DAR prize giveaway #4: OPPO PM-3 headphones


Do you like headphones? Do you like free stuff? If you find yourself answering in the affirmative to both of these questions then you’re gonna dig this: a chance to win a free pair of OPPO headphones.

“How so, Sir?” you enquire.

The generous folk at Interdyn in Melbourne – Australian distributors for Rotel, Pro-Ject and (most recently) Devialet, Polk and Prima Luna and OPPO – have donated a white pair of the widely revered PM-3 to give away to one lucky reader. As you can see from the photos, this pair are still sealed in factory-applied shrink wrap.

You can refresh your memory on this audio journo’s findings on the PM-3 right about here; coverage that also encompasses a tour of OPPO’s factory in Dongguan, China taken by yours truly back in March of this year.

Don’t want to simply take my word for it on just how well these portable-player-planars can cut it with similarly-priced rivals? Peruse review commentary from Steve Guttenberg at CNET, Tyll Hertsens at Inner Fidelity and What Hifi.


Listening again a few months down the line I’d say the PM-3 are more refined than they are out-and-out exciting, more cultured than in-your-face fun. If an even tonality and rhythmic speed matters more to you than a hefty dynamic thwack upside the head then the OPPOs are one of the go to models at this price level.

Soooooo – how to get your hands on this prize?

This time out we’re asking for a little more than the piss-simple sign up to the DAR newsletter of yore.

We want you to shoot and edit a video to a maximum duration of one minute. “About what?” you ask. It could be about your current pair of headphones, your existing system (head-fi or two channel), a favourite piece of audio gear or something you love to hate. It could even be a plea for the prize itself – your call – as long as the video’s subject matter is in some way audio related.

Production values matter not one bit. Shooting and editing on a phone is perfectly acceptable. Apart from the aforementioned length restriction, we only require that you give a nod to ‘DAR’ and ‘OPPO’ somewhere in the video, either visually OR audibly, and that you keep it PG (with apologies to potty-mouths).

To enter, shoot, edit and upload your video to YouTube – Vimeo rhymes with no for a reason – and then post the link in the comments section below before the calendar ticks over into October 8th. Mention of DAR and OPPO should also appear in the video title.

Please ensure to use a working email address (which is not published) when submitting your comment and that you currently reside in one of these countries: Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Hong Kong or Japan.

The winner will be selected by yours truly with some help from Interdyn. The usual disclaimers about judges decisions being final apply.

Here then is the perfect opportunity for someone short on cash but long on computer skills to snag a terrific freebie.

Have at it. And if no-one enters, these PM-3 will be sold and the money donated to the International Red Cross. That way, either way, someone, somehere, wins.

For further information on the PM-3: OPPO Digital | OPPO Digital Australia (Interdyn)

UPDATE Sept 6th: Following feedback on the DAR Facebook page, entries from the following countries will also be accepted: Poland.

UPDATE Sept 29th: Due to RMAF later this week, the deadline for video submissions has been extended to 7th October.


Update Nov 1st: Congratulations to Naomi of Sydney on winning the PM-3 headphones. We hope that they bring you many hours of great listening pleasure.

Written by John H. Darko

John lives in the NOW + HERE = NOWHERE. He derives an income from the ad revenues of DAR. John is also an occasional staff writer for Stereophile, 6moons and TONEAudio.

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  1. Why not…I’ll throw my hat in the ring…only a couple of entries…unbelievable!!

    It’s not slickly produced, it’s not funny, it’s not begging, but just a quick thought as to why cheaper is more expensive…I hope you enjoy


    • unfortunately I didn’t take the local time of the website into account. Our local time in the Netherlands at the moment of writing is 10.19PM (7 Oct).