Reviews by Topic

Our analysis shows how reviewers feel about different topics. Please note these are not full reviews.

Comfort

Corsair HS80

(1/2)

I think the earpads are a downgrade from the wired version, but aside from that it's been like my ideal headset. It's still comfy, but not as comfy as the wired Alphas. Replaceable earpads like Wicked cushions worked and fit for me and are a big improvement over the default. The headband extension is about the same as the wired Alphas

Negative
Razgriz1223
3 months ago

Marshall Monitor II ANC

(1/2)

The circumaural (over-ear) Monitor II ANC headphones have a black design with leather grain texture on the outer earcup panels and top of the headband, along with the familair Marshall amps logo. The earpads are heavily cushioned with memory foam, and the cups swivel for a comfortable fit that feels light even during long listening sessions.

Positive
Tim Gideon
4 months ago

Sound Quality

Corsair HS80

(1/3)

Corsair impressed me last year with its $150 HS75 XB Wireless, an Xbox-exclusive wireless headset that looked and felt more like a high-end set of headphones than a gaming accessory. They also had great sound quality and an easy-to-learn button layout with the right amount of features. It wasn’t necessarily a flaw that they only worked with Xbox consoles, but no one likes to be excluded. The company has now released the HS80 RGB Wireless for the same $150 price with PlayStation compatibility, but these aren’t quite the successor that I was expecting or hoping for

Positive
Cameron Faulkner
4 months ago

Marshall Monitor II ANC

(1/3)

On Jay-Z and Kanye West's "No Church in the Wild," the kick drum loop receives an ideal high-mid presence, allowing its attack to retain its punchiness, while the vinyl crackle and hiss takes a step forward in the mix. The sub-bass synth hits that punctuate the beat are delivered with enough deep bass presence to provide a sense of their power, but the sub-bass doesn't overwhelm the mix as it can with seriously boosted headphones. The vocals on this track are delivered with excellent high-mid clarity and detail—there is some slight added sibilance, but nothing that upsets the mix.

Positive
Tim Gideon
4 months ago

Durability

Corsair HS80

(1/2)

I love my Razer Nari for it and I detest Razer devices (especially mice) and software. Honestly I'm bouncing between a few old ones seeing which feels the best. As for which: Astro A40TR (as I recently found my old pair and they still work 5 years later), Razer Nari (for the flex band and earcups), and the Virtuoso for it's connectivity to my RGB setup. Two of those are wireless because I prefer that, however I like the mixamp from Astro enough to forego that

Positive
Mike S.
10 months ago

Marshall Monitor II ANC

(1/1)

One of the tracks we test the bass with is Alt-J's "3WW." With some headphones the bass from that track tends to come off sounding boomy. But the Marshall Mid's bass held together nicely and was well defined.I compared the Marshall Mid ANC to the best two overall noise-canceling models, the Sony WH-1000XM2 and Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Positive
David Carnoy
4 months ago

Bluetooth Connectivity

Corsair HS80

(1/1)

What an odd niche to try and fill. UPDATE - So I have been back and forth with Corsair since purchasing this headset (great support, btw - 10 out of 10 for this) - they never led on that the mic would not work across Bluetooth, but everything we tried had no effect. Today I installed a new Logitech mouse on my system - previously had a Corsair unit with their software installed. After uninstalling the Corsair mouse software, the mic started working across Bluetooth

Negative
Rob Pryor
2 years ago

Marshall Monitor II ANC

(1/1)

The short answer is probably not. While it certainly sounds good and its compact size may appeal to certain buyers, it's priced too high at $270. Yes, that's less than the Bose and Sony -- but it's not significant enough. However, with the Marshall Mid Bluetooth showing up online for less than $100, I expect we'll see some discounts on the Mid ANC in the coming months

Neutral
David Carnoy
4 months ago

Noise Cancellation

Marshall Monitor II ANC

(1/2)

The Marshall app for Android and iOS has a settings section that allows you to assign a control to the M button—it can either toggle between EQ presets or summon your phone's voice assistant. The ANC section allows you to adjust adjust the level of the noise cancellation with a slider, or turn it off. You can also switch over to Monitor mode, and there's a slider for that, as well. A timer setting lets you choose when the headphones, rather than the length of time the headphones can remain inactive before powering off

Positive
Tim Gideon
4 months ago

Price Point

Corsair HS80

(1/1)

I really wanted to like them, but for $150, I personally don’t think it’s worth it with all the downsides. If it was priced around $100, I might have kept them.

Negative
Rob
10 months ago

Marshall Monitor II ANC

(1/1)

For a lower price we'd be bigger fans, but for $320, these headphones don't quite deliver the premium experience they're priced for. The aforementioned Apple AirBuds Pro and Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 remain our current favorite ANC earphones/headphones, while Marshall's $200 Mid ANC are worth checking out if you're looking to spend less.

Negative
Tim Gideon
4 months ago