OPPO PM-3 Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones (White)
- Bonus: 1.2 meter portable cable for iPhone with mic & controls included. Contact us prior to fulfillment if you want Android or No Mic/Control instead.
- Excellent sound quality from planar magnetic drivers
- Closed-back design for privacy and noise isolation
- High sensitivity, light weight and comfortable fit
- Elegant styling and exquisite workmanship
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|Item Dimensions||—||9 x 17 x 14 in||7.88 x 7.88 x 2.88 in||3.94 x 7.87 x 7.87 in||7 x 8 x 4.5 in||7.88 x 8.25 x 2.8 in|
|Item Weight||0.71 lb||0.87 lb||0.75 lb||1.1 lbs||0.82 lb||—|
|Additional Features||—||Over-Ear Headphones||ios-phone-control, lightweight||Noise-Isolation, universal-phone-control||lightweight||ios-phone-control, lightweight, volume-control|
The OPPO PM-3 combines true audiophile performance, elegant styling, noise isolation and portability into a pair of sleek lightweight Planar Magnetic headphones. With the PM-3, users can easily recreate the experience of listening to a pair of flagship headphones on a flagship amplifier or a high quality 2-channel speaker system in an optimized listening room, but in a portable form factor that can be taken anywhere. Tipping the scale at just slightly over 10 oz., the PM-3 is the world's lightest closed-back planar magnetic headphones. This makes the PM-3 the ideal headphones for a person who is always on the go. Its elegant styling and exquisite workmanship make the headphones a pleasure to wear in public, and its light weight and exceptional comfort make it easy to listen for hours on end. The closed-back nature of the PM-3 provides isolation from the outside world, blocking out the surrounding noise while avoiding sound leakage from the headphones.
Bonus: 1.2 meter portable cable for iPhone with mic & controls included. Contact us prior to fulfillment if you want Android or No Mic/Control instead.
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From a non-audiophile perspective, these are simply amazing. B&O H6 are far lighter, and the B&W P7s look cooler. But these are close to perfection in terms of comfort, quality of construction and looks. Most importantly, the sound is by far the best to my ears. Among the ones I tried, these had the most natural clarity and detail, without drowning the music with brightness or sound tinny. Beautiful spaciousness that with the right music sounds like you're listening in a concert hall and makes you forget you're wearing headphones. Vocals and instruments jump out. Bass response is terrific, but without sounding artificial and boomy.
If you're comparing to the ones I've tried, here are my thoughts...
NAD HP50 -- Amazing sound as well. I LOVED the bass response and low-end on these, even more than the Oppos -- they sound like high quality speakers, more thud than boom. Overall, just a very pleasant, high quality sound you could listen to all day long. Missing some clarity that you hear in the Oppo PM-3s, but otherwise I liked the sound almost as much. Would have kept these if not for the fact that build quality was poor on my set. I couldn't get a good seal on the right side. More than the lack of seal, the asymmetry in fit bugged me. It also was not particularly comfortable, which would be true even if the seal were good. By far the worst in terms of looks (not a big deal to me), with an odd headband that jut out inches from your head on the sides, for no reason I could understand.
B&W P7 -- Gorgeous set. Not very comfortable as weight distribution on the headband is poor, with all the weight at the center. Sound was ok to me. For my tastes, too much boomy bass. Also an appreciable dip in the mids, which really makes the music sound hollow on certain songs. All in, music sounded dynamic and exciting but like something was lost. Not a bad alternative for those looking for more bass and perhaps a more exciting sound.
B&O H6 -- These were my least favorite. With the other headphones, if you close your eyes you can be transported into the music. That quality was lacking for me with these. I didn't get much sense of space, and never felt like I was doing anything other than listening to headphones. Boomy bass that sound artificial, and too much emphasis in the highs that makes it sound like you have the EQ settings skewed that way. Lots of detail because of the treble emphasis, but to my ears music was not pleasant compared to the other sets. Redeeming quality is that these are the lightest of the bunch, and not bad looking (though I think the B&W P7 and Oppos look nicer). These might be good for those who care mostly about treble and detail, or that need a lightweight set.
All in, Oppo PM-3s were the most comfortable (though substantially heavier than the B&O H6) and nearly as good looking as the B&W P7s. For build quality, these feel super premium, like the B&W P7s but not the others. Soundwise, far superior to all but the NAD HP50s, which suffer from poor build quality.
My reservation has to do it the poor quality padding. Unlike premium models, the pm-3 used faux leather on the ear and head cushion. This faux finish began to peel away a month or two after my warranty expired. While it’s true OPPO has a plan to replace them for under $100, instead of sending a customer the replacement parts that customer has to ship the headset to OPPO for repairs. So, not only does one lose OPPO’s headset for a week or so, OPPO is replacing the rotted items with the same poor quality materials. I had asked if they would allow me to pay for an upgrade to leather, but it was not possible.
So, I have just endured years of black vinyl bits sticking to my face every time I listen to my headphones. Sometimes I’ve missed a patch and people thereafter would find it on me and think I was suffering from some kind of skin disease. Ha!
