Originally Posted by Craigster75
I was curious that it seemed like you were generally positive about the PSB M4U2 (lukewarm, along the lines of Tyll's review) and only rated the sound quality 3 stars. Was that based on sound quality for the price or sound quality of all headphones you have experienced, including high end models? Can you share which headphones you feel offer 5 star sound quality? My last question, if you are able to answer, from what you recall of the M-100, would you say the detail is comparable to the M4U2?
OK please bear in mind that it's over a month since I heard the M100 (as such the following is most likely placebo), and also we could be having different preferences (more about this later).
I reviewed the PSB M4U 2 to 3 stars only 'cos I had to look at it's SQ in all 3 modes (passive, active, noise cancellation). It's most well performing mode was in active. It sounded nice but it didn't have the "wow" factor for me. I read your response to an earlier M4U 2 review that you felt it was up there with the Signature Pros, but that wasn't my personal feeling (as such the having difference preferences). I personally would have put the SigPros towards the 4 stars category.
Now about the M-100 (again, please bear in mind that it's been quite some time), as per my comment in the M4U 2 thread, I do feel that as overall headphones, they're different. However specifically about the SQ of the M4U 2 in active mode and what I remember of the M-100, I'm still leaning toward the M-100 as I still remember there's some "wow" factor to it whereas the M4U 2 "just sounded nice". As to the "wow" factor in the M-100, I seem to recall it being oriented to it's bass especially when listening to Tron Legacy - cos I made Onizukajp listen to it too (that's where the "Oh $h1t!" came from). Please note though I'm far from being a basshead. I'd probably hold back from saying anything more until I get to hear the M-100 again. Hopefully Val -does- swing by Tokyo after his China/HK trip.
About ratings, I'd rate the Fostex TH900 and the Stax SR-009s as 5 star and I own both of these (sold the Ultrasone Ed8LEs for the TH900s actually). I'd also rate the FitEar TO GO! 334 as 5 star with Unique Melody Merlins around a 4. What would I rate as 2 stars? (Sorry Val!) the LP and LP2s.
Despite our differing opinions about the placement of the M4U 2 with respect to the Signature Pros, I'll still stand by my advice I gave to you a few weeks back when you were considering the SigPros - hold on till you've heard the M-100, then re-evaluate your choices. Even if in the end you don't feel the M-100s were up there with the SigPros (which to me they are), the SigPros nor the M4U 2 are going anywhere. You'd merely have more to choose from.
Edit: Although I'd rate the TH900 and the SR-009s as 5 star, if I could add more granularity, the SR-009 still triumphs over the TH-900 though to my ears...so maybe like a 4.7 vs 5.0 kinda comparison?