean. The keyboard sounded natural. Vocals were pleasantly smooth with good resolution. The drums had nice dynamics.  No Doubt: Hella Good, percussion was very crisp and dynamic. Bass played deep with sufficient authority. The vocals sounded natural.  Eric Bibb: Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down, guitar was fairly clean with good resolution. Piano was natural sounding. Imaging was good as was the sound stage. Vocals were very dynamic with good resolution.

With an MSRP of $120, they offer an exceptional value for the money in good sound and excellent durability.  If this is your budget, they deserve to be on your short list.  Based on their design, features, quality, and performance, the Marshall Major II has earned our Value Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at