The Marshall Mid A.N.C. noise-canceling wireless headphones were designed for life on the road.
Wireless noise-cancelers give a nod to Marshall's legacy
I showed the Marshall Mid A.N.C. wireless noise-canceling headphones to some gigging musicians working here at Crutchfield, and they really got a kick out of them. It's easy to see why. These headphones are ALL Marshall — from the classic gold logo, to the solid feel of the earcups, to the design touches that pay homage to the company's iconic guitar amps.
And these lightweight on-ears were made with the traveling musician in mind. The Mid A.N.C. 'phones fit firmly and offer generous cushioning around the headband and earcups. Music or podcasts play wirelessly from your smartphone via Bluetooth, while active noise-canceling technology knocks out extraneous sounds around you.
A killer unboxing experience
When I first opened these headphones, I had to pause a moment to admire the carrying case. The exterior is covered in soft, leather-look vinyl and the interior is lined with beautiful red velvet that's pleasant to the touch. I found the headphones packed in a neat bundle inside, folded up at their heavy-duty metal hinges.
The included carrying case has the same "Marshall" look and feel as the headphones.
Cut out the noise, and crank it up
The Marshall Mid A.N.C. 'phones did a good job of canceling the constant humming of my home's furnace. And they sounded true to their name: the mids really stood out in an exciting way. There was a slight boost to the low-end, but it was more complementary than "boomy" — it adds muscle for sure, but the huge bass heads will want to look elsewhere.
Not surprisingly, guitar-fueled tracks fared best. Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns, and, Money" came through with appropriate energy. Vocals sat front-and-center, and the instruments had a welcome edginess. And on more laid-back tracks, these headphones were versatile enough to take on the personality of the music.
On-ear, one-button control over music and calls
I thought the small brass button on the earcup was pretty neat and unique. I could push that button in, but also move it around with my thumb like an analog joystick. That's how you play and pause music, skip tracks, adjust the volume, and answer phone calls.