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PSB M4U 2 Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones (Black)
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- Around-the-ear design with closed, padded ear cups and adjustable headband and folds up for easier storage and portability
- Active noise-canceling technology reduces distracting external sounds
- Active listening mode uses built-in headphone amplifier for more powerful and precise audio with portable sources; Tri-mode operation allows passive listening (without batteries), active listening mode, and active listening mode with noise cancellation
- In-line remote/microphone for hands-free use with iPod, iPhone, and iPad
- In-line push-to-hear monitor control pauses the audio source and noise-canceling feature for brief conversations without removing headphones
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|Sold By||Audio Advice||COWIN||GoldBarGoods||Amazon.com||WORLD WIDE STEREO||Audio Advisor, Inc.|
|Color||Black||With Active Noise Cancelling||Black||Black||White||Black|
|Item Dimensions||7.87 x 27.56 x 7.87 in||3.62 x 6.54 x 7.13 in||2.95 x 10.23 x 8.47 in||5.88 x 2.5 x 9.38 in||2.88 x 7.88 x 7.88 in||7.88 x 7.88 x 2.88 in|
|Item Weight||0.8 lb||0.85 lb||1.55 lbs||6.9 ounces||0.8 lb||0.75 lb|
|Additional Features||Noise-Cancelling||Noise cancelling headphones, Bluetooth headphones||universal-phone-control, noise-cancellation||lightweight, Noise-Cancelling-Feature||Exclusive Room FeelTM technology, Active Noise Cancelation (ANC), Active Mode and Passive Mode available||ios-phone-control, lightweight|
:Designed for people on the move.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 youll never be far from true hi-fi listening. We even added a thoughtful touch for your comfortdual input connections on either side of the headphones means no more crossed wires. Just plug in the cable on the left or right and be within easy reach of a headphone jack no matter where its situated.All of the music. None of the noise.Sometimes you just want it to be just you and your music in your own personal space. The PSB M4U 2 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones dont let anything come between you and enjoying your music. Thanks to PSBs exclusive Room FeelTM technology, your music will sound so rich and natural youll think youre listening to a set of high-end loudspeakers.All of the music. Non-stop.The M4U 2 model features three convenient modes of operation: Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), Active Mode, and Passive Mode (without batteries). Listen all day and all night with 60 hours of run time in ANC or Active modes. When you're out of batteries, switch to Passive Mode without missing a beat.Ergonomically sound.Listen longer in extra comfort. PSB's unique two-way adjustable ear pads are gyro-suspended for optimal ergonomics and supreme comfort.
Top Customer Reviews
I fully expected to use them for years to come, until the headband split in half from normal use...
It is pretty lame to spend $400 on headphones to have them break in half 11 months in. I literally only used them at work, so they never left my desk.
So, just the normal strain placed on them from putting them on my head caused them to fall apart... I absolutely would never buy these again, and I'm going to stay away from PSB headphones in the future.
Before these I had $90 Sony monitors that lasted 4 years and are still going strong. These were 4x more expensive and did even last a year of light use...
I previously wrote you about a pair of PSB M4U 2 headphones that appeared to be defective due to suffering from what I thought was interference in various environments. But the replacement pair I got is at least as bad, possibly worse, and I've come to realize this must be a design defect.
The issue effectively precludes the use of the noise-cancelling function (which is a central feature of the headphones). I find it odd that a majority of users do not report this issue, but I'm skeptical I could have gotten two similarly defective models. I also don't think the issue is a function of how I'm using the headphones, because it occurs regardless of which source is feeding them, or for that matter even with no source connected at all.
The issue is that small external noise inputs will trigger a chain reaction of rather loud pop-pop-pop-pop noises when in active noise-canceling mode. The easiest way to set this off is to tap the headphones with a finger while they're in noise-canceling mode, but the click of the button as it goes from amplified mode to noise-canceling mode is enough to trigger it (quickly clicking from passive mode straight to noise canceling mode avoids triggering it), as is chewing food, walking while wearing the headphones, road vibration while in a vehicle, or even just the jaw movement of yawning. Even sitting perfectly still, after a few minutes, random environmental noise in an airplane cabin will trigger it, and certain sounds reproduced by the headphones, such as while watching a movie, will also trigger it. It's extremely unpleasant. Sometimes the pops will resolve on their own, sometimes the only way to resolve them is to switch out of noise-canceling mode, in part because they seem to be self-reinforcing, i.e. each pop triggers another pop, and so on.
The headphones otherwise function superbly, as I would expect from a company with PSB's reputation, so I am very disappointed this apparent design defect requires me to return them. My only modest additional feedback is that the hiss of the amplified (non-noise canceling) mode is on the louder side, depending on source impedance and content, but that's manageable, especially since passive mode is available as needed. And it appears the case could be a little thinner and still fit the headphones, the current case barely fits in a briefcase, which is a shortcoming for a travel-oriented device. But these are minor points, whereas the defect I described is a severe shortcoming. I hope you're able to address it in future models! And if you think something else might be going on, or you regard this as acceptable headphone function, I'd be very curious to hear that, too.
Sound-wise these are great. Very accurate. Good bass. Good harmonic balance (flat-ish). You can "feel" PSB's skill wrt acoustic when it comes to the sound. Closed back (or it seems).
Fit wise they are adequate. Neither the best (not by a long shot) nor the worse I've worn. Just somewhere in the middle. I wear them at work and have them on most of the day. They're "ok" for that length of use. Fairly heavy (but not oppressively so). Fairly large (good). Over the ear fit (for my "normalish", "large", male head ... hat size => 7.5). If you have large ear lobes you may not like these (the oval shape may impede).
Now for the negatives...
Save your money and just get the non-noise cancelling version. The NC functionality of these is not on par with Bose's NC. It *does not* mask much. Arguably nothing. ... AND ... it *injects* noise and does a rather poor job of dealing with changing external influences (especially "snap" sorts of noises).
The NC *does not* mask nearby open-cube, office voices. All it does is take away background white noise (HVAC, etc.) and replace it with its own "brand" of (slightly softer) white noise. Lame.
The good news wrt the NC is that if you don't use it, you won't need any batteries. Others have mentioned it's a pain to access the battery door. They're right. I used a small, flat blade screw driver. It takes 2x AAA batteries on the side that is OPPOSITE of the control switch (the documentation doesn't even come close to indicating this and I wound up forcing the removal of the equivalent, opposite side where the electronic are). No way in <censored> was the actual battery door going to open with just my fingers. Consequently, I'd have to say that if you use these on the road they'd actually be a PITA (if you had to change the batteries in an airport or some such). Numerous reasons to just get the non NC version and save $50.
The sound of these is very good though. So, I'll be keeping mine...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pros: Great sound, pretty good noise cancellation.Read more