Marshall is an audio brand from the UK. It was founded in 1962. Its loudspeakers have loud, rough, and penetrating sound styles. They are loved by rock singers and promote the development of rock music. At the same time, the brand’s reputation has been rapidly improved. A world-renowned audio brand.
Marshall entered the field of headphones in 2010, and subsequently launched MAJOR and MINOR series of headphones, neck-mounted headphones, and MODE series of wired headphones, with unique appearance design and sound performance. Recently, Marshall has launched its first true wireless earphones——Marshall Mode II, officially entering the TWS earphones market.
Marshall Mode II continues the brand’s classic leather-like texture and black and gold color in appearance design, with a strong texture. The configuration supports transparent mode, which can be customized through the mobile phone; it adopts Bluetooth 5.1 chip, customized dynamic driver, and Marshall logo sound, with shocking sound quality; single battery life is 5 hours, and the overall battery life is 25 hours. Let’s experience this product in detail below!
1. Marshall Mode II true wireless earphones unboxing
①. Product packaging and accessories
The packaging box uses a silver-gray background, displaying the product name Marshall Mode II true wireless earphones, product appearance rendering, and 25 hours wireless playtime.
The side display information is relatively rich, including the item information in the package box, part of the product parameter information, and Marshall Mode II products, trademark descriptions, etc.
The packaging and back are designed with graphic product features, including signature sound, 25 hours wireless playtime, ergonomic fit, true wireless, customisable EQ settings and portable charging case.
The other side of the information has anti-counterfeiting labels and detailed product descriptions.
The bottom of the box has certification information such as EAC, CE, BC, recyclable, non-discarding, etc., and the product bar code.
The packaging box uses a pull-down drawer structure. The earphones are embedded in the carton frame in the packaging box, and the Marshall brand LOGO label is sleeved on the body.
The contents of the box include earphones, charging cables, 4 different sizes of eartips, product manuals, legal and safety information brochures
USB-A to Type-C charging cable, Type-C plug is designed with grid twill, which is very design. It is also equipped with a net tail structure to increase the product life.
The USB-A plug has the Marshall brand LOGO on the side.
②. Design of charging case
The appearance of the charging case is similar to a “capsule” shape. The shell surface is made of rubber material and leather-like processing. The waistline adopts a diamond-shaped lattice design. The overall appearance design is unique and full of quality.
The top of the charging case is designed with the Marshall brand LOGO.
The front opening of Marshall Mode II is provided with a bar-shaped bump, and there is a charging indicator on the diamond-shaped dot matrix waistline, which is convenient for users to learn the power status of the charging case in real time.
The indicator light has two colors, orange and green. The orange light is always on during charging, and the green indicator light is on when it is fully charged.
The bottom of the earphone is a flat design with a non-slip pad. The information on the anti-slip mat includes battery capacity: 500mAh/1.85Wh, input power: 5V-500mA, output power: 5V-100mA x2, product model: MODE II, FCC ID: 2AAGF-MODE II, IC: 11153A-MODE II, etc.
There is a Type-C charging port on the left side of the waistline.
Waist line back.
Open the charging case.
The charging case is designed with gravure EST.1962 gold lettering on the inside of the cover.
The matching buttons in the charging case also use gold color matching and CD texture design to enhance the texture of the product.
There are separate indicator lights on the left and right sides of the earphones to learn the connection and charging status of the earphones.
Take out the earphones, the charging thimble is located in the earphone groove, and it also uses a golden color scheme.
The appearance and size of Marshall Mode II true wireless earphones are displayed. The overall volume is very small, whether it is a charging case or a earphones, which improves portability.
③. Headphone design
The earphone adopts a “bean-shaped” in-ear design, the appearance of the earphone is frosted, and the curve adopts an ergonomic design to improve wearing comfort.
The touch area on the outside of the earphones is designed with a white “M” Marshall brand LOGO to enhance product recognition.
Two microphone openings are respectively provided on the edge and side of the earphone back panel for voice calls.
In addition to the functional structure, the inside of the earphones is also designed with the words “Marshall” and the L/R logo.
The earphone charging contacts are located on the inside of the earphone and are in gold color.
