SHARON, MASS. —
Speaker manufacturer PSB Speakers has launched its first headphones, an over-ear model with active noise cancellation and a built-in amplifier.
The PSB M4U 2, which ships this month for $400, can operate for 60 hours on two AAA batteries, the company said, and it will also work in passive mode when the batteries die. It has 40mm neodymium drivers and comes with a three-position switch that lets users listen with active noise cancellation, with active noise cancellation and amplification, and in a passive mode.
When in the noise-canceling position, there is up to 18dB of noise cancelation below 1,000Hz, PSB said, which is done with four microphones.
Other features include “gyro-suspended” ear pads that are oval-shaped for comfort and an acoustic seal. The headphones have a foldable design, a tangle-free cord, two 1/8-inch input connectors (one on each ear cup) to eliminate crossing the cord in front of the user, two adapters and two cords. The first cord features a monitor button that tunes into ambient noise, while the second cord has a mic and in-line controls.
A travel case and an extra set of ear pads are included. PSB products are distributed by Lenbrook America.