Marshall’s joystick button is a great way to control wireless headphones

If you use hardware in today's digital age, you may feel that the software that powers the device is positioned as a back seat. This month's Button of the Month aims to assess how each button and switch interacts with the device on a physical and tactile level by looking at what each button and switch is on an old and new device.

Control music with headphones. Conventional wisdom has traditionally created a long in-line remote control on the right wire of the headphone to provide some sort of control, and an advanced three-button setting and microphone to add a single button or volume control to switch playback / pause. Apple tried to make an iPod Shuffle entirely based on headphone controls at one time, but gave up pretty quickly.

What should I do because my headphones no longer have wires? You can add complex button arrays or dials, but are difficult to use if you can not see them (for example, KitSound Arena's button ring). By adding touch controls, you can leave missed swipes and accidental tapping at your expense. B & O Play decided to use the "double-tap to redial last number" feature.


marshalls joystick button is a great way to control wireless headphones

Or you can do what Marshall does. The company's wireless headphones remain the simplest and most elegant solution for controlling music without wires.

Located on the left headphone can, the joystick is as simple as: Click to play / pause the music or answer the incoming call); Tilt up to increase volume. Tilt down to lower. Press forward. You will then proceed to the next track. Press back for the previous track. Intuitive, simple, and basically fast. You can control every aspect of your music listening experience without having to watch a cell phone, knowing which direction you are heading.


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Even more important, Marshall has done a good job with Burton's real hardware. Sturdy brass is durable and lightly etched, making it easy to hold with your thumb. Pressing or tilting will result in a magnificent and satisfying click. There are no casual gestures here. You can tell when you move or click Marshall joystick.

Keeping control of your wireless headphones will be a problem. Marshall's old-fashioned joystick is always attractive to advanced solutions like touchpad, but reminds you that enthusiasts may not always be better.


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