Marshall introduces its most premium wireless headphones yet, the Monitor II ANC

Marshall Monitor II ANC
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The newest and most premium model in Marshall's headphone line-up is now available for pre-order, and, on paper at least, the headphones are everything Marshall fans could ever wish for.

The big draw here, aside from their over-ear design, is the Monitor II ANC's active noise cancellation, which has three modes – on, off and ‘Monitoring Mode’ – which can be selected using the dedicated on-cup ANC button.

The wireless headphones, which use the latest Bluetooth 5.0 standard, also boast an impressive battery life: up to 30 hours of wireless playtime with active noise cancelling and up to 45 hours without. 

If you're heading out and need to charge in a hurry, Marshall promises you'll get up to five hours of wireless playtime from just a 15-minute charge, too.

Marshall has also added the helpfulness of Google Assistant to the Monitor II ANC wireless over-ears. With a press and hold of the M-button on the headphones, you can tell Google to play your favourite playlist, predict the weather, read your text messages or give you directions. 

Their collapsible design means that they should be a top travel companion, too. Aside from the ANC button and M-Button, Marshall's newest and most premium headphones also feature what Marshall is calling a "Multi-Directional Control Knob" for controlling music playback and phone functionality. 

Firmware updates for Monitor II A.N.C. will occur automatically, via the Marshall companion app, and in the box you'll get a USB-C charging cable, a detachable 3.5mm cord and a canvas carry bag.

The Monitor II ANC headphones, priced £269 (€299), are available to pre-order now, with an on-sale date of 17th March.


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Becky has been a full-time staff writer at What Hi-Fi? since March 2019. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, she freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 20-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance is of course tethered to a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo, This is Cabaret and The Stage. When not writing, she dances, spins in the air, drinks coffee, watches football or surfs in Cornwall with her other half – a football writer whose talent knows no bounds.