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"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
|Product Reviews Click here to review this item|
|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|