"Product of the Year 2014 Runner Up" Award from Stereophile
"Product of the Year" 2012 - Sound+Vision Magazine
Active Noise Canceling Headphones
PSB has years of expertise crafting amazing loudspeakers. And now Paul Barton and his crew bring their finesse to the company's first ever pair of headphone with the M4U 2. And they're not just excellent sounding audiophile headphones. They include active noise canceling circuitry to help block out annoying background sounds and let you get closer to the music.
"Super-Smooth, Yet Extremely Detailed"
The M4 U2 has been racking up the prestigious honors. It just won a "Product of the Year 2014 Runner Up" Award from Stereophile in the magazine's December 2014 issue.
The January 2013 issue of Sound&Vision magazine honored the M4U 2 with "Product of the Year" honors, praising its "remarkably consistent sonics in active, passive, and noise-canceling modes.
"My brief audition of the M4U 2 reminded me a lot of PSB's regular speakers – it sounded super-smooth, yet extremely detailed. They were extremely comfortable, too," marvels Brent Butterworth in Sound&Vision magazine online for September 12, 2011.
"They sound great. Tight, powerful bass, with detailed, articulate highs," notes Geoffrey Morrison in his CNET.com review for September 9, 2011.
If the words 'audiophile' and 'noise canceling' seem to be at odds with one another, Gene DellaSala at Audioholics.com had similar reservations. But they lasted only until he tried the M4U 2 at the CEDIA trade show. "I never heard a pair of noise-cancelling headphones I could live with until I heard the PSBs. The headphones had plenty of rich bass and they did a bang up job of cutting down show noise floor while still remaining musical."
Great Sound in Passive Mode, Too
A pair of AAA batteries runs the noise cancellation circuitry and built-in amplification, but you don't need batteries to enjoy the great sonics. They work splendidly in passive mode without batteries. "Designer and founder of PSB Paul Barton voiced these headphones himself, and they have the trademarks of his speakers: accuracy and great listenability," notes Geoffrey Morrison in his September 9, 2011 review for CNET.com.
Despite the batteries and circuitry, these phones are surprisingly lightweight and a pleasure to wear. The 'Gyro-suspended' ear pads and unique shape of the earcups make them extremely comfortable. You can plug the cord into either earcup for an added dose of convenience. The foldable frame makes them easy to pack up and take with you. They come with a semi-hard travel case, too.
The 1.5M tangle-free cord is terminated in a mini-plug. A 1/4" adapter is included for use with 'full-size' components.
"Product of the Year" 2012 - Sound+Vision Magazine
"My brief audition of the M4U 2 reminded me a lot of PSB's regular speakers – it sounded super-smooth, yet extremely detailed. They were extremely comfortable, too."
- Brent Butterworth, Sound&Vision magazine, September 12, 2011
"I took these babies for a test ride at CEDIA and found not only did they sound fantastic but they were very comfortable to wear. In fact, to date, I never heard a pair of noise-cancelling headphones I could live with until I heard the PSBs. The headphones had plenty of rich bass and they did a bang up job of cutting down show noise floor while still remaining musical."
- Gene DellaSala, Audioholics.com, September 15, 2011
"They sound great. Tight, powerful bass, with detailed, articulate highs. Better yet, the roughly 18 dB reduction in ambient sound drops the background world enough to be barely noticeable."
"Designer and founder of PSB Paul Barton voiced these headphones himself, and they have the trademarks of his speakers: accuracy and great listenability."
