Hey Mad Lust Envy,
I'd just like some valid comparisons with something that has similar strengths and weaknesses.
I see that it has a similar curve to an HD650 and somewhat like a brighter LCD2. I'd like to know just how it stacks up to those. Both, headphones which I loved. Considering the Oppo sells for adound the price of what the LCD2 used to sell for, I'd say that is a logical comparison.
First, I have to say that I've really appreciated your posts - a steady voice of reason and objective thinking. Maybe we're just like-minded, not necessarily right-minded.
Having considered the LCD-2 rev.1 to be my favorite headphone for over three years, the PM-1 is slowly winning me over. Despite how great it sounds on relatively little power, its bass energy and control do improve as you apply more power. It is brighter than the LCD-2 at all power levels - very satisfying in this regard - especially since the shelved highs of the LCD-2 were about the only thing I had to tolerate with it. But with a well-powered PM-1, you'll get almost the same bass (but not really) as the LCD-2 with similar, fantastic mids, and a much nicer treble, tons of detail without any trace of sibilance, and not a hint of being analytical.
And, like the LCD-3, with which I've only had experience at meets, you get a faster, more detailed response, throughout the entire spectrum. The resolution is not only superior to the LCD-2, it's superior to the HD650, with none of the HD650's dynamic-ness, if you know what I mean. The PM-1 has the transparency of the LCD-2, that the HD650 lacks. There's that planar blackness and liquid smoothness that's more like the LCD-2, for sure.
The PM-1 is more comfortable than the LCD-2 for being lighter, but at least with my head, it clamps just a little more tightly - still fine for long listening sessions, and in the end, not as hard on the neck as the LCD-2. But it's nowhere near as comfortable as the nearly "invisible" HD650, nor does it have the big soundstage, but the soundstage is much larger than that of the in-close LCD-2, as is the imaging - which is spectacular.
Like the HD650 and the LCD-2, I like to feed the PM-1 with as neutral and transparent and detailed a signal as possible - getting that with sufficient power, to let the PM-1's bass be all that it can be, isn't terribly expensive. Right now (tune in next week for something different), I'm really enjoying the PM-1 (and I'm sure the PM-2 will do just as well) with this reasonably affordable, extremely clean and detailed chain:
Foobar 2000 w/WASAPI event mode > Win7 laptop > USB > Concero SPDIF on a 5V battery > Beresford Bushmaster MkII on a 12V battery > Meier Audio Stepdance on 15V battery > PM-1
Again, for my tastes, the PM-1 is like the HD650 and LCD-2 in preferring a neutral signal - allowing its frequency response to be heard, as is, without injecting any color upstream.
(I haven't tried it, but according to several Beresford Bushmaster MkII owners, using the much less-expensive HiFiMeDIY USB-to-SPDIF converter still gives great results. That's about $45, plus $250 for the Bushmaster MkII, $415 for Meier's current Stepdance offering - the Quickstep - with a $20 15V PSU. Add the PM-2 for $700 and you've got a giant-killing desktop system, in my opinion, for about $1430. Perhaps closer to $1000, used. Add battery packs and you can take it all camping with you - or just to get a spectacularly low noise floor with desktop use.)
Edited by zilch0md - 4/28/14 at 6:21am