You know it’s a slow news day when you find yourself writing about a translation of an incredibly vague Taiwanese tweet that possibly – but possibly doesn’t – pertain to a new device that might never be released here anyway.
What am I rambling on about? Oppo, and the suggestion that it’s prepping a smartphone with “best audio quality”. Maybe.
Being a manufacturer of mp3 players, media players, TVs and Blu-ray players – among other things, it’s odd that the mobile world has claimed this Oppo tweet as its own.
And what do you know? Just as I put virtual pen to cyber paper, the Chinese manufacturer announces not a smartphone but a pair of headphones. But heck, let’s run with it; a little something different for a Friday afternoon. Beats jawing about the bloody iPhone 6, anyway.
Specifically, we’re dealing with Oppo’s PM-1 Planar Magnetic headphones, which are in fact already available in the UK.
Indeed, they’re notable for being a little – how to put this – on the dear side, causing TechRadar to yell: “Possibly the best headphones ever created by man, but ye gods they're expensive!”
How expensive? £1,099 expensive. Which begs the question: how much is too much for a pair of headphones? Answers below.