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Bjamesb

You ass kisser! Oh. Wait.

I got mine. They’re perfect. Never mind. Jesus these are a nice product.

Stephen Hornbrook

haha, I realize it probably sounds like that, but I really love the PM-3. They are a fantastic headphone.

RockStar2005

Stephen,

I just ordered these and should get them by next week. I’m a bit worried about the clamping. I have the Sony MDR-1As and had the AKG K550s before. BOTH are very comfortable. I initially had the Sennheiser HD 598s as well, but they were a bit too tight on my head. How would you rate the clampingness (I just invented that word btw lol) of the PM-3s vs the 598s? Are they less tighter? How about to the other two? Please offer as much detail as you can.

Thank You,

RockStar2005

Stephen Hornbrook

They are not tight on my clampness scale. I’m pretty sensitive to headphones that clamp too hard. Since I wear glasses, too much pressure can cause pain around the area the glasses rest on my ears. I can use the PM-3’s all day long without an issue. I think you will be happy with the comfort on these.

RockStar2005

Stephen, Thank you VERY much for the quick but more importantly detailed response! I totally get what you mean about wearing headphones with glasses on. I don’t wear glasses (at home I do, but not when I have headphones on) but contacts instead, so that shouldn’t really be an issue for me. Some ppl I knew thought the HD 598s were very comfortable, I just didn’t share that viewpoint. A few of the reviews I’ve read elsewhere on the PM-3s seemed to allude to the opinion that they were a bit tight. Your response however seems to disprove that completely… Read more »

Stephen Hornbrook

Scoring is always difficult, but the performance for a closed-back planar mag deserves a 5. The HE-400i do sound fantastic, but they don’t work for an office environment so there are trade-offs. All of these headphones have a different flavor and one isn’t necessarily right and another wrong. It still comes down to personal preference. Hopefully you enjoy the PM-3’s and I’m curious to know what you think. Feel free to leave another comment with your impressions.

RockStar2005

Stephen, I see. That’s what I thought too, that it was in a different price range but more importantly that it’s closed-back vs the open-back HE-400i headphones. I work from home so it doesn’t matter as much, though I sometimes take my headphones on the train too, so there it might. I really like closed-back headphones that have an open-backed sound, much like the PM-3s it seems, as well as my (former) AKG K550s and (current) Sony MDR-1As. You get the best of both worlds really. The Audio-Technica M50xs though were closed-back AND sounded closed in, which is why I… Read more »

RockStar2005

Hey Stephen,

My new Oppo PM-3 (vs the Sony MDR-1As) Head-Fi review can be found via link below. Please feel free to read and respond to it here or there. I can say I definitely agree with your full assessment of the PM-3s!

Thanks again for all your input and everything else. Hope you like the review!

http://www.head-fi.org/t/784696/oppo-pm-3-review-vs-the-sony-mdr-1as

Stephen Hornbrook

Great review! Always nice to hear other opinions. I’m listening to the PM-3’s at this very moment. Enjoy!

RockStar2005

Stephen,

Thanks so much for the compliment!

Yes it is. Haha…….that’s awesome! Perfect timing.

P.S. Hope you noticed the lil “shout out” to your PM-3 review in the first paragraph. lol