PSB M4U 1
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Awesome and just fits the need i have for them
Long revered for their musical honesty and superior value, PSB speakers have been a favorite of audiophiles and industry insiders for over 40 years. Now PSB has created headphones that pack the same sonic realism and precision as their speakers into a portable package you can take with you anywhere.
The M4U 1 delivers accurate sound with clarity and balance for a true presentation of music as it was meant to be heard by the artist. The closed-back design helps keep external noise at a minimum while ensuring that all the musical goodness stays sealed inside. Comfortable adjustable ear pads and a cushioned headband make these sleek headphones wearable for hours at a time.
The M4U 1 comes with two detachable cables that connect to either earcup. One cable includes an in-line remote and microphone for use with your Apple and Blackberry devices. Full track control is at your fingertips with the multi-function button. You can even answer calls on your iPhone® or Blackberry as the M4U 1 becomes a phone headset. Switch seamlessly between calls and music without touching your phone or removing your headphones. The M4U 1 also includes a standard cable, just in case your listening device isn't compatible with the remote cable.
Awesome and just fits the need i have for them
Anonymous, Barnegat, NJ
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Awesome and just fits the need i have for them
I purchased these to replace a pair of Sonys. The earpads had been replaced three times and the head band had begun to disintegrate. Previously owned Koss Pro4AA and Pro4AAA's. They all sounded great but had durability issues. The PSB's sound just as good and are far more comfortable than any I have previously owned. The earpads completely surround my ears without any pressure. Time will tell how they hold up but given their comfort and great sound I'm hoping it is a long time.
Pros: Great sound Comfortable Extra earpads Affordable
Cons: Cord could be longer
The audio is great, and I own more than one set of these. However, there is a widespread problem with the plastic headband, and the PSB warranty / customer service is completely deficient. My headphones started to show cracks in the plastic headband after a couple years, but they were cosmetic so I didn't worry about it. One day I sat down in my office, picked up the headphones, and found I couldn't get them to stay on my head. The plastic had completely cracked through, and so the headphones would no longer clamp over my ears. Search the web for "M4U1 cracked plastic" and you'll find this is all too common. I suspect this is a problem only in certain batches of the product but of course I really have no idea. What I do know is that their warranty says that if your headphones are over 3 years old, that's just too bad for you. And if, like me, your headphones are between 2 and 3 years old they'll replace them for half price. I firmly believe this is an issue of faulty material construction, so I do not find that policy to be reasonable.
Pros: Great audio with flat response
Cons: Plastic headband can crack under normal use, rendering the headphones useless. Warranty is inadequate, given that this appears to be a problem with faulty manufacture.
They fit very well and they sound good, they also have other great features with a phone jack and cable and sound adjustment capabilities and other features as well, Crutchfield customer service is great, they are all very kind and are very informative.
I am a newbie when it comes to audiophile equipment. I bought a great DAC and wanted headphones that would take advantage of the hi-res music that I would play. With the help of a person from Crutchfield I was guided to pair of headphones that weren't overly expensive but yet sounded great. These certainly meet that criteria. I highly recommend them.
Pros: Very well built and great sound quality. Excellent Noise Reduction. When I'm listening to music I don't even know what's going on around me.
Cons: If you want to look cool, these probably aren't the ones for you but I just wanted something that sounded good.
I did a comparsion between these and B&W p5 and at least for me the P5 was hands down the better headphone. These lacked the crispness and clarity compared to the P5 IMO which is subjective and everyone is has different listening preferences . I did find these to be more comfortable and have a better noise reduction than the P5
Cons: lacked clarity and crispness compared to others
After seriously thinking about it, I finally bought a pair for birthday gift to myself. Expensive but worth it. I realized there were so many details that I've never known before in those songs I've been always listening to! I'm very satisfied with the sound quality. The processing and delivery were fast. Noise reduction is great. The running water sound when washing dishes got reduced a lot with this pair on, and I can hear music really clearly. The only thing I have a little bit trouble with is that I do feel uncomfortable after wearing these for maybe about two hours.
