LET ME SUMMARIES
The forward presentation and the fairly thick, warm mids do not promote very obvious separation or huge sound that some of you may be after. We couldnt guarantee the same result if you did the same with the space age-looking Sennheiser HD 800. There are a couple of plastic bits, but this appears to be a measure to stop them from becoming too heavy – while not exactly light, they are very light for planar magnetic headphones which these are. Which, incidentally, are a fair bit cheaper these days at a mere 1000. While you get the airiness that youd expect from the open design, airiness does not appear to be the main goal here: rather a sort of general audio pleasantness, matched with power.
A warm mid-range and easy-going treble give these headphones a very lush sound that is very likeable. For high-end headphones theyre also exceptionally easy to get on with. It would be unfair to expect a planar magnetic headphone to come up with the same effect. VerdictTheyre a bit too obsessed with luxury for their own good and dont have the epic scale of some rivals, but the Oppo PM-1 are the most accessible true super high-end headphones weve used.
If ultimate levels of detail are what youre after youre probably better off with the Sennheiser HD 800, but these are certainly the most accessible headphones weve seen at this price. Wed much rather have a headphone stand than a headphone box, which is ultimately unlikely to be used and less likely to cause wear on the earpiece connectors. One of the best things about the Oppo PM-1 is that they dont demand to be used in quiet, empty rooms. Its lovely, but when you look at the upcoming PM-2, you have to ask whether it was worth the added cost.
The accessibility of the Oppo PM-1 carries on over into the sound quality. Their conservative treble means they have much less obvious fine detail retrieval than the Sennheiser HD 800, and the soundstage is much, much less wide. These are extremely nuanced headphones, with the kind of fidelity wed expect at this price. Open headphones give the most expansive sound, but they are also generally the least practical.
The Oppo PM-1 are easily the smoothest-sounding of the bunch. The Oppo PM-2 cost around 300 less than the PM-1 by ditching the box and replacing a few of the fanciest parts of this model with cheaper alternatives.5mm cable. You get two cables in the box, one longer one ending in a 6.
Presentation is fairly forward for an open-backed headphone too.Step back a bit and the luxury does flop over into excess a bit, though. They still let in a lot of sound, though – were only comparing the PM-1 to other headphones in their class. Theyre exceptionally comfortable, with generous real leather-topped foam pads that light hug your head as if theyre thanking you for being their friend.
5mm jack cables for the earcups. The money is the only real hurdle here. In other respects, the Oppo PM-1 can seem to be a bit less capable than the competition. We also think that the people who are willing to spend this much on headphones at least those who arent so ridiculously well-heeled that they dont even buy things themselves anymore may prefer the more challenging, revealing sound of the Sennheisier HD 800.
Its quite a lot like an electrostatic headphone in this respect, except that it uses a magnetic force rather than a you guessed it, electrostatic one to get the driver moving. The panels that sit on the outside of each cup are perforated, letting the air out. While these headphones are very efficient ie loud for planar headphones, you will need to near-max-out the volume in order to get a decent output level, though. These are headphones with a hifi nerd price, but aren’t designed exclusively with hifi nerds in mind.
Costing 1100, they will doubtless cause some to complain that they cost more than their first car. The most expensive headphones often refuse to compromise in design as well as sound – no such issues here. Another great win for the Oppo PM-1 is comfort.However, we do have to applaud how easy to get on with these headphones are, in every respect.
Yes, Oppo wants you to plug these headphones directly into your phone/iPod, at least some of the time. The construction of these headphones is fantastic as well. The Sennheiser HD 800 do have an abnormally wide, epic soundstage. This is a planar magnetic pair, which uses a flat driver rather than a contoured one, with the aim of reducing distortion.
Some may assume that the PM-1 are out on their own in this extreme end of the price scale, but there are actually a number of long-established options at this level, including the Grado GS1000i, the Sennheiser HD 800 and the lesser-known HiFiMAN planar magnetic range.What are the Oppo PM-1The Oppo PM-1 are headphones without compromise. Using real leather and mostly metal makes them feel like a real luxury product. Part of this criticism is down to us wishing Oppo hadnt made headphones as accessible as this in design so inaccessible in price.
In comparison, wearing the Grado PS1000 feels like a test of your endurance, Then theres the look.3mm jack and the other a shorter 3. The Grados and Sennheisers of this world are already doing a fantastic job. We took them for a jaunt around the Morrisons supermarket, and attracted no unwanted attention.
Next, read our best headphones round-up. Some other design highlights include the removable 2. Some of the fancy metal bevelling will be traded, and the real leather switched with synthetic stuff. Where Oppo set new standard in the Blu-ray player market, existing headphones at 1000 dont have any issues with quality in sound or build.
Conservative in treble and soundstage, surely thats a bad thing If youre after the most searching, revealing sound money can buy, the Oppo PM-1 are probably not for you. They are comfortable, they dont look ridiculous and they have sound that is for the most part quite divine. However, the Oppos also have less a sense of air, openness and scale than the HiFiMAN HE-5 too. To avoid simply gushing about how great the Oppo PM-1 sound, we compared them directly with the Sennheiser HD 800 and HiFiMANs original planar headphones, the HE-5.
For less analytical listening, we still think the Oppo PM-1 are great, though. The Oppo PM-1 come in a slightly ridiculous, heavy lacquered wooden presentation box. All-day listening is no issue with the PM-1.Oppo PM-1: Sound QualityThe most important technical thing to note about how the Oppo PM-1 creates sound is that it uses a rather different technology from the standard dynamic driver headphone.
Theyre useless for public transport, yes, but they leak sound far less than most open rivals. Oppo PM-1: Design and ComfortLike most headphones that cost a grand, the Oppo PM-1 are open-backed. The Oppo PM-1 are refreshingly normal-looking, where high-end headphones often look completely ridiculous. Should I buy the Oppo PM-1Its hard to pinpoint an audience for the Oppo PM-1.
You could get away with wearing these headphones in the office, if youre willing to deal with the conversations detailing exactly why you decided to spend 1,100 on headphones. Finally hope you guys enjoy it!