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PSB M4U 1 High Performance Over-Ear Headphones (Red) by Review Summary ,  Sep 8, 2015

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PSB M4U 1 High Performance Over-Ear Headphones (Red)
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 117 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 12.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Music5.0   above average
Price5.0   above average
Listening4.6   above average
Sound4.6   above average
Quality4.3   average
Comfortable4.0   below average
Audio3.6   below average
Cable3.6   average


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Audio

Audio:
"I live in the middle of nowhere and don't have easy access to audition audio components without a long drive to find high-end audio dealers."
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"Lots of mediocre audio designers think that if they just exaggerate the bass or add some other exciting colorations into the playback you'll be so thrilled you'll throw your money at them."
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"It's the one reason I am planning to return them, which is so frustrating, because I love the audio."
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"Great audio and build quality ruined by its hissing noise, which probably comes from its high sensitivity."
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"(even though I didn't own them: I've got some good audio buddies.)"
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"I recently demo'd these amazing headphones at my local audio shop."
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"If your looking for accurate and fun audio experience I'd take a look at the MoFi's."
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"I'm pretty demanding when it comes to audio."
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"I'm not a seasoned audiophile or anything but I will say these headphones have the best audio quality of any I've ever tried."
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"It's the one reason I am planning to return them, which is so frustrating, because I love the audio."
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Cable

Cable:
"Pros: fairly good build quality; soft earpads and headband; good, not great comfort; foldable; detachable cable; very good sound overall; neutral bass; forward, but beautiful mids and vocals; smooth treble; good soundstage and spaciousness for a closed back design; very efficient (plays very loud even from an iPhone 6)Cons: large size even when folded in its case; right earcup creaky noise when moved; right adjustment loose, wouldn't stay in its most extended position; somewhat tight clamping force (I have large head), but soft earpad cushions make it tolerable; no major complaints about the sound except with neutral bass, some may prefer a headphone with more potent bass (NAD Viso HP50)I recently bought and tried several top-rated headphones under $400 (each) all at the same time in an effort to find my perfect headphone."
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"The sound was great, but I do a lot of listening on the go while walking, on the bus, etc, and the heavy, long, coiled cord was actually annoying enough that I couldn't handle walking around with it."
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"There are a lot of things to like about these headphones, unfortunately the deal breaker is the microphonics from the cord."
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"But the folding point is a weak point of construction, the Apple cable is cheaply done (because it is not flat or fabric covered it is very tangle prone), and the case is bottom drawer in design and materials."
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"The only complaint i have so far is the cord is a little loose going in the computer, but you can just buy a different one if u need to, it comes with a hard shell case that has a pouch in is and can hold everything."
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"They're also smaller, lighter, more comfortable, and come with an iOS compatible 3 button remote cable."
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"-Mine shipped with a non-working mic cord, which would be a great benefit when walking around or on the bus if someone calls."
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"Initially, based on the Wirecutter's recommendations, I tried the Sony MDR-7506 cans based on the lower price point and terrific reviews, but had to return them due to the unwieldy cord."
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"Other benefits: As opposed to the Sony's, these have a detachable and replaceable cord, which means I was able to pick up a shorter 3ft cord from Monoprice for a few bucks and it works perfectly."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Comfort is not as good as the big Sonys or even bigger ATs, but not bad considering the clamping force is not insignificant."
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"Comfort was borderline out of the box, it was hard to wear them for more than a short period before needing a break."
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"They are very comfortable, but I will not give it a perfect score in this area, probably because I am not a guy who is used to wear headphones."
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"NAD VISO HP-50:Excellent sound, portability AND comfort, but the right side DID FAIL after only 48 hours."
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"Comfortable, great sound, comes with extras."
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"Outstanding clarity and incredibly comfortable."
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"They're also smaller, lighter, more comfortable, and come with an iOS compatible 3 button remote cable."
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"Amazing sound, very comfortable."
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"They sound great and are not too heavy and quite comfortable over my big ears! "
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Heavy

Heavy:
"They're also pretty heavy, which adds to the discomfort."
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"The sound was great, but I do a lot of listening on the go while walking, on the bus, etc, and the heavy, long, coiled cord was actually annoying enough that I couldn't handle walking around with it."
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"Its missing a heavy bass."
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"They're too big and heavy to be the most comfortable 'phones I've ever worn, but the earcups do almost completely cover my ears without squeezing too tightly, and I have no problem wearing them for a couple hours at a time."
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"They're also pretty heavy, which adds to the discomfort."
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"They sound great and are not too heavy and quite comfortable over my big ears! "
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"Comfortable and not too heavy."
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Listening