I have been looking a long time for headphones to replace my still phenomenal sounding Sony MDR-V900 from 2004 (The phones are just ragged after 10 years of on the go use). Somewhere about 15 years ago i got turned on to high fidelity headphones and purchased, with little research, the Sony MDR- V600. They blew my mind how much better they were than the cheap 30 pairs I had been using. I was then on hooked on having good audio quality headphones with a price max around 300ish. I deliver pizza.... I would love to be able to afford a Planar Magentic setup, and spend 1,000, but... So for the past 7 months, I've been reading tons of reviews off head-fi.org, CNET, Innerfidelity, and others, like here as well. For what I was looking for, being, First, high reviews on them being neutral!!! sounding. A close second is comfort. for long sessions. I might spend 4-8 straight a day with them on. Style not so much. Cords were not that important. Ohms were; needed low Ohms so my LG G3 could push them well enough, until I get a DAP and AMP. I have been using a Sony Studio Monitor grade headphone since around 2000, between the two pairs, the neutrality was what really turned me on the nuances and balance in music through a headphone, along with sound stage, a separation of instruments; giving depth, that a headphone can bring, to music . With that, these phones HIT IT!!! But I couldn't hang for 5 hours sessions; many others can with ease. Buy'em and try! Waaay worth the try.
Pros: Clarity, Neutrality, Depth in Sound Stage, Instrument Isolation, Treble never hurt, accurate responsive bass, but not overt. Listened to EDM, Bluegrass, Metal, Pop, and classical. ACCURATE bass on all. Overrall sound is 5 star for the money. Phones I still give 5 star even though I comfort came in to play after a few hours. They are great, and its just my head....we're all different. I'll add PSB put much attention to comfort, on these headphones, and it shows.
Cons: Of the many shaped heads and ears in the world, begrudgingly mine didn't work out for long sessions. I had to return because of discomfort on one ear after 3-4 hours straight listening. Now, this is just me. Of the dozens of reviews I've read on these phones, very few had this issue. So you'll probably be find. Need something I can wear for 8. Trying Paul Barton's NAD version next, hopefully those will hit the comfort zone.
i did plenty of research to find these amazing headphones for my husband as a Father's Day gift..... he LOVES them. even though they're not the noise canceling version (ie the M4U 2), i sometimes have to scream to get his attention when he's wearing them. i went with these bc they are highest rated when it comes to sound quality and now i can see why. i'm really thinking about getting a pair for myself so we don't have to share. so glad i went with these instead of the Beats.
Cons: appears just slightly bulky if you have a larger than average head size
Sound is very Clear,Crisp and has nice Bass.. I Would Recommend THESE If YOUR Into Your music.
Pros: Music sounds awesome. Ear muffs cover your entire ear. So u don't hear outside noise. All u hear is music.
Cons: Headphones are bigger than I would like. Especially if your wearing them every where.
This is my first pair of higher end headphones. My only comparison is with my beats that I thought were good. They are not. Bass is tight and present but not over powering.
Cons: Kinda heavy
This was my first pair of over the ear headphones. I have always used in-ear "earbud" headphones. I did a lot of research before this purchase because I wanted to make sure I got it right. A friend who knows a lot more than I do about audiophile headphones had the chance to hear these at an audio show before I received mine and told me that I would be very happy with them. When I did receive them, I quickly plugged them into my android phone which is the source of almost all my music files. The headphones sounded really good but to be honest, they didn't blow me away. My $50 Skullcandy earbuds sounded just as good. I discussed this with my audiophile friend. He told me that I needed a headphone amplifier. He had one sitting around and was happy to get rid of it. This amp is also a DAC that can process FLAC files up to 96/24. I made sure I had the correct cables and first hooked my phone to it. It instantly made a HUGE difference. The only problem was portability. This amp is not portable and needs a power supply. After more research, I plugged the amp/DAC into my laptop and the PSB M4U 1's into the amp. This is where everything really, really shines. The sound used to be detailed but lacked fullness and dynamics. By adding a headphone amp/DAC to listen to these headphones, it makes them truly audiophile quality. One issue that I have read fro mother reviewers is comfort. I don't have a real issue with it but they are heavy and tend to get hot.