- Geoffrey Morrison, CNET.com, September 9, 2011
|Write Your Own Review|
|Excellent Sound Quality|
I had never heard of this brand before but took a chance after they were recommended to me by Advisor salesman, Joe. These headphones have a wonderful sound whether in noise cancelling mode or without. I put them on at work or home and enjoy the music an excellent sound quality. Fast delivery from Audio Advisor, BTW.
|- Aaron M, OK|
Have owned these headphones for six months now and they worth the purchase. I've used them on long flights - 13+ hours- and they were perfect. Very comfortable even after long useage. The sound quality from the headphones is great and both active and passive modes are able to block out noise. I would recommend to a friend
|- C.C.P, IN|
I got these for air travel. These are closed headphones, so are quiet on the outside. There is three settings: off, amped, and noise reduction. They sound great in every mode. I like that I can use these in the off setting, so if the batteries go, you can still listen to them. I haven't listed much in the amplified mode because there really isn't any need. In a relatively quiet environment, even my phone drives these sufficiently loud. In noisy environments, like the airplane or on the street, I use the noise cancelling, which works great. Sometimes, when I just want peace and quiet, I put these on and turn on the noise cancelling. I also like that they fold up and have a nice travel case that easily fits into my backpack.
|- Tim D.L., CA|
Got these as a Christmas gift and I like them very much. Best pair of headphones I've ever owned and the noise cancelling is an added bonus. Very natural sounding. My iPhone 6 drives them just fine - no need for an extra amp. The travel case is also nice.
|- Kelly R, NH|
|These Sound Better|
Fits well over my ears, sound quality is great. Nice carrying case, as good as the Bose everybody always gets but they sound better.
|You Need These Phones!|
After extensive research I purchased the PSB M4U 2 with high expectations. The sound is the best that I have heard in this price point -especially for noise-cancelling. I previously owned the Bose Quiet Comfort. Yes, while the Bose offer good noise cancelation, you fail to perceive the difference when music is playing at mid to high volumes. Overall, the sound quality of the PSBs is far superior. You need these headphones.
|- Armando C, AZ|
|Overall A Very Good Product|
After months of on and off trying different headphones from Sony, XTC, Bose, and Sennheiser, I found these to be the best. I liked their superior sound quality, top-quality materials and construction, and for supreme comfort. They also have a satisfying click when unfolded, so they stay in the open position and don't fold up on you accidentally. Noise cancellation is very good in all situations I've tried so far. They work well as a hands-free cell phone headset. They are comfortable for hours. Passive noise suppression is good, but not great. Music reproduction is excellent and they are great for late-night TV watching too. Overall, I love these.
|- Dezzie B, ME|
|Glad I Chose These|
Using for three months now and I totally love them. A friend has the Beats Studio so we had a chance to compare. Even he was impressed with the sound quality and the ability to listen to them in three different modes. The studios had a slight edge on boosted bass on some songs but couldn't quite match the PSB's total sound quality. I'm definitely happy I chose these over the Beats.
|- Jesse G, WY|
|PBS phones are brilliant|
One reviewer wrote that the PSB M4U 2 headphones are plasticky. Nothing could be further from the truth. The PSB cans are immensely musical, beautifully made and a bargain to boot. Try them - you will fall in love. Plasticky - who are you kidding!
|- James M, WA|
|Not Up Expectations|
I found build quality good. The ear ups were a bit tight compared to my Sennheiser HDR-170s. The sound was plasticky - not what I would expect from PSB. I returned them.
|- Randy C, CA|
|Excellent sound and portability!|
I hesitated to spend $400.00 on a set of headphones I intended on using during my morning and evening commutes on public transportation, but Im glad I didnt hesitate too long. The sound is impeccable. Everyone who listens to them is impressed by the level of detail and clarity these headphones provide. Admittedly, they are slightly lacking on the low end, but not so much that its off-putting. ...and I LOVE bass. The active noise cancelling is a nice feature, but with the built-in headphone amp and closed-back design, you dont even need it most of the time. The batteries last for months with daily use and the ear cups are the perfect size and comfort level for my ears, which are kinda big. Theyre a little heavy, but unless youre trying to lay down with them on, you dont even notice. I recently compared these to several different types of headphones during the Chicago Audio show, including other portable headphones, and I couldnt match the sound or the comfort with anything in the price range. In fact, I was hard-pressed to find headphones that I liked better in higher price ranges, but they simply werent practical for my purposes. Great headphones!
|- Adam H, IL|