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- Room Feel(™) 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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|Sold By||Audio Advisor, Inc.||Real Deal sales||Audio Advisor, Inc.||FAN store||Audio Advisor, Inc.||Loot Hive|
|Item Dimensions||7.88 x 7.88 x 2.88 in||7.88 x 8.25 x 2.8 in||7.88 x 7.88 x 2.88 in||4 x 10 x 9 in||7.87 x 27.56 x 7.87 in||3.78 x 7.48 x 9.92 in|
|Item Weight||0.75 lb||—||0.75 lb||1.85 lbs||0.8 lb||1.69 lbs|
|Additional Features||ios-phone-control, lightweight||ios-phone-control, lightweight, volume-control||ios-phone-control, lightweight||lightweight||Noise-Cancelling||noise-cancellation|
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 Feel™ 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.
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.
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What do the M4U's sound like? Pretty much like nothing at all -- which is exactly what a high fidelity audio component is supposed to deliver. What they "sound like" is the recording they're playing. Paul Barton (PSB's founder and chief engineer) does not intend his products to sound "punchy" or "lively" or to have "awesome bass" or any of the other phrases people use to describe the sound coming from their speakers. He designs speakers that are intended to accurately reproduce the music on the recording. And this is what the M4U's do. If you play a low-resolution nasty recording, they will faithfully reproduce the low-resolution nasty sound. But if you play an excellent recording they give you every bit of the excellence captured on your disc. That isn't the "Beats" audio way. Lots of mediocre audio designers think that if they just exaggerate the bass or add some other "exciting" colorations into the playback you'll be so thrilled you'll throw your money at them. (And enough people do that that I can't say it isn't a viable business model. But it isn't "high fidelity.")
One other point on sound--these are very, very sensitive headphones. Listening on my Kindle Fire HDX I never need to crank the volume much past half-way. But these headphones really shine when connected to a more worthy source. They may not be expensive, but they truly are high end audio. If you've got a decent amplifier or receiver to plug them into you'll get the full reward of owning them.
Accurate sound is enough to make me happy with my new M4U 1's. That said, they aren't perfect. For one thing, they look HUGE on your head. My wife says I look something like a spaceman wearing them. Not a big problem for me since I don't plan on wearing them in public...but just so you know. They're too big and heavy to be the most comfortable 'phones I've ever worn, but the earcups do almost completely cover my ears without squeezing too tightly, and I have no problem wearing them for a couple hours at a time. Also, there is a lot of plastic used in making these headphones. The fit-and-finish is not up there with something like the Bowers & Wilkins headphones. I can live with that since I figure Mr. Barton made the choice to put the money into the sound-producing guts of the thing rather than the cosmetics, but they aren't all that impressive to look at.
None of that matters a whole lot to me, but I'll deduct one star just to be cranky. If I was rating the PSB MU4-1's on the quality of the sound they can reproduce, a full 5 stars would be a no-brainer.
If you want accurate. high fidelity headphones, the PSBs may be just what you're looking for. If you want, "OMG the bass blew me away!!!" then Wal-Mart is just down the street and you can buy your Beats there.
I had 3 uses in mind – open office, train commute and digital piano playing. For me, they are great for two: open office and piano.
- balanced, tight sound
- excellent for digital piano playing (the Kawai CS-10 hybrid sounds incredible on these)
- no obvious coloration, works great on all kinds of genres from classical and opera to EDM
- clean and understated classy looking
- comfortable fit
- just too big for me to travel with, went back to in-ears for commute
- on a hot day things get a bit sweaty
If you need more, I will try to keep it brief. I am not an "audiophile" per se, but am very critical when it comes to sound. You can read the hundreds of reviews online describing these headphones in technical detail, but I will say this: You WILL hear things you have never heard before in your favorite songs, even after listening to it 1000 times before, because the detail and clarity are so precise. I don't know how you could beat these for sound for under $400-500 with other closed-back headphones. Extremely well balanced sound that lets you hear the music as the artist and their producers wanted you to hear it. The bass, mids, and treble do not step on each other but are all very distinct and clear, and the responsiveness of the headphones is amazing. It may have already ruined me for lesser headphones, as they all sound muddy now. I seriously have a hard time to STOP listening to music once I put these on. Have listened for probably 12 hours in past 3.5 days, and this isn't "casual listening" while I walk around...it makes me want to just stop, close my eyes, and enjoy. They say headphones get better after being "broken in" for 50-200 hours...I cannot imagine how much better these can get, but am looking forward to it if they do!!!
These headphones are very comfortable to wear, but they are a bit larger than most, and heavier. I think they are stylish, but I really don't care what others think I look like while wearing them...I will take on a plane and not be embarrassed in the least. I really like that the headphone cable can be inserted into either side of the headphones, and supposedly you can "daisy chain" another set of headphones from the empty side but I haven't tried it. The headphones fold up for travel, and come with their own case which is very convenient. They also come with a spare set of ear pads...how great is that?!?!
One thing important to remember...while these are rated at 32 Ohms and will work fine with a laptop, iPod, smart phone, etc....you will get the best performance from them using a slightly stronger signal like from a dedicated Digital Audio Player, a separate headphone amp / booster, or plugged into a stereo receiver (with the 1/4" plug adapter that comes with it).
Lastly, I had a question about this product after I bought it from the seller Audio Advisor, Inc. (but product shipped by Amazon)...and their Customer Service responded very quickly and made sure I was taken care of. This is the sign of an excellent company, and I hope to give them more business in the future. Audio Advisor is A+++++++ in my book.