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"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"
"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.
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.
"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. And the 1.5M tangle-free cord is another small but welcome bonus.