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OPPO PM-3 Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones (Black)
|Price:||$409.00 + $9.50 shipping|
- 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||—||7 x 8 x 4.5 in||10 x 12.4 x 4.33 in||9 x 17 x 14 in||7.88 x 7.88 x 2.88 in||7.6 x 9.2 x 5.2 in|
|Item Weight||0.71 lb||0.82 lb||0.57 lb||0.87 lb||0.75 lb||2.31 lbs|
|Additional Features||—||lightweight||lightweight||Over-Ear Headphones||ios-phone-control, lightweight||Hi-Fi inspired drive unit design|
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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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.
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 point of reference is very limited. Had Koss $40 headphones in 1960s -- that's like $400 now . So I sprung for the PM-3 with its innovative tecnology plus I am now the proud owner of Oppo 103D and 105D universal disc players. No you cannot have one! Haha.
These headphones played thru the Oppo 105D headphone jack sound perfect toy ear. I rember the Koss headphone with analog vinyl sounded great.
But to me there is a difference between great and perfect . I pay extra for that.
Generally though these are stunning sounding headphones no matter what input thru them. So far only sacd on dsd mode. That's why I moved to Oppo ; the best engineering and DACs bang for the buck .
Lucky us to be in the 21st century where we can get PM-3 headphones. My old phones never sounded this good I promise ! They were great though
I am upgrading from Sony MDR-1R's from shortly after they came out and i love those headphones. But these are an upgrade, there is no doubt of that. To put it as bluntly as I can - I have never heard the music i love sound better. Now I have never worn headphones that cost over 1k so i can not speak to that level of quality but after one single night of sweet sweet metaphorical love making with these headphones I feel confident boasting it is the best sound quality of anything under 1k. I look forward to years of experiencing music with these headphones.
To speak on the seller a little bit: What the heck? I ordered it from them and they are not amazon prime, yet my order was delivered with the customization i requested 3 days later. The delivery date was quoted for 1-2 weeks out yet they got it shipped in 1 day and delivered in less than 3. I have an amazing job and I'm going to send them my CV cos that is the most attractive service a company has ever provided me - Beating the earliest quoted ship by date with customization.
TL;DR - The best sound possible under 1k with a quick and responsive company backing it up. These are the headphones you're looking for.