"The Oppo PM-1 headphones are brilliant, mesmerising and spellbinding. They're magical and captivating and wondrous and amazing. I love them."
Tech Radar was decidedly thrilled by the performance of the new PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones. The accuracy, sensitivity and better damping of the seven-layer diaphragm build was enough to send them into a headspin when they had these 'phones on.
"...all you want is for them to sound interstellar. They do."
The one point they wanted to specify is that you will get the most out of them with high quality sources and equipment. Granted, they sound excellent when you're listening to Spotify or mp3s from your smartphone, but there is a very noticeable difference when enjoying lossless audio, delivered by high end source equipment through a quality headphone amp. So you'll still be taken aback with lossy formats, but you'll get the absolute most out of it when you're engaging with the best quality.
"...you really do need to be listening to lossless formats at least some of the time. Through a high end player. And a headphone amp. In a soundproofed, padded room. With the lights off. And you're going to need a beard."
Of course, for the full experience, you can wait for the big release of our accompanying HA-1 headphone amplifier. We think, and we expect you'll agree, that this pair will provide the best personal audio performance out of anything in its price range, and in comparison with equipment that costs much more.