Bring a soundtrack to the gym with these Marshall Minor II Bluetooth earbuds. The lightweight design and soft ear tips offer a comfortable fit, and the 14.2mm drivers deliver consistent high-fidelity sound. These Marshall Minor II Bluetooth earbuds have a built-in control knob that lets you adjust volume, change songs and answer calls without using your phone.
Offers up to 12 hours of use on a charge.
Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.
Bluetooth 5.0 interface
Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device.
Fits securely and directs music into your ears for full, uninterrupted audio.
Include volume, answer/end, play/pause and reject call.
Deliver powerful sound.
20Hz - 20kHz frequency response
For faithful sound reproduction.
Dynamic transducer design
For reference-grade audio.
Provides powerful audio.
Delivers crisp tones.
Marshall Minor II Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear Headphones
Great Ear Headphones if you don't have little ears
Bass, Bluetooth, Ease of use
These are very nice Bluetooth wireless in-ear headphones. The controls are easy to use and easy to reach when you are wearing the headphones. You push the button down to turn it on, off or hold it to access the sync function. You toggle the same button forward or backward to control the volume.
The headphones come uncharged, and it took 1.5 hours to fully charge them when hooked up to my computer. The charge does last 12 hours.
It was extremely easy to sync with my Android phone and Windows 10 laptop.
The sound quality is excellent, can hear speech and music with equal clarity, and it has a nice bass.
The headphones have magnets in the earbud – so when you are not listening, you can wear them around your neck like a necklace, and you won’t lose them.
The manual is cleverly designed and easy to use. The pictures remain on the left, and you select your language on the right
The only drawback is the earbuds are a bit large, and they are not comfortable for people with small ears. I had several people in the office try them, and the experience was all positive except they were too large for people with small ears, making them uncomfortable.
If you're a rock star or you wish you were a rock star you should probably just buy The Minor II now! Not only are they Marshall branded but they play good sounding guitar riffs every time you turn them off and on. It's pretty cool at first and I haven't found it to be annoying yet.
The sound quality of the Minor II is excellent! Whether watching a movie with action happening all around you or listening to crisp stringed instruments or heavy drumming and electric guitars all sounds come through full and clear. I was impressed with highs and lows. Not only could I hear low drumming very well but there was one song that had sounds in it I never heard before because, apparently, I hadn't listened to it with good enough sound equipment before. Those were high sounds and they were subtle but came through crisp and clearly. Vocals were always clear as well.
I love the fit. I put them in and they twist into place nicely. The adjustment system is brilliant, using the cord that's there anyway instead engineering something else to move or break. I mean, everyone has different ears so these may not fit you no matter how you adjust them but they fit me very well with little adjustment. The fit is snug - there's no extra room in there, but it's comfortable even for wearing hours at a time. Of the 4 or so ear buds I've had over the years I like the fit of these best. I also actually like having them together on a cord. It's convenient to stick them together and wear it like a necklace instead of putting two separate buds in your pocket or something. I also like the way it pauses media. It worked for me with music and Netflix. And of course, you'll never loose one!
The battery life is great. It's rated for 12 hours. I didn't test that in one shot but I got a lot of use over the course of 3 days before charging them again so to me that's very good. That's listening to media and at least a few hours on the phone. There were other times I used it a lot more than a few hours at a time and it just kept going. I also love the way you can see the battery life you have left on your smartphone - I guess because it's Bluetooth 5 and you probably need a newer smartphone. I was using them mostly with Android 9 but also on a Windows 10 PC.
I was skeptical of the controls. In actual use I liked the knob and it worked well. The only issue I had was it didn't always turn on when I held down the button. Then I would try again and it would work. I think I was probably pressing at an angle instead of straight in when that happened but I'm not sure. It didn't bother me. There have to be some compromises to controls on all small devices and I like what they came up with for this.
The only real disappointment I found was that they don't have noise cancellation. They don't advertise it but I figured all ear buds in this price range have that. It turns out I was wrong. That's why I gave it four stars. Don't get me wrong, the mic is great - but almost too good for not having noise cancellation. I was on a phone conference and everyone stopped talking at one point to hear a conversation going on in the room I was in which I wasn't even aware of. If you plan to only use these for phone calls, you may want to look for something else. On the other hand, if it's just you and there isn't background noise the person on the other end will hear you loud and clear and you'll hear them like they're next to you.
