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conclusion:We like it

89 June 4th 2014 10:31 am

Oppo's N1 phone has been garnering a lot of attention lately, and the company already has a strong reputation in the home theater arena through its line of video disc players. Now Oppo heads for a new frontier -- headphones -- with the PM-1. The high MSRP of the PM-1 puts the set in direct competition with many proven high-end brands, but it's more than up to the challenge.

Like most Oppo products the PM-1 headphones are rather well built, as What Hi-Fi notes they are "gorgeous" and "lavish, with attention to detail." Fortunately, that premium pedigree doesn't mean a premium weight, with About saying they fit "comfortably" since they are actually lighter than some competing headphones, "without the slightest hint of listening fatigue" even after hours of use.

However, because of their open-backed style it should be no surprise the PM-1 headphones have a few sound isolation problems, with Audioholics noting that "leakage was evident ... but not nearly as loud" as expected. But the open back design actually works in the headphones' favor, offering "flawless sound quality," according to TechRadar. What Hi-Fi says the sense of scale is "huge," with a "spacious and airy" feel meaning music doesn't "sound like it’s stuck between your ears."

The PM-1's will make headphone enthusiasts very happy, and will last you a long time for the money you spend. The comfortable lightweight design and open soundstage put the them alongside some of the best headphone options out there -- you just need to lay out a serious wad of cash for the experience.

Critic reviews

9.0
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    9.4
  • Design and form factor
    8.8
  • Comfort
    9.2
  • Noise isolation
    4.7
  • Durability
    10

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9.0
Inner Fidelity Jun 13, 2014

The Oppo Digital PM-1 is a gorgeous luxury general purpose headphone ideal for the well-heeled audiophile looking for a polite, juicy, laid-back sound.

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9.0
Home Theater Review Jul 23, 2014

Although I had at my disposal several more revealing headphones during the review period, I often chose the Oppo PM-1s over those headphones because they are supremely comfortable and their midrange presentation is so clean and uncolored.

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8.0
Audioholics May 12, 2014

For $1,100, you want a great headphone but you might expect that they could only be used with high quality music. The PM-1s were perfect for not only critical listening, but were great for casual listening as well.

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10
TechRadar Apr 17, 2014

These are probably among the best headphones ever made by mankind but you're going to need some stellar ears and a bank account to match.

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10
What Hi-Fi May 28, 2014

We’re still surprised that Oppo has turned its hand to headphones, but the bigger surprise here is just how great they sound. The PM-1s are a resounding success. We love them, and we think everybody should hear them.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Jul 14, 2014

They’re a bit too obsessed with luxury for their own good and don’t have the epic scale of some rivals, but the Oppo PM-1 are the most accessible true super high-end headphones we’ve used.

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Digital Trends Apr 3, 2014

Oppo’s achingly elegant PM-1 are the top dogs in its burgeoning new family, and will run users a slightly more reasonable MSRP of $1,100. Along with their sleek and succinct exterior, the PM-1 boast some impressive internal components.

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