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2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously cool headphones for rock and metal... but flawed design!, 26 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Marshall Major Headphones (Electronics)
Bought mine in October 2011 after becoming fed up with my excellent - but "breaky" Koss Porta Pro headphones having to be continually sent back due to problems with the headphone jack. I finally decided to spend a bit more - well quite a lot more actually - on a decent pair, so available for testing in a well known high street retailer, I finally went for the Marshalls for a number of reasons:

Pros:
They look cool as hell and any rock fan worth their salt will already know the legendary Marshall branding
Tested side by side against more expensive pairs, these sounded as good, if not better, than many of them
Paired with my Nokia N8 (far better music player than my iPods), these kick serious butt for guitar orientated music
Build quality seems high
Soft ear cushions and tight fit reduces sound leakage on public transport
The Coiled guitar style lead allows movement without the need for an annoying two or three metre long cable

Cons:
I have a fairly large head (or so I'm told!) and they can become almost painfully tight after a while. They can be repositioned of course but even this has no effect eventually: probably good to give your ears a rest after a few hours of Metallica or Slayer though!
No carry case: shame really as they can still get damaged if thrown into a busy back pack

All in all, a good buy and easily better than Dr Dre's costing twice the price...

EDIT 13th July 2012: unfortunately just had to return my second pair back to the retailer as the headphone folding hinge has broken in exactly the same place as my first pair, the back hinge on the cord side. I suspect this is due to the folding style of the headphones which puts pressure on that particular hinge, possibly because I fold the non-corded side first. This seems to present a vulnerable spot, with which any movement once folded, will snap the back hinge. The hinge, being made of not particularly strong plastic or well designed, simply gives way and breaks apart. I also suspect the excessively tight and rigid headband construction, as noted by myself and others, also puts unwanted pressure on the hinges.

Unfortunately, despite the great sound and look these 'phones offer, this is the second time this has happened to me so I can no longer recommend these headphones. Since I now view this as an inherent design flaw - and the retailer agrees - and the fact that the same thing will likely happen again if I took another pair and folded them in the same way, I sadly exchanged them for another brand.
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