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I had the PM-1 on hand for the second weekend in a row, and this time I spent more time with the DAC1/Auditor chain than the ODAC/1100 chain that I was using the previous weekend. My earlier impressions still stand that it's an extremely solid performer at this price point, but no worldbeater. It appeals to those who want a headphone with a specific type of warm and natural (but detailed) sound signature, and represents the zenith of conventional dynamic and planar magnetic headphones with that sort of signature (some SR007 and HE90 fans may cry foul if I were to say it's the top of the warm cans food chain overall). It's about on par in every way with competitors in its price bracket, edging out others in some places while falling behind in others. It's not set to revolutionize the industry; it's just another solid alternative in the TOTL realm.

 

If anyone has specific questions, feel free to ask. I'm not a fanboy, nor am I a flaw seeker.

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HP-1??


PM-1*

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Thought you might go for sexy black so took a chance and knocked this up in preparation...

 

Now just load up the PB2 with OPA1611 and dummy buffers, hook it up to 16VDC external power, put a Bushmaster MkII in front of it, and connect the balanced PM-1.  

 

Joy!

 

:D

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Now just load up the PB2 with OPA1611 and dummy buffers, hook it up to 16VDC external power, put a Bushmaster MkII in front of it, and connect the balanced PM-1.  

Joy!

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Can do that biggrin.gif Bushmaster ll came today and for the money it's amazing. Not sure if it bests the M-DAC as I will need time to evaluate but initial impressions are good. I'm favouring the Muses01 in pretty much everything at present (Fi-quest/ P4/PB2 do you feel 1611's are more neutral? I have plenty of them on class A adapters so will try eventually. Too many changes in my system coming up so need to do this over time...
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It's not set to revolutionize the industry; it's just another solid alternative in the TOTL realm.

 

 

Yeah, but the weight, efficiency, and sensitivity reported with these cans does seem revolutionary in many aspects.

 

Still, that's a pretty glowing commentary on them.  On-par with the rest of the TOTL pack is pretty impressive for a first headphone.

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I had the PM-1 on hand for the second weekend in a row, and this time I spent more time with the DAC1/Auditor chain than the ODAC/1100 chain that I was using the previous weekend. My earlier impressions still stand that it's an extremely solid performer at this price point, but no worldbeater. It appeals to those who want a headphone with a specific type of warm and natural (but detailed) sound signature, and represents the zenith of conventional dynamic and planar magnetic headphones with that sort of signature (some SR007 and HE90 fans may cry foul if I were to say it's the top of the warm cans food chain overall). It's about on par in every way with competitors in its price bracket, edging out others in some places while falling behind in others. It's not set to revolutionize the industry; it's just another solid alternative in the TOTL realm.

 

I'm just short of two full weeks in with these cans and I pretty much agree with everything ssrock64's statement.  The cans are growing on me on a daily basis though I am discovering some minor shortcomings as I go.

 

The one thing I won't echo is the claim that this can is the zenith in the signature.  It might be but I don't have enough experience with stuff out there to be that bold.

 

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Yeah, but the weight, efficiency, and sensitivity reported with these cans does seem revolutionary in many aspects.

 

The revolution may be short lived: Enter the HE-560 with some very similar specs, now shipping.  I wonder how long it will be before multiple other planars appear to challenge.

 

Interesting times!

 

EDITED: To claim that I, too, am a 'legit' listener to these cans.  Maybe that should be in my sig.  :p


Edited by ogodei - 4/30/14 at 6:04pm
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Yeah, but the weight, efficiency, and sensitivity reported with these cans does seem revolutionary in many aspects.

 

Still, that's a pretty glowing commentary on them.  On-par with the rest of the TOTL pack is pretty impressive for a first headphone.


In that respect, I'd say it's more evolution than revolution. All of those things have been achieved in recent years in the TOTL realm, but haven't really been combined very effectively. The T5p is a very good headphone that's easy to drive (and so is the PS1000, to a lesser extent), but doesn't float on your head like an HD800 does.

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The revolution may be short lived: Enter the HE-560 with some very similar specs, now shipping.  I wonder how long it will be before multiple other planars appear to challenge.

 

I don't know about that. The PM-1's seem to be operating properly and not falling apart.

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I don't know about that. The PM-1's seem to be operating properly and not falling apart.

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I don't know about that. The PM-1's seem to be operating properly and not falling apart.

 

As much as I'd absolutely love to try some HiFi Man products I agree. I've not heard great things about build quality or their customer service. 

 

This is just what I've heard though, it's not a fact.

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^ has the pm1 been out long enough to place their build qlty above the Hifiman?

Not saying that is anyone's conclusion but no one has had them over a month yet.
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^ has the pm1 been out long enough to place their build qlty above the Hifiman?

Not saying that is anyone's conclusion but no one has had them over a month yet.

 

From my personal experiences with HiFiMan and my research all it takes is a customer service team that responds within 24 hours to be better than HiFiMan. I waited 48 hours with my RE0 that always fell apart. I last checked the HiFiMan CS reputation threads a year ago and I wasn't the only one with huge build concerns and even worse customer service. 

 

Things may have changed, I hope they have, because the products I've tried have sounded great. 

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From my personal experiences with HiFiMan and my research all it takes is a customer service team that responds within 24 hours to be better than HiFiMan. I waited 48 hours with my RE0 that always fell apart. I last checked the HiFiMan CS reputation threads a year ago and I wasn't the only one with huge build concerns and even worse customer service. 

 

Things may have changed, I hope they have, because the products I've tried have sounded great. 

 

I don't think that was a question about the HiFiMan build quality (I hope the 560 has less issues than the past models though).  It's more of an uncertainty about the PM-1.  There have been some headphones that feel great and use high quality materials and look good up front, but then have some flaw that causes something to break down the line.  It doesn't seem like the PM-1 is like that (from what I've seen in pictures and read), but it is a possibility. 

 

That's another issue with reviews in general, build quality is hit or miss, it's really how good does it look, feel, and "act", no long-term assessment is possible without the long term :p  This isn't an attack on your review though, all reviews will suffer from this. 

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From my personal experiences with HiFiMan and my research all it takes is a customer service team that responds within 24 hours to be better than HiFiMan. I waited 48 hours with my RE0 that always fell apart. I last checked the HiFiMan CS reputation threads a year ago and I wasn't the only one with huge build concerns and even worse customer service. 

 

Things may have changed, I hope they have, because the products I've tried have sounded great. 

 

RE0 is not a headphone. I've had my HFM HE-6 for over 3 years now. No problem at all. BTW I also own an Oppo BDP-95 for over 3 years now. No problem at all too.


Edited by wuwhere - 4/30/14 at 9:59pm
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