December 10, 2023

Marshall’s second-gen Motif ANC wi-fi earbuds — appropriately referred to as the Marshall Motif II ANC — look precisely just like the first-gen Motif, however below the hood are some welcome enhancements like higher battery life, higher energetic noise cancellation (ANC) efficiency, and assist for Bluetooth LE Audio. The worth, then again, stays the identical: you should purchase them staring August 29 for $199 on Marshall’s web site. The corporate expects them to ship on September 12.

Marshall has a expertise for understatement. Its press launch for the Marshall Motif II ANC talks in regards to the improved battery life twice — the brand new earbuds now get six hours of ANC playtime on a cost and a complete of 30 hours with the case (versus 4.5 and 20 on the first-gen) — however by no means mentions that the brand new Motif now have Bluetooth Multipoint for connecting two units concurrently.

Man wearing Marshall Motif II ANC.

It additionally talks in regards to the improved ANC by offhandedly mentioning the additional microphone that’s now on board, however then neglects to say that you could now speak to your cellphone’s voice assistant, one thing the unique Motif ANC wi-fi earbuds didn’t assist. I do know that modesty is the higher a part of valor, however c’mon, guys.

Help for Bluetooth LE Audio can also be part of the Motif II ANC specs, however as soon as once more, Marshall appears virtually apologetic about the truth that getting LE Audio to work will rely upon assist out of your chosen smartphone, which is hardly Marshall’s fault. Not like many firms bringing LE Audio-compatible headphones and earbuds to the market, Marshall had no downside committing to supporting Bluetooth Auracast — arguably probably the most attention-grabbing side of the brand new Bluetooth customary — as soon as the characteristic is supported by all the gamers who must make it occur.

Marshall Motif II ANC in charging case.

Wi-fi charging continues to be a characteristic of the Motif buds, as does a battery-saving mode, which Marshall says has been improved. Nonetheless the extra vital eco word is likely to be the truth that the earbuds are actually produced from 70% post-consumer recycled plastic, together with used electronics, water bottles, and automotive mild covers.

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