The two new entries into the TWS market are Marshall Minor III and Motif A.N.C., both of which somehow remind us of Apple AirPods and AirPods Pro.
Notwithstanding the obvious color difference and Marshall’s signature design touches like the incorporation of knurl elements, the duo does have a strong Apple vibe to it.
Marshall Minor III features custom-tuned 12 mm drivers that promised to deliver enhanced bass, smooth mids, and clear highs without the burden of cables. And it can do so for a total of 5 hours or 25 hours when use with the supplied charging case.
Other features include Bluetooth 5.2, mirrored touch-sensitive earbuds (i.e. you can use either earbud to control music and calls), in-ear detection with auto-pause and -play feature, charging case supports both wired and wireless charging, and IPX4 rated earbuds.
Aesthetically, the Minor III looks suspiciously like the first-gen Apple AirPods (right down to the ear tip-free design), but only in black.
If anyone’s interested, Marshall Minor III is available now for US$129 from Marshallheadphones.com.
Meanwhile, the Marshall Motif A.N.C. is, as the product name implies, is a pair that boasts active noise cancellation. Like all good ANC headphones, Motif also offers Transparency mode for the time you need to be aware of the surrounding.
Key tech specs include 6 mm dynamic drivers, IPX5 rated earbuds, IPX4 rated charging case, Bluetooth 5.2, touch control on earbuds, 4 mics for ANC, 2 mics for phone calls, and 4.5 hours of playtime with ANC or up to 20 hours with ANC when used with the supplied charging case.
Last checked, the Marshall Motif A.N.C. is listed as “Out Of Stock” on Marshall Headphones’ website. Not sure what’s happening here. Is it not available yet or has it really sold out? I am skeptical about the latter. Anyhoo, it will sell for US$199 when it becomes available.
All images courtesy of Marshall Headphones.