I think OPPO should offer a chance for customers to upgrade to a better quality material. Why would I pay the fee to replace poor quality materials that have deteriorated in a year with same again? It would be a vicious and costly cycle just to have to replace them all over every year. In the end, purchasing an OPPO PM-3 headset would require ownership with long term hidden repeating costs that frankly make these great sounding headsets really not worth it.
Build quality- 9.5/10
- Earcups, the back is made of aluminum, and the sides of the cup are made of a hard plastic, that is connected via a metal pivot to the headband. Very very well built, the ample use of metal is justified for the price tag. Momentum M2 comparison: the ear cups on the pm 3s are designed in a much better way that takes the weight off of the center of the ear cups, and places them on the pivots. (Which have shown no signs of popping off any time soon)
-The headband, it is a covered in a soft textured faux leather. No complaints here, but what is inside the headband? I dont know, but ive come to the conclusion that is incredibly hard break through normal use. Not a single tear on faux leather, regardless of the rough treatment it has had. Comparison to M2: The Oppo pm3 headband is much more comfortable, due to the headband distributing the weight of the Pm 3s over the entire headband, compared to the Momentum M2s which rely on an open headband that places the weight on two separate pads.
- The ear pads, the oppo pm3 has some of the most comfortable faux leather ear pads ive tried to date. Although they are not removable and need to be sent back to be changed, i dont see the need of changing them for new ones as they have shown no sign of wear or tear. Comparison to M2s: the Pm 3s completely destroy the m2s in ear pad comfort. Okay, Sennheiser tried adding memory form with leather ear pads to their product, but it was just a complete belly flop because it failed to maintain shape. My m2s came with a right ear pad that was flatter than usual on one part of it, because of how it was packaged. Ive verified with friends who also have a pair, and have had a similar problem with the pads. The Pm 3 pads may not be memory foam or real leather, but they are not susceptible to shipping “flattening” or heat and cold changes.
- Inside the ear pads, the oppo pm3 has a very slight flaw. I have average sized ears, and the pads are just shallow enough that the tip of my ear touches the right driver. I have heard other people complain about it, and I can confirm that its true. It does not bother me, but if you have unusually large ears, it might be an issue. Comparison to the M2s: the m2 pads keep my ear from touching the pads because of their thickness, but only on the left side. The right side with its deformed ear pad has my ear touching the padding even more than the Pm 3s.
- Cable. The oppo pm3 has a 3.5mm connector for the cable. Came with 2 wires, a short wire i picked for apple devices, and a long one with a 1/4 adapter. Perfect. Nothing more need to be said. Comparison to M2s: the m2s fail in this department again. They use a 2.5mm proprietary cable that is rececesed into the cup, so that only a special sennheiser m2 cable can fit into the plug. No wonder i cant find any replacement cables for it that aren’t directly from Sennheiser. Not to mention that the M2cable was kind of thin and flimsy, like they’d stretched out the wiring to make it as cheap as possible.
Presentation (box opening)- 10/10
- It ships in a gray cardboard box with an additional hard box inside with the headphones. Fairly nicely textured box that reminds me of my hd 600 box, but I wont be storing them in there. The headphones come with the cups flat in a special hard denim carrying case (which i still use to this day), with its cables. THANK YOU OPPO for not messing up the ear pads. Comparison to M2: The pm 3 case was genuinely easy to open, unlike the M2 case that came in a very tight outer box from the store. Inside the M2 box were the headphones, folded up with its cable in soft shell case. The folding aspect ruined the right pad, as it was squeezed against the metal side of the headband connector.
Highs- this is where the oppo pm 3 takes the veiling a bit too far. I get why they would veil the highs, sibilance is by far the worse aspect of music in any sense. But they veiled the highs just a bit too far, which the m2s did not veil. Comparison to the M2s: even though the oppo pm 3 has rolled off highs, the highs are still more pleasant than the M2s. The M2s are outright sibilant, which means that the Ts and Ss sounds on certain songs are incredibly piercing and sharp to the point that it’s annoying. And this is the M2s fault entirely, because even the hd 600s dont have harsh highs.
Mid Range- I give this to the PM-3’s with a smooth and refined mid range. This came as a suprise to me because sennheiser is known for their midrange centered headphones. The highs in the oppo Pm 3 do not take over the mid range,neither does the bass. Comparison to M2s: They are on par, but the pm 3 mid range is still more audible because the bass does not enter into the mid range.
Bass- The oppo pm 3 takes this one, especially when paired to a HA-2se dac/amp. The bass is controlled, and in songs where there is bass present, it’ll be there in its fullest. And when bass i not present, it wont be. I even prefer the PM-3s bass to that of the Hd 600s. Comparison to M2s: the M2s had bass, but it was unusually muddy, and was either bass light on songs where it should not be, or the bass was not well controlled to the point that it was bleeding into the mid range.
All in all, ill be enjoying using these for years to come. As an added side note, the PM-3s were made so that they could be run with a balanced 4 pin XLR. Ill be testing that later down the road.
Edit: if you find that something is missing on the PM-3s, sound wise, try the ha-2se. They are made for each other. The bass boost on it adds a very well received boost in the lower region that doesn’t hurt the mid or highs.