We have had the PSB M4U 2 headphones in stock for awhile now and to be honest I haven’t really given them the time of day. I decided to take them home for the weekend and see what they are all about. My findings were very positive.
To me, a good set of headphones is a balance between sound quality, and comfort. They can sound incredible, but if they aren’t comfortable then what is the point? Luckily, the PSB’s are one of the more comfortable experiences with headphones that I have had. With that base covered, on to sound quality.
This particular model features three modes of operation: Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), Active Mode (internal amp), and passive mode. Initially, I listened in the passive mode and found it to be engaging, non-fatiguing and detailed. The bass is actually detailed and unexaggerated, unlike some of the other offerings in this price range out there ($399). I had some fun with testing the noise-cancelling mode. I went to a fairly noisy bar and grill with my computer to have a drink and get some work done. I flipped on the noise cancellation and the bar music, loud guests, and bustling waiters disappeared. It made for a fairly private and engaging music listening session in public. The outside world isn’t completely erased, which is a good thing in my opinion. It was nice to be able to separate from my environment for an immersive listening session.
Are these the best sounding headphones in the world? Probably not, but they aren’t priced that way either. Do they sound pretty $#%^ good? Absolutely and with the noise cancellation feature they are a no brainer for someone who flies a lot, listens in noisy environments, etc. or just the standard music lover.