Marshall is a company synonymous with amplifiers. So, when they took a shot at headphones, it seemed like a no-brainer. They have already perfected sound good enough to make your guitar sound like butter, so wouldn’t their headphones exhibit the same type of experience?
The actual design of the Marshall Headphones (Major) is probably the strongest aspect of these headphones. The packaging just gives you this sense of excitement about what is inside the box. The design is reminiscent of Marshall’s speaker amps, from its headband down to the coil cable.
Each earcup is made up of a soft cushion with a center that resembles that of a Marshall amp. Even the exterior of the headband is made from the same vinyl used on Marshal amps. Everywhere you look on the headphones, it exemplifies that they are produced by Marshall and if you aren’t sure, they have placed the Marshall logo on the exterior of the earcups and the interior of the headband several times, in different places. The design of the headphones are also completely collapsible for easy travel and storage. Included in the box is also a 6.25 mm adapter for use with, you guessed it, an amplifier.
The Major certainly manages all these impressive design feats, but what about sound? For a price tag of $99, one would think the sound would match the looks, but sadly the sound that emanates out of these headphone are just average and not overwhelmingly impressive at all. I was expecting some type of rich bass and treble that would send Adele or Mumford and Sons swimming into my ears, but unfortunately these headphones sounded no different than cheaper versions of other headphones I have laying around.
I did try to give these a fair shot and break them in over a few weeks, because many audiophiles know that you can’t judge headphones fairly by just listening to them once but rather over and over for a few hours or perhaps days and weeks. However, nothing really changed with the Major headphones, and the sound stayed consistent. To that effect, no matter what genre of music you’re listening to with the Major headphones, none really shine more than the other. Fortunately, the headphones produce no feedback or noise on heavy bass driven tunes, or tinniness on higher pitched selections and everything tends to stay balanced.
In the end the Marshall Headphones (Major) are a very stylish pair of headphones that certainly will get an ooh or an ahh by those familiar with the brand. In regards to sound quality however, they are nothing special in comparison to the many other headphones that have flooded the market at a much cheaper price point. Those with big ears might also be at a disadvantage as the earcups are on the smaller side and tend to grow uncomfortable after wearing them for too long. That said, hardcore Marshall fans will want them just because of the name, and they will certainly be drawn to the subtle and not so subtle salutes to the brand. However, for those looking for headphones that sound more than just good, and looks are not that important for them, there are many out on the market that will do the job and sound a whole lot better than these.
The Good: Marshall Headphones (Major) will certainly be a collectors item for Marshall devotees, the retro look and subtle design touches of the headphones will impress even those who aren’t familiar with the company
The Bad: Earcups are on the small side, sound reproduction is just average for the price, can become uncomfortable after wearing for long periods of time