Marshall just announced the Monitor II ANC, its first pair of over-ear noise-canceling headphones. The new headphones have USB-C charging (a first for Marshall’s headphones), a 30-hour battery life with ANC turned on, and a new collapsible design for easy travel. They’ll be available in mid-March and cost $320.
Marshall has been in the headphones business for a few years and it makes a bunch of different in-ear, on-ear and over-ear models. All of them share Marshall’s signature rock ‘n’ roll design — all-black with brass details — that was made famous by the company’s iconic amplifiers. Like most of its other headphones, the Monitor II ANC will only be available in black. And, if we’re being honest, they look pretty freakin’ cool.
Now, these aren’t the company’s first pair of noise-canceling headphones. That title belongs to the Mid ANC ($280), which are a pair of on-ear noise-canceling headphones that was released in 2018. It actually seems a bit odd that it’s taken so long for Marshall to release over-ear noise-canceling headphones, given the category’s popularity. But alas, the Monitor II ANC headphones are here.
Given the price, the Monitor II ANC headphones are going to be going up against some strong competition; namely, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Sony WH-1000XM3. We can’t speak to the sound qualities or noise-canceling skills of the Monitor II ANC headphones just yet, but they differently pack a lot more style than Bose’s and Sony’s flagship noise-canceling headphones. They are also a little cheaper (although both Bose’s and Sony’s offerings are frequently discounted).
The Monitor II ANC headphones are available for pre-order right now on Marshall’s website.
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