Marshall Major (Black) review: Marshall Major (Black)

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MSRP: $99.00

The Good The uniquely attractive Marshall Major headphones eliminate outside noise and exhibit an ample sound stage that complements any type of music.

The Bad The vinyl ear cushions retain heat and the over-ear design can be uncomfortable after several hours of continual use.

The Bottom Line The Marshall Major headphones live up to Marshall's strong legacy with a familiar shape and excellent acoustics to match its line of amps.

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8.0 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Performance 8

The closed-back, on-ear Marshall Majors headphones carry noise-canceling functionality for your ride to work, school, and anywhere in between. Priced at $100, the Majors deliver excellent sound detail and functional design elements like a Tolex-wrapped headband and a knurled cable jack that are synonymous with the Marshall name. With few complaints aside from fit issues and hot ears after prolonged listening, the Marshall Major headphones provide sartorial flair and brilliant tonal capacity and would make a worthwhile buy for your next pair of headphones.

Design and features
It's difficult to compare the Marshall Major headphones to any other listening device on the market aside from Marshall's own line of sound amplifiers. The all-black set bears a deliberate cosmetic similarity to Marshall's amps, and the white company insignia gets prominent placement on the outside of both the left and right ear cups.

In fact, even the soft leather headband is wrapped with Marshall's own Tolex flexible vinyl fabric that has covered Fender guitar amplifiers and Coffin Case guitar cases since the 1960s. Here, it acts as an extra layer of protection against natural elements while you wear them outside.

The rest of the build gets equal attention as well--dual 40mm drivers hide within the ear cups behind a woven fiber in a lattice pattern, and the outer earpiece is wrapped in soft black leather that feels comfortable the instant you put them on your head. Additionally, the swiveling wire cage allows vertical adjustment and also folds into the headband area for organized storage.

Marshall curiously omits a carrying bag from the package contents, but we'll give it the benefit of the doubt and assume that there's no need, given the strong rubber and thick plastic that line the joints of the earpieces and headband. Regardless, Marshall backs the Major headphones with a one-year warranty.

The single-sided 6-foot cable extends from the left ear cup and includes a coiled portion several inches down that adds extra slack and comes in handy if you store your music player in a backpack or handbag. The 3.5mm plug is unique as well, borrowing its design from guitar cabling with extra-durable spring strain relief and an extra quarter-inch adapter is included in the box.

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