The optical sensor used for ear detection, realizes the automatic playback pause function after the removal.
The eartips are made of silicone material, which is soft to the touch, and the eartips are also embossed with eartip size. With other three sizes of S, L and XL, a total of four sizes can meet the individual needs of users.
Remove the eartips, and cover the position of the mouthpiece with a honeycomb metal mesh cover to prevent foreign matter from entering the sound cavity.
The Marshall Mode II true wireless earphones is displayed in the wearing state. The small size and ergonomic design make it very comfortable to wear, and there is no obvious discomfort when worn for a long time.
2. Marshall Mode II true wireless earphones function review
①. Interactive experience
In the interactive experience of using Marshall Mode II true wireless earphones, you can enter the pairing mode by long pressing the golden pairing button, and the mobile phone searches for Mode II for pairing connection. After the first pairing is successful, the subsequent use of the earphones will automatically connect, and the earphones will be put back. The charging case automatically disconnects. There are different electric guitar sound feedbacks for successful connection and disconnection.
In the functional operation, the touch control scheme is adopted to distinguish the left and right ears, so as to realize more abundant control options. And all controls have different sound feedback.
In music mode, a single touch of the left earphone can switch between normal mode and transparent mode, and two touches activate the voice assistant function of the mobile phone. A single touch of the right earphone can pause playback, touch twice to switch to the next song, and touch 3 times to switch to the previous song. In the call mode, touch the left/right earphone once to answer/hang up, and touch the left/right ear twice to reject the call.
In the actual experience, the touch area is located at the “M” position on the back panel of the earphones. The left ear touch feel for switching transparent mode and activating the voice assistant is relatively more flexible, and only needs to be touched to control. But the same touch control has no response to the right earphone.
The touch of the right earphone is biased towards pressure-sensitive buttons, which require a certain amount of pressure to be controlled. When you switch between double-click and triple-click up and down, you don’t need to leave the earphones, you only need to press three times to control it, and there will be corresponding sound feedback every time you press it.
The overall control ensures that the click of the left earphone can flexibly switch the transparent mode, and also reduces the false touch problem of the click pause/play function of the right earphone. When you are familiar with the control method, it can effectively improve the user experience. However, without understanding, the learning cost of users is increased. Therefore, the brand needs to explain in the promotion or product usage guide, otherwise it will cause the user to think that there is a problem with the right ear touch without knowing it.
②. Transparent mode experience
Marshall Mode II true wireless earphones adopt an ergonomic design on the appearance curve, which fits closely to the ear canal, and is matched with silicone eartips, which brings an excellent physical noise reduction effect. Therefore, Marshall has specially equipped it with the enhanced transparency function of ambient sound, which can be quickly switched by clicking on the left earphone, and the surrounding environment information can be clearly obtained without removing the earphone.
With Marshall APP, you can also customize the transparency mode. From the 0-100 transparency adjustment, the ambient sound will gradually become larger and smaller, which improves the user experience.
③. Music effect experience
In terms of music performance, Marshall Mode II true wireless headphones use a custom 6mm dynamic driver with an impedance of 16Ω to restore rich music details. Pair with Marshall’s signature tuning for a stunning sound experience. The overall sense of hearing, low bass, surging drums, crisp mid-to-high frequency vocals, and rich details.
On the mobile phone Marshall APP, in addition to the Marshall logo sound effects, you can also customize the EQ, and there are a variety of preset sound effects for users to choose from, such as pop, hip-hop, electronic, and jazz, to meet the individual needs of different user groups for music.
④. Headphone and mobile phone connection compatibility test
In the compatibility test with mobile phones, use Marshall Mode II true wireless headphones to connect Apple iPhone Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S21, Huawei Mate P40, Xiaomi 11 and other devices to check whether their battery display and control are compatible.
Marshall Mode II earphones are connected to the Apple iPhone Pro Max, and the remaining battery information can be displayed normally in the status bar, which is convenient for users to learn the remaining battery information of the earphones in real time.
The Marshall Mode II earphones are connected to the Apple iPhone Pro Max and the various controls are normal, and the Apple “Siri” voice assistant can be normally awakened by double-clicking the left ear.