If you're looking for earbuds to listen to music or other media and do some occasional calling, these are perfect!
The Marshall Minor II In-Ear Headphones is another Marshall product aimed at the regular consumer, rather than rock guitar players. The headphones are light and have that classic Marshall look to them, including the logo. The sound is clear and detailed, with plenty of volume, which from experience, tends to be a problem with Bluetooth headphones. The bass is more neutral than many other headphones, which in my book, is a positive, not a negative. They’re advertised to last about 12 hours, and have a quick charge feature, when time is of the essence. It takes two hours to fully charge the unit.
My biggest negative is that the headphones are not particularly comfortable. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Buds, that I can barely feel when they’re in my ears, the Minors always make me aware that they’re there. There’s a slight pressure, that probably comes from the fact that there’s no cushion, just a hard rubber/plastic feel. The only way to adjust size is by pushing the cable through the unit, there’s no exchangeable rubber. I have small ears, so I did not find the cable-adjusting very helpful, I preferred it when the cable was just slightly extracted. This may be more useful if you have large ears. I will say that when it comes to the discomfort, it doesn’t get worse over time, but it doesn’t get better either.
There’s a gold button that controls everything. Power, volume, next track etc. This works pretty well by pushing the button down, up, left, right.
A USB cable is included, so all you need is a USB-port or a USB-charger. A manual with many languages is also included and is very informative.
To sync it to your smartphone, you have to hold the button for five seconds. You have to do this when the unit is off, or else, you’ll just turn it off. You turn it on by holding it for three seconds, so all you have to do is hold it for another two.
There’s no noise-cancellation, physically and digitally, so these may not be the best headphones for noisy environments.
I’ve been looking for the perfect Bluetooth headphones for a while now. The Minor II headphones are close when it comes to the sound, but they’re just not comfortable enough in my ears to be worn daily. Perhaps the third generation will address that. That would make it a home run!
I have to say that my general feeling when it comes to the Marshall headphones is disappointment. While these headphones have some real charm, they lack the core areas of importance that true music fans desire. A pros and cons list will be most helpful here:
-Good looks. The gold 'M' on the earbuds and the control toggle along with the muted textures on the control stem itself.
-Comes with a charging cable. And not just any old USB micro cable, but a pretty classy looking one at that.
-Fun factor. All of the operating noises for turning it on, skipping a song, etc. are different little electric guitar noises like muted strums and such which is really fun and was quite a surprise.
-The control toggle. It takes a bit of getting used to, but I found that this toggle was a cool way to control the experience and was intuitive once I got used to it.
-Poor audio quality. The bass, and treble are both lacking in these headphones and the audio experience is really not there for this price range. I would forgive thirty dollar headphones of this, but not ones costing thrice as much.
-There is minimal customization for the fit of the headphones for different ear types. They employ a system with these where you push or pull more of the cable out of the earbud, but this really made almost no difference for my ear shape and size. YMMV, but i think that having included some different ear bud adapters would have been a far more prudent step in making this enjoyable for a wider variety of users. I think that in going for elegance with this method, they skipped out on what is practical.
-Intermittent connectivity issues. Perhaps I have just been spoiled with Apple W2 devices like Airpods and Beats headphones, but I found that I was experiencing stutters and skips in the bluetooth connection while walking around with my phone in my pocket (thus eliminating distance as an issue).
Overall, I would say that if you are faithful to Marshall as a brand or just enjoy the quirkiness of something different, these are not a bad buy. But if audio experience and customizability are important to you, I would pass these by.
Hi Bren, thanks for sharing your experience and great feedback. The Intermittent connectivity shouldn't be an issue, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Perfect On-the-Go Set
I have a pair of Marshall Monitors that I love, but I wanted something a bit lighter for exercising and working during the day. I really like Marshall products, my first guitar amp was, of course, a Marshall. So when I saw the Minors, I thought I'd pick them up and give them a try.
The Minor 2 is a basic, no frills wireless, in-ear set. These are not earbuds - there is a small cord that connect both sides of the headset together. On the right-hand side of the unit is the control box with a knob that controls volume (up or down), skip back or skip forward. The micro USB charging port is also located on the control box as well.