Listening:
"I also couldn't hear her, or her movie, unless I didn't have any music playing.15 20 min into listening, and I notice the primary problem: Clamping force."
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"They were both designed by the same person (Paul Barton) with their RoomFeel technology to make them sound more like listening to really good speakers in a room, rather than that closed-in sound you get with most closed back headphones."
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"I can confirm the sound stage and reproduction is amazing, actually sometimes too amazing if you are listening to lower quality music."
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"Overall a nice clean set of headphones and one of the best pure listening experiences out of the headphones I have tested."
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"A truly wonderful listening experience."
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"The sound was great, but I do a lot of listening on the go while walking, on the bus, etc, and the heavy, long, coiled cord was actually annoying enough that I couldn't handle walking around with it."
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Music

Music:
"These are great for all genres of music."
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"I can confirm the sound stage and reproduction is amazing, actually sometimes too amazing if you are listening to lower quality music."
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"I would definitely recommend these to anyone who actually cares about how music should sound, wants a comfortable set of over-ear headphones, and does not mind having to plug in their headphones."
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"As a test for leakage, I listened to music at a decent volume, sitting next to my wife who was watching a movie, and it didn't bother her."
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"However since i wanted hi end headphones i wanted to be able to listen to any genre of music."
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Noise

Noise:
"Build quality doesn't inspire confidence, especially the clacking noise when you fold and unfold them."
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"Great audio and build quality ruined by its hissing noise, which probably comes from its high sensitivity."
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"They also are good when there is a lot of ambient noise."
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"Although not noise-cancelling, the M4U1's do a good job of muting out mild ambient noise."
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"They accurately reproduce each sound across its entire range (no distortion or added bass), are comfortable to wear for long periods and block ambient noise quite well for non-NC headphones."
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"I spent weeks looking for a pair of closed-back headphones that would work well in a noisy office environment."
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"I generally just want great sound in a noisy airplane, with comfortable wear for hours."
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Price

Price:
"I have probably purchased 15+ pairs of headphones ranging in price from 60$-400$ and I have been most pleased with these."
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"I researched the best audiophile-level cans in the $300 price point, and the PSB M4U1 seemed to be in the top picks for many independent sources."
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"Overall, these are great cans for the price."
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"Great sounds for the money, no doubt."
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"great quality and good price"
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Quality

Quality:
"Build quality doesn't inspire confidence, especially the clacking noise when you fold and unfold them."
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"Great audio and build quality ruined by its hissing noise, which probably comes from its high sensitivity."
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"V-Moda M-80:Same as M-100 - but sound quality is not as good... but less expensive."
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"I was disappointed to find that although the sound quality is excellent, they are made in China, and the quality of materials and assembly is below what it should be for $300 headphones."
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"If you can't try it before you buy and you're worried about sound quality, don't be."
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"This is not a huge issue but it's really frustrating that it wasn't discovered during quality control."
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"Amazing neutral, balanced sound quality out of the box."
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"I can confirm the sound stage and reproduction is amazing, actually sometimes too amazing if you are listening to lower quality music."
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"Great sound quality."
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"Very high quality construction, comfortable, even with my fat head and eyeglasses."
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"I'm not a seasoned audiophile or anything but I will say these headphones have the best audio quality of any I've ever tried."
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Sound

Sound:
"If you play a low-resolution nasty recording, they will faithfully reproduce the low-resolution nasty sound."
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"Pros: fairly good build quality; soft earpads and headband; good, not great comfort; foldable; detachable cable; very good sound overall; neutral bass; forward, but beautiful mids and vocals; smooth treble; good soundstage and spaciousness for a closed back design; very efficient (plays very loud even from an iPhone 6)Cons: large size even when folded in its case; right earcup creaky noise when moved; right adjustment loose, wouldn't stay in its most extended position; somewhat tight clamping force (I have large head), but soft earpad cushions make it tolerable; no major complaints about the sound except with neutral bass, some may prefer a headphone with more potent bass (NAD Viso HP50)I recently bought and tried several top-rated headphones under $400 (each) all at the same time in an effort to find my perfect headphone."
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"The only issue I had with these is through all the amazing sound reproduction there seemed to be some fun missing."
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"NAD VISO HP-50:Excellent sound, portability AND comfort, but the right side DID FAIL after only 48 hours."
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"Sound is very good but not fantastic."
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"V-Moda M-80:Same as M-100 - but sound quality is not as good... but less expensive."
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"I gave them two stars as the sound and performance reviews were excellent."
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"Accurate sound is enough to make me happy with my new M4U 1's."
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"Comfortable, great sound, comes with extras."
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"These are the best sounding headphones I've ever put on."
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"Pros: fairly good build quality; soft earpads and headband; good, not great comfort; foldable; detachable cable; very good sound overall; neutral bass; forward, but beautiful mids and vocals; smooth treble; good soundstage and spaciousness for a closed back design; very efficient (plays very loud even from an iPhone 6)Cons: large size even when folded in its case; right earcup creaky noise when moved; right adjustment loose, wouldn't stay in its most extended position; somewhat tight clamping force (I have large head), but soft earpad cushions make it tolerable; no major complaints about the sound except with neutral bass, some may prefer a headphone with more potent bass (NAD Viso HP50)I recently bought and tried several top-rated headphones under $400 (each) all at the same time in an effort to find my perfect headphone."
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