Marshall has a long history as perhaps the most iconic manufacturer of guitar amplifiers but has also made a major leap into the consumer audio space in recent years. The company has already released Bluetooth speakers and even Bluetooth headphones, all with the same classic Marshall design concept.
However, the lineup lacked a pair of Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones for a long time. That has changed with the Monitor II ANC Bluetooth earbuds. Marshall has bridged the gap with the competition and developed a pair of ANCs that fit seamlessly into their design language.
What are Marshall Monitor Bluetooth Headphones?
Starting from its established position as a manufacturer of premium guitar amplifiers, Marshall has been building a respectable line of headphones for quite some time. And now it has made high-end wireless monitor headphones.
It took four years for these formidable on-ear headphones to go wireless, with the original wired pair released in 2013. Not only is the Bluetooth monitor severed, but also essentially the same as its wired predecessor, with the same rugged design and impressive sound quality – although the improved treble may surprise you at first.
If you’re looking for a decent alternative to the bass-heavy Beats Solo wireless lineup and loads of other speakers that have taken the amplified low-end approach, Marshall may have the answer, even though they may not be the right headphones for everyone.
The Marshall Monitor Headphones Product Review
The design of the Marshall Monitor headphones is both familiar and eye-catching. You know immediately that you are looking at a Marshall product because in addition to the very well-placed brand name, the monitor headphones have the black leather surface with contrasting white and gold accents that we see on other products in the range.
It draws the fine line between attractive and garish, which fits the rock genre that Marshall is so closely associated with. It really depends on your particular taste whether you like it or hate it.
The fact that the coating on the monitor headset is not real leather may be positive for those who are not satisfied with the use of animal products, but the rubber and plastic alternative used doesn’t look particularly classy and doesn’t feel either. A disappointing performance considering the price of the headphones.
The inside of the monitor headband is thick, soft, and very comfortable, a feature that extends to the removable ear pads. There are beautiful brass tags on either side of the headband to the left and right to show you how to put the helmet on, which is especially important as it affects the use of the built-in control button on the headband on the left earbuds.
The headset features an adjustable arm, but the mechanism behind this feature is neatly hidden by the headband. Fitting is as easy as pulling the earbud off the headband and there is a good choice of sizes.
For a fact, it must be said that the bass response is good here. There’s no doubt that Marshall created a beautifully sculpted low-end experience with the Bluetooth monitor. The subfrequencies hit your ear with a decent effect and the bass doesn’t distort when you turn up the volume.
Press and hold the control button on the bottom of the earbud for five seconds to turn on the headset. The Bluetooth monitor will automatically appear in the pairing menu on your phone, tablet, or laptop and it really is that simple.
Once connected, you’ll be happy to know that Bluetooth aptX is supported, which means that the Bluetooth monitor will play CD-quality sound if your Bluetooth-connected device also supports it. You can walk a good ten meters before the wireless connection breaks.
Another particularly strong point in their favor is the battery life of these headphones. After about 30 hours you won’t charge them much, which is great given the increasing number of devices we have to plug in night after night.
If you ever run out of battery, you can always rely on the cable that comes with the headset. As mentioned, this cable is well designed and has a button for pausing and playing your music, as well as answering and rejecting calls.
The in-line microphone on this cable means you can also make phone calls and this in-line microphone is arguably actually better than the one in the headset itself as it is less affected by outside noise and more hidden behind your mouth.
A practical additional function of the cable is that when listening to music via Bluetooth, another person can plug their headphones into the 3.5 mm input of the monitor and share the music you are listening to. This built-in splitter function is a good compensation for the fact that the headphones have no connection to multiple devices via Bluetooth.
Note: Marshall Monitor headphones are another welcome Bluetooth update to the top of the Marshall Headphone line. They don’t change much in terms of design and the slightly bass-friendly sound balance is retained, but they bring good Bluetooth functionality with 30 hours of battery life to improve things.
Pros and Cons of Marshall Monitoring Headphones
- Portable design
- High-end construction with high-quality materials
- Bass enhancement
- Customizable sound
- It can become uncomfortable for long listening sessions
- The sound is hollow
- Missing details
If you’re looking for affordable on-ear headphones with long battery life and great portability, Marshall Monitor headphones are a solid choice.
It should be noted that while they offer good sound and design, you may experience some discomfort for those who like to wear their headphones for a few hours at a time.