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Marshall's new cans, the Monitor headphones

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by jamesm, May 2, 2013.
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  1. Tic-Tac
    Great! I had MM's and I really liked their sound but for me those were pretty uncomfortable. Can you describe the sound differences between MM's and MDR1A please?
  2. EvilJesus
    It's a real shame these headphones don't get more love.  I know they're not the best sounding headphones out there, but they are great for classic rock.  To me the sound from these remind me of my old JCM 800 I used for over a decade.  When I put these on and listen to some old 70's or 80's rock, I can almost smell the cigarettes and taste the watered down JD from the dive bars we used to play.  I know these were made by a third party, but Marshall must have had a hand in it.  Would love to see what they could bring in a updated version.
    Romani, Driftbum and Polar1 like this.
  3. trellus
    Just bought some "like new" Marshall Monitors on Amazon for < $32 including shipping.  I figure they can't be too bad for that price and I love the look!
  4. Romani
    You should be pleasantly surprised. They may as well have handed them to you for free at that price ☺️
  5. AudioTroll
    Found this if anyone wants a pair
    I just got myself new headphones so I can't
  6. trellus
    Yes, I'm anticipating a lot of joy for $32 given what I've read about them on this thread so far and I know some people liked them in spite of the looks, but I find them quite stylish in a rugged way.

    I'm actually keen on getting the Marshall Major II Bluetooth and they're only $110 brand new on Amazon right now with prime shipping but I have a pending sale to get some used gold Grado SR325i cans from a fellow Head Fi'er so I can't justify a $110 additional headphone purchase right now...

    But $32...? :smirk::stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

    Figure it might give me some hint of the Marshall house sound for headphones....?

  7. Romani

    I am a fan of their looks, functionality and ruggedness. I won't claim them to be the best of the best, however they are amazing all rounders and handle all genres with confidence. The only thing I would say they could've done with is a more prominent mid range as well as more superior instrument separation. Everything else I am an absolute fan of. They are my go to cans for trekking to and from work for the past 2 years. The only cans for the same use i would go for over these for on the road use are the Audio Technica ATH-MSR7, I just don't know whether they'd be as long lasting.
  8. SirMarc
    Try eq-ing a gentle slope from around 2k up and see what you think. I went from thinking they were ok, to loving them
  9. Romani
    I use them with the Fiio X3 2nd Generation, so will give that a bash.
  10. SirMarc
    Cool.I use them with my LG V10 phone. Let me know what you think
  11. trellus
    Funny you should mention the ATH-MSR7, I was just at the gym using what are probably can be fairly called their little baby brother cans, the ATH-SR5BT, very similar styling and sound signature, and I really dig them, and I don't expect the Marshal Monitor headphones to be as detailed as them, but I think they will have a beefier sound which will do well out and about.

  12. Romani
    That's how I would describe the Monitors compared to the Audio Technicas. Let us know your thoughts once you receive them.
  13. Driftbum
    Been using these for while now, Love them!
    Only complaint is the clamp force and pads, anyone know any good pad alternatives? I've searched but haven't found anything
  14. SirMarc
    Did you ever try them with eq?
  15. Mephisto26
    Hi there!

    I just received the MM as a headphone for listening while traveling and working. The sound is quite likeable, although sound stage is very compressed for my taste (using an AKG K550 at home). Build quality is top notch and there are nice touches like the option to daisy-chain additional headphones.

    Here comes the but...

    The clamping force is rather strong and after 30 minutes of listening, I get a headache. To all of you who have had the MM for some time now: does the clamping force lessen with time as you use the headphone.

    Right now it looks like I will send it back. :frowning2:
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