Pros: great price true audiophile sound when listening to quality recorded files
Cons: many may already know this but a quality headphone amp/DAC is really a must to make these shine
As a musician of 20+ years, I have a discerning ear and limited budget. After reading all the reviews on the PSB M4U 1's, I decided to pull the trigger. I could not be happier! I've owned Bang & Olufsen, Koss, Bose, Shure, Technics, and even a pair of Beats that I got on sale (and sold very quickly thereafter). I've dipped my toes in the water with the higher end stuff, but was never very thrilled with the sound quality vs. what I was paying compared to the different sets that I've used or owned, and thus never thought any were worth the extra $$$. Sound quality*: While they do sound great, I do feel they are entry-level audiophile headphones. That being said, I purchased a FiiO E07k DAC/preamp to use with these cans as well. To get the most out of them, you need that extra boost only a preamp can provide. They sound great on their own, but you won't be able to tell much without a preamp with my testing. I only have the bass at +2 and the gain at +12. I use them primarily with my MacBook Pro for work and school, so the built-in DAC feature was also a must to bypass the MBP's DAC. 5 stars, but with the E07k. Coolness factor: I only gave it 4 stars as they aren't very flashy. Very simple design, which is fine. PSB stacked the deck in sound quality, so I could really care less about this. Build quality: Solid construction. Comfort: I wear them for hours daily. Zero issues. Noise reduction: I couldn't ask for more to get rid of background noise!
Pros: - Superb sound quality - Very comfortable - Noise reduction is almost noise canceling grade without having to crank the volume - Great warranty - Solid construction - Extra set of ear cups to replace down the road
Cons: - Kind of a chunky design and not very flashy. If you're looking for a stylish pair of headphones over sound quality, these are not the headphones you want.
Have amazing sound quality and very even with just the right amount of high and mids with a good amount of bass. Could use alittle more bass but i favor heavier bass than others. The old downside is they are alittle heavy to wear for long periods of time.
Pros: Great sound and comfortable against your ears
Cons: Alittle on the heavy side
These sound good - just short of the sonic goodness of the NAD VISO HP50 (a little less presence in the treble and upper mids, leaving some vocals and instrumentation feeling distant). However, these are much better built (better materials, better design and apparently better assembly), resulting in virtually no microphonic transmission of structural sounds. My problem with them? A driver defect exposed during quality testing - a pronounced rattle in the left driver from 10 - 30 Hz at higher volumes. I returned rather than replaced them for this reason and because I found the sound signature and performance, overall, clinical and lacking character.
Pros: Good sound quality, technically pretty accurate. Good build quality.
Cons: A little dorky-looking. Ear cups too shallow for long term comfort. Defective driver right out of the box. Sound quality a bit on the clinical side.
At 50+ yrs I've tried lots of 'phones. I read that, for more $, there are better. I'm not sure that the human ear can hear sound much better than these 'phones are capable of producing. The entire range of sound is impeccably produced. If you just want to rattle your brain, get Beats. But don't gripe about the lack of quality in the mids and highs. If you want all the frequencies the human ear can HEAR, in pristine quality, these 'phones do it. And as for the bass, they DO satisfy. You can spend more, and maybe get better 'phones. I'm not sure you will actually be able to tell the difference. These 'phones are not cheap. But worth every cent. I'm enjoying familiar music in new ways. These headphones thrill me.
Pros: See my review on sound. Quality of build is superb. Absolutely top shelf.
Cons: Short cord. 5 more feet would be nice.
I haven't tried Grados but forget B&W and Sennheiser in this price range. Incredible detail plus imaging, whoa baby! A lotta bang for the buck.
Pros: A lotta bang for the buck.
First of all, the reviews I read before purchasing these headphones are dead on on two items: 1) The sound quality is superb, particularly my high definition music via DAC. It is a totally enveloping experience. My wife, who thinks the white Apple ear buds are wonderful, was awestruck by the sound; 2) the comfort level is fine at first but I got to the point quickly that I had to take these things off as they really became uncomfortable. As a comparison I have the infamous Bose noise cancelling phones for my international flights and I never grow weary of having them on, even after 7 or 8 hours. However, their sound is not even close to the PSBs. Alas, I now have to decide whether to return because of comfort or keep and grit my teeth when my ears get tired. The lack of comfort is really hard to explain but they do hurt after a while.
