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Good point jerg, and I should note that I'm not always on the same page as Tyll. He generally seems to like a more laid back sound than I do so on some headphones that causes a difference of opinion. I'm with him 100% on this one though, same applies to his M100 review.
The timing of Tyl's review is interesting given that I just pulled these back out a couple days ago and decided to give them another chance.  I purchased them when they were released and did let them burn in for about 10 hours before deciding that they were good, but not as much so as the PSB M4U2 I've been rocking for a few months.  I also got the M100 recently as well and still the PSB in active mode were my preferred headphone.   I pulled the Momentum and the M100...
I"m assuming then that you listened to the Pulse headset and didn't like it???  There's really no comparison between this and the headset you linked, everything is much improved on this set.   I think the bass reproduction is actually quite good, without the bassimpact feature.  I don't like that feature and keep it turned off, but can see where some people may like it.   For $150 I don't think you can find anything that's close to these in terms of features and...
I picked up a pair of these yesterday, and have to admit that I'm very pleasantly surprised.  They're great for gaming obviously, but the surprise is how good they are for music as well.  They're not going to replace my PSBs anytime soon, but they are surprisingly good for music.   A couple notes of interest:   -  These come with a 3.5 cable so that they can be used with virtually any audio source -  The wireless transmitter (USB) also has an input for the 3.5m...
I've got them both right here beside me, and while the 1 isn't broken in yet, early indications are that they're going to sound very similar if not the same when in passive mode.   The M4U2 in active mode without NC is still the best sound to my ears.
I would argue that the M100s scale better as you add an amp, or at least with the amps I have.  If you're going with an amp, then the M100 may be better than the PSB.  However, if you're adding an amp then I'd argue there are better options than both the M100 and PSB.  My HD600 for example can be had for about the same price as either and is better than both IMO.   For me where the PSB shine (and where they're at their best) is in active mode driven from an iPod....
I have not experienced the pressure issues you mention.   As has been mentioned several times, these headphones perform best when in active mode.  I'm sure they have a flat and accurate response when in passive mode, but they lose the excitement and overall enjoyability.  I only listen in active mode, as the noise cancellation is of no use to me.   So, I personally have little interest in the M4U1 that's rumored, as the passive mode on these doesn't quite do it...
The M4U2 bass anemic? We're obviously not listening to the same headphone...
I personally do not like the UE6000 or UE9000 after some time with them, although they're very good for what they are.  If you really like those UE cans then I doubt you'll like the PSB, as they're very different.   The UE cans are more warm sounding and I tend to like a more neutral or even a bit forward sound with more excitement.  But I don't want something that's bright either, so something like the Grado cans are out.  I want something in the middle and the PSB...
I don't find the PSB to sound clinical at all. They have a flat signature to them and sound accurate, but don't have the sterile sound that some gear has. I find them very fun to listen to. Keep in mind that this is all in active mode where the 'Room Feel' kicks in and the bass gets kicked up a notch. They have an even more flat response in passive mode but don't excite me there. If you're looking for passive only I actually prefer the M100
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