Marshall Monitor II ANC headphone review: sound fantastic

I was expecting this review because I am a huge fan of Marshall’s Major IV on-ear headphones. The $ 320 Monitor II ANC (Active Noise Canceling) headphones reviewed here are an over-ear type with more weight and larger drivers than the Major IVs.

The ANC Monitor II’s audio and noise-canceling performance rewarded my anticipation; however, I did not find them particularly comfortable for prolonged listening.

Look and features

Being a musician of a certain era, I love the look of the ANC Marshall Monitor II. They have the fake Tolex that dates back to Marshall amps. However, the tribute is not so notable as to put off users who are not familiar. Basically these are your typical dark headphones with a golden touch in the form of a joystick controller.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best noise-canceling headphones, where you will find reviews of competing offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when purchasing this type of product.
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The Marshall Bluetooth app can be used to adjust the equalizer and other options.

Said four-way button / rocker is a joy (yes, a pun) because it puts all the most common functions (next track, previous track, volume up / down, pair and power) in one place. There is no need to have separate controls and memorize where they are.

However, there are two other buttons, cleverly and strategically placed on the back of the pivot joints for the cups: the ANC on / off and the M button, the latter of which can be configured to cycle through all three. adaptable 5 bands. EQ or activate your phone’s digital assistant.

There’s also a Marshall Bluetooth app, which sadly required me to sign up for access. This is clumsy, Marshall, and clumsy wasn’t really the word I wanted to use. Regardless, it’s a useful app that makes it easy to configure the M button; set the interval for the sleep timer and ANC strength; turn on and off the startup and shutdown sounds; and activate the ANC Monitor mode (that is, amplify outside noise).

I can’t tell you why this last feature is not available via the ANC button. The M button handles three EQ modes, so … It was probably an oversight.

marshall monitor ii anc folded Marshall

Marshall’s Monitor II ANC headphones deliver sound, with and without ANC. If you look closely, you can see the M button on the headset’s pivot joint.

The Monitor II ANC features 40mm drivers and a 32 ohm impedance, so almost any mobile device should be capable of handling them. Bluetooth is 5.0 and there is a microphone to use with your phone. There is a 3.5mm jack on board for wired use, and Marshall provides a cable. Of course, there is a USB-C port for charging and the whole thing is neatly wrapped in a Marshall gig bag. I added the “concert”; Marshall just calls it a carry bag.

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