Marshall is a well-known brand in the music industry, especially for its iconic guitar amps. But did you know that Marshall also makes wireless earbuds? In this post, we will review two of their latest models: the Motif ANC and the Minor III. These are Marshall’s first true wireless earbuds that feature active noise cancellation (ANC) and an open fit design, respectively. How do they compare to the popular Apple AirPods Pro and other competitors? Let’s find out.
Motif ANC: The Flagship Model
The Motif ANC are Marshall’s flagship true wireless earbuds, and they come with a stylish design that resembles the AirPods Pro. They have a leather-look charging case, textured stems, and the classic ‘M’ logo on each housing. They also have an IPX5 water-resistance rating, which means they can withstand splashes and sweat.
The Motif ANC offer adjustable EQ, noise cancellation, and transparency settings, which you can customize via the Marshall Bluetooth app. You can also control the earbuds with touch-sensitive controls on the stems, which allow you to play/pause music, adjust volume, skip tracks, answer/reject calls, and activate your voice assistant.
The sound quality of the Motif ANC is impressive, with clear highs, detailed mids, and powerful lows. The 6mm drivers deliver a balanced and dynamic sound that suits various genres of music. The noise cancellation is effective in blocking out ambient noises, while the transparency mode lets you hear what’s going on around you.
The main drawback of the Motif ANC is their battery life, which is only 20 hours in total, with 4.5 hours of playback from the earbuds themselves. This is similar to the AirPods Pro, but there are many other true wireless earbuds that offer longer battery life, such as the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2. The Motif ANC also have a high price tag of $199 / £179.99 / AU$285, which makes them a premium option.
Minor III: The Budget-Friendly Option
The Minor III are Marshall’s more affordable true wireless earbuds, and they have an open fit design that rests against your ear canal rather than inside it. They look like the 2019 AirPods painted black and with an ‘M’ logo on them. They have an IPX4 water-resistance rating, which means they can resist splashes but not submersion.
The Minor III have touch-sensitive controls on the housings, which let you do the same things as the Motif ANC except for adjusting the EQ and noise cancellation settings. You can also use the Marshall Bluetooth app to customize the touch controls and check the battery level.
The sound quality of the Minor III is surprisingly good for their price range, with crisp highs, punchy mids, and decent lows. The 12mm drivers produce a loud and clear sound that can handle different types of music. The open fit design also gives them a spacious soundstage that makes you feel like you’re listening to speakers rather than earbuds.
The main advantage of the Minor III over the Motif ANC is their battery life, which is 25 hours in total, with 5 hours of playback from the earbuds themselves. This is slightly better than the Motif ANC and comparable to some of their rivals. The Minor III also have a lower price of $129 / £119 / AU$179, which makes them a great value for money.
Marshall has entered the true wireless earbuds market with two models that cater to different needs and preferences. The Motif ANC are their high-end model that offer excellent sound quality and noise cancellation, but they come with a hefty price tag and a mediocre battery life. The Minor III are their budget-friendly model that offer good sound quality and an open fit design, but they lack noise cancellation and some features of the Motif ANC.