Marshall Monitor Bluetooth
Marshall headphones are shameless. These pairs are little odes to the classic Marshall guitar amp design, and their sound doesn’t try to hide that it brings out guitars more than just about anything else in the mix. But in a world where even serial lovelorn moper and horseman of the music apocalypse Ed Sheehan spends as much time programming drums as strumming a guitar, that kinda makes the Marshall Monitor a plucky underdog.
These headphones have an all-round leathery look, but are made of plastic rather than cowhide. It’s a modern design, and the ear defender-style stops your tunes from leaking out too much. These are over-ear headphones, but more slimline than they may look in pics and the relatively small pads do sit partially on your ears rather than around them. We find them comfy for a few hours, mind.
As you’d hope for a more expensive wireless headphone, the Marshall Monitor have aptX. They also have a tiny little gold joystick on the right cup, letting you control your music without any gaudy buttons. It’s a little fiddly to start with, but you get used to it.
Unlike most super-branded headphones, the Marshall Monitor don’t ladle on the bass like it's mana from the rock gods. Instead, pronounced treble and upper-mids highlight the crunchy contours of distorted guitars. In this class at least, bass is pretty reserved. It’s nothing like the Beats sound. We can get on-board with it, but it’s a shame the ‘regular’ mids don’t have the same detail as the higher-register ones, meaning the meat of vocals can sound a little vague. They’re not the best pick if you want to feel the real thump of bass drums either.
Plenty of Marshall sauce, and good sound a long as you prefer guitar crunch to bass drum thrills