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post #2086 of 3442
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

If you like the HE-500s, definitely put the HE-560 on your to try list in addition to the PM-1. The HE-560 is just as comfortable, maybe even a bit moreso.

Yeah that's another can I'm going with as well I've been following Jergs thread since he first made the impressions thread. I might just buy both to compare... I'm also pretty interested in the HA-1

as I only have an ef-5 (tube amp) for now

post #2087 of 3442
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Originally Posted by Jimmyf1312 View Post


I agree with this. After owning a pair of HE-500s for a couple years now,  I need something more comfortable (comfort is a huge thing for me) and more portable. I'm sorry but I don't like having "portable" amps and dacs because I've found they are just clunky and stupid looking in public (my opinion) so something that's really easy to drive and can sound great on just my iphone is really, really interesting to me.
I think I'm gonna just buy the oppos and try them. Can't go wrong with the 30 day return policy...
30 day return makes it an option, but it's not the only option. For portable use I'd never go full size headphones. Grab some good sounding IEMs or CIEMs either inexpensive and to your preferences, or aim high for something that could potentially be your new top headphone no matter where you are.
post #2088 of 3442
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

30 day return makes it an option, but it's not the only option. For portable use I'd never go full size headphones. Grab some good sounding IEMs or CIEMs either inexpensive and to your preferences, or aim high for something that could potentially be your new top headphone no matter where you are.

Not to derail further, I own a pair of m-100s for public use I mean just for travel. Like hanging out in a hotel or when I get alone time away from the house.
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Oh gosh, I smell of thread lock or some similar moderation soon! It's like kids in a playground, gotta keep an eye lol!

What amazes me is that there's such a large constrast in opinions among those who've heard it. Either there's strong exaggeration on either sides or not all pm1s circulating around were born equal! You typically get a consencus on how a phone sounds, some divergence of opinions are inevitable but such extreme range of opinions is not that common (and not really expected at that price point, for a serious player, and oppo isn't amateurish in general).

The funny thing for me is that I have been far from excited by all the orthos until now, and the pm1 is the closest thing I found that could drag me back into the world of non-estat over the ears. I did listen to the hifimans and it didn't do a thing for me. The pm1 was actually the engaging phone for the stuff I listened to, total opposite to purrin in effect. So yeah, different strikes for different folks. purrins effort are very valid nevertheless, especially since he took the time to swap amps and compare against other phones. But just don't always expect to hear the same as other people, it just doesn't work like that (and don't be your gear, however difficult it might be).

Arnaud
post #2090 of 3442

Could be something wrong with the one Purrin has. i am taking one to Newport beach for Warren Chi to hear and John Williams to see what they think of it compared to the one purrin had.

post #2091 of 3442
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Originally Posted by arnaud View Post

Oh gosh, I smell of thread lock or some similar moderation soon! It's like kids in a playground, gotta keep an eye lol!
Huh?
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What amazes me is that there's such a large constrast in opinions among those who've heard it. Either there's strong exaggeration on either sides or not all pm1s circulating around were born equal! You typically get a consencus on how a phone sounds, some divergence of opinions are inevitable but such extreme range of opinions is not that common (and not really expected at that price point, for a serious player, and oppo isn't amateurish in general).

The funny thing for me is that I have been far from excited by all the orthos until now, and the pm1 is the closest thing I found that could drag me back into the world of non-estat over the ears. I did listen to the hifimans and it didn't do a thing for me. The pm1 was actually the engaging phone for the stuff I listened to, total opposite to purrin in effect. So yeah, different strikes for different folks. purrins effort are very valid nevertheless, especially since he took the time to swap amps and compare against other phones. But just don't always expect to hear the same as other people, it just doesn't work like that (and don't be your gear, however difficult it might be).
This is no different from basically every new headphone release. HD800s are hailed as the best ever and torture device face tweeters, Edition 10 is both loved and its existence questioned, LCD-2 some call it natural, some call it dark and bloated, T1 is declared a stunning technical achievement, some rip it off their heads instantly, I could go on and on. Stark contrast is nothing new here.

Looking forward to hearing the PM-1 soon. Not sure when it will be, but I'm in line to try it.
Edited by Maxvla - 5/13/14 at 10:24pm
post #2092 of 3442

Its all subjective but I find the PM-1 a good headphone that tis built really well and sound excellent.

post #2093 of 3442
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post

If you like the HE-500s, definitely put the HE-560 on your to try list in addition to the PM-1. The HE-560 is just as comfortable, maybe even a bit moreso.
or wait for the HE-400i. Should be here in a month or so.
post #2094 of 3442
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

or wait for the HE-400i. Should be here in a month or so.

