If you’ve ever been HAVING IT near the front of a gig, and found your face pressed up against a massive speaker, there’s a very good chance that that speaker was a Marshall.
That’s because bands the world over favour Marshall for… well, for being downright awesome, really.
So when Marshall finally decided to start making headphones, we were understandably excited.
But do they live up to our expectations?
It would be crazy of us to start a review about these headphones with anything other than the appearance. We’ll get to the sound quality and all that shortly, but first, look at ‘em:
Normally, when you start sporting a new pair of cans on your bonce, pals will react like this: “New headphones, eh? Any good?” But, with these, people will react like this: “Cor, they’re pretty bloody snazzy”.
And they are. Just look at them. They look rad. Yeah, we just used the word "rad", what of it? We're wearing snazzy-as-fuck white headphones; we can say "rad" if we want to say "rad". "Rad, rad, rad, rad, rad."
THE MUGGING RISK
They are a bit on the showy side, though, and you'd better be ready for muggers to target you like pigeons circling the Tin Man, but just avoid dark alleys late at night or learn kung fu or something and you'll be fine.
All that RAD style in soft white leather also equals comfort. It's like getting a hug from a particularly attractive albino cow.
We SUPPOSE you want to know what they sound like, right? Well, the answer is: very good. If you're upgrading from the default headphones that come with your mp3 player, you'll notice a helluva difference. Seriously, when you get them, start listening to music using your old buds, quickly swap 'em over for these, and you'll realise everything you were missing. Listening to music with shit headphones is like having Raymond Blanc come round and cook you a delicious roast dinner and then only eating the gravy.
These headphones aren't perfect, though. They don't offer much noise isolation (that thing that blocks out annoying noises like trains or your flatmate whining about the washing up) and we're not down with the curled cord that makes up the middle half of the lead. Sure, it looks authentic in a "Just off to write a guitar song about a dog I once saw on a beach in Koh Samui" kind of way, but it's a bit impractical and basically makes it look a bit like you're carrying around a '90s home phone.
Super serious audiophiles may be better off spending three months' salary on something designed in conjunction with NASA engineers, but for someone who wants something that sounds, feels and looks great, you won't find better for the price.
THE "HOW MUCH ARE THEY AND WHERE CAN I GET SOME?" BIT
They're £100. You can buy them here