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These over-ear noise cancellers are arguably the best headphones Marshall has ever made

Best known for onstage amplifiers, Marshall has unveiled possibly its best headphones yet, in the shape of the Monitor II A.N.C. These new Bluetooth noise cancelling cans sound as good as they look.

Priced at £269, their design is pure rock ‘n’roll, with cushioned headband, matte black ear cups adorned with that distinctive logo, and curly cable detailing. A control knob offers volume adjustment, as well as track skipping and Pause/Play.

Inside are large 40mm drivers custom tuned for Marshall’s signature sound. We tested them at their London launch and found them an exciting listen, perfect if you like your music with a metal edge.

We tested them at their London launch and found them an exciting listen, perfect if you like your music with a metal edge…

Our Bex at the London launch for Marshall’s new headphones…

An accompanying Marshall app allows you to tweak sonic bias. The default preset is Marshall sound, but there are Rock and Metal filters offering adjustable EQ.  

Active Noise Cancelling is activated by the ‘M’  button on the hinge of the left hand earcup. We found it works well on the daily commute.

Battery life is excellent, offering around 30 hours with ANC on. Switch ANC Off and you’ll get upwards of 45 hours wireless use.   

Bluetooth 5.0 means stable connectivity, with less chance of dropouts. A detachable 3.5mm chord is supplied if you need to get wired, either to save power or to hook into an in-flight entertainment system.  

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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