PSB M4U 2
The dimensions of the carrying case for the PSBs is the largest
of the group because the individual ear pads do not rotate flat
as they do with the Bose and Beats; only the headband can
pivot to fold into a more compact package. One of the nice
features of these headphones is that there is an extra earphone
jack that can be used to share music with another listener.
Some may find it difficult to find the extra space to carry these
during travel, but if the best sound is what you’re after, you
may be willing to make this trade-off.
The high-end headphones from PSB feature a thickly
padded headband and ear pads for maximum comfort.
These headphones seem to be well-built, and they were the
most comfortable to wear for long periods. The ear pads did
encompass my whole ear, making the noise isolation even better.
My overall impression of the PSBs was that the definition
is outstanding with these headphones. They really pull out
all of the subtle detail layered in the music. The soundstage
seems wider than with the other headphones, spreading
the instruments apart and allowing you to appreciate the
individual sounds. They do an excellent job of
staging, giving you a sense of depth and width
while accurately reproducing the echo apparent
in the recording. These headphones certainly
hold their own with dynamic music, really
bringing it to life. The drums have a tighter,
quicker thud than with the Beats, which tend to
have more “boom.”
Classical Music Listening
These headphones do an amazing job of
revealing the intricate details in a recording. You
will hear the air in the horns, the sustain of a
piano and the warmth of the violins. You will get
a sense of space from the accurate reproduction
of natural echo in the performance venue along
with broad staging that is without equal.
Rock, Pop and Dance Listening
Listening to these genres of music through these
headphones will give the recording life while
retaining some realism that is well-suited to
listening to these types of music. I experienced
a real sense of the quality of Jimmy Cliff’s voice
when listening to these headphones that I just
didn’t get with the others. I think these sound
qualities will also make other music featuring
vocals very enjoyable too.
The Stanley Clarke recording that I used for
reference in this review has “big” sound together
with powerful dynamics. The PSBs excelled
at accurately re-creating this recording while
keeping all the various sounds in the proper
relation to each other. This balance enables the
details of all of the instruments to come out
while presenting them on an enormous stage.
The Ideal Listener: The
audiophile who will appreciate
great sound reproduction and
solid build quality, and is willing
to accept the larger case.