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"Looks, Feels, and Works Like It Was Someone’s Life Work"
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, you can easily recreate the experience of listening to a pair of flagship headphones on a flagship amplifier or a high quality two-channel speaker system in an optimized listening room, but in a portable form factor that can be taken anywhere.
Nudging the scale at just slightly over 10 ounces, 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.
The PM-3 is available in three cable styles. You can get it with an Apple-compatible portable cable with inline mic and remote, Android-compatible portable cable with inline mic and remote, or audiophile portable cable without mic and remote.
"Sound quality, styling, comfort, build quality, isolation, and accessorization are all very well executed for this price," reports Tyll Hertsens in his May 15, 2015 review for InnerFidelity.com.
"Groundbreaking $400 planar magnetic headphones," conclude David Carnoy and Steve Guttenberg, CNET.com, May 15, 2015
"The PM-3 looks, feels, and works like it was someone’s life work," raves Nathan Wright in his March 24, 2015 Headfonia.comreview.
"Simply put, the Oppo PM-3 are my favorite closed-backed headphones currently available," notes Lauren Dragan Sound&Vision , March 20, 2015.
"These new portable and lightweight planar magnetic headphones only weigh a bit more than 10 ounces are mark their place in history as the world's lightest closed-back planar magnetic headphone design," reports Steven R. Rochlin, EnjoyTheMusic.com, Mid-March 2015.
Oppo Planar Magnetic Technology
The Oppo PM-3 utilizes a planar magnetic driver that is developed from the driver in Oppo's EISA award-winning PM-1 headphones. Technological breakthroughs achieved during the PM-1's development, such as the seven-layer double-side voice coil diaphragm design and FEM-optimized neodymium magnet system, have enabled Oppo to reduce the weight of the planar magnetic drivers while maintaining excellent sound quality and high sensitivity. This driver would not have been possible without the breakthroughs achieved in the PM-1's driver design.
In the PM-3's planar magnetic driver, sound is generated by a very thin and light diaphragm, which is driven in a symmetric pull-push manner, and the magnetic system and conductor patterns have been optimized for maximum sensitivity and consistency. This allows the diaphragm to generate very stable and linear piston-like vibrations, ensuring phase coherence and high resolution performance with minimal distortion.
The PM-3 driver's smaller size and high sensitivity overcome the shortcomings of traditional planar magnetic technology such as being difficult to drive and a heavy weight. This all-new 55 mm diameter round driver is especially suitable for a lightweight close-back design like the PM-3. The PM-3 maintains the very natural and smooth sound signature of the PM-1 and is tuned to have deep, tight bass and a touch of excitement.
Superior Phase Coherence
When sound enters our ear, it has a planar wave front with all spectrum components in phase. A typical dynamic headphone driver disrupts this coherence with its phase irregularity, resulting in less than perfect signal peak reconstructions. Oppo's planar magnetic driver has much better phase coherency since all parts of the diaphragm are vibrating in concert without break-up and delayed resonance.
Purely Resistive Impedance
Oppo's planar magnetic driver has a flat conductor pattern that does not have any inductive components. This eliminates inductance related intermodulation distortion, which is especially common in dynamic drivers with high impedance and a high number of voice coil turns.
Stability, Consistency, Reliability
Many planar magnetic headphones have large balance deviations between the left and right channels, and accurate stereo reproduction is contingent on having a very close match between the left and right channels. During the Oppo PM-3s manufacturing process, drivers are closely matched to ensure optimum stereo imaging and soundstage.
Oppo's planar magnetic driver diaphragm has seven layers of thin materials that provide excellent performance, reliability, and longevity. The construction of the diaphragm ensures that it is very stable under thermal stress and vibration.
Double-Sided Spiraling Coils
The diaphragm utilizes a spiraling pattern of flat aluminum conductors on either side of the driver. The double-sided design allows twice as many conductors to be placed within the magnetic field, which leads to higher sensitivity, better damping, and even drive force.
FEM-Optimized Magnet System
An FEM-optimized magnet system with very high energy Neodymium magnets is used to maximize sensitivity and consistency of the applied force over the driver area.
Optimized for Mobile Use
Many planar magnetic headphones have a sensitivity far below 100 dB and require very powerful amplifiers to drive. The Oppo PM-3 has a sensitivity of 102 dB, which allows it to be easily driven with mobile devices. Its low impedance works well with smartphones that ship with low impedance ear buds.
