Marshall amps were somewhat a staple in my life. The distinct look of black and gold with the signature cursive of the brand stood out in my brother’s gigs in the ’90s and when I took a stab at the indy music scene more than a decade ago. Unfortunately, it’s only now that I’ve actually been able to try out their headphones with the Marshall Major IV. The newest iteration of the wireless headphones promises amazing battery life and several updates but keeping true to the signature sound that they’re known for.
Packaging and Contents
In terms of packaging, Marshall also has a signature to look to their boxes that hasn’t changed much. You got all the pertinent information up in front with the photo of the Major IVs and its other key features on the back.
Inside the box, you’ll find the headphones, some documentation, a USB-C cable, and the 3.5mm headphone cable.
The Marshall Major IV looks nearly identical to the previous iteration of the brand’s wireless headphones. The shape of the earpieces is the same and the band is indistinguishable from the Major III but the finer details give it away.
The Major IV no longer has the leather-like texture on the earcups — most likely to help with wireless charging, which is now a thing on these headphones — and those gold touches on the hinge of the headband have removed altogether. These little touches do take away from the general aesthetic of the brand that we’ve come to know and love but it’s nothing we can’t get used to.
One change, however, I tremendously appreciate is that the control knob on these has been enlarged just enough to make it easier to find and fiddle with; especially for someone like me who has pretty big digits.
Another quality of life improvement on the Major IV is that we’re finally getting a USB-C port for charging the device so that’s one less cable to worry about since it is pretty much the norm for smartphones; even those in the budget segment.
The 3.5mm audio jack on the right earcup also serves as an additional output so if you want to share your tunes while you get cozy with your loved one, all you have to do is plug in your wired cans.
Super Comfy But Mind the Sweaty Ears
Now, truth be told, I am not a huge fan of on-ear headphones and prefer the over-ear ones variety since I find them more comfortable. These may have changed my mind about that. The cushioning on these is just the right mix of soft and firm to make it easier to wear for a long period of time. Although, it does get a bit warm and I can imagine how sweaty they might get when the summer starts to creep in.
The clamping force on the headband isn’t much as well so if you can keep cool, I can see how someone can wear the Major IV all day.
The Signature Sound Holds Up
As far as sound quality goes, Duey wrote in his review for the Major III that the “Signature Sound” of Marshall is tuned more for Rock and Alternative tracks. There is truth to that, as I did enjoy all the offerings of my youth such as my favorite tracks from the Smashing Pumpkins in their Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Album.
Now, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to enjoy things like KPop or Hip Hop on these as well. We’ll leave a more detailed analysis for the full review of these puppies.
Just like the previous model, the Marshall Major IV doesn’t have active noise canceling but the isolation is pretty good; so much so that I may have been startled by my wife on several occasions where I was completely tuned out.
I’m not sure how it’ll handle the busy streets on a commute to work or noisier households though.
The biggest improvement to these is the battery life. While the Major III could last up to 30 hours, which is a solid number already, the Major IV more than doubled that. They claim that these can now last up to 80+ hours of wireless playtime, which sounds mind-blowing to me so there’s definitely no need to worry about topping up on long-haul flights.
As mentioned, it also supports wireless charging and all you have to do is plop the right earpiece onto your Qi charger.
Wrap Up and Initial Verdict
The Marshall Major IV is a huge leg up from the previous version with great quality of life improvements that make them easier to use. You’re still getting the brand’s familiar sound quality on these as the previous version and it may look iterative but things like wireless charging, that it now has a USB-C port, and the crazy battery life on these really makes this pretty easy to recommend to put on your shortlist.
It’s also the perfect time to get these because Digital Walker has just slashed Php 1,000 from the actual SRP of Php 8,960. You can visit their Home Office eCommerce shop or check out their official store in Lazada as well.