Pros: Outstanding sound with lots of "space" Great build quality Outstanding Value
Cons: Heck, the Comfort level after one hour is tough to bear. Definitely, not a good phone for long flights or long listening sessions. I love them and I hate them.
I have had the chance to audition several pairs of headphones over the past two years ranging in price from $35 to $1,500. Having seen many reviews of the M4U2 headphones including Sound & Vision's 2012 "Product of the Year" award, I was very anxious to try the M4U1's when they were released from PSB. I was completely blown away by the extreme detail and overall dynamic sound quality that these headphones provide, which was not nearly as present in other pairs that I auditioned. When plugged into a high quality audio source, it is almost as if the performance is taking place right in front of you! Plug them in, close your eyes, and you will understand. The sound balance is absolutely perfect! The noise isolation is great - I don't know why anyone would need noise canceling if you have these. I have yet to have the M4U1's be pushed beyond their limits with bass or volume - rather than distort, they just keep cranking out the incredible sound! Build Quality is quite impressive. As far as comfort, I can wear these for hours without any comfort issues, which is not the case with some competing sets. Overall, I have to say that I was so impressed, that I now own two pairs. Without question, this is the absolute best quality set of headphones that I have come across at any price on the market! for the price this is an exceptional audiophile headphone experience - this is an incredible value! Great Job to PSB for producing unparalleled quality at such a competitive price!
Pros: Unparalleled Dynamic Sound Quality! Comfort.
Cons: Absolutely None!
The PSB M4U 1 is an excellent audiophile headphones set. My wife did a lot of research on quality headphones in this price range and landed here. I am very happy. They are very comfortable on my head - snug, but not too tight. Having said that, I have note yet worn them for more than a few minutes at a time at this point. The sound is extremely pure and neutral. I would say "balanced." If you are looking for a bass emphasized sound, there may be better options. The bass is excellent, it is just not forced at the expense of clean midrange and high range sound. If anything, these are so good, they may expose some flaws in your music. I noted a very faint hiss in one track I was listening to on my older gen 1 ipad with a compressed music file. I had read this may be the case on CNET review. Not bad, but I heard it when straining. Again, this is a source flaw and one that these incredible headphones exposed just slightly. I do fly a fair amount so noise cancelling is at least a consideration (these do not have). However, my past experiences with noise cancelling have not been entirely pleasant and the addition comes at the expense of pure audiophile grade sound. I like the fact that the cords can be plugged into either ear cup and that the other can be used to "chain" another listener (could come in handy on a flight with spouse, child, etc.). The extra set of ear pads are a top notch addition as well and the case is very nice. You cannot go wrong here.
Pros: Excellent neutral sound, comfort, extra ear pads, selectable cord plug-in location
Cons: No Noise Cancelling if desired
I am currently using these with my computer and I will give an updated review once my dac/amp arrive. Even with using onboard audio I have noticed an audibly better experience versus my other pair of headhpones, Steelseries Siberia V2. I am not bashing the V2's as I still use them for gaming but I hope this review will help people who come from the same background as me, one who uses their computer for everything(gaming, movies/tv and music). Recently I was looking for better sound quality and I can afford to upgrade so I did and here are my thoughts. M4U1's vs Siberia V2's. M4U does deliver an audibly better sound stage. I am able to distinguish more individual instruments and I find them to give a much more immersing sound than my V2. While I am no audiophile I find the overall sound to be very well-balanced and enjoyable. It is awesome to hear your favorite songs and pick up on things you never knew existed in the song. Overall I highly recommend the M4U1 cans to anyone coming from my similar situation. No regrets here on my purchase. I believe them to be a great investment for high quality audio and if you come from a lower quality headphone you will be very pleased when you listen to high quality music. Once I receive my ODAC I will give a review comparing the two for music and games.
Pros: Sound quality is great. Can distinguish individual instruments in my favorite songs and I have noticed sounds I never knew existed before. Delivers a balanced sound. When you are listening to your favorite albums, lying on the floor with no other distractions you will see what I mean.
