Marshall Minor II Bluetooth Earphones Review


The Marshall Minor II are a set of Bluetooth earphones which include a number of interesting features to help them stand out from the rest of the earphones in this class.

Not least of those features is probably the largest single dynamic driver we’ve ever reviewed in a Bluetooth earphone. At 14.2mm it dwarfs the drivers usually found in most earphones so we were interested to find out if Marshall managed to tame all that power!

What’s in the Box

Inside you get a charging cable, some documentation and the earphones themselves. Due to their design, there are no tips required but more on that below.

Design

Marshall Minor II Bluetooth Earphones

The earphones are joined by a wire with the battery/controller sitting just below the right ear. The earphones charge via a Micro USB connection. There’s a small status LED beside the charging port for letting you know what’s going on.

The earphones are a substantial size due to the large driver but Marshall has come up with a design that allows them to easily fit and stay in your ears.

As I mentioned above, the Minor II don’t use tips but rather have a hard plastic funnel for directing sound down your ears. As a result noise isolation isn’t a strong point here but on the positive side, there is no fatigue from having silicon tips pushed into your ear canals.

The joining wire routes through the earphone housing and loops out the top before connecting to the driver. With a gentle push on the wire, you can change the size of the loop. The loop then becomes the mechanism for holding the earphones in and can be adjusted to suit your ears.

Overall it works well and once you find the right size for the loop the earphones stay in place.

The Marshall Minor II come with Bluetooth 5.0 and Qualcomm’s aptX. During our testing, we connected them to several different devices that used both 5.0 and lower revisions of Bluetooth and the connection was flawless at all times.

Battery

The battery is rated for 12 hours of use and it took us a little over 2 hours to charge fully. When paired to a Galaxy S10+ we were getting around 10 hours of usage which is still more than acceptable.

Marshall Minor II Sound

As this is Marshall it’s probably no surprise that they have tuned the earphones to have a live performance feel to them. There is an ambience to the music that makes it feel like the earphones are producing a larger soundstage than they actually are.

Before I listened to the earphones I had an idea in my head what music would and wouldn’t work with such large drivers and for the most part that was realised.

Music such as EDM or Techno with heavy bass lines can be a little overwhelming and it wouldn’t be to my taste but things really come into their own when I started listening to music with instruments and vocals.

When listening to “Nothing Else Matters” from Metallica the acoustic guitars have a lovely clarity that draws you in and there is plenty of punch from drums when they drop. The slightly more open feel to the earphones created a more immersive experience when listening to songs like “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” from Pink Floyd with only the vocals feeling like they were coming from inside your head.

Bass is constantly walking the line between full-on and overpowering but it works for certain genres and there’s certainly some bass heads out there who will love it.

Other Features

The Marshall Minor II have a unique joystick type control knob which moves in multiple directions and can be clicked. It takes a little getting used to at first figuring out where to press or push on it for each desired outcome but it’s straightforward and easy to remember. It allows you to perform ten different actions in total from basically one button and is one of the best solutions I have come across to date for controlling your music.

The earphones also come with a magnetic pause function which as the name suggests stops the music when you remove the earphones and let them magnetically clasp together around your neck.

Conclusion

I enjoyed listening to Rock and Metal among similar other genres during my testing the Marshall Minor II earphones. There’s a lot of power and volume on tap which works for those genres but can be too much for electronic music or anything with really heavy bass.

The earphones are light and easy to wear while still offering great battery life.

We’ve seen the Marshall Minor II online for as a little as €80 and at that price, they are certainly worth checking out if your music tastes line up with what we have pointed out above.

You can find out more about the Marshall Minor II here.

 



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