First off, why I love them - they're lightweight and easily fit into my ears. With most sets that have interchangeable cones, I usually use a medium one. The Minors do not come with other adjustable sizes, it's a one-size-fits-all approach. Thankfully, the in-ear components are designed and built in such a way that they don't juggle loose very easily. In fast, I was bopping all around the house the other day wearing them and they never shook loose.
They also advertise 12 hours of use - I've never had an occasion to listen to 12 hours of anything, so I can't say for sure if that's true. I did listen to music using them while I was cleaning out our van after a family trip to the beach (lots of sand to clean out) and they did great! They didn't move, get stuck on my neck, nothing.
Additionally, the copper "M's" on either bud are magnetized. You can take them off, pluck them together and whatever you're listening to will pause. No fielding around with your phone or whatever, just take off, pluck together and go about your business.
There are a few items that keep these from being a home-run product in my book. First, the cord that connects the buds is very short, with no clip option. So if you have a large neck, you'll probably have to wear them with the cord in front rather than behind your neck.
Second, for being so lightweight and compact, I was surprised to see that Marshall didn't include any kind of case to carry them in. You get the headphones, a USB charging cord, and that's it.
Finally, there's a fixed audio setting / equalizer. I included the picture of it from the back of the box. If you want to be able to control the settings based on the music you're listening to, then you'll be disappointed. Also, just like my Monitors', there's no app to customize the settings or sound field - these are straight, no frills, awesome sounding headphones. If you want to be able to customize aspects of the experience, then these aren't for you - if you don't care, then these are probably something to consider.
At the end of the day, I'm happy with them and I keep them in the same pouch as my Monitors for when I'm on the go.
I wanted to get a decent amount of use out of the headphones before submitting my review. After having owned previous devices, I'm actually disappointed with the earbud design entirely. There are certain aspects of the design which I find so puzzling. For example, why wouldn't they make the ear tips replaceable? Or why wouldn't they make the ear tips noise canceling so that the user could get better noise isolation? Expect to turn your volume all the way up in noisy settings.
My first impression of the Marshall - Minor II Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear Headphones is "Meh".
Adjustable loop/Stability "fin
Single control unit/knob design
I love me some Marshall sound gear. I have both the Stanmore and the Acton II speakers and they are phenomenal sounding and get compliments anytime anyone sees them. Marshall has been doing a great job with their Bluetooth speakers and headphones and I was really hoping that they were bringing that to the Minors. Sadly they have not.
I have had another brand of Bluetooth earbuds that a lot of people have been sporting for the last few years, and my biggest disappointment with them was always the battery life. Though they have a nice little charging case, I listen to music A LOT and would burn through almost an entire case worth of juice a day! Now they don't even have the three hours they used to have and I was hoping that Marshall Minor II would solve my problem since they have a very similar earpiece to my other headphones but have the added benefit of the ear loops to help lock them in to place, because the other problem I had with my other earbuds was that they came out relatively easy. Surprisingly, my current headphones have a decent amount of bass despite the non-sealing fit but the Marshalls can't seem to manage the same OMMPH behind them despite a solid backing, and similar earpiece design.
So after a week with the Marshall Minor IIs, I would have to give them 3.5 stars for the following reasons:
Despite the adjustable ear loops, I was unable to get them to properly 'lock' into place in my ear, primarily my right ear. I spent an hour trying everything from having the loop flush with the earpiece to ridiculously big and looped into the outermost fold of my ear and I could not get the right one to stay in. Now that is probably more an issue with my ear than it is the loop mechanism, but I don't have remarkably weird ears (at least I don't think I do). I'm sure many of you reading this are like, why don't you just use earbuds that have an earpiece that goes into your ear canal and stays in place better and gives better bass? Well, I HATE those type of earbuds because it doesn't take long for them to hurt, and with most of the new wireless earbuds also integrating controls right into the earbud, you are often forced to push the earbud even further into your ear to move to the next track or change the volume, making them even more uncomfortable. That is one of the reasons I was really looking forward to the Minor IIs since they also have the controls on the external controller. Unfortunately, having the controls on the external controller and not being able to get a secure fit with the right ear bud, made for lots of times of it falling out and dangling on the cord from my left ear (but hey, at least it didn't fall into the toilet or down the drain!).
