The Marshall Major II are straightforward headphones with a decent sound for recording or critical listening. They have a relatively unique look, they're lightweight and decently comfortable. However, they're not the most durable headphones and do not isolate well in loud environments.
- Lightweight, and stable design.
- Low leakage.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Slightly tight on the head.
- Fragile build quality.
The Marshall Major II have a simple yet unique design that's reminiscent of other Marshall-made accessories. They're lightweight on-ear headphones that feel a bit tight on the head but are sufficiently well padded to deliver a comfortable listening experience. They're relatively easy to carry on you thanks to their portable design. However, their build quality feels a little lacking and cheap. They also have a mediocre button layout that gives you very limited control over your audio.
The Marshall Major II have a sleek studio design that looks pretty good. They come in a simple all-black color scheme with a relatively wide headband and square ear cups that have a textured finish. The design is reminiscent of Marshall-made amplifiers and instrument accessories, which feels unique yet understated enough to work for most listeners. Sadly, the plastic used in the build quality feels a bit cheap upon closer inspection.
The Marshall Major II have a lightweight on-ear build and are sufficiently well padded, to deliver a decently comfortable listening experience. Unfortunately, they're a bit tight on the head. That combined with the small, square ear cups puts a lot of pressure on the ears that can become a bit uncomfortable when listening for long periods of time.
The button layout for these headphones is mediocre-at-best. All they provide on the inline controls is a call/music button. This means you will have to adjust the volume or skip tracks directly on your audio device, which can get a bit tedious when on the go.
The tight fit of the Major II makes them above-average stable. They don't move much once on your head, which makes them decent headphones to jog with. However, they're not specifically designed for sports or physical activity, so under, intense exercise, they may slip off your ears. On the upside, the cable will detach if hooked by something.
The Marshall Major II are fairly portable headphones. They're a bit on the larger side for an on-ear model but they will easily fit into a bag or even some bigger jacket pockets. The foldable design saves a decent amount of space but they may still be a bit bothersome to carry on your person and do not come with a case.
The build quality of the Major II looks sturdy at a glance but actually feels fragile and plasticky. They won't get damaged easily from a few drops thanks to their simple, lightweight design that doesn't have too many moving parts. However, the mostly plastic build does not feel very durable and the headband, especially, is a bit weak and may warp under heavy physical stress.
The Marshall Major II have an above-average sound that reproduces the bass-range quite well. Instruments and vocals are not drowned out by the bass and even sound a bit too forward at times, because of the bump in the mid-range. Unfortunately, these are not the best headphones for critical listening. They lack a decent Soundstage due to their small, closed ear cups and they struggle a bit with high frequencies, making their audio reproduction sound slightly dark.
Excellent Bass Range performance. The response is virtually flat and within the target response, which is a great result for an on-ear model.
Decent Mid Range performance. Low-mid and Mid are overemphasized by about 5dB, muddying up the sound and pushing the vocals/leads to the front of the mix a bit.
Poor Treble Range performance. Low-treble, which is responsible for clarity and detail, is lacking by about 5dB. Additionally treble is rather inconsistent and could sound a bit harsh due to the 5dB bump between 7KHz-9KHz.
- 100% Avg. Std. Deviation
Poor Soundstage. Due to the on-ear design and closed back, these headphones don't sound open and spacious. They also don't activate the resonance of the pinna similar to a loudspeaker, therefore their Soundstage could be perceived to be located inside the listener's head.
Decent Imaging. Phase response is very good, since most of the error won't be audible. The main deduction here is due to the phase mismatch between left and right drivers, especially in higher frequencies, which could partly be due to the on-ear design.
Very good harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion at 90dB SPL is quite low. However, there is a significant rise in distortion in Bass and Mid ranges as the headphones are put under heavier load.
The Major II are passively isolating headphones. The tight on-ear design and decent padding block a good amount of high-frequency noise. But unfortunately, it's not enough for the varying ambient noise of a busy commute or lively office. On the upside, they don't leak much, so people shouldn't be able to hear what you're listening to, except at relatively high volumes.
Poor isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancelling and achieve isolation only passively. Their ear cups start to isolate at around 400Hz, achieving a poor isolation of 10dB in the Mid Range. In the Treble Range however, they perform well and achieve more than 33dB of isolation.
Decent leakage. These significant portion of leakage is between 400Hz and 2KHz which is about average. The overall level of leakage is also relatively low.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Marshall Major II Headphones
- Audio cable