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post #1411 of 2545
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Originally Posted by Beagle View Post
 

 

They are not available until mid-April...

 

Beta Testers already have units (as evident in the Press Release) and it is likely OPPO would start seeding headphones to reviewers ahead of the official launch to drum up as much momentum as possible prior to the PM-1s going on sale.

post #1412 of 2545
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Originally Posted by Beagle View Post
 

 

They are not available until mid-April...

 

lol...so you think he's lying? 

post #1413 of 2545
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Originally Posted by HasturTheYellow View Post

Beta Testers already have units

This is a bingo.
post #1414 of 2545
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Originally Posted by HasturTheYellow View Post
 

 

Beta Testers already have units (as evident in the Press Release) and it is likely OPPO would start seeding headphones to reviewers ahead of the official launch to drum up as much momentum as possible prior to the PM-1s going on sale.

 

You mean they grow these headphones?

 

Having them available to the BUYING public would drum up even more sales :rolleyes:

post #1415 of 2545

They grow anticipation.

 

Although public opinion will be helpful for the long run, legitimizing the PM-1 as a real audiophile headphone can really only be done by reviewers. Public comments will be scrutinized more for bias and personal preference, and will require that people be within that specific social circle. A reviewer is supposed to be more neutral in findings, and their publications are more universally spread out amongst the masses.

 

So, yes, seeding review units and getting previews/reviews live prior to the release will likely have a higher sales benefit than just selling the PM-1s and waiting for people to talk about them.

post #1416 of 2545

They're raising up a bumper crop (bumper crop)  ;)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai_jNNi3ysE

post #1417 of 2545
reviewers have more experience with a large variety of headphones and headphone amps. Say like if you put a guy who drives a Honda Accord daily in a 2014 Porsche 911, he will tell you it's the BEST Porsche to-date. But if you put a guy who reviewed every 911 models for the last five years, that guy can tell you what is good and what is bad about the new 911.
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post #1418 of 2545
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Originally Posted by HasturTheYellow View Post
 

They grow anticipation.

 

Yeah, that's what we need...more anticipation :rolleyes:

 

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Originally Posted by HiFiGuy528 View Post

reviewers have more experience with a large variety of headphones and headphone amps. Say like if you put a guy who drives a Honda Accord daily in a 2014 Porsche 911, he will tell you it's the BEST Porsche to-date. But if you put a guy who reviewed every 911 models for the last five years, that guy can tell you what is good and what is bad about the new 911.

 

Only if he knows how a particular car should perform...

 

I wouldn't put any trust in "reviewers" who listen to umpteen different pieces of gear every day...they've probably lost their footing ages ago.

post #1419 of 2545
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Originally Posted by HiFiGuy528 View Post

reviewers have more experience with a large variety of headphones and headphone amps. Say like if you put a guy who drives a Honda Accord daily.

Heeeeeyyyyyy now.............why pick on us Accord guys!? biggrin.gif


Edited by floydfan33 - 4/3/14 at 6:40pm
post #1420 of 2545

:popcorn:......    

 

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Heeeeeyyyyyy now.............why pick on us Accord guys!? 

 

LOL!!

post #1421 of 2545

Measurements at stereos.about.com are up now.

 

My expectation for these headphones was really, really high. And the measurement results ....

 

I just hope only the measured sample was defective!!!

 

Oppo must investigate what happened to the review sample measured there. The amount of distortion at 200-300 Hz is unacceptable by any standard for high-performance headphones (In fact, this is unacceptable even for $100 headphones). I measure speakers, so I know how audible this distortion would be. This 5~6% THD IS audible. This is a typical amount of distortion I would expect from a low-quality 1 inch driver in a laptop around 300 Hz.

 

These days audio enthusiasts know how to read measurements. If these measurements at stereos.about.com remain unchanged later on, I am sure the sales will be affected. I, for one, will never buy these headphones if the observed anomaly is representative of all production samples. If this is just due to a defective sample, OPPO must act quickly to address the issue. If this is for all production, OPPO must stop selling, preferably recall, and revise it as soon as possible before manufacturing any more batches.

 

EDIT) Tyll at InnerFidelity will measure these pretty soon. Let's stay tuned to see if the results are consistent.


Edited by Jay_WJ - 4/16/14 at 9:27am
post #1422 of 2545

They were just delivered!!!!   I'm so excited.   Wish I had a 4 pin xlr balanced cable for them.  I have to use my Lyr for the time being until Oppo makes a balanced cable available.   Reaching for the camera  :tongue: 

post #1423 of 2545

The USA seem to be getting a good deal. The list price in Britain works out at @ $1838!!Considering it comes from China, doesn't need altering for EU voltage, etc, why isn't the price on a par with USA?

From £657 to £1099 is a jump too far!

 

I guess a few will be using friends in USA to get them?

post #1424 of 2545
That's one of the reasons I am going with the 560 too.
Because Oppo doesn't have nearly as many external dealers. So getting a reasonable price within EU or import would be rather difficult.
post #1425 of 2545
Lol, people are so antsy to consider the PM-1 a fail without even hearing it. What's the agenda here?

I know all about these negativity-driven bandwagons, but Jesus, you'd think they'd at least HEAR it first before screaming bloody murder.

The impressions from those who own it love it, yet those who haven't heard it are bitching about any little measurement they find.

Considering how measurements vary from site to site, you should all at LEAST wait to see the general consensus, not jumping to conclusions at every opportunity.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 4/15/14 at 12:23pm
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