The Oppo PM-3 are well-designed, mobile-friendly, planar magnetic headphones. They're comfortable and have a good, crisp sound quality. However, their closed back design, is not the best for critical listening. They also don't block much ambient noise and will struggle a little on noisy commutes.
- Above-average audio reproduction.
- Sturdy, well-built design.
- Poor noise isolation
- Slightly heavy and cumbersome.
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The Oppo PM-3 are well-crafted headphones. They look sleek and stylish and make use of sturdy, premium materials in their build. They comfortably fit around most ears, and they're not too tight on the head. However, they're a little heavy for their size, they don't fold into a more compact format to carry around, and they're not the most stable headphones. They will slip off your ears if used while running or exercising.
The Oppo PM-3 have a simple design that looks great and feels high-end. They come in three color schemes; Black, white and the two-tone steel blue option of the unit reviewed. They stand out in a crowd, yet are not as flashy as some other over-ear headphones. They also make use of a lot of metal and premium materials in their build, which further adds to their high-end appeal.
The Oppo PM-3 are a little heavy but comfortable headphones. They don't apply too much pressure to your head. The ear cups are well padded and sufficiently large for most listeners ears. The headband is also equally well-cushioned making for a very comfortable listening experience.
The PM-3 have an efficient control scheme that delivers call/music, track skipping, and volume control. Sadly, the buttons of the inline controls lack a little tactile feedback and are a bit too flat, which is slightly disappointing.
The PM-3 are not sports headphones. They're a little bulky and slightly heavy for their size. That combined with their lack of tightness, makes them prone to slipping off your ears when used during exercise or running. On the upside, they easily stay in place during casual listening sessions and also come with a detachable cable that will disconnect if hooked on something rather than yanking the headphones of your head.
The Oppo PM-3 are mid-sized over-ear headphones. The ear cups lay flat to take less space, making the PM-3 somewhat portable. Unfortunately, they don't fold into a more compact format and will take a decent amount of space in a backpack. They're a little cumbersome to carry on your person and won't comfortably fit into smaller bags.
The PM-3 come with a durable hard case covered in a denim fabric that will protect your headphones from minor falls and water damage. It adds a bit of bulk to the headphones but easily transports all the provided headphone accessories.
These headphones are well built. The frame and joints of the headband are made of metal and feel sturdy and durable. The ear cups are dense enough to handle a couple of drops without breaking. The cable is thick and rubberized and won't get damaged quickly by wear and tear. The swivel mechanism may eventually loosen over time but isn't something to be too worried about.
The Oppo PM-3 are a decent sounding pair closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a very good bass, an excellent mid-range and an average-sounding treble. However, their bass is susceptible to inconsistencies from person to person, especially if they wear glasses, and their treble sounds sharp and sibilant on certain tracks. Also, like most other closed-back headphones, don't have an open sounding soundstage.
The PM-3 are not active noise isolating headphones. They will block some ambient, high-frequency noise thanks to the good seal they create around your ears. Sadly, you will still be able to hear the train or bus on a busy commute and the people around you in a loud office. On the upside, they don't leak too much and won't be distracting at moderate volumes.
Poor isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancelling and there's virtually no isolation provided in the Bass Range. However, these closed-back headphones are able to achieve a total of 11dB and 39dB of reduction in the Mid and Treble Ranges respectively. Both values being quite decent.
Decent leakage performance. The majority of leakage is in the 500Hz-2KHz frequency range, which is a relatively narrow band. Additionally, the overall level of the sound that escapes the headphones is relatively low too.
- 100% SpNR
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Oppo PM-3 Headphones
- Carrying case
- Cable pouch
- Audio cable (x2)
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter