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I bought these headphones with the hope to hear music as if I was hearing it through real speakers. That’s not the case. They are Ok headphones sound wise. They are not a 150 -200 or even less 300 dollars sound headphones. They are not very comfortable. The ear cups are too narrow for my ears, and I have pretty average ears size. The clap pressure is too much. They feel more on-ear headphones. I have to open them every 15 minutes to give my ears a rest. Also, they need to be broken-in. At the start, they sounded terrible, but they got better with time.
Sound wise they are Ok. I will consider them V shape. Bass is clear but distance (tested with Low by Flo Rita, Loss Yourself to Dance by Daft Punk). Mids are there but nothing special (Until the End and Lovers by Shigeru Umebayashi). Highs are Ok too! (Ouvre by Cecile Noer). Sound stage is compact (Keith Don’t Go by Nils Lofgren). Clarity is better than average (The Echo Game by Shigeru Emebayashi). Even though the Samsung S8 and IPhone 6 are good enough to drive them, they sound better at higher volume levels. Other songs that I tried to get a feeling of space – image – sensation “I wish You Were Here), “For Elise”, “Rise” and “Rotation” by Herb Alpert, “Gymnopedie”, some Fado, some Rancheras.
Final though, the M4U1 was just Ok. There are better alternatives at the same and lower price range, such as the Sennheiser HD5XX (548, 518, 598, etc), ThinkSound ON2, and the Mitchell & Johnson MJ1 (at Massdrop price) are much better headphones.
I have to respectably disagree. Out of the many many many headphones I have owned and sold (including the HD 598), the M4U 1 remain in my inventory, along side my HE-560, 99 Classics, Sextette, and HD 600. They are NOT V-shaped, they DO NOT have a closed in soundstage, and are extremely comfortable. I also wouldn't even remark on how they sound coming out of a phone as all phones sound like crap.
After your comment, I went to listen to them again. I have listened to them for the last 3 weeks. I retract my comment about the V shape sound, When I first listened to them I compared them against he HD6xx, the PSB sounded more bassy. Comfort is still an issue to me. I need to readjust \ remove them every 20-30 minutes. I got the Meze 99 (Massdrop version) and the HD6xx. In my opinion, PSB is not at the same level. They sound much better than I remembered them. They may need a good burn-in period. I used the phones with the Chord Mojo amp, and in the PC with the Liquid Carbon amp.