Marshall noise-canceling headphones challenge Sony, Bose to battle of the (head)bands – CNET

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Marshall has announced its first set of over-ear noise-canceling headphones — the Monitor II ANC — which will be available in March. The company is pitching these as a premium model with features such as a Google Assistant button and 30 hours of battery life, and is pricing them as such at $319 (£269 or about AU$520).

The headphones feature an ANC button. You can use it to toggle between active noise cancellation and “Monitoring Mode” or turn it off altogether.

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The headphones can play up to 45 hours with the noise-canceling function off and offer 5 hours of wireless playtime with 15 minutes of charging. The headphones offer Bluetooth 5.0 plus a separate cord for when you’re low on battery.

The company’s previous noise-canceling model, the Mid ANC, was unusual because it was an on-ear design, which typically leaks a lot of external noise. Being over-ears the Monitor II should mitigate the issue somewhat.

At the price there are a number of excellent designs, however, including the $299 Sony WF-1000XM3 and the $399 Bose Noise Cancelling 700 but neither of them are inspired by a Marshall stack, so…

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