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PSB M4U 1 High Performance Over-Ear Headphones (Black)

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  • Room Feel(TM) acoustic technology
  • Two tangle-free cords and convenient remote and stereo monitor controls with mic for iPhone and BlackBerry
  • Unique dual input connection (left or right)
  • Comfort Fit Gyro-suspended, self-adjusting replaceable ear pads
  • Easy folding for travel and storage
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Product Description

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PSB took its 40 years of sonic expertise designing loudspeakers and packed it into the M4U 1 high performance headphones, which offer PSB's exclusive Room FeelTM technology. The M4U 1 provides the same musicality as the award-winning M4U 2 headphones, but without their amplification or Active Noise Cancelling circuitry. The M4U 1s were named the 'Best $300 Headphone' by Geoffrey Morrison and a panel of judges at The Wirecutter magazine.

Enjoy "Room Feel" in a Headphone
For at-home or on-the-go listening, these passive mode headphones are designed to give you the experience of Room Feel for a more true-to-nature sonic experience that doesn't take anything away from the musical performance - but without all the fuss. Just put them on and enjoy. No batteries or switches necessary. Just pure, simple sound.

Extended Comfort
Listen longer in extra comfort. The ergonomic ear pads are gyro-suspended and self-adjusting to give you a precise fit. They also naturally isolate your music from the outside world. The lightweight and extremely soft replaceable ear pads allow you to lose yourself in those extended listening sessions. The expandable headband also adjusts easily for a more customized fit.

Lightweight and Ready to Go
On a train, on a plane, from your computer to your bedroom, PSB headphones are lightweight and ready to pack up anywhere you want to go. Fold 'em up into the protective travel case and you'll never be far from true hi-fi listening. Two tangle-free cords are included, one standard and the other featuring an in-line remote to play, pause, or skip music. This cable also includes a microphone to take calls from iPhone or Blackberry. Other accessories include a protective travel case, extra ear pads, a microfiber cleaning cloth, a 1/4" stereo adaptor, and a dual input flight adaptor.

Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 7.9 x 2.9 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00AFUE7S6
  • Item model number: M4U1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 23, 2013

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Color: Black Verified Purchase
I needed a closed pair of headphones to use during late-night listening sessions, when my wife and daughter are asleep, and where my (VERY) open-backed Grado PS500's leaked too much sound. The Grado's are amazing, and had they made a closed headphone, they could simply sign me up. So I began a journey to find the ideal audiophile closed headphone, which would also isolate noise effectively in a passive way, and ideally be portable. I tried the Beyerdynamic DT1350, great treble, punchy bass, and good mids. It just wasn't as "FUN" as I was looking for. Additionally, it got uncomfortable being supra-aural on sitting on the ear. I also tried the VModa M100, as I had read it was more accurate than their previous offerings. Ok, it is incredibly built, military grade even. But it was just still too colored for me, adding bass in places that didn't need it, and overpowering the mids. The treble was fairly good, but a little rolled off at the limits. Next I tried the Sennheiser Amperior. This is a good headphone, and many will like it. I thought the highs were a bit zazzy and hot, especially with "S" and "T" sounds. Of course, the source was critical, and the better the quality of the file, the better the output. I just couldn't put my finger on why I didn't want to keep them, but the clamping force was the deciding factor. Throughout this search of trial and error, I came across several glowing reviews for the PSB M4U 2's, which featured active noise cancelling. I had never been a huge fan of the way added electronics altered the sound quality and transparency of these types of headphones, but many respected audio publications said they were different. Then I read that PSB had recently released a new model without the active noise cancelling.Read more ›
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I spent weeks looking for a pair of closed-back headphones that would work well in a noisy office environment. I finally decided on these and couldn't be happier.

I tried the Sennheiser Momentum, AKG 550, AKG 551 and Audio Technica ATH-M50s. In short:

Sennheiser: Beautiful craftsmanship but only if you have newborn baby-sized ears. I have completely normal sized ears and these were excruciatingly uncomfortable. It's amazing to me that so much thought can be put into a product but completely miss on something as seemingly obvious as this.

AKG: I really wanted to love these but in the end found them too harsh and not a great value. For $250 you get the cans in a cardboard box. That's pretty much it. The 551s rip out the nice cord on the 550s and replace it with the world's crappiest looking microphone. Very comfortable, just didn't like the sound much at all.

Audio Technica: Great all around and cheaper, but in the end the PSBs just sounded better.

I love the sound. I love the case, all the accessories, the mic is handy on occasion. I can wear them for hours and they're comfortable (once you get used to the clamping force). My lone complain is the glossy finish (though a microfiber cloth is included!). I don't know why companies continue to make glossy black plastic that shows every single fingerprint. But, when they're on my head, doin' their thing, I can't see them anyway, so who cares?
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I really wanted to love these headphones. Most reviews are stellar. I thought for sure, these would be keepers.

The sound of these headphones is excellent. It really is. Excellent bass response that goes very low, and nice highs with a good amount of sparkle. The mids/mid-highs set back a little in the mix. They are present, just laid back. These headphones basically have a slight "V-shaped" frequency response. I find the low mids (300-500hz) a little too much for my taste, so slight eq (less than -1dB reduction) solves it for me. Great sounds for the money, no doubt.

These isolate very well. As a test for leakage, I listened to music at a decent volume, sitting next to my wife who was watching a movie, and it didn't bother her. I also couldn't hear her, or her movie, unless I didn't have any music playing.

15/20 min into listening, and I notice the primary problem: Clamping force. Holy cow batman. Imagine a small child pressing their hands against the outside of your favorite headphones, against your head. At first, you may not notice a problem, and then you start realizing the sides of your head/ears start to ache. After 30-40 minutes, i couldn't take it anymore. I tried over and over for days, hoping the clamping pressure would let up, but it hasn't. I have an average sized adult male head. I have experience with some other headphones, a few that had some initial minor discomfort (Grado ear pads for instance). These take the cake on discomfort for me.

It's the one reason I am planning to return them, which is so frustrating, because I love the audio. If you have a smaller head, I imagine you'll get addicted to these headphones.
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I love these headphones. Love them. There's no doubt these headphones SOUND better than any Beats or Bose headphone I've ever used.

However, I am not so sure they are BUILT better than Beats or Bose.

As much as I love these headphones, I don't use them very often. So imagine my surprise after 5 months of very infrequent use, one of the headphones fell off the headband right at the hinge.

PSB requires that you go through the vendor for any returns, so I called Audio Advisor and requested an RMA. They were quick to answer and quick to respond.

Hopefully the headphones that I get back will last longer than 5 months.
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