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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize superb sound quality for music enjoyment, Marshall Major IV would be the better choice as they are known to have a higher sound quality and are also comfortable for extended periods. They also include a microphone with a higher quality for calls, a detachable cable for wired use, and remarkably long battery life. Additionally, they are foldable, enhancing their portability, despite being bulkier than earbuds. However, for convenience and portability, the Apple AirPods shine due to their small size and ear detection feature, making them more suitable for on-the-go use and exercise, despite having lower sound isolation and no active noise cancelling unlike the Marshall Major IV. Both are compatible with iOS devices, but if you intend to use them for watching TV or gaming, be aware that neither of these devices are optimized for low latency, which is important for sync between audio and video. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple Airpods (2nd generation)
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Marshall Major IV
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

5.8
Airpods (2nd generation)
Major IV
6.6
The Marshall Major IV is only fair for music, while the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) is poor.

Gaming

4.8
Airpods (2nd generation)
Major IV
5.4
The Marshall Major IV and Apple Airpods (2nd generation) are both poor for gaming, though the Marshall Major IV is somewhat better.

Phone Calls

6.9
Airpods (2nd generation)
Major IV
5.8
The Apple Airpods (2nd generation) is only fair for phone calls, while the Marshall Major IV is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.1
Airpods (2nd generation)
Major IV
6.1
The Apple Airpods (2nd generation) is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Marshall Major IV is only fair.

Noise Reduction

2.5
Airpods (2nd generation)
Major IV
5.6
The Marshall Major IV and Apple Airpods (2nd generation) are both poor for noise reduction, though the Marshall Major IV is somewhat better.

Battery

4.0 Hours
Airpods (2nd generation)
Major IV
80.0 Hours
The Apple Airpods (2nd generation) has 4 hours of battery life. The Marshall Major IV has 80 hours of battery life.

Cost

$89
Airpods (2nd generation)
Major IV
$97
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The Apple Airpods (2nd generation) has a price of $89 and the Marshall Major IV costs $97.

Build Quality

7.6
Airpods (2nd generation)
Major IV
8.5
The Marshall Major IV has very good build quality, while the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) has good build quality.
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Key similarities

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TV and Video

5.4
Airpods (2nd generation)
Major IV
5.7
The Marshall Major IV and Apple Airpods (2nd generation) are both poor for TV and video.

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How the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) and the Marshall Major IV compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple Airpods (2nd generation)Marshall Major IV
Apple Airpods (2nd generation)Marshall Major IV

GENERAL

Price
$89
$97
Brand
AppleMarshall
Release Date
March 1, 2019October 1, 2021
Form Factor
EarbudsHeadphones
Connectivity
WirelessWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
5.9/106.6/10
Phone Calls Score
7/105.8/10
Gaming Score
4.9/105.5/10
TV and Video Score
5.5/105.8/10
Exercise Score
5.8/106.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
4 Hours80 Hours
Wireless charging
YesYes
Charging time
0.5 Hours3 Hours
Bluetooth version
55
Case Battery Life
24N/A

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/105.7/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
NoNo
iOS App
NoNo
Mic Quality
6.5/109/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
7.6/108.5/10
Comfort score
7.6/107.8/10
Size
SmallN/A
Weight (headset or single earbud)
4 Grams165 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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Sound Guys

Jasper Lastoria | September 2023
"The Marshall Major IV shares quite a bit in common with its predecessor, but a key upgrade appears to be softer ear cushions. They make upgrading worth it. As a set of basic wired or wireless headphones the Major IV ticks most boxes by remaining easy to use, and fairly comfortable (at least, as on-ear headphones go)."

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About Apple

Apple Inc. is an American technology company, founded in 1976, known for its wide range of premium products, including smartphones, computers, and audio solutions. Apple offers the very popular personal audio line AirPods, highly regarded for their wireless, smart capabilities and their seamless integration with the iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. They provide a high-quality sound, comfort and lifestyle features perfect for all users invested in their ecosystem.

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