Marshall's wi-fi headphones rock all night time (and day) lengthy
When will these headphones die? That is what I am considering two days after switching on Marshall’s $one hundred fifty wi-fi Main II. The field clearly states “30 hours of playback,” however it’s a humble fib. It breezed previous the 30-hour mark, nicely, hours in the past. If it carries on for much longer, it’s going to attain a second night time, and doubtless run out whereas I sleep. Then I am going to by no means understand how lengthy they lasted. Until … certainly … it will not nonetheless be enjoying once I get up once more? I can not danger the not figuring out, so I flip them off and pause the timer. I am going to resume this showdown within the morning.
The next day, the Main II lastly provides in. Begrudgingly it begins the acquainted “dying beeps” — a sound any Bluetooth headphone consumer might be acquainted with — and the music lastly stops. In the long run, the Main II’s 680mAh battery logged a complete of 37 hours at excessive quantity. That is about 3 times what you’d anticipate from most Bluetooth headphones. It even shames present longevous merchandise like Plantronics’ BackBeat Professional (24 hours/$one hundred seventy) and Sennheiser’s wi-fi Momentum On-Ear (25 hours/$four hundred).
The bizarre factor is simply how needlessly small the declare concerning the battery life on the field is. So, when evaluating headphones, you may discover that you aren’t getting options like lively noise cancellation that the equally priced Plantronics provides. Or the construct high quality that Sennheiser provides, whereas lacking Marshall’s most blatant benefit.
Let’s additionally speak about how loud the Main II wi-fi are. Very. Surprisingly loud for Bluetooth headphones. At one level, a colleague and I had them set on the desk enjoying out loud. I used to be involved the neighbors may get irritated. There are only a few occasions I’ve thought, “Crap, these are too loud,” however I almost (almost) did with these. After at the very least 20 years of listening to rowdy techno and, nicely, clearly getting older, I am within the behavior of mashing the quantity button upward. With the Main II, I typically discovered myself with a notch or two nonetheless to go. This makes the battery life probably even longer in case your youthful, much less battered ears take pleasure in a average quantity.
Battery life is not every little thing, although, proper? That’d be like shopping for a automotive based mostly purely on its MPG (and that is properly into “Dad” territory). You are too cool for that. Additionally, who cares about 37 hours of music if it sounds crappy? We already established that the Main II is loud, nevertheless it additionally delivers a surprisingly full-bodied sound for the worth level. It is predictably just a little bass heavy, however that fits my choice and music-listening decisions.
It is also not probably the most spacious-sounding headphone (mids and highs can sound clear, however “shut” to one another). That is pretty typical of shopper/branded headphones at this worth, although. With Marshall’s headphones extra possible discovered on the cabinets of City Outfitters than at a devoted audio retailer, it is clear the corporate goes after the Excessive Road head bopper, not the hello-fi pundit.
As with all of Marshall’s different shopper merchandise, there are good design particulars, just like the trademark leather-based-look ear cups and the brass-impact management button. However general, it isn’t a weighty or substantial-feeling headphone. It feels somewhat mild and unfastened, virtually flimsy. By that I imply you get, relying in your style, a trendy, reasonably priced design, however with plastic and polyurethane as an alternative of mahogany and ostrich leather-based. The flip aspect to that is that you will have no qualms throwing them in your backpack to jostle round with the remainder of your possessions.
There’s an sudden aspect impact to the great battery life, too. There’s all the time a component of Russian roulette with any pair of Bluetooth headphones: Will they run out on this practice experience or will not they? Whenever you’re coping with a typical eight- or 10-hour battery life, that is considerably simpler to handle (it is simpler to recollect what number of hours you’ve got used them). With this longer endurance, although, you may properly do not know how a lot juice is left. So your odds of operating out of fuel mid-commute might weirdly be larger.
A much bigger battery additionally means an extended charging time (about an hour). However hey, there are worse issues to have, proper? (To not point out there is a three.5mm cable within the field to make them work as common headphones.) All informed, the long term time, substantial sound and $one hundred fifty worth level imply these will discover favor with the “go onerous or go residence” crowd. Or, like me, desk jockeys who’re a part of that gang solely in spirit.
The Main II is launching first in Europe, obtainable on-line and in choose shops in Germany, France and the UK. It should additionally see a US launch within the subsequent few weeks.