Marshall Monitor II review: Heavy Metal headphone heroes

Since joining the consumer audio space, the Marshall range has been one that’s hyper-focused on one thing, and one thing only — retro-look headphones and speakers evoking the company’s stage gear that deliver great sound for the rocker. Pretty much all of Marshalls’ lineup nails it, from the Bluetooth speakers that look like stage amps to the headphones that are smothered in the same leather-like rubbery plastic as the firm’s practice amps.

The Marshall Monitor II are Marshall’s entry into the ANC over-head headphone space, designed to take on the likes of Sony’s excellent WF-1000XM4, Bose’s QuietComfort line, and Sennheiser’s Momentum series. With a new price and a sound signature geared for people like me (degenerate metal heads that like dank, sweaty gig venues and crunchy guitars), the Marshall Monitor II might not be up everyone’s street: But here’s why that doesn’t matter.

Marshall Monitor II: Price and availability

Marshall Monitor II

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The Marshall Monitor is not a cheap headset, coming in at $349 in the US. This puts them square in the sights of the Sony WH-1000XM4, some of the best noise-canceling headphones that money can buy, even if they are slightly older. Now, it’s well worth noting that the Marshall Monitor II sound a darn sight better than the Sony’s, although you won’t get Sony’s black-magic-induced noise-blocking capability. Unless you’re a frequent metal or rock listener, the Marshall Monitor II are a slightly harder buy in the US.

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