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post #571 of 2892
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Originally Posted by dpump View Post
 

I would like to hear comments about whether anyone is hearing any background amp noise due to the efficiency of the PM-1. If the efficiency is really 102 dB, I have to think that noise would be audible on a lot of amps, especially older designs and tube amps. I notice that a lot of the newer amps have one or more gain settings, due to the fact that phone sensitivity can range from 83.5 to over 100 dB. I understand that Oppo wanted to tap into the market for the majority of people that will use a portable device, but I think the high efficiency will cause noise problems for a lot of Head-Fiers using separate amps. Since there is a 30-day return policy, at least you have the option to send them back if they don't work on your amp. An earlier asked poster asked this question, but I haven't seen any responses yet.

 

I'm using the HA1, but no audible hiss to my ears.

post #572 of 2892
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Originally Posted by pfillion View Post
 

PM-1 measurements vs LCD-X and HE-6 : http://stereos.about.com/od/Measurements/ss/Oppo-Digital-PM-1-Headphone-Measurements.htm


Looks very nice...except for that resonance thing though I have no idea what it means practically.

post #573 of 2892
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Originally Posted by keanex View Post

I'm using the HA1, but no audible hiss to my ears.
Ditto the above. Also no amp noise with any of the beta units and a Burson soloist SL or Centrance HIFI-M8. I've sold the Burson and Centrance units before getting the retail PM-1's.
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Originally Posted by aamefford View Post
 

Alright, I bailed on the thread earlier.  It seems to be at least a little more polite, so I'll weigh back in.  Chris Marten's brief impressions were linked above, and I'll link them again HERE.

 

 

 

Oh, build quality is excellent, the box and stuff is beautiful and helps with the whole cachet of "Statement Product."

 

OK, since this thread has teetered on the brink a few times, please, enjoy my comments, take them for what they are worth and leave it at that.  If you've heard them and vehemently disagree, blame it on different tastes, or the information in in my disclaimer.  If you haven't heard them….

 

Thank you amefford:  I've recently returned to headphone listening and looking for a new set and your review has persuaded me to put the PM-1s on my short list!

post #575 of 2892
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Originally Posted by pfillion View Post

PM-1 measurements vs LCD-X and HE-6 : http://stereos.about.com/od/Measurements/ss/Oppo-Digital-PM-1-Headphone-Measurements.htm

Thanks!
That quick treble roll-off does explain the smoothness and lack of air.
I wonder if the resonance occurs because of their inadequate (grill) openness, because they do isolate a bit.
Other than that, the FR seems great. Unfortunately the lack of treble (subjectively) puts me off ;/
post #576 of 2892
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Originally Posted by dpump View Post
 

I would like to hear comments about whether anyone is hearing any background amp noise due to the efficiency of the PM-1. If the efficiency is really 102 dB, I have to think that noise would be audible on a lot of amps, especially older designs and tube amps. I notice that a lot of the newer amps have one or more gain settings, due to the fact that phone sensitivity can range from 83.5 to over 100 dB. I understand that Oppo wanted to tap into the market for the majority of people that will use a portable device, but I think the high efficiency will cause noise problems for a lot of Head-Fiers using separate amps. Since there is a 30-day return policy, at least you have the option to send them back if they don't work on your amp. An earlier asked poster asked this question, but I haven't seen any responses yet.

Frank I,

You are using them with your WA5. Do you have any noise problems?

post #577 of 2892
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Originally Posted by pfillion View Post

PM-1 measurements vs LCD-X and HE-6 : http://stereos.about.com/od/Measurements/ss/Oppo-Digital-PM-1-Headphone-Measurements.htm
I was not aware of the linked site for measurements. Pretty consistent with what I feel I hear, given my admitted lack of skill in pegging frequencies by ear. Treble roll off seems pretty consistent with other headphones. I was a little surprised by the slowish decay rates, as I've always read "faster is better." Still, they don't sound thick or slow to me. I'm really curious to read what others with a stable of the likely suspect planars have to say in comparisons.
post #578 of 2892

Saw the PM-1 measurements and the results look very promising, I am not concerned about the sharp roll off at the end of the band because it's beyond the human listening ability anyway and you want a sharp roll off because even though we can't hear beyond a certain point, the higher harmonics will cause issues in the listening band. It's a tough compromise but it sounds Oppo has done it right. Now if I could only find 1099$ somewhere, I would order the PM-1.

post #579 of 2892
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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post


Thanks!
That quick treble roll-off does explain the smoothness and lack of air.
I wonder if the resonance occurs because of their inadequate (grill) openness, because they do isolate a bit.
Other than that, the FR seems great. Unfortunately the lack of treble (subjectively) puts me off ;/

 

My opinion is coming from someone who loves the Audio Technica AD series line. I started with the Ad700 and from then on I was in love with the brighter than neutral sound of the Ad900 and eventually ended up in love with the very forward and aggressive mids/highs of the Ad2000. I am someone who loves the Grado SR80i sound for the big treble and mids also. 

