Marshall has been in the audio business for the last 50 years. To celebrate half a century of amplifying all of our music, they released a revision to the original Marshall Major on-ear headphones.
This one tagged with the 50 FX to differentiate it from the crowd. The headphone looks nice, but can definitely do a tad bit better.
- Driver: 40 mm Dynamic
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Impedance: 47 ohms
- Sensitivity: 98 dB
In the Box
- Marshall Major 50 FX
- Carrying Pouch
- 1/8” to 1/4” Adapter
Marshall walks away from the white on black as well as the black on black theme that the original Majors came in. Instead, Marshall decides to go back to their roots. The headphones’ housing is made to represent their classic amps due to their square shape. The Marshall branding is beveled boldly in gold on each housing with rectangular accents embossed around it. The interior side of the headband reads Est. 1962 while the interior sides of the headband attachments read 50 years of loud to proudly show their pride.
50 years in the amp business is not 50 years in the headphone business. The audio quality, overall is good, but could be better. The Majors show off a balanced sound with a slight dip in the mids and sparkly highs with deep vibrant bass.
The Marshall Major come with a nice thick carrying pouch for you to store them in while not in use. The pouch itself is very portable, as are the headphones since they fold up very nicely. For a headphone that costs 170 bucks, I’d expect something, so the pouch is better than nothing.
Each housing is made of a thicker matted plastic around the rim and a matted, textured plastic inside the gold accents. The plastic is strong, and should last a while. Black, metal forks connect to the slider to allow the size to be adjusted to your head size and they fold in with a good stiffness to them.
The headband is also very strong. A metal headband is surrounded by a nice leather-like material that is finely stitched together. The headband isn’t too flexible, but very stiff and feels like it won’t be giving out anytime soon.
A real strain relief is missing from the cable that connects to the housing. The cable isn’t removable either which is expected as we climb to these prices. The cable itself is nice and thick with a coil underneath the FX-remote-and-mic. It doesn’t tangle that often and is flexible.
The headphone jack screams vintage with the textured metal gold. A spring tries to act as a strain relief, but looks to be there for design rather than being an actual relief. The headphone jack is straight as well, but gold plated throughout.