Have you tried using wireless headphones? For a long time, it was not an alternative to wired ones. The connection was bad, and the battery life is not worth the purchase. In recent years though, the technology and hardware got better to the point that battery life gets past 10+ hours! Marshall Headphones just took the great parts of the Major II and added that great technology and battery life. This is my Marshall Headphones Major II Bluetooth review.
Design and Hardware
The Major II Bluetooth maintains a similar design to the wired Major II headphones. They actually weigh similar as well (202g compared to 172g for the wired Major II). The main difference between the both of them is the presence of a button and a movable knob on the ear cups.
The right ear cup has the power button, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microUSB port for charging.
The left ear cup has a movable knob that acts as a button and a microphone for calls. The movable knob can be used to accept calls and control music playback.
I find the chrome finish on the knob pointless. It faded away after I got the headphones wet. In fairness, the silver finish that it has now holds up well.
The ear cups themselves are really comfortable. They really sit well on my ears. It really depends on your ear size though. I don’t have huge ears though, so most normal-sized ones will do well with the Major II Bluetooth.
The headband’s actually more comfortable than the Pitch Black wired Major IIs (my previous headphones). It has a certain fluff to it. (It also doesn’t help that I had the wired ones for 2 years! Haha.)
The one thing that still worries me is the hinges on these headphones though. The hinges on my wired Major IIs broke within a year! It’s something I didn’t expect from a P4,900 pair of headphones! I don’t know if the hinges on the Major II Bluetooth are better though. I’ve had these for around 4 months and nothing happened so far. I just hope I don’t end up jinxing them! ?
These headphones have Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX technology which means devices that support aptX will get better sound than normal Bluetooth. Sadly, the iPhone 7 isn’t one of those devices. Despite that fact, I noticed an increase in sound volume while using it through Bluetooth! I found out that using it wirelessly is better than using it with the included 3.5mm auxiliary cable. No matter what music service I use, Bluetooth playback really sounds better.
Sometimes the signal gets choppy, especially when another Bluetooth device is nearby. It isn’t a dealbreaker, but you want to take note of that.
On to one of the most important things in wireless headphones: battery life. It really shocked me when I first saw the box when it said that it lasts up to 30 hours! I didn’t want to believe it at first since it sounded impossible. Well, the Marshall Headphones Major II Bluetooth proved me wrong.
On heavy use, I typically can go through a weekend with a single charge! I usually take around 3-4 hours per heavy use. If I go a little lighter, it can last for a week and a half! These really impressed me in that department! I was also happy that the other headphones in their lineup: the Mid Bluetooth and the Monitor Bluetooth both have the same 30 hour battery life! I haven’t tried either of those but based on my experience with the Major II Bluetooth, I lean more to believing that.
I like how the Major II Bluetooth sounds. It doesn’t make the bass drown out the rest of the music. The sound is actually more balanced than most cheap headphones.
I wouldn’t compare these to Bose or other high-end headphones though since these don’t have noise cancellation. For P6,500, you really do get your money’s worth with these though.
Besides my worries about the hinges and the usual Bluetooth hiccups, the Marshall Headphones Major II Bluetooth ticks all the boxes of a good pair of wireless headphones. It’s easily one of the best in class in its price range and has the best battery life for its price. Go get one at Digital Walker stores here in the Philippines or buy it through Lazada!
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