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post #1561 of 3442
Air is important to some. I'm never going to buy HD-800. Too much air sounds harsh and hollow to me.

I am interested in the PM-1 impressions though. Different strokes.
post #1562 of 3442
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Originally Posted by bcschmerker4 View Post
 

From the response charts on other posts this Thread, the Oppo® PM-1 should handle reproduction of almost everything that one can expect to hear at listening distances typical of live concerts.

There are two problems with this. 

 

1. The sound at a concert hall will vary greatly with where one sits.  High frequencies die quicker than low frequencies as they travel through space from the instruments to your ear.  So the proportion of high to low frequencies (frequency balance) in the first few rows of a concert hall will differ greatly, greatly from the balance in the balconies.  So there is no typical listening distance or frequency balance at a concert hall.

 

2.  In smaller rooms, where the listener is closer to the instruments, the high frequencies can be very strong.  At a concert featuring a cello in a smaller room, and with me sitting in the first couple of rows, I heard the powerful sizzle of the strings clearly over and above the body tones of the cello.  I could not reproduce anything close to that sizzle with cello recordings with my room speakers at home no matter how high I boosted the treble.  Astonishing.

post #1563 of 3442

Today is delivery day. I plan to wait in the bushes next to my front porch an pounce on the nimble fex-ex as he tried to leave a notice on my door. Today he will meet his match. :veryevil:

post #1564 of 3442
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Today is delivery day. I plan to wait in the bushes next to my front porch an pounce on the nimble fex-ex as he tried to leave a notice on my door. Today he will meet his match. very_evil_smiley.gif
A noble plan that is!
Good luck, I hope you pounce him good biggrin.gif
post #1565 of 3442
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Today is delivery day. I plan to wait in the bushes next to my front porch an pounce on the nimble fex-ex as he tried to leave a notice on my door. Today he will meet his match. :veryevil:


ninja mode !!!     :ph34r:

post #1566 of 3442
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On truck, ready for delivery. :wink:  Looks like a long lunch break for MattTCG. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Today is delivery day. I plan to wait in the bushes next to my front porch an pounce on the nimble fex-ex as he tried to leave a notice on my door. Today he will meet his match. :veryevil:

 

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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 


ninja mode !!!     :ph34r:

 

I don't think he's going to make it back to work after lunch!  He'll be calling in sick with PM-1 poisoning.

 

:p

post #1567 of 3442
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Today is delivery day. I plan to wait in the bushes next to my front porch an pounce on the nimble fex-ex as he tried to leave a notice on my door. Today he will meet his match. :veryevil:

Hope yuu like them as much as I do then next for you is the AK240. LOL

post #1568 of 3442
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Originally Posted by Headphoner View Post
 

There are two problems with this. 

 

1. The sound at a concert hall will vary greatly with where one sits.  High frequencies die quicker than low frequencies as they travel through space from the instruments to your ear.  So the proportion of high to low frequencies (frequency balance) in the first few rows of a concert hall will differ greatly, greatly from the balance in the balconies.  So there is no typical listening distance or frequency balance at a concert hall.

 

2.  In smaller rooms, where the listener is closer to the instruments, the high frequencies can be very strong.  At a concert featuring a cello in a smaller room, and with me sitting in the first couple of rows, I heard the powerful sizzle of the strings clearly over and above the body tones of the cello.  I could not reproduce anything close to that sizzle with cello recordings with my room speakers at home no matter how high I boosted the treble.  Astonishing.

 

You are technically correct re point 1.   However, I find that unless you are sitting right in the front row of an orchestra (which I have never done), the brain adapts quite easily to the differences in sound perception based on seating location.    I've sat everywhere from front-middle to back in concerts and while the orchestra sounds different, the tonal balance is pretty much within the same band/zone and has a similar tonal palette, if you know what I mean.     

 

In other words, there is a range of tonal balance within which instruments will sound "life-like" - and there is another range where they may sound very nice, but have enough differences to how they sound live.   There is no single "better" answer - it is a matter of what one prefers.


Edited by vkalia - 5/2/14 at 8:28am
post #1569 of 3442

Why is the Oppo headphone so expensive in Europe? This seems unfair and unusual.

Are the Oppo BluRay players also more expensive there?

Couldn't someone buy one in the US and sell it to an overseas buyer privately for less than the premium price, even with shipping involved?


Edited by rgs9200m - 5/2/14 at 9:31am
post #1570 of 3442

It is the taxes imposed on import products . The VAT is crazy .

post #1571 of 3442
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It is the taxes imposed on import products . The VAT is crazy .

 

Do they clear custom and taxes on the website?

Wouldn't that be just the EUR/USD parity?

post #1572 of 3442
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Do they clear custom and taxes on the website?
Wouldn't that be just the EUR/USD parity?

That's my point exactly.
Even accounting for customs, it should still be $=€.
I mean any other headphone is like that.
1099€ is roughly 1499$.
That is 400$ extra, which in fact covers the 20% VAT (~250$) 8% max customs fee (~90$) and priority shipping isn't even 60$.
So I don't know where that extra ~300$ (1100£=~1800$) comes from?
post #1573 of 3442

Well, what seems out of whack to me is that market forces will prevail soon. 

When used ones hit the market soon, offerings from here and audiogon and ebay will be the same price wherever in the world you live.

So this premium will be unsustainable.

post #1574 of 3442
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Today is delivery day. I plan to wait in the bushes next to my front porch an pounce on the nimble fex-ex as he tried to leave a notice on my door. Today he will meet his match. :veryevil:

 

Let us know how what you think of them Matt ;)

post #1575 of 3442

"Package is rescheduled due to service delays." :mad:

 

The fedex center is about 10 minutes from my house. I may have to throw a fit in the same fashion as Mrs. TCG. 

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