The Marshalls headphones and the Marshall earphones and earbuds are produced by the Marshall Amplification Company, which was started in 1963 in Hanwell, London by a musician named Jim Marshall. His company started by making a new kind of electronic amplifier which produced much more amp gain than the conventional amplifiers which were available at the time. Production of amplifiers began on an industrial scale in 1965 with conventional vacuum tube circuits.
Over the following years many variations of the original amplifiers were made. Eventually, about 1982, some new amplifiers were produced with transistor circuits, allowing for more portable and more compact units.
By about 2010 the Marshall company got the idea to produce a compact unit so small that anyone could take Marshall amplification anywhere in the form of a set of headphones. By the next year the idea was taken one step farther to produce an even more compact unit in the form of a set of earphones small enough to carry in a shirt pocket, with features like on-cable microphones and remotes for use with cell phones and mobile devices. Although headphones and earbuds are not the highest priority of the company, they are among the best selling DJ headphones sold by Amazon.
Marshall Major Headphones have several variations which are sold on Amazon. Each variation has different features and a different price. Sometimes the only feature that is different is the color, but even then the price may be a bit different. The most expensive costs about $200, and the cheapest costs about $64 on Amazon. Listed below are the most important varieties.
Marshall Major Headphones (Black) was probably the first variety that came out in late 2010, and it was the most popular and best selling until the Marshalls Monitor Headphones came out in May of 2013. These sell for about $67 dollars on Amazon, and they earn a rating of 3.6 stars out of 5 in Amazon reviews. They have an on-cable microphone and 1-button remote to use with cell phones. They are black in color, except for the Marshalls logo printed on the earcups in white. They get a frequency range of 20 hertz – 20,000 hertz with an impedance of 32 ohms and a rated power input power of 15 ohms. The fixed connecting cord has a length of coiled cable and is about 4 feet long. When needed, the cord stretches to give additional length. Soft, superaural ear cushions give fairly good sound isolation. The headphones have a collapsable design which folds into a very small, compact unit for easy portability and storage. These feature a 1-button remote and microphone on the cable for use with cell phones and MP3 players, but the remote has no volume control.
Marshall Major Brown Headphones costs about $ 81 on Amazon, which is a discount of about $ 40 off of the list price. Amazon reviews give it a perfect score of 5 stars out of 5, but there have only ben a few reviews written about this product. Actually, the only features that are different from the original variety are the color. They also have the on-cord microphone with a 1-button remote to use with MP3 players and cell phones. The cable is a 4-foot fixed, single-side entry cord with a length of stretching coil. Frequency response range is 20 hertz – 20,000 hertz. Impedance is 32 ohms. Sensitivity is 98.8 dB SPL (Sound Pressure Level). Rated sustained input power level is 15 mW, but maximum input power can go as high as 20 mW. Soft foam ear cushions and close-back ear cups give some noise isolation.
Marshall Major On-Ear Headphones Pitch Black is essentially the same as the Brown variety and the original Black variety of the Marshall Major, except for the color. These headphones are black everywhere, including the Marshall logo on the back of each ear cup. They cost about $65 dollars on Amazon (a discount of about $70 off the list price), and Amazon reviews give them a score of about 4.4 stars out of 5 for customer satisfaction. They also feature a 4-foot connecting cable with a length of stretching coil and an in-line remote and microphone to use with cell phones and mobile listening devices like MP3 players. Frequency response range is 20 hertz – 20,000 hertz. Impedance is 32 ohms. Sensitivity is 98.9 dB SPL. Closed-back ear cups and soft foam ear cushions provide a fair level of sound isolation.
Marshall Major Headphones White with Microphones is very much like the Marshall Major Headphones (Black) and has almost the same price. It costs about $ 68 on Amazon, which is a discount of about $ 67 off the the list price. Reviewers on Amazon give it a grade of 4.5 stars out of 5 for customer satisfaction. Like the others, this has a 4-foot cable with a length of stretching coil and an on cord microphone and 1-button remote to use with MP3 players and cell phones, but it does not have volume control. Range of the frequency is 20 – 20,00 hertz with a rated input power of 15 mW and a maximum input power of 20 mW. Impedance is 32 ohms with a sensitivity of 121 dB SPL (Sound Pressure Level). Soft, foam, superaural ear cushions with closed-back ear cups give a measure of sound isolation.
Marshall Audio Major On-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic and Remote for iPhone Black is practically identical to the Marshall Men’s Major FX Headphones, (Black,) One Size. Perhaps the only difference is that is that the Audio Major is more optimized for use with iPhone and Apple products. Both earn about the same same score of 4.2 stars out of 5 for customer satisfaction in Amazon reviews. Marshall Audio costs about $ 86 on Amazon, while the Marshall FX costs only about $ 76 (a discount of about $54 dollars off the list price). The FX Major has a microphone and 3-button remote which includes volume control and is compatible with most Smartphones. The Audio Major has a microphone with a 1-button remote that does not include a volume control. Both have soft foam ear cushions on closed-back ear cups that provide some sound isolation. Both have a frequency range of 20 hertz to 20,000 hertz, a rated power of 15 mW, and an impedance of 32 ohms.
