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Marshall Monitor Bluetooth Headphones - Black

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I don't have M4U 2s (loaned my pair to another reviewer, and I can't remember who) but they are notoriously un-durable. They don't get daily use, but I do use them often as a reference and for recording, and they are starting to make random creaking sounds, so they've gone off the "duty roster.

It’s not heavy at 320 grams, but it’s also not nearly as light as something like the Bose QC35 II, which weighs in at 235 grams. They’re an over-the-ear design that employs 40mm drivers and can be connected to your phone wirelessly via Bluetooth or the provided 3.

The noise cancelation on offer here isn’t the best we’ve ever experienced, but it’s still pretty good. I’d still say it sounded a bit pumped-up, but in a way that made the sound more exciting while retaining a natural-sounding tonal balance. Using the Voice Memos app on an iPhone 6s, both mics allowed us to understand every word we recorded, but the wired mic was far clearer, with fewer audio artifacts than the built-in one. This headset has vastly better noise canceling and connects over SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, or aptX Adaptive codecs, or a 3. In Fleet Foxes’ Meadowlarks, gently-plucked guitar has plenty of detail, while sumptuously smooth folk vocals erupt into dissonant harmony.

We didn’t experience any annoying dropouts, though we did struggle to connect to our laptop in a very high traffic area – that’s not an issue unique to Marshall’s headphones, though. My experience using the Monitor II ANC headphones in my daily life is on par with some of the best headsets on the market. We don’t hear a huge amount of difference between the latter and the Marshall preset, aside from a little more emphasis on the mid-range perhaps. Of course, it does come with a pretty nice fabric carrying pouch so if you really want to avoid it getting scratched up at all I’d recommend tossing it in the bag before packing it.More frustrating than this, though, was the pressure on the temples that appeared without fail after a few hours of wear. The fact that the coating on the Monitor headphones isn’t real leather might be a positive for those uncomfortable with the use of animal products, but the rubber and plastic alternative that’s used doesn’t look or feel particularly premium. I was surprised to find that the same Custom preset I used for the James Taylor recording worked beautifully for a string quartet. Advanced active noise cancelling technology continually pinpoints and blocks external sound, so you can focus on what matters most; the music.

If you want a rocking alternative to the Sony WH-1000XM3, the Marshall Monitor II ANCs are a great option. We found the Marshall Monitor II ANCs to be really comfortable, thanks to their soft ear cups and well-padded headband; they’re not too heavy and don’t clamp around your ears too tightly, like some of Marshall’s on-ear headphones. Another annoyance is that despite the fact that it looks great, the cable that you use to connect your phone when the headphones run out of battery doesn't have volume control. Power, volume, versatility, comfortability - there really are few headphones that can match the genuine brilliance of the Marshall Monitor IIs - and its really no wonder.Since its foundation in 1962, the long-established English company Marshall have been committed to high-quality and robust stage equipment with a timeless design, their latest closed Bluetooth headphones Monitor II A. Codec support is limited to SBC only (that doesn’t hold back Bose) but you do get voice assistant support and there’s an accompanying mobile app so you can tweak the settings via your phone. On the bright side, this is fixed somewhat by switching to a different EQ profile in the app, but for the purposes of the review I left everything on the “Marshall” sound profile which is turned on by default.

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