Acoustic Research AR-H1 Planar Magnetic Headphones
Acoustic Research AR-H1 Planar Magnetic Headphones
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Acoustic Research has a legacy of producing high-end audio, so when the company debuted its new planar magnetic headphone at 2017’s Munich High End Show, audiophiles were duly impressed. Since then, the AR-H1 open-back headphone has won "Editors' Choice" from PC Magazine, "Top Pick" from Sound & Vision, and a Gold Medal Award at the 2018 Japan Visual Grand Prix Read More

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PCMM1
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Mar 29, 2019
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I am waiting for this drop again!!
Mar 29, 2019
Jupiter78
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Feb 23, 2019
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For some reason I cannot write review.. So just to share my thoughts, I have these cans for a month or so, they are not definitely burn in.. I think it is great value headphone. I think HD 6XX is better in general on, because I have darkvoice OTL, but its different. AR is better in some areas like transparency and maybe will get better and better once more burn in is in the place. Now I have CTH tube hybrid and it sounds quite good.. Definitely quality is here. I will give 4 stars, because HD 6XX seems better to me in general so far especially on darkvoice, but lets see later on.. Btw its very good for gaming.
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Feb 23, 2019
Sel2g5
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May 21, 2019
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I'll get to try mine in July, but I wanted to comment on the DV and 6xx paring as have tried my Senn 650s with the Darkvoice and wow, they are a match made in heaven. The smallish 650 soundstage gains depth and dimension and the drive and slam (PRAT?!) are upped significantly compared to my teac ud503. The high impedance of the senns is perfect for the darkvoice. Check the asr forum for a better explanation why. The rest of my headphones except for the 600 and 650 kind of sound like crap on the DV.
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May 21, 2019
Kostua
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Feb 19, 2019
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Hi, I have the same problem. This is my photo.
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Feb 19, 2019
PSYon
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Feb 12, 2019
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Just got today.  OMG The headband is already broken in the sealed box. I'm very disappointed.
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Feb 12, 2019
Kostua
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Feb 19, 2019
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My headphones were broken, too, in a sealed box.
Feb 19, 2019
Gurbakhshish
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Dec 27, 2018
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If i were to sell my T60RPs to get these is that a good deal?
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Dec 27, 2018
sethwm2
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Jan 8, 2019
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always.
Jan 8, 2019
fyuk
5
Dec 20, 2018
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It is a very solid built headphone. I know there are split opinion on this one, but for $250 there is nothing to complaint. I paired this one with my Burson sololist(Amp) and mydac (dac). I found the mid-range is excellent , vocal is sweet. As to the treble, it is a little bit strange but acceptable . Low is fairly good. I would strongly recommend this one, at least it is comparable to my HD700 and gives me different audio experience.
Dec 20, 2018
Ares78
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Dec 6, 2018
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Just got these a day ago. TL;DR: They sound half as good as they look. Included cable is awful (kinks too easily); carrying bag feels kinda pointless (these don’t fold flat so idk); earpads are easy to remove and annoying to put back on; moulded plastic strain relief for headband is questionable; headband is stiffer than I’d like. Bass is flat, extends pretty well, not good for bassheads. Midrange is not good, sounds muffled and sometimes nasally. Low treble is lacking, the rest of the treble is meh. Just get a 400i/4XX or a Sundara (more comfortable too) if you want a more modern look. At 300 (or 250) they’re not worth it for the sound when something like the 400i/4XX exist. They do look nice but that’s just not enough.
Dec 6, 2018
Gurbakhshish
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Dec 27, 2018
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how would you compare these with T60RPs?
Dec 27, 2018
Ares78
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Dec 27, 2018
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I’d say these are better. But honestly, HE-400i or even the HE-4XX is better.
Dec 27, 2018
TiresomeToe933
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Nov 29, 2018
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Might be too late, but Massdrop x HIFIMAN Edition XX Headphones or this??? Don't worry about DAC/Amp requirements, all I want to know now is how well it sounds. What is the FR?
Nov 29, 2018
Gurbakhshish
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Dec 27, 2018
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Edition X is another league compared to these. I have the original edition X and based on the reviews for these.......yea go with Ed x
Dec 27, 2018
Chiropractor
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Nov 28, 2018
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These or Hifiman Sundara's?
Nov 28, 2018
joevor
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Nov 29, 2018
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Sundara
Nov 29, 2018
RC28
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Nov 28, 2018
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I have had AR HD-1 for about two weeks now and had a chance for them to be burned in. I have various other cans, but (All Considered very well made or regarded) this comment is only going to deal with two Cans the AR vs the OPPO Pm-3 or open vs closed. OPPO since purchase have been my mainstays when I’m not using studio Speakers. I have worked in a professional capacity years ago at the Old Warner Bros Studio. Took a old Harrison Analog mixing board out and reworked the whole studio (Tuning baffles, wiring, all new power amp rack, etc..) and replaced it with the new digital SSK board. What I am trying to say is yes my ears are pretty aware of acoustics and harmonic vibrations and true life sound. Now about the cans the resistance is within 1 ohm of each other AR (33) OPPO (32). I’m just going to give my opinion on both both utilizing the planar principles. The planar magnet arrays differ but they both excel in faithful reproduction of what was put on the original master tapes. Both are neutral and do not color the music like heavy bass style headphones do. Both have feq.  ratings above and below the 20-20000. It is my opinion no fancy tests just my years of experience the AR’s produce the music in a slightly more exacting. Bad recordings will sound just what they are bad. (Mark Almond, Song: One Way Sunday used for comparison). OPPO are comfortable ( fine for all day wear) but the AR have less clamping force so they slightly edge out OPPO in the comfort range. If you pay more for headphones you are doing just that paying more for status. My Klipsch X20i were $550 and sound good for what they are, but don’t compare sound wise to them. I see planar based cans are updated electrostatic cans that do not require feq generators. RC
Nov 28, 2018
Artismo
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Dec 30, 2018
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Bought a Sine for my commute and bidding on and LCD-2 Classic now~
Dec 30, 2018
RC28
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Dec 31, 2018
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Happy New Year to you. I have some time in now with the AR-HD 1 and they are really really good at the price point. Another old speaker name taken over by Vox/Audiovox. The AR’s better clarity and more airy sound great. Larger Planar took longer to burn 76mm vs 40mm. Downside, wish they used better metal (SS) and love web system vs band, but one side sticks. That’s how to keep $ down. RC
Dec 31, 2018
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