Marshall Mode II earphones are connected to Samsung Galaxy S21, and the percentage information of the remaining battery power of the earphones can be normally displayed on the Bluetooth connection interface.
The Marshall Mode II earphones are connected to the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the various controls are normal, and the “Bixby” voice assistant can be easily awakened.
Marshall Mode II earphones connected to Huawei MateP40, the remaining battery information icon could not be displayed in the status bar. In addition, other products of the Huawei series were tested, but the battery information was not displayed.
The Marshall Mode II earphones are connected to Huawei MateP40 and the various controls are normal, which can easily wake up the “Xiao Yi” voice assistant.
Marshall Mode II earphones are connected to Huawei Mi 11, and the remaining battery power icon can be displayed in the status bar.
Marshall Mode II earphones connected to Huawei Mi 11 can perform various operations normally and wake up the “Xiao Ai” voice assistant.
⑤. Connection stability
The actual connection stability of Marshall Mode II true wireless earphones was tested by placing a paired mobile phone in a fixed position in the editorial office, and then wearing the earphones and moving to a different location to test the connection stability of different scenarios and distances.
Line 1, passing through the office area of colleagues, computers, printers and other equipment are all working.
Line 2 passes through the partition wall and a transparent floor-to-ceiling glass.
Line 3 is a straight line without obstructions.
Line 4, passing through the reception room and negotiation area, there are scattered obstacles but no electronic signal equipment.
The measured four-point position of the Marshall Mode II true wireless earphones is stable with the mobile phone’s Bluetooth connection, and there is no disconnection, sound quality damage or intermittent music playback.
⑥. Charging, battery life
The Marshall Mode II true wireless earphones uses a Type-C charging interface in terms of charging endurance, which can be fully charged in about 2 hours. In the fully charged state, the earplugs have a single battery life of 5 hours, and the charging case can also provide 4 times of charging, and the overall battery life can reach 25 hours. During the charging process, there are corresponding indicator lights with different colors for feedback, which is convenient for users to know the charging status.
Marshall Mode II true wireless earphones support wireless charging function, which is very convenient and convenient. And it can also use mobile devices that support wireless reverse charging for emergency charging, so there is no need to worry about the battery life of the earphones.
Marshall Mode II true wireless earphones have their own unique highlights in appearance design. The charging case uses a similar “capsule” shape, rubber material, and leather-like processing. The waistline is decorated with a diamond-shaped dot matrix. It is matched with a raised “Marshall” brand LOGO. The texture, layering and recognition are all at the flagship level.
The earphone adopts a bean-shaped in-ear design with a “M” brand LOGO on the back panel to enhance recognition. The body is treated with frosted technology and ergonomic curve design, which fits tightly and is comfortable to wear. There is no obvious discomfort when worn for a long time.
In terms of interactive control, a touch-control solution is used to distinguish the left and right ears, so as to achieve richer control options. In actual experience, the touch strength of the left and right earphones is different. The left earphone is relatively more flexible, and the click pause/play function of the right earphone has a touch feel biased towards pressure-sensitive buttons, which effectively reduces the risk of music playback caused by accidental touch when not being worn. Power loss.
Marshall Mode II true wireless earphones support transparent mode. The ambient sound level can be adjusted in the Marshall APP on the mobile phone. The sound conversion changes gradually, and the experience is full. In the music experience, the 6mm custom dynamic driver with Marshall signature sound can restore the music well. Rich in details, it also supports custom EQ and has a variety of preset sound effects to meet the individual needs of different users.
In other respects, the Marshall Mode II true wireless earphones has good compatibility in the Bluetooth connection test with Android and iOS systems. The connection is stable within 15m, and there is no disconnection and sound quality damage; 25 hours wireless playtime, with support for wireless charging and wireless reverse charging, it is convenient to charge, and there is no need to worry about the battery life of the earphones.
Overall, the Marshall Mode II true wireless earphones is a high flagship product in terms of design and functional configuration, and has a strong competitiveness in the current TWS earphones market. As one of the world’s famous audio brands, the addition of Marshall will bring strong competitors to the TWS earphones market, and consumers will also have more excellent products to choose from.