Reviews by Topic

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

Price Point

Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX

(1/1)

These headphones sound great and are very affordable, but just know what you are getting. If you're looking for some great sounding headphones to listen to around your house using a headphone amp, these would be a great buy. But if you're looking for something to take to the gym, or use at work you'll probably want to look elsewhere. Pros - Excellent sound quality

Positive
Kyuss75
3 years 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

Sound Quality

Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX

(1/3)

My wife disagrees, but I think movies sound punchier and more intimate on grado cans. And they have the side benefit of letting two people listen to something and just talk like nothing since they leak like mad. But again, all round? These babies, hands down.

Positive
Colin M.
5 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

Comfort

Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX

(1/2)

All-day comfortable with ease (they can get a tiny bit warm with the alcantara pads in a hot room, but not even close to unacceptable) and utterly zero squeaks or creaks (looking at you, Audio Technica AD700's) The one, ONLY gripe I have with them is the nice cable they have is too short for anything other than a desktop amp or device RIGHT in front of you. BUT, it's replaceable, and lots of companies make cables for them. Side benefit is you can get a balanced cable for them, and if you get a BTR5 as well, that amp has a balanced output option. So they can sound EVEN BETTER

Positive
Colin M.
5 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

Durability

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