AMA Supersport Racer
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Leesville, LA
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I have seen others say great things about the Shure SE215 or 315 for in-ear headphones while riding.
Update with my first few days of use.
I purchased the Oppo PM-3 and HA-2 from Amazon last week. I travel often and for long duration's. I usually use some in-ear monitors that duel as headphones that I use when working out. Everything plugs into my I-Pod. I have always enjoyed trying out the headphones available at different audio stores but have never liked a pair to the point where I could justify the price. I have read reviews and other users comments about how well a nice set of headphones can enhance your musical experience. I have most of my digital music collection in lossless formats so I decided it was time to hear for myself what my collection is capable of.
So you have a little context to my thoughts below. I am an average audio enthusiast that has been interested since I was a teenager, and I consider it a hobby (an expensive hobby). I enjoy reading the various audio/video forums and magazines, always trying to learn more then I know. I have what I consider a decent Home Theater system that I have built throughout the years with store bought, internet boutique, and DIY components. I love having the ability to be immersed in a good quality movie or CD.
I wanted to share my initial impression of my latest two audio purchases.
The HA-2 is a solid device that appears to be very well constructed. The firm feel of the knob, secure and tight feel of the connection ports, and the leather wrap gives you the confidence that the HA-2 is a well finished product that will last for a long time. Not to mention, it looks very sharp with its brushed aluminum metal with black leather wrap, giving it a sophisticated presence. After opening the well packaged product, I plugged the HA-2 into the wall using the supplied rapid charger and proceeded to read the included instructions. The instructions are well laid out and simple to understand. Everything seems to be covered. I proceeded to the Oppo website in order to download the driver from their support page. I installed the driver without issue. My HP laptop running Win10 had no issue recognizing the Oppo HA-2 when connected. I used the installed driver in order to make sure I had the latest firmware version before continuing.
Next, I unboxed my PM-3s from their packaging. Like all Oppo packaging, everything was secured very well within the box that it came in. The denim case with a carrying handle snuggly fits the PM-3 headphones inside along with the supplied cord. My HA-2 will also fit into the same case. The headphones look very sleek. I ordered the black set. I quickly adjusted each ear cup by pulling them down, the ear cups clicking as they extended, allowing the headphones to easily and comfortably fit on my head. I used the supplied cable, plugging one end into the headphones and the other into the HA-2, preparing my two new devices for use.
The HA-2 was connected to my computer using the supplied USB cable, connecting it to the B Port on the HA-2. I used a lossless RIP of my John Hiatt, Terms of my Surrender CD in order to try out my new combination. Let me just say, all I could do was smile from ear to ear when the headphones came to life while playing Long Time Comin’. The base notes of the kick drum and the individual guitar plucks were all very clear and gave me the sense that the instruments were being played in front of me. I mention the kick drum specifically because I have never heard it sound so natural before. I have never heard the detail of the music like I did when using the PM-3 and HA-2 DAC combo. I was hastily going over the rest of my music collection that I had, finding other music to enjoy through my new setup. I spent a good two hours going through my collection, exited to experience some of my favorite songs through my new headphones.
Again, I have not owned a pair of headphones of this quality before. From what I have experienced with them thus far, I am very happy with my purchase. Only time will tell if the products will hold up to some rigorous travel.
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