Marshall Headphones Major FX White costs about $100 on Amazon, and earns a perfect score of 5 stars out of 5 in Amazon reviews. The difference is that the Major FX White uses a microphone with a 3-button remote instead of a 1-button remote like the one that the Marshall Major White has. The 3-button remote is handy to use with cell phones and MP3 players because it allows the user to control the volume of the headphones. Besides the remotes, these two varieties are pretty well the same. Both have a frequency response range of 20 hertz to 20,000 hertz with an impedance of 32 ohms and a rated input power of 15 mW. The 4-foot cable has a length of stretching coil to add a bit of extra distance when needed. Closed-back ear cups with soft, superaural foam ear cushions give noise isolation from outside sound, as well as a comfortable fit
Marshall Monitor Headphones came out in May of 2013 and have now become the most popular and best selling variety of all Marshall headphones. They cost about $124 on Amazon and earn a score of 4.6 stars out of 5 among reviewers. Marshalls monitor headphones have several new features and improved specifications that were not available in the earliest models. They have an impedance of 42 ohms and a frequency range of 10 hertz – 20,000, which is a lot more bass than in any of the Marshall Major varieties. These have a detachable connecting cable which plugs into the left ear cup so that, in case the cable should be damaged, it can be replaced without the need to throw away the whole expensive headset. The cable has an on-cord microphone and a 1-button remote for use with portable devices like cell phones and MP3 players.
Marshall minor earbuds are a small, compact version of Marshalls sound equipment. There are about 7 different varieties available. Each variety has different features and different prices. Prices range from about $40 to about $80. They use a unique “ear click” system to anchor the Marshall earbuds into the ears. Pairs of small, medium, large and extra large click-in ear tips are provided to fit any size of ear. Marshall minor earphones are styled to look like the volume knobs on Marshalls amplifiers. Unfortunately, Marshall Minors have no sound isolation. Some of the most popular varieties are described below.
Marshall Minor Earphones is the original model which first appeared in 2010. They cost about $41 on Amazon, and they get a score of about 3.6 stars out of 5 in Amazon reviews. They are black in color with a gold trim which includes the Marshall logo. The 4-foot connecting cables are covered with a tangle-resistant fabric, and they connect with a standard 1/8 inch jack plug. These earphones come with a handy on-cable microphone and 1-button remote to use with mobile devices like cell phones and MP3 players. The 1-button remote has no volume control has no volume control. Frequency range is 20 hertz – 20,000 with an impedance of 32 ohms and a rated input power of 2 mW. Maximum input power is about 5 mW. Sensitivity is about 91 dB . The ear phones have a light weight of only 3.4 ounces.
Marshall Minor In-ear Headphones pitch BlackMarshall Minor In-ear Headphones Pitch Black works very much like the original Marshal Minor model. The only difference is that it is all dark black with no gold trim except for the logo which cannot be seen when it is being worn in the ear. It costs about $48 on Amazon, and earns a score of 3.7 stars out of five in Amazon reviews. It uses the same 4-foot tangle-resistant, fabric-covered connecting cord. The cable has an in-line microphone with a 1-button remote for use with mobile devices like cell phones and MP3 players. Unfortunately, these earphones have no sound isolation, and the remote has no volume control. The frequency response range reraches from 20 hertz – 20,000 hertz. Rated input power is 2mW, and maximum input power is 5 mW. The weight of this product is 3.4 ounces. The sensitivity is 91 dB SPL (sound pressure level), and impedance is 32 ohms.
Marshall Minor FX Black EarphonesMarshall Minor FX earphones come in two styles. There is the Marshall Men’s Minor FX Headphones – Black, One Size, which costs about $54 on Amazon and gets a score of 3.8 stars out of 5 in Amazon reviews, and there is the Marshall Headphones MINOR FX With Volume Control WHITE – (White) which costs about $65 on Amazon and gets a score of 4.2 stars out of 5 in Amazon reviews. The only real difference between these two varieties is their color. What makes them different from the earlier models is their on-cable remote and microphone. These are 3-button remotes which include volume control, instead of the 1-button remotes of the earlier models with no volume control. The other specifications are the same as in the oritional varieties. Frequency response range is 20 hertz – 20,000. Impedance is 32 Ohms. Maximum input power is 5 mW, and rated input power is 2 mW Product weight is 3.4 ounces. There is no noise isolation.
Marshall Mode earbuds are the newest Marshalls headphones. There are three different varieties available. Marshall Mode In-Ear Headphones, Black and White, One Size cost about $63 on Amazon. Marshall Mode EQ Headphones – Original High-Output Unique Custom Design Earphones with EQ Switch Mic and Remote costs about $89 on Amazon. Marshall Mode EQ In-Ear Headphones, Black and Brass, One Size cost about $154. They all came out in late 2014. Unlike the Marshall Minor varieties, all of these Mode varieties have noise isolation. All have on-cable microphones with 1-button remotes with no volume control. Connecting jack plugs are L-shaped, instead of straight like those of the Marshall Minors and Majors. Specifications are a bit different from those of the Minors. Sensitivity is 99 dB SPL. Impedance is 30 Ohms. Frequency range is still 20 – 20,000 hertz.