Lightweight and Truly Portable
With a weight of just 10 ounces, the Oppo PM-3 is the world's first truly portable closed-back planar magnetic headphone. It folds flat and comes with a selvedge denim carrying case. When folded and protected in the carrying case, the PM-3 takes very little space in a briefcase or backpack.
Many planar magnetic headphones weigh over 500 g and are often uncomfortable to wear for more than a short period of time. Thanks to its light weight, plush padding and carefully calibrated clamping force, the Oppo PM-3 is a joy to listen for hours on end.
In-line Mic and Remote
The PM-3 is shipped with a 3 meter main cable and a 1.2 meter portable cable. Users can choose the best suitable cable for their mobile devices. Available selections include a cable with mic and controls for Apple devices, one with mic and button for Android and Windows phones, and one without mic.
Hi-fi products do not need to look ugly, and stylish products do not need to sound mediocre. The PM-3 sounds excellent, looks beautiful, and is equally at home in the fast-paced urban jungle as in the warmth of a dedicated listening room.
Material and Build Quality
The Oppo PM-3 is ruggedly constructed with strong metal and plush padding materials. The headphones have been tested to very high standards to withstand mechanical and environmental stress in order to guarantee exceptional performance throughout its lifespan.
Selvedge Denim Carrying Case
The selvedge denim carrying case included with your Oppo headphones is manufactured using vintage shuttle looms by a supplier for a number of boutique clothing brands based in Europe and Japan. The material is a stylish, high-end fabric that is prized for its ability to weather the elements and develop a unique aesthetic character over time, and the slim design of the case is a perfect match with the PM-3’s ability to fold flat, allowing the headphones to fit easily within a backpack or briefcase.
The PM-3 includes a 3 meter cable with 3.5 mm mini-plug and screw-on 1/4" full-size plug adapter. Additionally, you may select one of the following bonus cable that meets your needs: Portable Cable for iPhone: 1.2 meter cable with mic and controls for Apple devices (Black), Portable Cable for Android: 1.2 meter cable with mic and button for Android devices (Black), or Portable Cable Without Mic: 1.2 meter cable without mic and control (Black). This bonus cable offer is in effect for as long as we have the bonus cables in stock.
"Sound quality, styling, comfort, build quality, isolation, and accessorization are all very well executed for this price."
- Tyll Hertsens, InnerFidelity.com, May 15, 2015
"Groundbreaking $400 planar magnetic headphones."
- David Carnoy, Steve Guttenberg, CNET.com, May 15, 2015
"The PM-3 looks, feels, and works like it was someone’s life work."
- Nathan Wright, Headfonia.com, March 24, 2015
"Simply put, the Oppo PM-3 are my favorite closed-backed headphones currently available."
- Lauren Dragan, Sound&Vision, March 20, 2015
"These new portable and lightweight planar magnetic headphones only weigh a bit more than 10 ounces are mark their place in history as the world's lightest closed-back planar magnetic headphone design."
- Steven R. Rochlin, EnjoyTheMusic.com, Mid-March 2015
|Write Your Own Review|
|Wow. Just Wow|
These closed-ear PM-3 headphones are amazing. I love trebles and mids - although I certainly can appreciate good bass- and I am usually used to and submit myself to trade offs when buying headphones. These headphones have NO trade offs The treble is clear, the mids are vibrant, and the bass is intoxicating. I highly recommend these, they sound incredible, have a great build quality and look nice too
|- Blair W, AK|
In a word - Magnifico. After all the reviews I read when these arrived and I put them on I was somewhat underwhelmed. I don't know quite what I expected. I just didn't hear what everybody else hears. They are very comfortable to wear. I don't care much about looks but, they do look sharp. So, I said to myself, I guess the hype was overblown, took them off, placed my Shure 940s on my head and my eyes popped and my jaw dropped. Holy cow. What a difference! I thought my Shure's were wonderful, and they are but, the Oppo's sound stage is more brilliant and wide open, which seems impossible for closed back phones. The sound is alive and so real. I needed the comparison to hear it. Such clarity and precision. I found them, literally, awesome. These do not just reproduce musical instruments. They ARE musical instruments.
