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PSB M4U 2 Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones (White) by Review Summary ,  Sep 8, 2015

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PSB M4U 2 Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones (White)
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 101 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 13.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Listening5.0   above average
Sound4.3   average
Quality4.2   average
Audio4.1   average
Music4.1   average
Price4.1   below average
Comfortable3.8   below average
Fit3.5   below average
Noise3.3   below average
Battery2.1   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"The cords can be replaced with standard 3.5 mm audio cables, but of course you will then not be able to use them in either anc or active mode, and the physical clearance for the connector is quite narrow, greatly limiting your options."
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"A first generation Nexus 7 tablet would not be good enough, the audio circuit on that device is too noisy."
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"The QC-15's are light, comfortable and clearly tops at NC...but reviews of audio quality are consistently mediocre, and I read in far too many places about the earpads and headband padding flaking and falling apart after a couple of years."
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"Let me just start by saying that these are currently the best sounding (active) noise cancelling headphones on the market at the moment bar none and I have had the fortunate chance to audition a lot of them (including Bose QC15, Parrot Zik, Sony MDR series) I have unfortunately not managed to listen to the Polk Audio UF8000 so have not been able to make a comparison."
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"So took the blind leap spending less for supposedly comparable quality and got these PSB's (i dont have access to high end audio where i live).First off, i am happy with my purchase."
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"I'd subtract a half star for the warmth, but the audio quality is just so good that I don't want to drop it down to four stars."
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"Once you edit that device's equalizer and audio upscaler to your personal tastes, you will get the best possible sound from these headphones."
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"I upgraded from an old pair of audio technica ANC7B's that were great but the left cup snapped off."
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"I bought these based on the the many reviews here and on other sites claiming excellent audio reproduction, whether the noise canceling circuitry was turned on or off."
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Battery

Battery:
"- The piece holding the batteries for the Noise Cancellation does not snap in with a nice click Id like to hear, meaning you could accidentally lift them up if you did it in the right way."
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"My biggest complaint is the battery compartment - this is very fiddly to get at, requiring you to pry off the outside cover of the left earpiece."
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"The system will still operate without any batteries as well, but once you're used to it operating at its strongest, it'll be hard to go back to that."
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"Hard to change batteries (this is not such a big deal).The sound on these headphones is incredible."
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"Regarding the battery compartment: it is not easy to access the battery compartment, but you don't have to change the batteries very often, so this is not a big problem."
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"- The piece on the other side that is identical to the battery side is also removable, it's nice, but I have no idea what that is for an found it strange."
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"If you're not careful and accidentally try to pry off the right-side cover (easy to do since there's no outward indication of which side the batteries are in) it's easy to start to separate the two peices of plastic that make up the cover (this has happened to me twice, although I realized my mistake before doing any real damage).For a $400 set I would have expected somewhat better design build-quality."
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"Excellent product, great sound, long battery life."
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"Regarding the battery compartment: it is not easy to access the battery compartment, but you don't have to change the batteries very often, so this is not a big problem."
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"Very good battery life."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Comfort and usabilityThere are reviews here on how uncomfortable these are."
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"Outside of the problem with comfort for an round average size head, these headphones sound excellent."
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"(If you have a small head you might find it hard to get a comfortable fit."
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"My only complaint is comfort."
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"Despite excellent noise cancellation and comfort, I decided to return Bose QC15 due to terrible sound quality."
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"Boy was I wrong) about the comfort and sound."
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"*For the 2nd year in a row my fav product review site listed the M4U-1 (sans noise canceling & built-in amp) as their 1st choice ($300 category).---I must admit these headphones sound great, look great & are very comfortable for extended periods of use."
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"Nothing in this price bracket lives up to those headphones for me, they are light, incredibly comfortable and have very nice (and brutally honest) audio reproduction (by brutally honest I mean that you can easily tell the difference between a good recording and a bad recording, they do not color the recording or the sound, which some folks might regard as too flat).Unfortunately, the HD500's can't be used to drown out neighboring cubicle noise because they are open-air headphones and you can hear everything around you when listening to them."
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"They are comfortable and have very reasonable audio reproduction, especially for the price."
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"They provide very good audio reproduction in passive mode (turned off) and active mode (noise-canceling turned on).-- Comfort is very good."
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"In closing: comfortable cans, GREAT sound, above average noise cancellation and a 'pretty' case."
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Fit

Fit:
"Then again, might have been brain glitch, bad recordings, left ear damage or cup fit issue since i read everywhere that the 40mm drivers are perfectly matched + i could not find a previously reported case."
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"instant fit problem gone."
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"(If you have a small head you might find it hard to get a comfortable fit."
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"They did not fit well (I have an average medium sized head) and the noise canceling circuitry seems to be very sensitive to movement."
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"Fits well both on my smaller head and my brother's large head (a rare find in the regard)."
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"Fit and finish are excellent."
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"I know the V-Moda's aren't noise cancelers, but they have pretty good isolation, and I liked the fit, folding compact design and the sound -- so they stayed in the running."
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"The headphones are a smooth comfortable fit for travel & the closest you'll get to best noise cancelling headphones on the market."
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"The M4U-2 fit my head well and I do have a larger head."
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Listening

Listening:
"It took me a while to get used to them, but I find them fairly comfortable for longer listening sessions now."
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"They are quite comfortable, too, although I haven't had a chance to have an extended listening session to assess that."
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"The cable is replaceable interchangable PSB includes 2- (one with phone mic).The built-in amp works well for IOS device listening but seems to add a tad of noise."
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"On a 3 hour plane trip the sound cancelling worked very well when I was listening to music or watching a movie."
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"I've noticed that either the clamping force has softened a bit or I've just gotten used to them and now listening these is amazing."
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Music

