Stuff I like: Marshall Headphones

I liked these the moment I saw them. Like miniature Marshall stacks for your ears. Such an obvious product for Marshall to make but surprisingly one that took them a long time to get around to. I guess Dr Jim is such a busy guy keeping the rock gods of the world amplified that a sideline into headphones was always just pushed to the back of the desk.  Well, whatever finally allowed him to get to it, I’m glad he did.

They’re not fancy but that’s part of the appeal.  A simple, folding design for easy and damage-free transport.  A decent, soft-touch lead with a spring-coil section to prevent sudden jerks to ones cranium. A proper, metal plug with a spring protector for the lead. That wonderfully minimalist Marshall logo in cursive script, just like their amplifiers.  Quality sound with depth, clarity and power. 

Possibly not the absolute ultimate headphones for the fanatical audiophile and there are no claims of noise reduction either. Nevertheless, I’m not arguing.  After all, plug in and you’re listening to your music through Marshalls.  Other companies can make all the claims they like but when all is said and done, they’re not Marshalls.  Sometimes, I think its ok to be a bit cool.

Footnote: This is not a review. It’s purely a personal opinion and offered without any connection to, or provision from Marshall.  I bought these headphones with my own cash and have been using them happily since December 2011. 

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  1. I like it.

    I’m still kickin’ it old-school with a pair of aging Grado Labs SR60 headphones myself. Always a good listen, but not very portable or durable.

    1. The Grados are great sounding/great value. I have SR125’s. Over time, the foam has disintegrated but that is replaceable from Grado. Unfortunately, a couple years back, one ear got burnt out from a bad headphone amp + I haven’t fixed them (have another pair of ‘phones).

      The Marshalls look very nice. Accurate high fidelity is not really Marshall’s game, but I’m sure they at least have a good sound, and will be well built. Be careful if you turn them up to 11! Easy to damage one’s ears with headphones…


  2. The Marshall Major and Minor are designed by Swedish “Zound Industries”, so once again you´ve been impressed by a swedish product. 😉 We are everywhere!

    Not swedish, but check this out;

  3. Thanks guys. Appreciate your learned comments. Will have to listen to some Grado’s sometime and the fridge is definitely on my fathers day list now. I seriously didn’t realise that was out there when I mentioned “cool”. Funny. Also didn’t know that Zound were behind the Marshalls. Perhaps my Swedish Design intution is stronger than I realise!

  4. Must be a few old Hi-Fi buffs amongst the readership then? Even though I sold my vintage Hifi gear and most of my vinyl collection a couple of years ago, I did keep the headphones, which were by far the youngest item in that chain of components anyway: Beyer DT 440’s from about 1983. I still use them for listening to TV programs such as Formula 1, which is almost always broadcast late at night owing to time differences.They are a ‘semi-open’ design, comfortable with great sound. I was surprised to discover Beyer still make the ear cushions for them which is great aftermarket service!

  5. Even though I find earbuds convenient I always have my Sennheiser HD580s handy when I’m on the couch. For late night listening with excellent fidelity they’re hard to beat. Great bang for the buck. The only issue I have with mine is that the foam pads in the headband have collapsed after all these years.

    I also have the Sennheiser DSP Pro portable surround sound processor. Great way to get surround sound with your headphones.

    1. Sennheiser is renowned for their headphones. You can’t go wrong there at all. I don’t know those specific headphones, but Sennheiser was known for electrostatic drivers that had extraordinary response times for fine detail. the flip side was that they could be tricky to amplify because the impedance of the drivers was all over the map. So, in the old days if you had Sennheiser headphones you needed a very good amplifier for clean sound thus doubling the ‘high price’ hit if you used them. The Grado Labs SR60 were the low-priced gold standard for years and still have a strong following. I really like them.

  6. Is this viral marketing? Is your next post gonna be you bought the monster cable/Beats by Dre 300 bucks capiola middle class kids make their nervous middle class parents buy so the whole family can feel safe?

    The Marchal headphones look nice and everyone that is not an audiophile and cant afford a Volkswagen like this should get one since it’s 1/3 of the the price Monster Cable and Dr Dre does to non audiophiles

    1. But if they dont cost a fortune and ROCK it doesn’t matter what audiophiles think. Audiophilia is partly about not buying crap audio for three times i’ts worth.

  7. The beer’ed up Audiophile in me got a bit to aggressive there. Sorry for being more aggressive then necessarily . Personally i think Sony makes the best value half closed headphones. When it comes to plugs nothing rocks like a pair of expensive Ultimate Ears-monitors . The fact that Logitech bought them and put them under it’s brand is not necessarily a bad thing, but it sure has majorly hurt their audiophile coolness. But i learned the most fruitless mission possible is to try make someone else understand how and why something sounds good in MY head.