Cons: Only con so far is the comfort factor if you were to use these for extended gaming sessions. The way I use these headphones for listening to music (lying on the floor, just focusing on my music) they are PERFECTLY fine. If I were to play 3 games of Dota 2 straight or hammer out some Dishonored however, I would prefer my V2's.
By far the best set of cans I've ever owned.. I paired it up with audioengine DAC D7
Pros: The sound will blow you away
My search for a great pair of headphones is over; my mobile audio system is now complete (no upgrades for the foreseeable future), and its sound quality rivals my home system (Paradigm Active 40, Rotel RSP-1066). I read all the glowing reviews for the M4U-2, but I didn't really need the noise-canceling feature, so I decided to try the M4U-1. Because of Crutchfield's excellent customer service and return policy, I wasn't worried. The M4U-1 is the best sounding set of headphones/earphones I've ever owned (out of Etymotic ER4, Sony MDR-F1, Stax SR-001, Sennheiser HD525). Paired with a Fiio E12 amp, the M4U-1 is a wonderful mobile audio solution. Once I start listening, it's extremely difficult to stop. Although they're not the most comfortable cans I've had (the Sony MDR-F1 and Incase Sonic win that award), I can wear them for hours without discomfort. I sometimes find myself slightly adjusting them, but this doesn't affect my overall enjoyment of them.
Pros: Excellent sound, attractive design, solid construction, relatively portable, detachable/replaceable cable, excellent sound isolation, nice extras included: solid carrying case, two cables, ear pad replacements
Cons: The only thing that prevents me from saying they're the perfect headphones for me is that they're not as comfortable as my Incase Sonic or Sony MDR-F1, but the MDR-F1 is an open headphone and the Sonic doesn't isolate very well. I gladly accept the trade-off.
Great headphones, but didn't keep them, very uncomfortable. Picked up a set of Sennheiser Momentums instead and love them.
Pros: Great sound, really nice build quality, nice included accessories.
Cons: Uncomfortable for me to wear past an hour.
Comfortable, Look Great, and Superb Sound Quality.
Pros: Best sounding headphones i have ever heard.
I spend a ton of time reading and researching so I am the definitive educated consumer. It was down to the PSB active or passive and I went with the passive and all I can say together with my Audioquest Dragonfly I am in sound heaven. Their biggest strength is room presence and vocals. It felt like Sgt Pepper and his band were in my room. I have never heard the Beatles so clearly and so defined. It gave goosebumps to my goosebumps. A fantastic nuanced beautifully engineered product by a world class speaker company. Astonishing work of aural artistry. Bravo.
After using some decent earbuds for years I decided to bite the bullet for a pair over good over the ear headphones. I got a pr of beats for my son for Christmas (which were not impressive), so I figured if he had some I should get a pr too. These sound quality is sooo much better than the muddy sounding beats. Nice and crisp, not a ton of bass, but I'm not a fan of the heavy bass. They don't need an amp with a phone of ipod but if you want to listen loud you will need an amp.
Pros: Great clarity, neutral sound. Extremely comfortable.