Or get/try both!very_evil_smiley.gif
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Hmmm... Somehow it was so easy to spend a couple of hundred dollars (I don't even remember the actual price) on a pair of headphones! What's more, they and my iCAN continue to give me great pleasure. I'm beginning to wonder why I am beating myself with LCD2/PM-1/HD800/HD650 indecision!  Especially when the cash is not in the bank burning a hole in my pocket to be spent right now. Time to turn down the upgrade-fever knob, I think.

 

Of course, it would help if I lived in a city where I could visit a friendly local shop and listen --- but doing that (although there are other reasons for the travel too) would cost me as much as the headphones.

 

Hey Ho... I'll still follow the thread[s] :)

post #2096 of 3442
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post

To be totally honest, the PM-1 doesn't make me feel anything. That more than anything else is really... truly... is what bugs me about the PM-1. We can talk about FR, distortion, dynamics, resolution, etc. but the PM-1 just sounds really dead and boring to me. I mean there's nothing seriously technically wrong with it, but the PM-1 is like a good looking woman who just doesn't excite me.

Think Nicole Kidman. She's beautiful. Nothing wrong with her features, but I just don't get hard over her. Different strokes for different folks. Kind of like Natalie Portman. A buddy of mine think's she's hot. I don't because she reminds me of my daughter (I still think of her as the little girl from The Professional). My buddy and I both agreed that Mila Kunas is hot though.

I just thought I should mention those things because you are right: it's about how music makes us feel.

that's really beautiful man. nicole and natalie speak highly of you too. wink.gif

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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

Huh?
This is no different from basically every new headphone release. HD800s are hailed as the best ever and torture device face tweeters, Edition 10 is both loved and its existence questioned, LCD-2 some call it natural, some call it dark and bloated, T1 is declared a stunning technical achievement, some rip it off their heads instantly, I could go on and on. Stark contrast is nothing new here.

Looking forward to hearing the PM-1 soon. Not sure when it will be, but I'm in line to try it.

x2
post #2097 of 3442
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 


 Do you prefer $$$ Trace-Elliot or Peavey?

Dude- false choice.  Peavey owns Trace Elliot.  I myself prefer vintage Eden gear  :biggrin:

 

Thanks again for the follow-up to your earlier impressions on the Oppo.  Over time, impressions seem to balance out.  Yours are the first truly critical assessments that I think add to the discussion in a while.

post #2098 of 3442
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post


This is no different from basically every new headphone release. HD800s are hailed as the best ever and torture device face tweeters, Edition 10 is both loved and its existence questioned, LCD-2 some call it natural, some call it dark and bloated, T1 is declared a stunning technical achievement, some rip it off their heads instantly, I could go on and on. Stark contrast is nothing new here.

Looking forward to hearing the PM-1 soon. Not sure when it will be, but I'm in line to try it.

Agreed. I'd also like to add that when we read people's impressions on head fi, we have to take into account their sonic preferences. People like purrin and |joker| clearly prefer bright sound signature, while Tyll, Mike from headfonia, MacedonianHero (and many others on head fi) prefer warm sound signature. I generally prefer warm phones,so what purrin thinks sounds like poo, probably sounds like heaven to me lol.

post #2099 of 3442
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Originally Posted by JeffA View Post
 

PM-1 owners (and I currently am one) need to get thicker skin and have greater confidence in their own impressions. I also own the HD-800. That thing gets bashed all the time. Much worse, in fact, than the PM-1. But I don't care. In fact, a lot of the bashing is amusing. So, PM-1 owners, don't disengage. Read both the good and the bad. You will learn something, and probably even laugh a little.


I am a proud PM-1 owner and in some sense I have to agree with the person who was fed up with all the negativity.  I am fairly new to the higher end of headphones (don't want this to be mis-interpreted by the nay sayers) and new to this site.  People do have a right to their opinion and generally I don't have a problem with it.  What I was finding as unusual is the vehemence and many of the subjective reviews of a product that were never even heard in many cases, as well as the continued off topic banter.

 

I come from the world where my 1000Watt Class-D mono blocks are knocked all the time by the "experts" that have never even heard them and just make generalizations.  I am retiring in a couple of weeks and wanted to have some headphones I could wear in the late evening hours that would allow me to watch my movies and listen to music without worrying about waking the wife, even though she is 3 floors away, sleeping.

 

The PM-1's are perfect for me.  I have worn them for hours with no fatigue in either listening or the weight.  The fact that OPPO makes them is a double win for me.  I knew the quality would be fantastic and it is (I have several OPPO Blue Ray and DVD players, BDP 105 and 83). 

 

I guess finally, in the famous words of the great philosopher, "Can't We Just Get Along".

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Purrin doesn't prefer a bright signature.

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