Monitors take Bluetooth Over-ear headphones to a new level.
I really appreciate quality over-ear headphones. I want them to be comfortable as well as have a solid quality sound. A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to try out the Marshall Monitors, which was a wired over-ear headphone. It was truly a quality product right down to its seams, but my one complaint was that they weren’t wireless. So, I was thrilled beyond belief when Marshall released the Bluetooth version of the Monitors.
The Marshall Monitor Bluetooth Wireless Over-Ear Headphone have a lot to provide users. Aside from their classy look (black vinyl, brass accents, and the embossed Marshall script), they are a high-quality set of headphones with a lot of features packed into their premium exterior.
- 30+ hour battery life (rechargeable via Micro USB)
- Bluetooth aptX – provides exceptional audio quality and up to 30 feet of range
- Hi-Fi Sound – perfectly balanced clarity and bass along with over-ear noise isolation
- Music sharing through the 3.5mm headphone jack (cable included)
- 40 mm dynamic drivers
- Frequency response 20Hz-20kHz
- Impedance 28Ω
- Sensitivity 92db SPL
- Removable magnetic ear cushion pads
As their name suggests, the Monitors are designed to allow musicians to monitor their music mixes. Marshall really did a supreme job of creating a set of headphones that are not only comfortable but also of professional quality. Because they are ‘over-ear’ headphones, the Monitors do a good job of isolating sound playing through the cans, but they are not noise-cancelling headphones. At one point when I was testing out the headphones, I was in the same room where a television was. My family was watching a television program with the surround sound turned on. I slipped on the Monitors and found that I could hear my music clearing above the television, but I could still hear the outside noises. It came across sort of like Charlie Brown adults though (waaa…waaa…waaa).
The Monitor Bluetooth headphones are designed to be portable and as such, they fold up neatly into themselves. The headphones are actually shipped in that state and have a few accessories along with it including — 3.5MM cord and Micro USB Charging Cable, carrying pouch, and a user manual. I like the canvas carrying pouch, but do wish that with this premium of a product that a hard shell case would be provided. Third party cases can be found online, but I usually like it when headphones come packaged with a case specific to them instead of using a generic one.
The sound quality is gorgeous. I listened to several types of music (all through streaming services) and found that each style came through clear and crisp with dynamic bass. After listening to music through the Monitors, I can see how a musician would want these cans to review recorded tracks. You can hear each instrument and vocal with powerful precision. One of my favorite tracks right now is Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake. He has a knack for mixing real instruments with a variety of vocals. This particular track has a strong snare drum beat along with a hip-hop style bass line. The rhythm really drives the piece and you can hear each instrument individually and truly appreciate the composure of the music track.
In addition to listening to music, I decided to also pull up a movie on Netflix. I chose to go with Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. I was always impressed with the sound mix in the movie. There is a rich soundtrack, dynamic voices with the strong cast, and a wide range of sound effects. The sound editors really did a fabulous job of blending all of the above to create another character for the movie. I found when using the Monitors to watch the film that I had a similar experience as I did with the music. Even though all the sound pieces form a cohesive whole for the movie, I could hear each part with new life using the monitors. I was especially impressed with how well I could hear the voice track. Sometimes that gets muddied when there are so many other parts of a sound mix and headphones don’t always pull out the voices well. The Monitors do a fabulous job of dealing with the entire mix.
The controls on the headphones are done entirely through the control stick/knob on the left earpiece. I do love the tactile nature of it. A lot of headphones are switching over to touch controls, which are great, but sometimes not as accurate as a tactile button. The Marshall Monitor Bluetooth Wireless Over-ear Headphones provide quality sound with a premium package. For a retail price of $250, they are in-line with other premium wireless headphone options.
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