Marshall Mode II: the complete Review

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Rock fans are familiar with the Marshall brand, whose famous amplifiers we see have thrown many stages. The manufacturer also offers headphones and speakers under license, for example the latest Emberton. Marshall had been rather discreet in the field of headphones, with few references and especially no true wireless model. This gap is repaired with the arrival of Mode II that we have taken in hand.

Fans of the brand will be in heaven when they see the headphones and their charging case. Nothing is missing, from the texture that evokes that of the amps to the stylized letter M on the headphones. However, the case cover looks a bit flimsy when you open it. It will therefore be necessary not to force.

Are Marshall headphones durable? Rather according to our measurements which reveal an autonomy of 5 h 47 min, almost enough to make a return trip Paris / Grenoble by TGV. This value is greater than the 5 hours announced by the manufacturer, which is rather good news.

Rather discreet headphones

Mode II are loaded? It’s time to put them in the ears. These models don’t have a shank, but they are easy to grip and won’t protrude too much when inserted. It will be necessary to choose the tips (four pairs are provided) for a pleasant wearing and especially good insulation from the outside.
Indeed, Mode II does not include active reduction of surrounding noise. Marshall aren’t particularly intended for athletes, but they hold up well, and even a sudden movement of the head won’t knock them off. They are also not afraid of sweating thanks to their IPX4 certification.

To order the headphones, you have to press lightly on the letter M. This pressure system puts a little pressure on the ears, but it is not disturbing. Above all, it avoids the false maneuvers that we encounter with tactile surfaces. Especially since the headphones produce a small click which confirms that the support has been taken into account.
We didn’t have a problem pressing once or twice in a row, but pressing three times in a row to go to the previous track is proving too complicated. Marshall has provided a command to activate the assistant of the smartphone, but unfortunately skips the volume control. It will therefore be necessary to take the smartphone out of the pocket.

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If the active noise reduction is absent, Marshall still has a mode to hear the outside, without needing to remove the headphones. The Mode II microphones then take care of transmitting the surrounding sounds, which is very practical for having a conversation or hearing announcements in a station hall.

A special sound signature

Are Mode II worthy of being used for listening to rock? The answer is totally yes. The sound is warm and powerful, for example when listening to Rammstein, with very good reproduction of instruments such as guitar and drums.
The spatialization of the instruments is good, which gives breadth to the soundstage. As our frequency response curve shows, Marshall has decided to focus on the bass, to give power, and the high-mids, but the treble is unfortunately behind. This audio bias will delight rockers but will put off classical music lovers.

But if the sound isn’t your thing, you can always customize it using Marshall’s free app. It has an equalizer with a fixed mode, the Marshall sound, and two customizable modes. In addition, you have many predefined settings.

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We especially liked the rock setting which creates a V-shaped sound by increasing the bass and treble. The sound is then not only powerful, but also precise.

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The app also allows you to check the battery level of the headphones, adjust the external listening function and possibly update the firmware. Unfortunately, Marshall skips the customization of the controls for his headphones.

The verdict of the Review

Marshall Mode II

Marshall has always claimed a rock-oriented type of sound and, in this regard, his headphones true wireless do not disappoint. On the other hand, they may be a problem with other types of music, especially classical, although it is possible to compensate by using the equalizer in the application.
The autonomy is good and the design is successful both for the case and for the headphones. The real weak point of Mode II is the lack of active noise reduction, which prevents being perfectly isolated and may require increasing the volume. Certainly, a rocker likes to listen to his music with power, but he must remember not to damage his ears.

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