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
1/8” to 1/4” Adapter
The Major FX come with enough accessories to get it going, but not much more.
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.
The Major 50 FX have a nice classic design to them.
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 low end of the Marshalls is nicely tilted towards the lower spectrum. Sub-bass texturing is very strong with a larger body. It still maintains good fluidity despite this though. The lower-bass hits hard with each dominant impact being felt, but never heard. The bass punch is never there though. It’s a strong impact, but no initial punch. Overall though, the bass is strong, but well controlled.
The midrange is, like the bass, tilted towards the lower end. Guitars detailing and structure is very strong in this case. Instrumental clarity is there, but similar to the Heir Audio 4.Ai, isn’t in your face. It’s a very musical midrange that does give detailing, but isn’t clinical. Vocal dynamics are lacking slightly though. They vocals don’t carry high enough, but do have ample lushness and depth to them.
Unlike the lows and mids, the treble focuses on the upper treble rather than the lower treble. That said, these highs hold very strong energy in the upper range. A defined sparkle and separation show themselves nicely. They do, however, roll off a little earlier than I’d like. The lower mids lack presence and detailing as a whole due to the missing extension.
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.
The pouch proudly holds the Marshall name to tell you what’s inside.
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 housings are strong despite being plastic.
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 stiff headband ensures that it’ll last.
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 cable is coiled like many studio cables are nowadays.
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.
The headphone jack looks classic.
The rectangular housings don’t conform too well to the ears because the pads really aren’t thick enough. Since the headphone is made for portable use, it is rather light, so that does help comfort quite a bit. Clamping force shouldn’t be too bad, but may irritate after a while of use. Overall, the comfort could be improved, but it doesn’t stop me from using them.
The pads are very soft, but should be a little thicker.
The Marshal Major 50 FX cost around 170 dollars. For this price, they are a tad bit expensive for the audio they give you. There are numerous headphones in the 100-dollar range that can match the quality of these. The non-removable cable may also be a turn off for some. The remote and mic help a bit though. Really, these play off as more of a Marshall fan’s collector’s item with a very vintage design.
A remote and mic is a nice touch for the smartphone users out there.
Marshall did tune a great sounding headphone that was very musical and lots of fun. Guitars, as expected, did come to life using these.
However, a loss of definition in the high end did backfire on these. These may be a tad expensive, but are a must-have for any Marshall fan out there that wants something to remember 50 years of Marshall by.