updated 11:15 pm EDT, Mon June 20, 2011
No compromise between music and calls
Music fans who listen to music for long periods of time often demand the full-cup, ear-surrounding "cans" of traditional headphones for additional comfort, more noise isolation and better fidelity. Mobile device users often want to listen to music but also have the ability to receive and make phone calls with an inline mic. Marshall's "Major" on-ear headphones now come with an inline remote and mic, trying to bridge the best of both worlds.
The Marshall "Major" headphones sport a 20-20,000 hertz range, with a rated 15 watts of input power (up to a maximum of 20 watts), with a large 40-millimeter moving coil in each speaker and an impedance rating of 32 ohms plus-or-minus 15 percent at 1kHz. The sensitivity of the headphones is rated at 121 db (plus-or-minus 3db) per speaker at 1kHz, 1mW. Reviews have indicated that they are good for rock and other types of music that tend to be played loudly -- with booming lows and clear midranges -- but that audiophile listeners might want to look elsewhere.
Using the standard 3.5mm cell phone headphone plug allows the users to use the inline remote and mic (using the same standard features as found on other mic headphones) to either control the playback of music or manage an incoming call. The headphones sell for $119 and are shipped out of Stockholm, Sweden worldwide (U.S. and Canada shipping is $15).