The Marshall Major III Voice Bluetooth headphones have been sitting on my ears for hours a day for the last few weeks. I fondly think of Marshall as a company which produced guitar amps, but the British based company offers so much more in its massive range of audio gear including wireless headphones, bluetooth speakers, eye-wear and even craft beer.
Its latest bluetooth headphones have added voice features and double the battery performance of the Major III.
Marshall is one of those famous brands that for me ooze style and retro looks. The Major III Voice stand out in a world full of sleek and modern designs thanks to its black, soft leather finish, square ear cups with rounded corners and the classic Marshall logo in white on the left and right cup.
The multi-functional brass metal power button can skip and pause tracks and volume up/ down.
The hinge/ pivot points where the ear cups fold into the headband are also made of brass and add to the overall design aesthetic.
This makes the Major III Voice fold into a small compact size, but also acts to protect the headphones. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a soft cover or case to hold them in.
One of its biggest selling features is 60 hours of battery life. That’s just bonkers. In truth, I was able to get more than the advertised amount of time from a single charge.
It would have been nice if the charging port was USB-C rather than micro USB, but a full charge only takes three hours and then you’re good to go again for another 60 hours.
I didn’t have any problems with video being out of sync with audio when watching movies or YouTube videos. The extra bass and wide stereo sound-stage made watching action movies more immersive and dialogue sounds natural and central.
Despite the gorgeous retro looks, the Major III Voice packs some serious tech including the most useful implementation of the Google Assistant I’ve even seen on headphones.
To access it you press and hold the black button on the right ear cup. You can request songs, playlists, artists, and albums, plus listen to podcasts, radio and news. In addition to music playback, a single press of the button makes the assistant tell you the time and read out any recent messages you’ve received.
Being on ear headphones, ambient noise isolation isn’t great. That’s to be expected and recommended if you like to wear headphones while you walk through busy streets where it’s important to your safety. Also, these look much better than bigger bulkier over ear headphones.
There’s excellent adjustability to ensure the cans sit flush with your ears. It’s a solid fit and although I found them a little tight, most of the people I asked found them comfortable and light to wear.
The headphones come with a 3.5mm headphone lead with inline playback controls. One neat trick is that you plug a second set of headphones into the 3.5mm jack on the Major III Voice and listen to the same content.
Bluetooth is very solid and during my long time of testing I never had any connection issues.
There is support for AptX and ACC for higher fidelity and lower latency streaming, assuming your device supports it.
Sound is always a subjective thing and I usually prefer a flat response from audio, so that it stays true to the original content.
The Major III Voice produce a strong bass that is ideal for rock. However, I listened to a vast variety of music genres and grew to appreciate the tone and bass response from these headphones.
When you listen to a track with lots of bass it manages to control the power throughout.
However, when you listen to something more mellow that doesn’t have a lot of bass, it can reproduce all the subtle nuances with clear vocals.
The Marshall Major III Voice are my favourite on-ear headphones of 2019 but they’re not perfect. USB-C fast charging would have been nice, they pinched my ears a little and there’s no NFC for faster pairing.
I also wished Marshall had a companion app that allowed you to control bass, mids and highs.
Marshall Major III Voice offers class leading battery life, they’re powerful with excellent sound quality. The build quality is robust and they look fantastic.
Available from www.marshallheadphones.com €169