Conclusion: There are some interesting parallels between the Musical Fidelity EB-50 and PSB M4U2 in terms of design and performance. Both products are “first attempts” from their respective manufacturers and thanks to careful design and generous selection of ancillaries; both of them make a very credible claim to be at or near the very top of the class at their price point.
Pros: Lively, detailed and excellent sound quality, Superb choice of partnering equipment, Handsome design with excellent build, Astonishingly sensitive.
Cons: No volume on remote, Cable tangles fairly easily, Some sound leakage at low levels
Excerpt: We get excited when hi-fi companies decide to get in on the portable headphone action. In the last few years, we’ve seen some truly impressive efforts. Now it’s Musical Fidelity’s turn with the EB-50 headphones. The company say it designed and developed the earphones from scratch, rather than choosing a design off the shelf , and it’s easy to see that it’s a Musical Fidelity product. The ‘military-spec’ aluminium body is in keeping with the firm’s hi-fi kit.
Pros: Google Nexus 4, Open and spacious sound, Fluid midrange
Cons: Google Nexus 4, Difficult to fit comfortably, Treble is a little brash, Could be more refined, Pricey
Conclusion: The Musical Fidelity EB-50 are odd-looking earphones you won’t mistake for any other brand. Unusual looks are matched with a tasteful and mature sound signature. Sharp treble and rumbling bass are kept far away, with the mid-range given centre stage. It’s not a sound for those who want ultra-insightful definition or slamming bass, but it rewards careful, thoughtful listening in spades.
Pros: Balanced sound, Well-built
Cons: Heavy earpieces, Non-removable cable, Not earphones for sonic thrill-seekers