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post #2686 of 3442
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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post
 

try it balance on the ah240 but I must say with the Hugo and ak2540 the P-1 really shines

I listen to them balanced out of my AK240 and IMO they sound darn good.

post #2687 of 3442

As with my HA-1 impressions, I have also completed my PM-1 thoughts which I put up on the review thread; and like the HA-1, I also purposefully stopped reading the PM-1 threads to not get influenced by other members' thoughts here (although I do pop here for moderation purposes).

 

In short, I think I feel the PM-1 would echo Arnaud's comments (since we did the listening together a month back), that the PM-1 was pleasant sounding but not exactly biting. It's a "yeah nice" headphone but I would also agree with him that it probably wouldn't be in my ownership for long if I had it.

 

I would actually prefer it over the LCD-2r2s (LCD-3's for that matter). It's a very good effort from Oppo Digital though for a 1st attempt in headphones. And if their goal was to make the lightest planar magnetic that's portable and decent (but not necessarily best) sounding, I'd say they have succeeded. Having said that, I actually prefer the Alpha Dogs' styled signatures, and maybe it's me but I actually feel the ADs were more spacious than the PM-1.

post #2688 of 3442
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Originally Posted by HiFiAudio View Post

Another review . . .

Oppo PM-1 review - Digital Trends - By Ryan WaniataJune 30, 2014



"The PM-1 offer a staggering combination of warmth, dimension, clarity, and definition."

I wouldn't go that far. blink.gif
post #2689 of 3442

Replace "staggering" with "remarkable" and the statement would adequately echo my sentiments.

For me, the PM-1's delicacy of resolution, liquidity of presentation and the "curvature" of their dynamic set them apart from other planars I have tried.

post #2690 of 3442
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

 

In short, I think I feel the PM-1 would echo Arnaud's comments (since we did the listening together a month back), that the PM-1 was pleasant sounding but not exactly biting. It's a "yeah nice" headphone but I would also agree with him that it probably wouldn't be in my ownership for long if I had it.

 

When I initially heard the PM-1, I had the same "yeah nice" underwhelmed reaction.  But after prolonged exposure, I feel that the PM-1's have "come to the fore"/"risen to the occasion" with every musical genre I have tried with them so far.  

 

If the Oppos "err" it would be in the direction of understatement.  However, I am coming to realize, as I come to further appreciate the PM-1, that I am more ammenable to their subtle understatement (while managing to preserve the detail intact) than I am to other headphones' comparatively hard (and sometimes gross) overstatement.

 

Maybe I am "mellowing" with age and the PM-1 just happened to arrive on the scene in my "mellowing" process.  

 

:wink: 


Edited by pataburd - 7/1/14 at 5:00am
post #2691 of 3442
That's an interesting statement pataturd. I am still curious about the pm1 as for longer term listening impressions. From your sig, it appears you don't rotate phones much. I am pretty sure I could satisfy myself with the pm1 if that is all I had, but that isn't the situation atm.

Some don't like Stax , esp. the 009 for it lays everything bare. I guess Anakchan and I have got used to this and have difficulty to adjust to radically different sound presentations.
post #2692 of 3442

arnaud,

The PM-1 do represent a radical departure from my typical preference, which has always leaned in the "bright", uber-detail-accumulating direction, yet I somehow do not feel "robbed", even after several hours with the Oppos.  The only other headphones I can consistently reach for nowadays are the Martin Logan Mikros 90 closed portables, which I believe are complementary to [e.g. more forward, punchy and dense than] the PM-1.

 

Have not heard the TOTL Stax as-yet, but some of the lesser-ranked Stax that I have heard sounded dynamically flaccid.  Ditto for my reaction to full-sized electrostatics.  Will hopefully get the chance to hear the 009s in the near future.

 

For the time being, I have a pair of K812 scheduled to arrive soon.


Edited by pataburd - 7/2/14 at 5:05am
post #2693 of 3442
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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post
 

arnaud,

The PM-1 do represent a radical departure from my typical preference, which has always leaned in the "bright", detail-accumulating direction, yet I somehow do not feel "robbed", even after several hours with the Oppos.  The only other headphones I can consistently reach for nowadays are the Martin Logan Mikros 90 closed portables, which I believe are complementary to [e.g. more forward, punchy and dense than] the PM-1.

 

Have not heard the TOTL Stax as-yet, but some of the lesser-ranked Stax that I heard sounded a bit dynamically flaccid.  Will hopefully get the chance to hear the 009s in the near future.

 

For the time being, I have a pair of K812 scheduled to arrive soon.

Let us know your opinion on the K812. I am intrigued by them....

post #2694 of 3442
Let's kindly keep it a PM-1 forum. .
Edited by mike7898 - 7/1/14 at 5:58pm
post #2695 of 3442

There is a very nice synergy between the PM-1 and the Chord Hugo (as a DAC with an external amp or as a DAC/AMP).

post #2696 of 3442

Best pairng for me so far has been PM-1 and Lehmann BCL w/gain set to 0.

Although still very good, just not as good, with the beta 22.  A liitle more forward and dynamic, with more treble emphasis, but comparatively bland and not as rich or finely resolving as the Lehmann.


Edited by pataburd - 7/2/14 at 2:30pm
post #2697 of 3442
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Originally Posted by mike7898 View Post

Let's kindly keep it a PM-1 forum. .

What about PM-1 v. K812?

:smile_phones:

post #2698 of 3442
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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post
 

There is a very nice synergy between the PM-1 and the Chord Hugo (as a DAC with an external amp or as a DAC/AMP).

The pairing is unbelievable and outstanding and I drag that combo whenIm traveling


Edited by Frank I - 7/2/14 at 2:24pm
post #2699 of 3442

Just had a great listen with the PM-1, the ß22 and the Beach Boys.

post #2700 of 3442
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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post

Just had a great listen with the PM-1, the ß22 and the Beach Boys.

After reading all your posts here, I'm starting to get the feeling that you kind of enjoy the pm-1. wink.gif
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