- Four different cables included
- Very comfortable
- Good Isolation
- Strong and light construction
- May get a bit sticky under the earpads in hot conditions
Design and AppearanceThe PM-3 looks respectable and will melt into the background. It's the headphone equivalent of the besuited gent in Piccadilly; you wouldn't look twice but he gets things done. The OPPO PM-3 is a smaller version of the PM-1, with steel headband, earcup yokes and trim, with leather headband and a good solid feel.
Durability and Build QualityIt seems as if the PM-3 is built for many years' use like its bigger brothers; the headphones would give off a 'military grade' feel if they weren't so light and comfortable. Cables are built for a more portable use as opposed to the premium 'stay at home' cable supplied with the PM-1 and PM-2. The 3m cable is decent nonetheless, and together with the other three supplied cables should serve for years to come.
ComfortThe OPPO PM-3 strikes a good balance between clamping force and comfort; the earpads see to that. There's plenty of give in them and they are reminiscent of a comfy chair which is particularly difficult to get out of. The addition of glasses doesn't throw up any problems either; the PM-3 can be worn for long periods and so it should too!
Sound IsolationWith nothing playing, the isolation of the PM-3 could be better but this is the trade-off against the comfort level which, as stated, is very high. However with music playing, exterior sound is masked effectively as the ears are bathed in some very sweet audio. Not much tends to make it out of the earcups, so fellow passengers need not know our peculiar music tastes.
PortabilityThe OPPO PM-3 is fairly typical in terms of size, being a portable over-ear model. The weight of them is slightly above average for this kind of use but considering what's on offer within this package, they're surprisingly light. The provided travel case, like that included with the PM-1 and PM-2 models, means that these headphones can go anywhere and be tucked away safely if needed; the case is padded and offers a good deal of protection.
Sound Characteristics(Used with Chord Hugo DAC/Amp) The OPPO PM-3 is tuned to be fun and comfortable; the bass and midrange are where it's at, and the treble is toned down slightly to allow them to shine. The result is a very natural and powerful sound.
- Mids (e.g. vocals, acoustic instruments)
- Treble (e.g. high hats)