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PSB M4U 1 High Performance Over-Ear Headphones (Black)
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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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|Item Dimensions||7.88 x 7.88 x 2.88 in||4 x 6.7 x 9.9 in||7.87 x 27.56 x 7.87 in||7.88 x 8.25 x 2.8 in||7.6 x 9.2 x 5.2 in|
|Item Weight||0.75 lb||1.6 lbs||0.8 lb||—||2.31 lbs|
|Additional Features||ios-phone-control, lightweight||foldable, ios-phone-control, lightweight||Noise-Cancelling||ios-phone-control, lightweight, volume-control||foldable, ios-phone-control|
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.
Top customer reviews
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?
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
Sound is amazing, but the quality of the set itself is sketchy. Mine have not broken or anything, but they feel cheap to the touch and shake a lot when you move them, as if the plastic is not the right fit. On top of that, they can truly get uncomfortable. These can get really tight and hot really quick when you are listening to something on the computer, and good luck using them while on a plane trip or anything similar.
Cons: large size even when folded in its case; right earcup creaky noise when moved; right adjustment loose, wouldn't stay in its most extended position; somewhat tight clamping force (I have large head), but soft earpad cushions make it tolerable; no major complaints about the sound except with neutral bass, some may prefer a headphone with more potent bass (NAD Viso HP50)
I recently bought and tried several top-rated headphones under $400 (each) all at the same time in an effort to find my perfect headphone. This one didn't come out on top, but it wasn't far behind. This was my second favorite, closed-back headphone behind the NAD Viso HP50. The 2 headphones are similar in sound, but not the same. They were both designed by the same person (Paul Barton) with their RoomFeel technology to make them sound more like listening to really good speakers in a room, rather than that closed-in sound you get with most closed back headphones. I can tell you that both do indeed sound more spacious, open, and 3 dimensional than any other closed back phones I've tried.
As mentioned in the Pros section, these sound very good overall. The midrange and vocals really stand out, so if you're a fan of that, these are for you. The bass is present and adequate, but not powerful. I would call it neutral. The highs are close to neutral as well. These have a very fun, dynamic sound in my opinion. I watched a movie with them and the dialogue and midrange sounds really stood out. Although the midrange is forward compared to bass and treble, they never sounded harsh or fatiguing. Quite smooth, actually.
The NAD Viso HP50, by comparison, has a mostly neutral sound with slightly enhanced bass. On the HP50, the midrange, vocals, and treble, all sound very neutral, and the bass is enhanced somewhat, but in a very good way. You get plenty of bass, but not so much that it starts sounding boomy or interfering with the midrange. It's really quite an achievement. Also, I think the HP50 has a larger soundstage (more spacious sound) and more precise imaging than the M4U. Again, quite an achievement considering the enhanced bass. The HP50 are the better sounding headphones in my opinion. They're also smaller, lighter, more comfortable, and come with an iOS compatible 3 button remote cable. It all comes down to personal preference: if you prefer midrange and vocals go with the M4U; if you prefer more bass, go with the HP50. Both headphones sound fantastic for closed back design. I even preferred them to the $400 Oppo PM-3 headphones in terms of sound quality. The PM-3 are more detailed, but also more analytical, and less musical, with a narrower soundstage (less spacious sound).
Finally, I'd like to mention how the PSB M4U 1 compare to another extremely popular closed-back headphone, the Audio Technica ATH-M50x in terms of sound quality. I used to own the M50x but didn't compare these 2 directly. I can tell you that the M50x has more bass, more treble, and the midrange and vocals are lower in level compared with the bass and treble. So, basically a V-shaped sound signature. The M4U 1 have the opposite: higher level midrange compared to its bass and treble. I think the M4U sound more realistic, natural and more refined than the M50x, with that RoomFeel technology for a more spacious and open sound, like listening to speakers in a room. The M50x by comparison have a very narrow soundstage (not very spacious) that makes them sound like listening to headphones. Nothing wrong with either. Again, comes down to personal perference.
I hope this review was helpful. Good luck in your headphone search!