Edited by Tiemen - 4/14/14 at 12:59pm
If you like having money in your wallet, not so much XD If you like new toys, better time than ever XD
Because after posting the link to the Hifi+ article, I found out another Headfi-er had already mentioned it in this thread, see http://www.head-fi.org/t/712932/oppo-pm-1-planar-magnetic-headphone-impressions-thread/465#post_10449936
Except the price of statment heapdhones, if not 'flagship' are coming down. Time will tell if the new cans can stand up to the Audeze's and the other Summit-Fi cans. My wallet will bend, but not break...
maddog sound closed compared to koss ESP-950 stats and ESP-950 isnt oriented on the high freq.. more on mid range..
maybe with a better headphone amp than the magni the maddog would sound better tho
Personnaly, i prefer the mad dog semi-open..
My quick impressions of the PM-1 have been that the bass feels weighty, controlled, and well-extended. The texture and detail is fantastic on the PM-1 for the bass. The mids are slightly forward with a warm and full natural sound. Listening to Portishead's Glory Box the vocals are incredibly satisfying. Hell, the entire song is perfect for the genre. Highs are nicely controlled in my brief listenings to horns and such. I fired up Steely Dan's Aja album for my first listen and I found nothing glaringly out of balance, even with the bassier velour pads.
The background is what really impresses me. Many people called the T50RP background black and I didn't understand what that meant. The PM-1 has the same clean, black background. Instruments feel suspended in the air rather than grounded to one position. Each expanding without running into the next. Good width, though the soundstage seems more on par with the Ad2000 than the Ad900 in width. Depth wise the feeling is that the instruments linger off into the background slowly fading away, when appropriate. I wouldn't call these slow headphones, they simply highlight the lingering decay of a concert.
Edit: LCD Soundsystem's Time to Get Away is on now. Boy those drums sound like they're in the room with me on the intro. Incredibly crisp, clean and natural. The PM-1 carry the energy nicely with a very clean and separated sound. It's not as engaging as the Ad2000, to my memory, but I don't think any headphone ever will be to me.
Further more listening I think these will excel as EDM cans. This is based on the last two songs sounding excellent on them: Radiohead - Little by Little [Caribou RMX], and Daft Punk - Voyager.
What about the soundstage, pin point 3D imaging compare to hd800/lcd3 and resolution/detail retrieval compared to stats..
Order cancelled? That may actually have something to do with OpenSSL, rather than your bank account(s). ISP sysadmins have been scrambling to fix the Heartbleed bug reported this month; OpenSSL 1.0.1 through Sub-subrelease F has a major regression. A fix is committed for version 1.0.2, and as of this writing is in beta test.
All got sorted in the end. ^ good suggestion, not really sure what the issue was but used a different payment method.
Anyway, they're on their way
Will take a little while for them to make their way down to me though.
edit: I hope the Pono player has some way to bump the bass for when the mood / material dictates.
I really like the LCD 3 sound, (although feel they may lack a little detail) if I find these PM-1's too bright they might be up for grabs.