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Oppo PM-3 : The Portable Planar - Impressions

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  1. itman
    Hi, thank you for your answer.
    I don't know about the Q701, I have the K701 and these Headphones are the best I've ever heard in my life for alle musical genres. I did the reversible bass mod, look here: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/reversible-akg-k701-bass-mod.660408/
    In addition I am using the FiiO A5 AMP. Unfortunately I can't hear them on the go but only at home.

    Thank you for the information!
    I am thinking also about SRH 1540. Did you compare them before you bought the PM3?
  2. PaganDL
    Hi itman,

    Yes, I did demo the SRH 1540 extensively before I settled on PM3, at the time, it was more than I wanted to spend at the time & being outside the US, that usually means much more than average retail.

    Another reason for choosing the PM3 as value wise, it was still more worth it though it took a little while to get it.
    Before I forget, look into the balanced cable which is available as an option as there is an obvious difference between the stock & balanced but then is highly subjective as this comes down to personal preference on how you listen to music.

    Differences are as follows :
    Stock : Slightly thin sound at really low volume, narrower head space sound which seems front facing approximately angled at 25 degrees
    Balanced : Stronger consistent signal at all volumes, subjectively just right head space with sound coming from rear sides also approximately angled at 25 degrees.

    Hope this helps.

    Hope this helps.
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  3. itman
    Thank you. Did i understand youright, that the PM3 costs more than the 1540 and you like the sound of the pm3 more?
  4. PaganDL
    Hi itman,

    Apologies, no, PM3 is definitely cheaper overall than 1540, just at purchase time, PM3 was more in my budget & I wanted to have a good planar magnetic headphone.

    I like both PM3 & 1540 but still first choice would be PM3.

    Hope this helps
  5. itman
    Not anymore. The PM3 costs on amazon 529€ and the 1540 449€.
  6. noplsestar
    Hi again, please, does anybody of you know where I can get replacement ear pads for the PM3´s in Europe (or elsewhere)?
  7. Fra D
    Oppo UK sold me some, pretty expensive though. Not on their site anymore I see. But if you email them they might offer some.
    Now that I have 2 frames from the old ones, I'll buy some pads from aliexpress next time and fabricate something myself.
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  8. noplsestar
    Ah, I see. Thanks man.
  9. FastAndClean
    Clean and spacious with those pads, but the mids and bass are with less body IMG_20171127_191645.jpg
  10. HirschiAUT
    I guess those pads weigh more than the phones themselves huh? :darthsmile:
  11. FastAndClean
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2017
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  13. wylfsyn
    My impressions about PM-3:
    flat, lifeless, boring. EOT
  14. FastAndClean
    with those pads and a little bit of EQ ( i hate mid bass) they sound sweet, very clean and spacious, with those pads they absolutely destroyed my modded T50rp, i made long comparison last night, when the pm3 was with stock pads i thought that the modded t50rp sound cleaner but now is other way around, pads can make a huge difference, iv learn that when i start experimenting with the Audioquest NightHawk
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  15. Jimmy Gazelle
    Hey folks,
    I just got the oppo pm3 a few days ago for some audition.
    my question, does it scale well with a good amp/dac? because like this it sounds very flat and boring to me...
    like not engaging at all. I must say I like rock and a warmer sound signature. So I guess its just a bad match-up as well...but I am seriously having a hard time to be impressed by this can...
    any experiences will amps/dacs?
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