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post #526 of 535
Popping is an issue combined of noisy source components + M4U's internal amping strenghtening the noise.
post #527 of 535

So, after having my set of M4U 2 for around a year, I just noticed a crack in the middle of the headband. Luckily, my local PSB dealer has another in stock so I can drop by the store this weekend and swap it out.

 

Also, I was able to test and confirm that the cable from the NAD Viso HP50 works correctly with the M4U 2 in amplified and NC mode. So, I should have one in about a week, unfortunately, it looks like shipping will be US$20 on a US$25 cable.

post #528 of 535
I'm starting to hate these headphones and this company because no replacement parts are available.

First I lose the battery compartment cover, that was over a year ago and I've never been able to locate a replacement.

Now I have accidentally wrapped the cord around a door handle and snapped the proprietary cable frown.gif

You can't just plug in a 3.5mm cable to these so what now?
post #529 of 535
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Originally Posted by jjcoolaus View Post

I'm starting to hate these headphones and this company because no replacement parts are available.

First I lose the battery compartment cover, that was over a year ago and I've never been able to locate a replacement.

Now I have accidentally wrapped the cord around a door handle and snapped the proprietary cable frown.gif

You can't just plug in a 3.5mm cable to these so what now?

If you see the post above, it looks like you can use the NAD cable.

I am suprised you can't get a new cable or parts from PSB. I have heard of others that have gotten parts relatively easily.

I have had no trouble with my headphones.
post #530 of 535
You can use any 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable on the headphones as long as one of the 3.5mm jack is a slim jack. I bought so many pairs of cables for my headphones and I recent bought some silver plated copper cables.
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Originally Posted by jjcoolaus View Post

I'm starting to hate these headphones and this company because no replacement parts are available.

First I lose the battery compartment cover, that was over a year ago and I've never been able to locate a replacement.

Now I have accidentally wrapped the cord around a door handle and snapped the proprietary cable frown.gif

You can't just plug in a 3.5mm cable to these so what now?
post #531 of 535
Thanks gav007 and jess70. I have ordered 2 cables for the nad Viso hp50 from eBay.

I tried contacting PSB about the battery compartment cover, but they just told me to contact a store here in Australia, and I did but they never got back to me.

I'm thinking about getting some full size bluetooth headphones anyway, which would replace the M4U2. I use Bose qc15 for flying.
post #532 of 535
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Originally Posted by jjcoolaus View Post

Thanks gav007 and jess70. I have ordered 2 cables for the nad Viso hp50 from eBay.

I tried contacting PSB about the battery compartment cover, but they just told me to contact a store here in Australia, and I did but they never got back to me.

I'm thinking about getting some full size bluetooth headphones anyway, which would replace the M4U2. I use Bose qc15 for flying.
 

 

Here in Australia I was able to buy replacement cables from their authorised dealer (I can't remember their name but I can look it up - they're based in Melbourne).

 

I have a vague memory of emailing them and not receiving a response, but when I called them they were very easy to deal with, I ordered the cables and payed over the phone and received them after 2 days.

 

A few months ago the left ear-cup has suddenly died after 14 months of daily use. I love these headphones, and in a way they facilitated my entry into the "serious" headphones world as they demonstrate so perfectly what a headphones amp can do to the sound - plugged straight into my ipod, I would often go from amp mode (red) to amp off, just to see the sound difference. (I also have the Bose QC15 which I owned before the M4U2, but I don't think I used the Bose even once in the last year and a half, ever since getting the M4U2...)

 

And even though I got heaps of interesting headphones in the last 6 months, I don't think that there's any better portable headphone in my collection than the M4U2. My current portable of choice is the Mad Dog 3.2 + FiiO E12, but the M4U2 is badly missed.

 

I would love to fix it, I need to figure out where to send it to...


Edited by intlsubband - 7/6/14 at 7:58pm
post #533 of 535
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Originally Posted by intlsubband View Post

Here in Australia I was able to buy replacement cables from their authorised dealer (I can't remember their name but I can look it up - they're based in Melbourne).

I have a vague memory of emailing them and not receiving a response, but when I called them they were very easy to deal with, I ordered the cables and payed over the phone and received them after 2 days.

A few months ago the left ear-cup has suddenly died after 14 months of daily use. I love these headphones, and in a way they facilitated my entry into the "serious" headphones world as they demonstrate so perfectly what a headphones amp can do to the sound - plugged straight into my ipod, I would often go from amp mode (red) to amp off, just to see the sound difference. (I also have the Bose QC15 which I owned before the M4U2, but I don't think I used the Bose even once in the last year and a half, ever since getting the M4U2...)

And even though I got heaps of interesting headphones in the last 6 months, I don't think that there's any better portable headphone in my collection than the M4U2. My current portable of choice is the Mad Dog 3.2 + FiiO E12, but the M4U2 is badly missed.

I would love to fix it, I need to figure out where to send it to...

I used to use the M4U-2 with an iPhone 4s which definately sounded better with amp on. However with my Fiio X-5 the PSB's don't sound better with amp on, and actually don't sound as real with the amp on. I guess my point is, that if properly driven the PSB-1 would be as good as the 2 at a lower price.
post #534 of 535

I did end up ordering the NAD Viso HP50 cable from my local dealer -- even they thought the shipping cost was ridiculous, for a single cable. A few days before going to pick it up, I noticed that the headband of the M4U 2 had some cracks in it. I called up the dealer and mentioned it to them, and he said to just bring them in when I come in to get the cable, and they swap it out. And the dealer did just that. He took a brand new box off the shelf, opened it, pulled out the new one, swapped the batteries, and all was done. I had mine for just over a year at that point.

 

If Lenbrook ever decide to release a version of the Viso HP50 with the builtin amp and noise-cancelling circuitry, I may switch to them, just for the differences in construction.

post #535 of 535
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Originally Posted by Jess70 View Post

I used to use the M4U-2 with an iPhone 4s which definately sounded better with amp on. However with my Fiio X-5 the PSB's don't sound better with amp on, and actually don't sound as real with the amp on. I guess my point is, that if properly driven the PSB-1 would be as good as the 2 at a lower price.

 

With my iPhone 5, I can't really tell a difference between passive and powered mode for most of the music I listen to, other than the increased volume in powered mode. This works fine for me, because that means, most of the time I can just listen to music without draining the batteries. I do end up using the noise-cancelling feature more than powered mode, as a result. But I'm very happy with the sound quality in passive mode.

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