Marshall’s line of on-ear Main headphones have been the corporate’s hottest mannequin through the years, and now the third technology Main III is about to hit shops in each wired and Bluetooth variations for $80 (£80, $AU100)  and $150 (£130, $AU 200) respectively.

Marshall quietly launched the Main III at an occasion in New York Metropolis the opposite evening and I walked away with a Main III Bluetooth overview unit.

The brand new mannequin carries on the Main II’s square-shaped ear cups, however the Main III has just a little cleaner, extra premium look and a sturdier design. The Main III additionally has upgraded ear pads which can be softer and have upgraded supplies (alas, the froth inside does not seem like reminiscence foam). The brand new mannequin weighs 181 grams — or eight grams greater than the earlier mannequin.

The Main III Bluetooth (proper) has been bulked up a bit and appears extra premium.

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Marshall’s nifty multidirectional management knob, which lets you change tracks ahead and again, alter quantity and reply/finish calls is on board. The Main II had a separate energy button. That is now built-in into management knob (you maintain it all the way down to energy on the headphone).

The sound has been upgraded, too. The bass is a bit more outlined, and there is a little bit of presence enhance within the treble that makes this a brighter headphone. I preferred the sound however most popular the marginally smoother, richer sound of the considerably dearer Marshall Mid ANC, which I reviewed not too long ago.

You get a headphone twine for these instances if you wish to hear in wired mode — say, on a aircraft — however no carrying case is included. Battery life is rated at a wholesome 30 hours at reasonable quantity ranges. That is very strong for a Bluetooth headphone.

With the upcoming launch of the Main III Bluetooth, the value for the Main II Bluetooth has dropped to $80. In time, this new mannequin ought to value much less, too — and maybe sooner slightly than later. Competitors within the headphone market is stiff lately, significantly as extra folks shift to completely wi-fi headphones just like the AirPods.

I will have a full overview of the Marshall Main III Bluetooth after I spend just a little extra time with them. However my preliminary take is good on-ear wi-fi headphone has gotten higher, significantly from a design standpoint.

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