The JPS Labs cables cost $5000...
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The JPS Labs cables cost $5000...
Thanks, Jude. I guess I could be middle-aged if I don't make it into my 60s.
I highly doubt this...
Ink-black background, "planar bass" aka a lot of grunt and linear extension in the bass region with minimal bloat, excellent instrument/vocal separation and 3D imaging, and unique midrange timbre. All very overgeneralized points of course, but you get my drift.
Um, actually, the trampoline effect of planar membranes totally smears the imaging of an orthodynamic. This is what a lot of people call the "wall of sound" effect. You need pistonic, precisely controlled motion for good imaging. You can quell this effect by lifting the drivers farther from the ear and making the design completely open, but at its best it still can't match a good dynamic.
It may not have the same level of refinement as some of the other TOTL headphones but it's faster than the 009 and Tyll claims that it's ridiculously engaging and exciting to listen to.
I mean come on, at a price point like this the music should be the important part, not the technicalities, shouldn't it?
I wouldn't call these portable headphones. While it's true that swivelling ear cups are generally found on portable headphones, which are in turn generally cheaper in price, I believe that OPPO's design allowed for them to add this functionality as a matter of convenience - so why not do it? It's similar to the philosophy they have with their Blu-ray players: the more features, the better.
A premium planar magnetic doesn't have to be overly bulky and heavy, and I wouldn't be surprised if these competed with and/or bested headphones in the $1000+ range.
That was my first impression too when I listened to them with the LG and also the W234 monos but on Sunday morning talking to Jude he mentioned how much he liked them. he said that the issue with the Abyss is fit. I told him I was trying to get a good seal but the better seal I got the leaner they sounded. He laugh and said that actually they work the opposite way (even if doesn't make sense), the lighter they are against your ears/head the better and more bass you get. I told him it didn't make sense but I would try it. I went back to Cavalli's booth and it happened that a JPS/Abyss guy (Jason) was there. He helped me adjust them properly to my head and what a difference. They actually sounded excellent and with a deep, fast and controlled bass.
Do I think they are better than the SR-009 at the similar price point? Not IMO but they sounded really good. My issue is how to justify over double the price of the LCD-3 and over 4 times the HE-6. They might be better (I would need more time with them to come to my conclusion) but I don't think price/performance are the best ones.
They could release two versions..PM-1 and PM-2? But maybe they are putting out feelers to see what the general preferred consensus is.
Oppo are also working on a new headphone amplifer/DAC/preamp :
That looks awesome! I love that it is balanced as well. Beefy power supply in there too. Looks like an Audiogd unit if Audiogd had any sort of sense of aesthetics. Dang. Getting really excited to see what Oppo can do with the headphones and this combo unit.