Marshall Major 50 FX headphones celebrate company's half-century

Limited-edition models include amp-style vinyl, gold piping

8 Nov 2012
Marshall Major 50 FX

Marshall has announced a new entry in its Major headphone series, the Major 50 FX, designed to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary.

Based on the existing Major Pitch Black design, the Major 50 FX headphones feature a 40mm moving-coil dynamic speaker with a 47 Ohm impedance, providing sensitivity of 100mV at 1KHz and a frequency response of 20Hz-20KHz. A vinyl headband, which is constructed of the same material Marshall uses for its amplifiers, is etched with the inscription "Est. 1962 London, England" as a homage to the company's origins.

The headphone's cable includes an in-line volume control, common across the FX family, with support for Apple's iOS products including the iPod Touch and iPhone. The system also includes an integrated microphone, but while the latter will work fine on almost any device the volume control is an Apple-exclusive and will not operate on non-Apple smartphones or computers.

The external design has also been tweaked, receiving several gold highlights to demonstrate the headset's limited-edition nature. Gold piping has been applied to the outer ear caps and is used to pick out the Marshall logo, while the inner hinges feature gold plaques engraved with "50 Years" insignia. Even the 3.5mm audio jack is given a gold finish.

Finally, the Major 50 FX includes a canvas carrying pouch displaying the Marshall logo, designed for those who decide to use the in-line microphone and volume control with their Apple devices but who don't want to wear the headphones permanently while out and about.

The Marshall Major 50 FX is available now, priced at £140.

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