Music:
"Full, punchy sound across the spectrum: Faithful bass reproduction without being boomy (Hello, paging BEATS by Dre--that Boomy sound is annoying outside of rap music! )"
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"Yes, while they might cancel more noise, you fail to perceive the difference when music is playing at mid to high volumes."
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"I'm just having WAY too much fun listening to music, discovering details I never noticed before, and enjoying it so much that I may never go back to just speakers."
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"I've always enjoyed music, but hadn't indulged in a good pair of headphones in many years."
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"My problem is what happens with the music."
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"Good, no - great, music."
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"Where the PSBs really shine: Any style of music that you can imagine sounds perfect on them."
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"PS: I listen mostly to classical music, so I want a headset with flat, accurate response."
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"Bose made a great noise-canceling headset and added music."
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"If it's all about the music..get the PSB M4U 2If it's about the quiet&comfort....Bose; QuietComfort 25The PSB's add a couple more features also."
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"The actual sound from the headphones was nice - listened both music and voice (podcasts)."
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Noise

Noise:
"Yes, while they might cancel more noise, you fail to perceive the difference when music is playing at mid to high volumes."
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"Superb sound, and comfortable (even though I have a big head) -- but you should be prepared for the noise problem."
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"- The piece holding the batteries for the Noise Cancellation does not snap in with a nice click Id like to hear, meaning you could accidentally lift them up if you did it in the right way."
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"The noise cancelling is adequate but not great - nowhere near as effective as, say, the Bose QC25s."
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"However, the noise reduction was spotty, uneven and sometimes painful with screeching noises."
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"I purchased this set for two reasons:1) I read reviews praising the quality & durability2) Three settings (Noise Cancelling, Active Listening, & normal) provided everything I was looking forWell I have to say that I'm incredibly disappointed in the end product."
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"The noise cancelling is also pretty good."
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"When the built-in amplification is turned on, you may well hear intermittent crackling noises if you are indoors near a wifi connection."
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"- The Active Noise Cancellation works extremely, extremely well."
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"These are astoundingly good at noise cancelling and the sound with or without ANC is superb."
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Price

Price:
"Couldn't be happier clear as day and great price"
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"I rarely give items 5 stars but considering that I not only love this set AND that I found it on amazon at a discounted price I just had to give it the 5 stars."
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"Some people have complained that they aren't rugged or they look cheap."
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"I could've found far superior durability & quality for the price point."
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"The sound is the best that I have heard in this price point (especially for NCs)."
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"Both of these workarounds work -- not ideal, but this is one price you must pay for the really excellent sound of this headset."
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"PROS:- The build quality far exceeds the Bose Quiet Comforts, those are made of cheap plastic and its a crying shame."
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"Great price and really are as new like the ad says"
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Quality

Quality:
"Some nice touches in the included extras: additional cord, plugs and a carabiner for the case (great for air travel since you can hook it to the outside of your carry-on).Overall, if you value sound quality above everything else, I have no reservations recommending them."
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"The noise cancelling wasn't as good as the Bose, but the sound quality was WAY better."
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"I've also tried some of my colleagues' Bose noise cancelers and had a similar reaction to other reviewers: they are very good at canceling noise, but they tend to compromise the sound quality in order to get that isolation."
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"The QC-15's are light, comfortable and clearly tops at NC...but reviews of audio quality are consistently mediocre, and I read in far too many places about the earpads and headband padding flaking and falling apart after a couple of years."
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"But since more aggressive NC may result in compromised sound quality, I think it was a carefully made design choice by Paul Barton.4."
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"Despite excellent noise cancellation and comfort, I decided to return Bose QC15 due to terrible sound quality."
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"I could've found far superior durability & quality for the price point."
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"I purchased this set for two reasons:1) I read reviews praising the quality & durability2) Three settings (Noise Cancelling, Active Listening, & normal) provided everything I was looking forWell I have to say that I'm incredibly disappointed in the end product."
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"Overall, the sound quality of the PSBs is far superior to the NC ability of the Bose."
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"SoundAudio quality is amazing."
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"These headphones are extremely sensitive to the quality of input, make sure you use the best quality cables."
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Sound

Sound:
"Full, punchy sound across the spectrum: Faithful bass reproduction without being boomy (Hello, paging BEATS by Dre--that Boomy sound is annoying outside of rap music! )"
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"Excessive interference, humming and hissing sounds all around."
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"The noise cancelling wasn't as good as the Bose, but the sound quality was WAY better."
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"I've also tried some of my colleagues' Bose noise cancelers and had a similar reaction to other reviewers: they are very good at canceling noise, but they tend to compromise the sound quality in order to get that isolation."
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"Nothing in this price bracket lives up to those headphones for me, they are light, incredibly comfortable and have very nice (and brutally honest) audio reproduction (by brutally honest I mean that you can easily tell the difference between a good recording and a bad recording, they do not color the recording or the sound, which some folks might regard as too flat).Unfortunately, the HD500's can't be used to drown out neighboring cubicle noise because they are open-air headphones and you can hear everything around you when listening to them."
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"They also do not provide good sound when the noise canceling is turned off (i. e., they do not sound good in passive mode).For the past two years I've been using a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones in the office (these are not noise-cancelers, they are over-the-ear sealed headphones)."
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"Where the PSBs really shine: Any style of music that you can imagine sounds perfect on them."
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"First in off mode - sound is wonderful: dynamic, wide and deep sound stage with great details, clear and precise highs, tonal mids, and deep, precise bass."
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"Overall, the sound quality of the PSBs is far superior to the NC ability of the Bose."
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"The sound is the best that I have heard in this price point (especially for NCs)."
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