A few months ago we wrote that, “In recent years we have seen the rise in popularity of a headphone that use a plastic film usually with metallic traces on it surrounded by powerful magnets, a design known as a planar magnetic. Most planar headphones are inefficient, heavy, large, and expensive, but known for their excellent sound quality.” Oppo Digital, the respected manufacturer of Blu-ray decks, entered the fray with a new line of personal audio products, and recently introduced the PM-2 Planar Magnetic Headphones, a lower-cost follow-up to their ultra-luxurious and critically acclaimed PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones. The first mention of the PM-1 set the audiophile world aflutter, even amongst the fan boys at head-fi.org, but with the PM-2 available at half the cost, should you be considering them? How good are these newly affordable models? To find out we put them to the test with the aid of recent releases from HD Tracks. Read our review to find out how the PM-2's performed!
Harris Fogel, with editorial assistance from Nancy Burlan, posted 10/22/2014