|- Justin E, IL|
|Perfect Sound - Easy to Drive|
Sound Quality: These are remarkable and lived up to the reviews I read online. The sound has zero distortion and there is, in my opinion, a perfect balance between bass, vocals, treble, etc. Songs sound natural and clean. I hear detail in songs I never heard before and there is also a beautiful sound stage. Bass has just the right weight and emphasis. Personally, I want my phones to sound natural and I don't want them to add bass that isn't there in reality. One of the best featurs is that I can easily drive the PM3s straight from my iPhone. With other headphones I felt I need an external amp to get the sound just right - but not with PM3s!
|- Julian T, MA|
I am not an audiophile but got sucked into a search for good headphones after making an impulse purchase of the Bowers & Wilkins P7s on Cyber Monday and not being quite satisfied. Then, after lots of research, proceeded to try the NAD Viso HP50 and the Bang & Olufsen H6 before settling on the Oppo PM-3s. 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.
|- Marco f, ME|
|Very Highly Recommended|
Here is what I really like about these headphones: They don't emphasize highs and lows like several products I've tested, and they are not too clinical. They have a clean sound, a nice bass response, and the highs are not too shrill. The main thing I like about the PM-3 is that they have excellent, almost sneaky-good detail. It's all there, you just have have to settle in and listen. Oh, and by the way they are VERY comfortable around my ears. Very highly recommended.
|- BD, UT|
|Better On Every Level|
wouldn't proclaim my self an audiophile, but I've had these for about 2 weeks now and the sound is absolutely beautiful. I've owned the Audio Technica ATH AD 900x, Beyerdynamic DT770, and a few other earphones and lesser headphones, and these stand far above them. They've truly introduced a level of listening to music that I didn't know I was missing. I can't say how much better these are than, say, the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0, but I can tell you that you most certainly won't be disappointed with these amazing cans.
|- JR, WV|
|Home At Last|
My Oppo HA-2 DAC’s sibling, the Oppo PM-3 is home at last. I won’t go into the subject matter that’s been covered to death build quality, packaging, etc. which are all excellent or go off the technical deep end, but focus more on the overall impact of the combination has on my music collection and improvement from the DT 770s. When I first put them on and played some music that I listened to for many, many years my initial thought was “Wow, VERY noticeable difference and improvement”. I was hearing clarity, elements and sounds I have never heard before. I have only spent a few weeks with them, but the same music I have been listening to for many years is brought to a whole new level of depth and clarity. The biggest drawback to the upgrade is the fact that I want to listen to every single album I own all over again.
|- Kim E, IL|
Great sound! Function with or without a portable amplifier. Comfortable cups. Not too tight. Great for travel. Small profile. The cups rotate and fold flat. This is nice when worn around the neck. Cool denim carry and protective case. I phone compatible cable included. Well made and distinctive looking.
|- GV F, ND|
Astounding. I could not believe the sound from my iPod with the Oppo headphones. They are fantastic. I am a planar speaker fan and have planar speakers in my main system. They Oppo's did not disappoint. They really shine on passages that are hard to resolve such as the Brahms and Schumann Symphonies. The first movement of the Beethoven Eroica sounded like a different piece of music with the fantastic resolution of sound.They also shine on voice or piano.
|Another Great Oppo Product|
I was very impressed by my Oppo Bluray player and figured I should give their headphones a try. I travel a lot for work so I chose the PM3 with closed back to block the noise from the airplane. These are really beautifully made headphones. Just like my Oppo Bluray they're smartly packaged. I'd want to own them even if they don't sound good. But they do. I haven't heard another pair of headphones under $500 that can compare with these. I'm a big jazz fan and Dianne Krall sounds fantastic on PM3s. The closed back model works great on airplanes and blocks 95% of the noise. My iPhone 6s drives them just fine.
|- Trihn T, WA|
|Most likely the best headphones at this price!|
It will be close to impossible to find a better sounding headphones at $400. OPPO did a great job designing and building the PM-3. I have the iPhone version cable and everything works as expected. Bass is accurate and tight, mid range is open, and highs are balanced and clear. That makes the PM-3 a very musical piece. I tested the PM-3 for over 4 hours with different amp's and devices. It is very comfortable to wear. My iPhone 7 plus drives the PM-3 directly and it sounds great without an external DAC or amp in between. Very efficient. The only minor item of improvement would be the availability of a higher quality cable even though the included standard cable sounds quite good. The overall package is a good value. Highly recommended. Another great OPPO product!
|- VINCENT WONG, GA|