OPPO PM-1

89
Global
Score
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

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.

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Breakdown

Design and form factor
8.7
Durability
10.0
Sound quality
9.5
Noise isolation
4.7
Comfort
9.3
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Specs

PM-1

Type
Over-ear
Channels
Stereo
Drivers per ear
1
Connections
3.5mm stereo, 6.25mm stereo
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Specs

PM-1

Type
Over-ear
Channels
Stereo
Drivers per ear
1
Connections
3.5mm stereo, 6.25mm stereo
View Full Specs
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