Summary: I could not recommend these headphones more, they sound better than anything else i have had the opportunity to listen to for more than five minutes. They take the best parts of the headphones i owned previously and puts them all in one package and refines them even more.
Summary: These are fine-sounding cans, very detailed and clear throughout the frequency spectrum. I found them to be quite revealing - I heard details that were missing in my Shure IEMs that cost over twice as much. They're also exquisitely balanced; nothing sounds over-emphasized or artificial.
Pros: Balanced, accurate sound; good bass
Cons: Tight, hot, huge; manufacturing/assembly is a little loose
Macbook Pro Retina, Fidelia Software, Fiio e17 Alpen
Mac Pro, Fidelia Software, Headphone Out or Fiio e17/E09K combo
Some of the tracks used to test:
Clean Bandit - Cologne
Clean Bandit - Come Over
Alicia Keys - Diary
Ed Sheeran - I See Fire
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out...
Pros: Clarity, Bass, isolation, Easy to Drive
Cons: Clamping Force, Lots of Plastic, Cheap Cables
Summary: These headphones are a steal for the msrp price (don't mind that I got a killer deal).
I haven't heard any headphone come close to achieving the textures achieved by the PSBs. The chunkiness of Ska guitar, the ring of brass, the resonance of string orchestras, etc.
Pros: Clarity, Texture, Balanced sound signature (leans a bit warm; to my liking), Efficient (easy to drive), Removable Cable, Isolation, All-rounder
Cons: Comfort (headband is fine, but ear cups are a bit small, cans are a bit heavy), Sound stage a bit intimate for my taste, bass present but lacks impact
Summary: The PSB M4U 1 delivers first-class audiophile sound at home or on-the-go with your mobile device.
Pros: The PSB M4U 1 offers excellent, clean, and accurate sound. The headphones fit comfortably and come with both a "plain" cable and one that has an integrated one-button remote and microphone for making cell-phone calls. A nice carrying case and an extra set of user-replaceable ear pads are also inc...
Cons: Like most hinged headphones, the M4U 1's hinges might pose long-term reliability concerns. The headphones high performance can make poorly recorded and compressed music (MP3s) sound worse.
Summary: TL:DR - these freaking ROCK HARD. Buy them. Now. Seriously, why are you still reading this? GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO!!!!!
A review on the PSB M4U1:
First let me say that I enjoy good music. I don't care what genre it's in, I just want good music.
Pros: Great soundstage. Crisp, clean, even sounds across the board.
Cons: Needs an amp for best sound. Is that really a bad thing?
I listen to all types of music: from mixtapes of dubious quality from DatPiff to FLAC rips of half the MFSL library. I'm generally listening at my desk, though I also listen walking the dogs, walking myself, on the subway, lying in bed.
Pros: Well-imaged sound, even response, easy to drive
Summary: I needed a closed pair of headphones to use during late-night listening sessions, when my wife and daughter are asleep, and where my (VERY) open-backed Grado PS500's leaked too much sound. The Grado's are amazing, and had they made a closed headphone, they could simply sign me up.
Pros: Excellent frequency response, very balanced sound. Excellent, punchy bass, energetic mids/treble. Great imaging, timbre & soundstage for closed cans.
Cons: Slightly heavy. Comfortable for up to 2-3 hours.