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Easily one of the of the most gorgeous headphones I’ve ever laid eyes (and ears) on is the Marshall Major headphones in white.

Marshall Major Headphones in White

When it comes to gadgets, I usually choose white (even Andvari, my old Palm Phone, is white) despite the obvious that every dirt, dust and grime to touch it will definitely reflect and you can easily tell it’s not in a pristine condition.  Still, isn’t this is just a beauty?  It looks classy and expensive to boot.  You feel like a real audiophile wearing it (which makes me a poser, haha).

Here’s a quick review of this baby:

Style

One look and we’ve basically established that this set of headphones is high up on the style scale.  It’s definitely eye-catching in white and gold.  They’re not too bulky for serious headphones and the design is more classic than old-school.  I even like the packaging, with its no-nonsense brown box with the visuals, descriptions and technical information in white.

The head cushion is a dark brown with a gold script of “Jim Marshall OBE”.

Note: Jim Marshall, The Father of Loud, is the pioneer of guitar amplification.  He died just last month, April 2012 (and I think I had these headphones just last March).

Marshall Headphones in White

Marshall Headphones in White

Marshall Headphones in White

Comfort

These are definitely comfortable.  I do notice, however, that if you have them for hours (say you’re sleeping during a road trip), they will ache.  But it’s not too uncomfortable and it goes away after readjusting the headphones.  It covers the top of my ears, but not around them which is just the way I like it because I don’t usually like noise-cancelling features especially when I’m outside and I need to be alert on the streets.

Because I imagine that this is more suited to wearing while you’re on the street, the length of the cord is just perfect.  It doesn’t get all tangled up easily and they seem quite sturdy (I should know, since I go through earphones and headphones quite often).  I always like it better when the cord is coiled halfway.  The headphones are also foldable, which is convenient for storing in your bag when it’s not in use.  I suggest keeping it in a pouch of some sort, to keep it clean from the rest of the items in your bag.

 

Function

I know it’s a major brand name, but I think at P4650 it’s reasonable.  The sounds are excellent and while you may say that you can get the same quality for less, you’d be hard-pressed to find a pair as well-designed as this one (and come on, they’re Marshall headphones).  The vocals are crisp, so are the riffs.  You get a lot of detail on treble and bass.  The low frequencies are decent, if not comparably good among other similar cans, and the mid-frequencies are even better.  You can definitely expect to enjoy a pretty varied playlist, it’s not just for metal, hip-hop or RnB.

There’s also an inline mic with a control button in the cord.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to test this one out, only once, while playing Left4Dead 2, and I’m not sure it worked.  But overall, I am quite happy with these headphones!  Style and quality are excellent.

For more technical details, see the photos below.

Marshall Headphones in White

Marshall Headphones in White

Marshall Headphones in White

Marshall Headphones in White

Marshall Headphones in White

Marshall Headphones in White

I was also fortunate enough to try this gorgeous headphones’ smaller and more compact version, the Marshall Minor in white.  So here’s another quick review of it:

Style

To begin with, Marshall Minor sounds as good as it looks.

The Minor is an advanced and hard working in-ear model. In addition to its good looks it incorporates quite a few exciting features. EarClick is a patent that ingeniously secures the earphone into position in your ear. The Minor comes equipped with microphone and remote for use with your cell phone. Combined with excellent audio and a tangle resistant fabric cord the Minor is in it for the long haul.

I must say this was my favorite for a while, because my phone is a Samsung Galaxy P1000 (which I lovingly call Pepper Potts) and I always need something handy like a Bluetooth headset or earphones to use.  It doesn’t get tangled up as much as my other cheapo earphones (or at least, it’s much easier to detangle).  My only problem so far with it is that, while gorgeous in white and gold, of course it gets quite dirtied in my bag.

Marshall Minor headphones

Comfort

No trouble here.  They clip easily onto your ears and don’t really hurt until maybe you fall asleep wearing them for hours.  The length of the cord is just right, at least for me, since I always listen to music from my phone and stick it inside my huge bag (so yes I need that long cord).  While many people find it unusual that you just clip them on instead of pushing the headphones closer to your ear, I was quite happy with it.  To some, it may feel like it’s not secure or that it’s falling off, but I have tried jogging with these and I’ve never had that problem.  They rest quite comfortably in my ears with EarClick.

Marshall Minor headphones

Marshall Minor headphones

Marshall Minor headphones

Function

These compact headphones are priced P2950, which, while pricier than usual, is quite reasonable for Marshall standards.  The sound quality is nothing to scoff at, either.  I find it to be pretty much like the Marshall Major, except that it’s more compact, and understandably, I have to content with more external noise when I’m listening to music since it doesn’t cup around my ears.  I also like that it has a cable clip.

The Marshall headphones come with several adaptors, neutral plugs and some extra EarClicks.

Marhsall is available at the following stores:

Astrovision
Beyond the Box
Complex
Digital Hub
E-Central
EDS
Egghead
Gadgets in Style
Gui
iCenter
iStore
iStudio
Listen Up
Listening Room
Mobile 1
PC Hub
Power Mac Center
SKT Digital
Spectra
Switch
Technoholics
Urban Athletics

 

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