Watch out, Apple! Marshall Headphones Mode II in the test

With Mode II, Marshall Headphones wants to steal the top dog Apple with its AirPods customers. We tested the True Wireless headphones.

Headphone sales have only known one direction for years – up. One product category, that of True Wireless Headphones, is primarily responsible for this boom. Apple made these devices extremely popular with its AirPods, and other manufacturers are benefiting from it too. Marshall Headphones, for example, has a competing product with the Mode II that should convince customers with a completely different look but just as good sound.

The look is based on the other headphones from the manufacturer, in the compact case, which is covered with textured leather, you will find the two earphones, the outside of which is adorned with the “M” of the Marshall lettering. The case has an integrated battery that is supposed to recharge the headphones up to four times – but we only achieved three full and one half charges in the test. Still, the result is good, we just got the promised 25 hours. If they are fully charged after around 70 minutes, you can listen to music for almost 5 hours.

The case has enough energy for almost four full charges.

(Quelle: Marshall Headphones)

The ear parts can even be washed under running water thanks to IPX5, the case is protected against splash water according to IPX4. The setup can be done via Google Fast Pair, but our test smartphone OnePlus 8t recognized the headphones sometimes twice, so that no connection was established at all. If the coupling is successful, in addition to firmware updates, you can also individually set the sound and change the transparency mode in the Marshall app.

In the normal state, the headphones block ambient noise – and even relatively well. If you activate the transparency mode with a long press (no touch!) On the left ear piece, the ambient noise is “put through” to the user’s ear. Since the developers have dispensed with touch elements, the headphones can be operated better than any other true wireless headphones. In around two months of testing, we didn’t have a single incorrect operation. Different control commands are given by pressing the right or left ear part once or several times.

Marshall Headphones Mode II

The “M” of the lettering is emblazoned on the ear pieces.

(Quelle: Marshall Headphones)

The sound of Mode II is – also thanks to aptX – very good, although the sound seemed a little too bass-heavy to us. But that can easily be set in the app in the equalizer. While we were on the phone, we could hear the conversation partners very well, but they complained about a rather tinny sound – despite the best network availability and a quiet environment. The quality is sufficient for an occasional call, but Mode II is not suitable as a replacement for a business headphone. Another point of criticism concerns the charging case: the left earbud of our test device was sometimes not charged, and apparently there was no contact between the charging pins of the case and the earpiece. But if you pressed it into the case with a little more pressure, the problem was solved.

Overall, Marshall Headphones has brought a very good competitor to the products from Apple, Sony and Co. on the market with the Mode II, which is pleasantly different from the design of the competition and is unparalleled due to its perfect usability. The price of 179 euros is good, other manufacturers charge significantly more here.


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