 

With that said I was really disappointed with the PM-1 in beta as far as the sound was concerned. Not that it was bad, it wasn't even close to being bad, but the treble was very laid-back. The retail version, even with velour pads, has about the perfect balance of mids/highs. This is the first headphone where I've been not only satisfied with the quantity/quality of bass, but equally as so with the mids and highs. I hate to praise the heck out of these, just kidding, but these sound excellent to my ears. Damn near perfect. If I choose to let these go at some point it won't be because I don't love the sound, fit or build quality.

 

Edit: And anyone who sees me post on other forums knows full well how much of an Ad900/Ad2000 fanboy I am. 


Edited by keanex - 4/13/14 at 8:23am
post #580 of 2892
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Originally Posted by dpump View Post
 

I would like to hear comments about whether anyone is hearing any background amp noise due to the efficiency of the PM-1. If the efficiency is really 102 dB, I have to think that noise would be audible on a lot of amps, especially older designs and tube amps. I notice that a lot of the newer amps have one or more gain settings, due to the fact that phone sensitivity can range from 83.5 to over 100 dB.

 

[snip]

 

I respect your concern, as I've been through the hassle of trying to attenuate excessive gain to eliminate hiss (with trying to use the TBI Audio MG3 speaker amp as a headphone amp - and that was with the LCD-2), but I've heard no noise due to excessive gain relative to the PM-1's sensitivity on any headphone amp.  

 

In my case, this includes the Meier Audio Stepdance, the iBasso PB2 Pelican (with various combinations of op-amps), the Shiit Vali, the CEntrance DACmini CX, and the Beresford MkII (a wonderful match for PM-1).  We're not supposed to comment on the HA-1 itself, but as a comment for the PM-1, I agree with keanex and aamefford - I'm not hearing any hiss with the PM-1, there, either, despite its having gobs of power.)

 

Mike

post #581 of 2892
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Originally Posted by keanex View Post

My opinion is coming from someone who loves the Audio Technica AD series line. I started with the Ad700 and from then on I was in love with the brighter than neutral sound of the Ad900 and eventually ended up in love with the very forward and aggressive mids/highs of the Ad2000. I am someone who loves the Grado SR80i sound for the big treble and mids also. 

With that said I was really disappointed with the PM-1 in beta as far as the sound was concerned. Not that it was bad, it wasn't even close to being bad, but the treble was very laid-back. The retail version, even with velour pads, has about the perfect balance of mids/highs. This is the first headphone where I've been not only satisfied with the quantity/quality of bass, but equally as so with the mids and highs. I hate to praise the heck out of these, just kidding, but these sound excellent to my ears. Damn near perfect. If I choose to let these go at some point it won't be because I don't love the sound, fit or build quality.

Fair enough.
I still suspect a possible lack of air.
For me it's not about being bright per se, I too like brighter tonalities.
But there are open headphones that extend just fine up to 12 kHz and headphones that go up to 15khz.
People might argue that we don't hear that high (though I am pretty sure my hearing goes up to 16khz+ but I am in my 20s)
The air presence if you will, occurs between 13 - 15khz (or so I believe) so if a headphone rolls off right after 12khz, the air is not there at large.
I have no problems believing all the good stuff I've read about the PM1 but from everything I've read so far, air is not its strong suit.
I've made my choice based on impressions from testers, samplers and reviewers whose impressions I've read.

Said all that I am happy you like what you hear amigo beerchug.gif
post #582 of 2892

If you want an airy headphone I couldn't think of one more so than the Ad900. I've heard the Ad1000 is even more so but I haven't heard them.

post #583 of 2892
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Originally Posted by keanex View Post

If you want an airy headphone I couldn't think of one more so than the Ad900. I've heard the Ad1000 is even more so but I haven't heard them.

I said that many times but I chose the HE-560 smily_headphones1.gif
post #584 of 2892
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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post


I said that many times but I chose the HE-560 smily_headphones1.gif

But you haven't even heard it yet :D

post #585 of 2892
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

But you haven't even heard it yet biggrin.gif

Well I guess I'll have to trust your ears! tongue.gif
I did own the HE-6 so I should know what to expect wink.gif
The 560 being the very slightly warmer, which is what I want.
But you're right, I can't wait to hear it already.
Edited by conquerator2 - 4/13/14 at 8:43am
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