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Marshall Mode II are true wireless earbuds with an impressive set of features, but lack active noise cancellation.
The Mode II earbuds feature a custom-tuned 6mm dynamic driver that is “engineered to deliver a thunderous audio experience” to “create a rich audio experience with growling bass, natural-sounding mids and crisp treble” according to Marshall. Externally, the buds feature a typical circular shape, with Marshall’s classic rugged design. The ergonomic earbuds with a customisable and secure fit thanks to four included ear-tip sizes from small to extra large, should stay comfortable for an all-day listening experience.
The earbuds will last for 5 hours of playback on a single charge, with four additional charges in the charging case, for a total of 25 hours of listening. This is roughly on par with other wireless earbuds, but unfortunately not as impressive as their Major IV’s super lengthy battery. LED lights on the case will display the battery level. The case charges wireless or via USB-C. The case looks nice and compact, plus follows Marshall’s iconic brand styling.
The buds are IPX5 water-resistant, keeping you covered from running water, a step above competitors such as the AirPods Pro with IPX4. The charging case is IPX4 water-resistant, which will protect it from water splashes. Bluetooth 5.1 will ensure a stable connection at up to 10 metres from your device. Each bud features a microphone for calls.
The touch responsive earbuds controls music, calls and more. The left bud actives Transparency mode, toggles the EQ settings and summons the voice assistant, while the right earbud controls playback. Use either bud to receive and end calls. The Marshall Bluetooth App can be used to fine tune the EQ settings.
The biggest missing feature is of course active noise cancellation, however the in-ear fit should provide a decent amount of passive noise isolation. With the absence of ANC or any stand out features in mind, $179 puts it a little on the high-end of true wireless earbuds. The Marshall Mode II are available for pre-order today, with shipping starting on 18th March.