Design cues nodding to Marshall’s range of guitar amplifiers can be found everywhere on its Monitor headphones. Black is lavishly used on its cups, metallic arms and headband. Faux leather on the outside looks roughened, but any other part destined to touch the skin is smooth in texture and sumptuously dressed. Breaking the monotone monotony are brass accents. Plenty of attention has been paid to tiny details, such as the Phillips-head screws fixing the brass ‘left’ and ‘right’ nameplates. Wiring from the headband to the cups is coiled, similar to that of a guitar cord. The auxiliary cable too is coiled, and its 3.5mm plugs are coated in studded gold. No other set of headphones can look as provocative as the Marshall Monitor. Between its premium materials, fantastic design, versatile functionality and solid performance, these headphones mean serious business.