My other problem with the loops is that it can be a bit like pushing a string, actually it is a lot like pushing a string, and it can sometimes be difficult to expand the loop if it is flush with the earpiece. Surprisingly, Marshall has built a ton of strain-relief into the charging cable (making it one of the best micro-USB cables I have), it is unable to do anything similar to make it easier to push up the loop so that you can grab it and pull it to the proper loop length. You would hope that once you set it, that would be it, but it's not. With the cable between the earpieces being part of the loop mechanism, it doesn't take much for the loop to be pull down to where you need to push/pull it out again. Nothing has happened in a week of use but I can see this being a real weak spot and may cause some serious wear and tear to the cable.
Lackluster and without enough bass. Surprising since most earphone/headphone makers tune their equipment to be bass heavy due to the predominant tastes in sound and music (not mine, but hey, I'm old). Even with my preference for a more neutral bass signature, the Minor IIs can not bring enough punch to the lows for my taste. Marshall has acoustics working against them, but other earbuds with similar non-sealing fits have done better in this realm. In addition, when music isn't playing, there is a rather loud background hiss/static despite only being at 40-50% volume. Surprising that that comes through but not enough bass.
This is where the Marshall Minor IIs shine, in that they easily beat the twelve hours they quote on the box. I get more than a day's worth of listening out of them from each charge. Too bad they don't fit/sound as well and I don't listen to them all day.
While I appreciate having the variety of controls on the inline box, it can sometimes be difficult for you to properly execute a command with the little control stick, especially without pulling on your earpiece. Perhaps if you can get a better fit than I could, this may be a moot point for you, but for me, made the Minor IIs, less useful than I would like. I am forced to fish out my phone to make changes rather than the controller.
Easy and painless. I did have to charge Minor IIs right out of the box before I could set them up, which is surprising because these just launched and usually come with at least SOME charge out of the box.
All-in-all, the Minor IIs are a disappointment to me. I had really high hopes though and so, while I may be disappointed in them perhaps you can get a better fit and will have more luck with the controls and sound.
Marshall Minor II Bluetooth in-Ear headphones
I really like these Marshall Minor II Bluetooth in-Ear headphones. They are as close to a true Rock N’ Roll sounding headphone that I have heard. If you know the Marshall brand that may not come as a surprise. What makes a good Rock N’ Roll headphone is at least for me the sound just seems perfect for Rock N’ Roll. That’s not to say they don’t play other music types as well, as they do. But I don’t think they are a good fit for Rap or Hip Hop. The bass is there its just not out front. But it is balanced very well with the mids and highs. They don’t have the heavy bass you think about with Rap or Hip Hop. They can play it but you really need a good seal in your ear if, heavy bass music is what you play the most. The problem is, although I think Marshall has nailed the sound they didn’t nail the fit. The headphones cannot fit deep in your ears, they really just sit on the outside. They are just not designed to be placed deep in the ear. That is fine for most music types but you really need that seal if you want the bass to be out front. The battery life of 12 hours is right about what I got. And I really like the single button control. In most in-ears like this they use two or three buttons to control the headphones. The Marshall has a single button that is easy to find and use. Most of these in-line control styles you struggle to learn the control positions. The Marshall control is simple and works very well. Other manufacturers should take note here, this is the correct way to place a button you can’t see. My Samsung S10 paired right away but I found I could use the full volume and it wasn’t too loud. I don’t recall needing to max out my volume on any other Bluetooth headphones I have tried. I wouldn’t normally play at that volume in normal listening and the Marshall don’t need to be at full volume but I was surprised they didn’t get louder. I can recommend these Marshall Minor II headphones for everyone unless they listen to Rap or Hip Hop. And only because they don’t seal in the ear. But once I quit trying to force them and let them sit normally I was good. Just a but different then most in-ears I have used in the past. Also keep in mind these are not sport headphones. Nowhere does it say they are water or sweat proof. I was glad to see these were Bluetooth 5.0. That is the most current Bluetooth standard that many other manufacturers have not bothered to update too. Also the aptX support is welcome but I do wish they also supported the higher Sony LDAC standard. It would have been nice to see both high quality playback formats supported. aptX is at least the most common but the Sony standard is also becoming very common and is now standard on most Android phones. If you don’t mind the fit you are probably going to like how simple and good sounding these headphones are.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about sound, usability and price. Editors are less positive about portability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 91/100 = Excellent quality.
TechRadarRating, 3 out of 53.0Olivia Tambini on October 9, 2018
Marshall Minor II wireless in-ear headphones review