You haven’t heard music until you use Marshall’s headphones
As a kid, I was a super fan of Marshall. I would stare at the amps at my local guitar store and dream of owning a giant Marshall amp. Needless to say, as a kid I could never afford it but as an adult, I was able to get myself a nice one. Over the years, Marshall has evolved their product offerings to include other styles of speakers like the Acton Bluetooth Speaker and headphones like the Monitor Over-Ear Bluetooth Headphones. When I see the name ‘Marshall’, I immediately associate it with quality. So, when I was presented with the new Mid A.N.C. wireless headphones, I was excited to see what Marshall had developed for active noise canceling headphones.
When I started doing research on these headphones, I found that Marshall actually has a Mid Bluetooth headphone model, too. These headphones retail for around $200 and Marshall describes them as a premium Bluetooth aptX headphone that delivers superior audio and 30+ hours of playtime on a single charge. Marshall has built on that foundation and made improvements with the Mid A.N.C. Since there were two models of headphones that were so closely related, I decided to add in a quick comparison of the headphones’ main features.
|Mid Headphones||Mid A.N.C. Headphones|
|Battery Life||30+ Hours||20 hours (w/ANC),
30+ Bluetooth Only
|Driver||40mm Dynamic||40mm Dynamic|
|Wireless Connectivity||Bluetooth v4.0 aptX||Bluetooth aptX|
|Bluetooth Range||10 meters||10 meters|
|Active Noise Cancelling||No||Yes|
As you can see the main differences between the two headphone models are the weight, battery life, and inclusion of active noise canceling. The Mid A.N.C. headphones are made with premium materials with the iconic Marshall design compete with the brass-plated Marshall logo. They are an on-ear headphone with a microfiber-wrapped headband. The Mid A.N.C. headphones are made to have an ergonomic fit with anodized 3D hinges that will rotate freely. This makes it easy to collapse the headphones for travel. There is a control knob on the right earpiece that allows you to control your music and phone. One special feature of the A.N.C. headphones is the ability to share music with someone else. You can connect the headphones to someone else with the use of the 3.5mm socket.
- Active Noise Cancelling
- Up to 20 hours of playtime: When A.N.C. is engaged, you can achieve up to 20 hours of playtime. If you are using Bluetooth only, you can increase that battery life rating to 30+ hours.
- Bluetooth aptX: This advanced connectivity option gives you superior sound as well as a Bluetooth range of up to 30 feet.
- Custom Drivers: Headphones feature custom-tuned 40mm dynamic drivers for clarity and strong, punchy bass
- Impedance: 32Ω
- Sensitivity: 98 dB SPL with Bluetooth only; 99,3 dB SPL with Bluetooth and ANC
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
When you look at the box you see the Marshall name in white that you can’t miss. The box has plenty of information about the headphones. You will see the headphones in a few photos on the box and once inside you will flip open a cardboard top that has the user manual in it. Next, you are greeted with a super nice leather carrying case with a gold Marshall name embossed on it. In addition to the headphones, case, and user manual, Marshall also included a Micro USB charging cable and an auxiliary cable. You will also find a legal notice and inside the leather carrying case, you will find your Mashall headphones. The inside of the leather case is a red suede material, it’s super fancy looking with EST. 1962 embossed into it. There are a lot of times that I am underwhelmed by unboxing a product. Marshall makes it an experience. I was very impressed by the style of the packaging as well as the presentation inside.
The unboxing process was a very nice experience. I was thrilled to find that Marshall included a premium carrying case because many headphone designers do not. The headphones are comfortable and fit nicely on the ears, but I have to confess that after a long period of time, my ears get quite warm. Aside from that, I didn’t really have any issues with how the headphones fit on my head. The headband cushion is soft and the headphones feel luxurious when you wear them. Set-up of the headphones was easy. They appeared in my Bluetooth menu and they connected a few seconds after I selected them. I have had a good reception with streaming audio to the headphones and not had any issues with connectivity.
I’ve been very impressed with the sound quality of the Mid A.N.C. headphones. I expected greatness with the Marshall name stamped on it, but I didn’t think these would end up being my favorite headphones out of the box. I played a variety of songs and podcasts while testing out the headphones and thought everything sounded fantastic. One thing I need to point out is that I have a set of $400 headphones from a company that is known for designing high-end headphones. I thought the sound I got from them was wonderful but after using the Marshall Mid A.N.C., my “high-end” headphones sound muddy; the bass is washed out. Even though I equate ‘Marshall’ with quality, I didn’t think they would beat out some of the more expensive headphones I own. They have a deep, clear bass sound and superior clarity with any audio they are used for.
A few years ago, I was my grandmother’s primary mode of transportation as she was finishing up treatment for throat and neck cancer. During that time, I was using a set of wired Marshall headphones. They had a great sound, but because they are wired, I couldn’t fully enjoy them because of the cable clutter. The Mid A.N.C. headphones give me that same enjoyable sound without the cables. If you enjoy a high-end look and great sound these are going to fit you well.