Marshall Major IV review: Like a well-tuned guitar

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Marshall is known for providing musicians and music enthusiasts with superior audio devices that deliver unparalleled sound quality. Take that audio engineering magic and pack it into a compact, personal device, and you get the P8,690 Marshall Major IV. 

Timeless design and engineering

One of the most noteworthy things about the Marshall Major IV is the elegance of its overall build. The chic black body accented by the classic white Marshall logo gives the Major IV a sophisticated vibe, while at the same time radiating a sense of ruggedness through its use of leather, as well as the exposed metal frame and wires.

The design isn’t all show and no go. 

The materials used in the Major IV are top-notch in terms of comfort. The earpads are soft to the touch, and the adjustable frame contours to the head without the feeling of being pressed too hard on the ears. The icing on the cake is the leather material used. Unlike other headphones, the Marshall Major IV doesn’t cause itchiness and doesn’t feel warm even after long hours of use.

The layout is also well-thought of. Control and connectivity are both placed at the right hand side of the headphones, which is handy when using the headphones with cables. What’s surprising is that even if it’s all on one side, you can still use the multi-directional knob without worrying about anything blocking your thumb’s movement when the headphones are plugged. 

Sweet, smooth sounds

“Clear” is a bit of an understatement when describing the quality of sound that comes out of the Major IV. It’s actually more akin to wearing a portable recording studio (if there’s such a thing). The bass, while thick and audible, is subtle enough not to overpower the playback with deep tones. It also has a very responsive tuning when it comes to its midtones and trebles. It’s able to adjust itself well enough so that higher tones don’t come out too sharp, which helps in lessening the risk of an unwanted change in modulation.

More than music playback, those qualities work great for gaming as well. The bass helps to isolate sounds from the in-game environment like footsteps and gunshots. Meanwhile, the trebles can help gauge the distance of activity from the player.

On top of audio playback, the Major IV also has a pretty decent built-in microphone that condenses the voice well enough so that conversations are clear. However, it doesn’t suppress background noises that well to completely devoid a call or recording of any nuisance.

Hours of non-stop jamming

If you want hours of wireless listening without having to worry about getting cut off, the Major IV has more than got you covered. The 80+ hours of use is underselling itself because with moderate use, the device could last for an entire week. As of this writing, it’s been a week since I started using the Marshall Major IV as part of my daily routine, and to be honest I have yet to experience charging it because its battery is still just a hair under 80%. 

The endurance of its battery plus the promise of a full charge in just three hours guarantee long hours of listening beyond one could expect, especially for casual users.

Speed says

With the Marshall Major IV, you’d get more than what you pay for with its ergonomic design and timeless aesthetic. However, what makes this headphone stand out in my book are the incredible sound quality and battery life.

Having a device that’s able to accentuate the natural sound of your audio means that you’re safe from unwanted, overbearing spikes in volume of tones that could potentially damage your hearing. That, plus the amazingly long battery life, makes for a worthy investment that lets you enjoy music in the most comfortable and worry-free way possible.

Marshall Major IV specs

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Driver Sensitivity: 90db
  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Drivers: 40mm
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Playtime: 80+ hours
  • Charging: 3 hours full charge
  • Wireless Charging: Yes
  • Microphone/ Remote: Yes
  • Control Knob: Yes
  • Bluetooth: 5.0
  • Bluetooth Range: 10m
  • Weight: 165g
  • Colorways: Black
  • Price: P8,690
Words and photos Ant Sierra

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