Cons: A bit heavy, but I'm used to buds
I bought the PSB M4U 1 headphones as a closed-can alternative to my Sennheiser 590's (which I love, but they keep my wife awake when I listen late at night). I don't listen to cans a lot, but I have been a fan of open air cans in genral, and Senn's in particualar since the HD 424's. In fact, the 424's were my only headphone for decades, until they finally gave up the ghost and I purchase the 590's. So, the PSB's are my first set of closed cans in almost 40 years...forty years...four decades...you get the picture. My reference system is a Rega RP1 through a vintage NAD phono preamp into an NAD 2400 that has been upgraded with new relays and caps (and this and that) into a pair of pristine KEF 103.2 loudspeakers (solid teak; not for sale). The secondary source is a digital feed of lossless flac files on a Linux server through a Maverick D2 (hot-rodded with tube rolling and new OpAmps). On the same source is a fully restored Kenwood KA-7300 (welder) feeding a set of vintage Jamo Sat 300's with sub, a ripping good speaker system by any measure, and absoulutly stunning with the Kenny. I sold these speakers to a customer 20 years ago, we've been happily married ever since (Coincidence? Perhaps, but just saying, really good speakers). The cans are comfortable to wear. Heavier than the Senn's, but not oppressive. That being said, a couple of hours with these will make you want to take a break, whereas the Senn's feel practically weightless. My cans are played through a Linux client accessing the same lossless files, a Maverick D1 DAC with upgraded OpAmp, Blue Jeans Cables to a Project Sunrise tube headphone amplifier. I have also run the cans through this system with the Rega/NAD as a source. My home theater system consists of PSB Stratus Mini's and a C5 center channel coupled with a Velodyne sub and polk bi-polar surrounds, all driven by a Yamaha RXV 1600 Receiver. This system sounds remarkably neutral an musical and was the motivation for taking a flyer on the PSB cans. The first thing that struck me is how much more efficient these cans are than the 590's. They play much louder at the same gain settings. The second thing that struc me is how well they stack up to the Senn's. These are very good cans. I prefer them to the Senn's in some ways. They are very dynamic and quite impressive, I mean really, profoundly impressive, on rock and blues tracks. Specifically, the bite and impact on GT & D's Delaware Slide is really something to hear. Quadrophenia through these cans is a real revalation. The piano at the begining of "Love Reign O'er Me" is reason enough to buy these cans. Likewise "Singing Winds, Crying Beasts" from Abraxas. Whew! "Joan of Arc" from the reissue of Famous Blue Raincoat was the first tune I listened to through the PSB's and I found them to be as tight and detailed as the Sennheisers, a bit more dynamic, but a bit less open. More pop, less air. They fall down a bit on Alegri's Miserere. They can't match th
Pros: Impact, overall sound, dynamics, isolation
Cons: staging, imaging (relative to open air cans), weight.
Very impressive headphones that exceed performance of others under $1k. The soundstaging is remarkable, with oodles of dynamic capability. I'm amazed at their truth of timbre, presentation of scale from the entire frequency range, and overall clarity. Comfortable and great looking too. What more could you ask for at this price point!
Pros: Dynamic nuance Comfortable Detailed soundstage
Cons: None at this price
|Earcup Width x Height||2.729" x 3.8"|
|Mic For Taking Calls||Yes|
|Frequency Response||20-20k Hz|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
Overview: The PSB M4U 1 headphones are part of the Music for You (M4U) series of high performance headphones. The M4U 1 has an over-ear design, which blocks out much of the external noise, but also adds to the comfort. The headphones come with two 5' cables (one with an in-line remote/microphone and one without), airline and 1/4" adapters, an extra set of earpads, and a semi-hard zippered storage case.
Room Feel: The M4U 1 has Room Feel technology, which gives the headphones the same true-to-nature sound as a pair of PSB's in-room loudspeakers.
Ear Pads: The soft earpads are designed for comfort and fit. The ergonomic ear pads are gyro-suspended and self-adjusting to give you a precise fit. The M4U 1 comes with a spare pair of earpads.
Cables: The M4U 1 includes two 5' tangle-free cables, which can plug into either side. One cable is designed for use with your smartphone, and includes an in-line remote and microphone. The remote lets you answer and hang up your call, and play/pause, skip forward, and skip backward. The controls are compatible with iPhone and Blackberry. The other cable has no in-line remote/mic. A dual-input airline adapter and 1/4" stereo adapter are included.
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review on Wirecutter [ Jon Dec 10, 2015 ]
the wirecutter website [ Antonio Sep 13, 2017 ]
Fantastic sound. Detailed and revealing, but relatively neutral and natural. Well balanced frequency response. Not accentuated in the high or low frequencies. Smooth mid range frequency response. Comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. [ Thomas Mar 13, 2017 ]
Daisy at Crutchfield recommended it and the ratings were good [ Ken Dec 03, 2015 ]
noise-canceling circuitry for blocking out external distractions
active mode engages built-in amplifier for improved sound and power with portable sources
in-line push-to-hear monitor button mutes audio and disengages noise cancelation for quick conversations
Studio monitoring headphones
Noise-canceling headphones with in-line microphone and remote