Several friends have been asking me what Bluetooth headphones they should get, especially those who buy phones with missing headphone jacks, and I always point towards the Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones.
I don’t usually pay as much attention to a headphone’s aesthetics, but I wouldn’t be doing justice to Marshall if I didn’t give it credit for the incredible attention to detail on its Major II Bluetooth headphones.
I’ve been using the Marshall Major II Bluetooth for nearly a year now, and they’re not the absolute best sounding headphones I’ve ever used, but they do sound very good — good enough that I’ll keep using them until the company wants them back.
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I have a soft spot for classic retro designs, so the Major II Bluetooth headphones are right up my alley.
The Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones don't look or feel cheap, and tip the scale towards the premium side.
That's because Marshall has added a level of detail that I've rarely seen on a pair of headphones. The faux-leather inlay on the side of the headphone cups, for example, is soft rubber instead of the hard plastic that I have come to expect in less expensive headphones.
It's also been almost a year since I've been using these headphones daily, and they're hardly showing any sign of wear at all.
The pads on the ear cups are supremely comfortable, and they look and feel as they did when I first took the Major II Bluetooth headphones out of the box almost a year ago.
Inside the ear cups covering the speaker itself is Marshall's signature stitching that you'll find on the front its guitar amps, which is a classy touch that only you would notice unless you went around showing it to everyone around you.
The plastic surrounding the ear cups' exterior feels solid, too.
There's subtle detail that's not trying to be flashy. For example, I just noticed this embossed Marshall logo on the headband when I started taking pictures for this review.
And even though the leather textures you see on the headphones are fake, they hold up surprisingly well over time and look fantastic. And look at that stitching, too! I can't say the same about faux-leather and stitching on other headphones.
Those connections are actually beautiful, which you wouldn't find me saying with most other headphone cables. The cable itself is also coiled, like a classic headphone cable. Unlike a classic headphone cable, though, the Major II Bluetooth's cable comes with a built-in microphone. You can also take calls when using the headphones wirelessly with the built-in microphone on the right cup.
Thankfully, you don't need to have the headphones powered on to listen to music with the cable.
Most companies would throw in any old generic, cheap-feeling charging cable into the packaging, but Marshall went above and beyond with the Major II Bluetooth accessories.
I suppose I should talk about the way these headphones sound, too.
They sound great. Bass is solid, sound is clear. The mids are a little tight for my taste, like you're listening to a live band playing in a small room. The treble could be a little brighter, too. But if you're not too picky about sound and you want good, clear sound quality, the Major II Bluetooth headphones easily deliver.
The controls for play, pause, forward, back, and volume up and down are pretty intuitive with this joystick-style button.
And the power button and Bluetooth pairing button are on the other cup on the bottom. It's easy to switch between devices, too, and the battery lasts a long time.
I can't quite validate Marshall's 30-hour battery life claim, but I can say that it's excellent. I rarely had to charge these headphones.
I would have liked better warnings that the headphones are running low on power; you only get about 15 minutes of warning beeps before they totally run out of juice, which isn't useful when I've just walked out the office door on my hour-and-a-half commute.
I've also found that it's easy to switch connections with other devices by simply double-tapping the Bluetooth pairing button and connecting them to your devices. There's no need for re-pairing once you've paired with your devices.
I avidly recommend the Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones for pretty much anyone looking to make an inexpensive switch over to Bluetooth audio, or to anyone simply looking for a new pair of great cans.
The MSRP for the Major II Bluetooth headphones is $US150, which is already a pretty good price. But the black model is selling on Amazon now for $US85 ($157 delivered to Australia), which is an absolute steal. The prettier brown and white models are going for around $US120, which is still a great price for these headphones.
The Major II are a great pair of headphones for someone who wants good quality sound, value, comfort, stunning classic looks, and great battery life, which is an incredibly tough combination to find in Bluetooth headphones.