Today, we have a complete review of the Marshall Minor III headphones. At Marshall, both headphones and acoustics are sold in a peculiar design – in a good way: you can’t confuse it with any other device. It would seem that everything is cool, but where are the little wireless headphones? Everyone already has it, but Marshall does not and does not. See previous Marshall headphone reviews by techobig here
In the fall, the company finally unveiled the highly anticipated TWS headphones. And she immediately released two models: Marshall Motif ANC with active noise cancellation and Marshall Minor III. Minor III does not have noise cancellation, but they are also cheaper. And if so, it is worth trying a novelty in business.
Minor III Equipment
The packaging is minimalistic: a small box made of thick black cardboard in black, where the main advantages of the headphones are highlighted. The set includes a USB cable for charging the case. Everything, there is nothing else. Where are the replacement ear pads? And they are not, because these are in-ear headphones without attachments.
Minor III Appearance
The case is plastic, but due to the textured finish it looks like leather. Both the case and the headphones are available only in black – no options. In general, if it were not for the Marshall inscription on the case, then one would think that these are AirPods. The similarities are obvious, but the AirPods have a noticeably smaller and more compact case.
However, the small side pocket of Marshall Minor III jeans fits well and is generally comfortable with them. At the same time, you can praise the case for its scratch resistance – it does not get dirty at all and looks like new all the time.
The lid leans back with little effort, slams shut smoothly with a dull click. The headphones are magnetized inside so thoroughly that you don’t have to worry about them. They will not accidentally fall out under any circumstances, they sit very tightly in the holes.
The headphones look great, the design is neatly worked out. You can pay attention to the pleasant little things: the embossed notch on the legs of the headphones and shiny gold covers with a hole for the microphone. The matte black plastic body is non-slip and pleasant.
Minor III Noise isolation and control
The fit in your ears is good, provided that in-ear headphones are in principle suitable for you. For example, I like more “plugs” that sit securely and, for sure, do not fall out under any circumstances.
I can’t say that about Marshall Minor III, this is a compromise option: they don’t sit as tightly as I would like, I would not go in for active sports or turn my head in them so as not to accidentally drop them. On the other hand, how many tens of millions of people walk around with regular AirPods without any problems? This is the case with Marshall, you have to try it on and try it on yourself.
With the controls, everything is quite simple: headphones with touch areas near the letter M, thus switching tracks or answering calls. You can also pause and play songs by removing or inserting the earpiece into your ear. Double-tap to go to the next song, and triple-tap to start the previous song.
It remains to add that there is no support for voice assistants – for some this may be an important point. Also, I was unable to connect headphones via the proprietary Marshall app. Hopefully this will be resolved with future updates.
If we continue to compare with AirPods, which laid the fashion for TWS-headphones, then the “pods” are the most versatile in terms of sound and are suitable for any genre. As for the Marshall Minor III, they do not tolerate rhythms saturated with low frequencies at all. If you want, you can add bass through the player’s equalizer, but then you encounter distortion and want to return to the original parameters. Now artificial low frequencies with excessive amplification are in vogue – they will not be here.
But on the side of Marshall Minor III, clear sound and excellent detailing – by the standards of wireless earbuds, the result is excellent, here the 12-mm drivers played a role. Moreover, the volume margin is very excessive: I accidentally turned the sound to the maximum and got hit on the eardrums.
I want to warn you that headphones do not have effective noise isolation, so the noise of public transport, the hum of the subway or the stomp of a crowd of people will drown out the music, and you will be aware of everything that is happening around. However, this is not a flaw of these particular headphones, but in general a feature of models of this format.
This part of the text will be short because Bluetooth 5.2 works stably and flawlessly. Of the supported SBC and aptX codecs, there is no multipoint.
Up to 25 hours of operation are claimed for the headphones, subject to additional recharges from the case. By themselves, Marshall Minor III will work for five hours – a very modest figure by the standards of TWS headphones. On the plus side, the case supports wireless Qi charging, so it can be charged not only via a USB Type-C cable.
Fully charging the case over the wire is relatively long and takes two hours. It takes 1.5 hours to fully charge the headphones in the case, but there is fast charging. In this case, after 15 minutes in the case, the headphones will work for 1.5 hours.
Marshall Minor III is a thing with its own character. Headphones will not adjust to the top of the charts, where rap is in high esteem. They love rock in all its forms, and if you like this kind of music, then headphones will also. If not, then look at something else.
Personally, I didn’t really like the headphones due to the lack of any noise isolation typical for models of this format. In addition, they have a peculiar fit in their ears – not all of them will fit snugly.
Headphones Marshall Minor III went on sale for $285.99, and the choice among in-ear headphones of a similar format is sufficient.