PSB Wireless Active Noise-cancelling headphones, 40mm driver, L/R 3.5mm input, remote, NFC, aptX HD, RoomFeel
Overview: The PSB M4U 8 wireless active noise cancelling headphones are part of the Music for You (M4U) series of high performance headphones. The M4U 8s feature an over-ear (circumaural) design with a closed back to keep out ambient noise. Bluetooth wireless technology lets you enjoy your music without being tethered to your phone, while Active Noise Cancelling shuts out ambient noise so all you hear is your music. The headphones come with an extra pair of ear pads, an audio cable, 3.5mm-to-1/4" and airline adapters, a USB charging cable, and a zippered hard storage case.
Materials: The M4U 8s feature comfortable leatherette ear pads and headband with memory foam padding. The 40mm drivers drivers are housed in a closed ABS/polycarbonate enclosure. The spring steel headband expands to keep the headphones securely on your head with just the right amount of pressure. The ear cups have a gyro-action suspension for ultimate comfort and to help shape the headphones to your head for an airtight seal.
Bluetooth aptX HD: You can listen to music wirelessly with Bluetooth aptX HD, which supports 48kHz/24-bit LPCM audio data for "better-than-CD" sound. The headphones also support NFC (Near Field Communication) for easily pairing your headphones to your NFC-enabled device by touching the device to the N-mark, located just above the right ear cup.
Active Noise Cancelling: PSB's Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) utilizes four microphones to pick up ambient noise from all sides and send it to the internal headphone amplifier. The amplifier inverts the audio signal to cancel out the noise, so all you hear is your music. While in ANC mode, you can engage the Active Monitor (by pressing the volume button), which reduces your current audio track by 30dB to enable you to hear your surroundings. The surrounding audio will be amplified through the headphones, so you can carry on a conversation without removing your headphones.
RoomFeel: PSB's exclusive RoomFeel technology makes the headphones sound as if you are listening to your music in a room on high-quality speakers instead of headphones. RoomFeel adds the clarity and energy produced by a listening room, giving you the sensation of being surrounded by the music. This "room gain" adds more realism to your listening experience, making it sound more like a live performance.
On-board Controls: The right ear cup has the following controls:
Audio Cable: The M4U 8 includes a 1.5 metre tangle-free audio cable for listening to your music in passive mode. There are 3.5mm audio jacks on the bottom of both ear cups, allowing you to plug the cable into one or the other. In passive mode, the onboard audio controls are disabled, so you'll have to control your music on the device. The audio cable comes with a 3.5mm-to-1/4" adapter for use with audio equipment with a full-size headphone jack, and an airline adapter for connecting to in-flight entertainment.
USB Cable: The included 1.2 metre USB cable has a dual purpose. You can use it to charge the battery in your headphones by plugging it into your computer or a USB power adapter (DC 5V, 2.4A or less). You can also listen to audio from your computer.
Battery: The M4U 8 is equipped with a 1.2V, 750mAh rechargeable battery for powering ANC and Active Mode. The battery charges via USB in approximately 4 hours. Average battery life is approximately 15 hours. The 3-position power switch will start flashing when you have approximately 1 hour of battery life remaining.
Canada is almost as far away from New Zealand as you can get, but it seems we are close on more than just stunning scenery and a large neighbour.
We also appear to share similar tastes in a great sounding loudspeakers. For over 30-years Canadian speakers have been popular addition to New Zealand homes. The Canadian sound differs from USA and UK markets, with their scientific approach being woven into the DNA of their products for the last 4 decades.
Perhaps inspired by nature, science or both, PSB are among the most awarded and reviewed Canadian loudspeaker companies.
THE “NATURAL AND OPEN” CANADIAN SOUND: INSPIRED BY NATURE
In 1974, Paul met Dr. Floyd Toole, a world renowned psychoacoustician at the NRC, who conducted numerous studies to understand how sounds were interpreted by the human sense of hearing at both the psychological and physiological levels. To Paul, who had devoted much of his childhood to become an accomplished violinist, it was a “Eureka” moment. He had long puzzled over how to consistently reproduce on a set of speakers the unique timbres of different violins exactly as they would sound to him when he played them.
What Paul immediately recognized upon listening to Dr. Toole describe his research was that his findings gave him the formula he needed to design speakers that to the human sense of hearing, would be perceived as organic sounding.
In Dr. Toole, Paul found a lifelong friend and peer who would influence him and whom he influenced, all in the pursuit of a way to reproduce sounds that listeners would perceive as equivalent to that which was real, alive, and natural.