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post #106 of 3154

There were a few folk in the beta test group who have more orthos in the stable and an assortment of dynamics too..dB

post #107 of 3154

Instead of comparing the Oppos to other headphones, they should compare the other headphones to the Oppo.

post #108 of 3154

Ok, now I'm hyped...

post #109 of 3154
I've spent a little time with the production version of the PM-1, and I'll give some very early first impressions. (Keep in mind my time with the production version has been brief, and it is different enough from any of the prototypes I've heard or have had in my possessions that I have to start anew with this retail-ready version):

  • First of all, it is better than any of the prototypes I've heard, so kudos to OPPO for taking the time needed to get it to where it is. That is, I'm glad they took their sweet time with it.
  • The PM-1 is absolutely a strong player at its price. It didn't take long for me to come to that conclusion.
  • Its bass is more neutral than the LCD-3, more present than the HE-6. Its bass extension, control and detail is excellent, and competitive with its peers.
  • Its mids are fleshy and detailed, with maybe a hint of lushness in the lower mids. Still, there's enough midband neutrality to please those who tend to seek out a neutral monitor sound.
  • The PM-1's treble is smooooth and detailed. If you tend to prefer a hint of lift in treble, you may be disappointed a bit, but I really enjoy how they tuned it here. In early listening, it hasn't struck a harsh note yet; but, again, I still have much more listening to do.
  • Overall, in terms of detail retrieval, it is, again, running comfortably with its peers--which is to say excellent.

Again, these are early impressions, but there seems to be some hunger for some impressions in this thread, so I thought I'd post what I think early on.

I'm on a plane about to begin the landing process, so I have to go, and won't be answering many questions until further listening, which begins in earnest tonight at the hotel, before heading to the New York Head-Fi Meet tomorrow morning (where a bunch more people will be able to hear it, too).

(Sorry for any misspells or other errors, but I'm hammering this out on an iPad screen.)
post #110 of 3154

Thanks for your impressions!!!

 

Some comments on soundstage? Please? :D

post #111 of 3154

Looks as though Oppo® spec'd the FSP PM-1 smartly - this new orthodynamic is engineered from the outset to take custom harnesses when needed for particular environments.  I've encountered 2.5mm plugs before in a TRS version for PCS devices, and Oppo® appears to be packaging a 3.5mm TRS-to-dual-2.5mm TS Y-harness with the PM-1.

 

Let's see how the early adopters assess the PM-1 with their respective systems - if the PM-1 actually presents a resisitive load across the design frequency response, as Oppo® claims, I'll include it for consideration for the next headset for my Asus® CM1630-06, as my XONAR's® Texas Instruments® TP6120A2 is good with resistive loads down to 16Ω.

post #112 of 3154

I have tried the Oppo through a headphone amp and direct out of my iPhone, iMac and iPad. I set the headphone amp aside because it works perfectly unamped. It's plugged right into my iPhone's headphone jack right now.

post #113 of 3154
I tried them straight out of my iPhone 5S. I wasn't expecting much, and was pleasantly surprised. Pretty ok for traveling light.

Jude hit the highlights pretty eloquently and succinctly.
post #114 of 3154

They still look goofy for wearing on the street, but I wouldn't hesitate to take them on a trip with an iPod to keep me busy in a hotel or on a plane.

post #115 of 3154

The Oppo PM-2 will be available in June.

 

http://www.oppodigital.com/future/PM-2_Planar_Magnetic_Headphones.aspx

post #116 of 3154
Quote:
Originally Posted by jude View Post

I've spent a little time with the production version of the PM-1, and I'll give some very early first impressions. (Keep in mind my time with the production version has been brief, and it is different enough from any of the prototypes I've heard or have had in my possessions that I have to start anew with this retail-ready version):
 
  • First of all, it is better than any of the prototypes I've heard, so kudos to OPPO for taking the time needed to get it to where it is. That is, I'm glad they took their sweet time with it.
  • The PM-1 is absolutely a strong player at its price. It didn't take long for me to come to that conclusion.
  • Its bass is more neutral than the LCD-3, more present than the HE-6. Its bass extension, control and detail is excellent, and competitive with its peers.
  • Its mids are fleshy and detailed, with maybe a hint of lushness in the lower mids. Still, there's enough midband neutrality to please those who tend to seek out a neutral monitor sound.
  • The PM-1's treble is smooooth and detailed. If you tend to prefer a hint of lift in treble, you may be disappointed a bit, but I really enjoy how they tuned it here. In early listening, it hasn't struck a harsh note yet; but, again, I still have much more listening to do.
  • Overall, in terms of detail retrieval, it is, again, running comfortably with its peers--which is to say excellent.

Again, these are early impressions, but there seems to be some hunger for some impressions in this thread, so I thought I'd post what I think early on.

I'm on a plane about to begin the landing process, so I have to go, and won't be answering many questions until further listening, which begins in earnest tonight at the hotel, before heading to the New York Head-Fi Meet tomorrow morning (where a bunch more people will be able to hear it, too).

(Sorry for any misspells or other errors, but I'm hammering this out on an iPad screen.)

That sounds like some very competent tuning from Oppo's engineers.

post #117 of 3154
the look doesn't do it for me tbh but it looks like a well thought out design with high build quality. does it sound like a closed can?
post #118 of 3154
Yes
post #119 of 3154
right. was wondering how it compared to the th900 which sounds kinda open for a closed can.
post #120 of 3154
Quote:
Originally Posted by jude View Post

I've spent a little time with the production version of the PM-1, and I'll give some very early first impressions. (Keep in mind my time with the production version has been brief, and it is different enough from any of the prototypes I've heard or have had in my possessions that I have to start anew with this retail-ready version):
 
  • First of all, it is better than any of the prototypes I've heard, so kudos to OPPO for taking the time needed to get it to where it is. That is, I'm glad they took their sweet time with it.
  • The PM-1 is absolutely a strong player at its price. It didn't take long for me to come to that conclusion.
  • Its bass is more neutral than the LCD-3, more present than the HE-6. Its bass extension, control and detail is excellent, and competitive with its peers.
  • Its mids are fleshy and detailed, with maybe a hint of lushness in the lower mids. Still, there's enough midband neutrality to please those who tend to seek out a neutral monitor sound.
  • The PM-1's treble is smooooth and detailed. If you tend to prefer a hint of lift in treble, you may be disappointed a bit, but I really enjoy how they tuned it here. In early listening, it hasn't struck a harsh note yet; but, again, I still have much more listening to do.
  • Overall, in terms of detail retrieval, it is, again, running comfortably with its peers--which is to say excellent.

Again, these are early impressions, but there seems to be some hunger for some impressions in this thread, so I thought I'd post what I think early on.

I'm on a plane about to begin the landing process, so I have to go, and won't be answering many questions until further listening, which begins in earnest tonight at the hotel, before heading to the New York Head-Fi Meet tomorrow morning (where a bunch more people will be able to hear it, too).

(Sorry for any misspells or other errors, but I'm hammering this out on an iPad screen.)

 

 

Thanks Jude, this is exactly the sort of feedback that I've been interested in hearing. 

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