I’m now in my forties and throughout my life I’ve had countless headphones. I remember being in the back of the car as my parents drove me and my brothers to the coast for our annual holiday. Walkman in my lap and a pair of flimsy headphones with foam padding clamped around my head.
These days we are spoilt with the variety on offer, and those inclined can spend a small fortune so the music they listen to is as close to perfection as possible.
But what about the other end of the spectrum? My own children seem to go through a pair of headphones a month and can’t afford to be spending upwards of £100 to replace them each time. Luckily there are lots of cheaper options available, but does cheaper have to mean inferior and which ones do you choose?
I was recently sent a pair of Marsno earphones to test and at only £9.99 a pair they are certainly affordable.
But do they hold up to the more established brands? Read on to find out.
The earphones come in a decent size box and are accompanied by a whole host of accessories. You get the earphones, obviously, but also a series of extra sleeves in a variety of sizes so you can find the perfect fit for your ear.
You also get a carry pouch and adapters should you wish to wear the earphones over your ears instead of the traditional way. These are useful if your running or working out at the gym and need that extra support.
The earphones themselves do look more expensive than they are, with the metallic finish on the casing and auxiliary jack. They are stylish and sturdy meaning they could stand being bashed about when thrown into a bag or a pocket.
Part way down the wire you have a function button, so you can control your phone, plus a microphone for taking calls. Although Marsno did choose to not include any volume controls, which I did miss. I personally like to be able to adjust the volume while I’m out, without having to get my phone out of my pocket each time.
For testing purposes I compared the Marsno earphones to the standard Apple wired earphones which come with any iPhone and a more high-end pair of Jaybird earphones, which are my go to pair.
Once you choose the correct sleeve for your ear size, the earphones are quite comfortable. I’ve used them while out running and at the gym and they didn’t come loose or fall out, unlike the Apple version.
Comfort is one thing, but the more important question is what do they sound like? I felt that the Apple earphones had better overall sound quality but the Marsno one had more punch to them. They had deeper bass but at the cost of some of the higher fidelity sounds which did get squashed.
I managed to balance out the bass a little by adjusting the equaliser settings, but this didn’t bring back the higher notes.
From a sound cancellation point of view, Marsno did a better job of stopping outside noise from leaking in, whereas the Apple earphones did nothing, so I had to turn the volume up more on those to compensate.
If you like your music with more bass than the standard Apple earphones and losing a bit of the higher notes isn’t an issue then, at the price, these earphones are for you. I’m guessing though that with a budget of £10 you’re not expecting crystal clear audio with a perfect pitch.
These are good earphones, sturdy, stylish and with decent sound quality. Not great, but decent and they do the job. I would have liked to see volume controls though on the function tab.
Although Marsno supplied the earphones for me to test, the opinions offered in this review are my own.