RAAL-requisite SR1a Earfield Headphone
RAAL-requisite SR1a Earfield Headphone
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New from RAAL-requisite, the SR1a Earfield headphone is the first monitor to employ the company’s trademarked “Earfield” technology. Driving this technology are highly specialized ribbon drivers that reproduce 30Hz to 30kHz bandwidth, eliminating the need for sealed chambered bass and allowing for open air baffles Read More

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Joe-in-a-Box
23
Apr 25, 2020
Damn these are offensively ugly!
Zen57
4
Apr 27, 2020
I think they're the coolest looking cans ever, whatever, they're the best cans ever.
dleblanc
224
Apr 27, 2020
They're like the 5th best I've heard, but 3rd best in obtainable $$$
dleblanc
224
Apr 25, 2020
I mean if anyone wants the best headphone and a real “headphone”, I can get you a brand new Hifiman Susvara for 4400$ 💁🏻‍♂️
mekalekahyneho
19
Apr 24, 2020
$1 off? What a bargain!
Wow, with that background I assume you would have encountered discounters getting around MinimumAdvertisedPricing or MAP for short. Only been around several decades. It's used in distribution agreements for various reasons, sometimes to protect brand prestige or dealer networks from cannibalization. Drop certainly didn't find this loophole nor did they present the hurdle. Talk to RAAL on that one.
mekalekahyneho
19
May 7, 2020
Yeah, figured it was MAP. Never been a fan. When manufacturers force sellers into workarounds on it I find the whole mess unattractive. I don't like getting trolled as a 'genius' and it was just a joke on $1 off that georgie porge thought warranted an insult. Be as sarcastic as you want but not a fan of the straight out trolling insult. I'm not working now so maybe my background and my acumen have a wide delta, but yeah, I figured it was contractual BS like MAP. But seriously to the manufacturer; You want to do a Drop, change your agreement... this is not the place for that type of stuff; against the whole spirit of this venue; at least from my p.o.v. and I would encourage Drop not to take these kind of deals or bundle a bunch of items like a hand made cocobolo stand... I dunno; just not a gimmick.
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wontonotnow
295
Apr 24, 2020
The best part of this deal: Imagine getting a whopping 3499 Drop Rewards Points
BenTWP
104
Apr 25, 2020
HarisJaved
48
Apr 24, 2020
I am interested in getting these, however the listed frequency response is 30hz to 30Khz, what is the frequency drop off at 20/10 hz? in a market for a high end can so I am looking at Abyss 1266, lcd-4, Meze empyrean, Hifiman 1000 v2. thank you
HarisJaved
48
Apr 30, 2020
thank you so much, I have a wide variety of amps. I have the JDS Element 1, OPPO HA-1, AudioGD-Master 19. Few people mentioned that Arya sounds like the Meze so I will purchase a used Arya, and see if I like it or not. One of my friends has the Meze so I can compare the two that way and see if spending extra will get me my end game. I am not too sure about the LCD-4 due to unit variance, but they are worth trying - there is a Audeze dealer on Audiogon selling them for 2100$ thank you again for your comments, and input!
Muscle_Cow
769
May 1, 2020
You can also message Taron from headphones.com and ask for a deal on an Arya brand new... they hooked me up pretty darn good. The brothers that run that shop are incredible. I am skeptical on buying used high end headphones unless I can know for sure that there is nothing wrong with them, but that is just me. I would hate for you to get a bad set and then be misled that they don't sound great because I can assure you, they sound absolutely incredible especially if you like wide, open soundstage and immersive sound. They produce the tallest and most dispersed sound I've heard and listening to music on them is like a new experience every time - just finding details in the space around you that you never heard before.
dom1234
42
Apr 24, 2020
amazing deal. Now I will sell my kidney.
hiilari
68
Apr 24, 2020
Would love to hear these but no shop around here in Finland has a pair yet... This type of money requires listening for yourself, despite the raving reviews. I'm especially curious about how there can be solid sub-bass when there's no seal around the ear. Great to see all the new headphone tech evolving, it's good time to be a headphone geek!
bnorgd
28
Apr 24, 2020
Oh, my goodness!! :o What a bargain! Save 0.02% At that price this is a must have!!1!1!1!
bnorgd
28
Apr 24, 2020
@yguo The $400 discount at checkout is beside the point. They put up a sign, "save a dollar" on something insanely dear. That's funny XD Regardless of what other discounts they offer on top. @darkfireblade25 maybe being clever takes no brain cells, but apparently taking a joke does. Sorry mate, better luck next time ;)
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pyrobunny
283
Apr 25, 2020
That's because of MAP. This is done all the time, with many sites.
missLJ
13
Apr 23, 2020
Ugly, uncomfortable and expensive. Yeah nah, thanks but no for me, Massdrop. I can buy a new computer from a shop for that money.
pyrobunny
283
Apr 25, 2020
The first point there is very subjective, but they also are not uncomfortable at all. Yes they're expensive, but not the most expensive on the market. Many people will say they're worth the money.
teedge77
2
Apr 25, 2020
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amansawhney
5
Apr 23, 2020
I own and love these, but you can get them from moon audio without tax so it is effectively the same price. And you can buy it there with the Schiit amp.
amansawhney
5
Apr 24, 2020
It doesn't produce anything under 30hz. Thats a technical limitation of Ribbon drivers.
dlna_prateek
1
May 21, 2020
Hi Aman, do you use it with Jotunhiem R? I listen to L700+SRM353 combo. I am comfortable with the estat bass.
  1. Will the SR1A+(Poweramp/Jotunheim R) beat it hands down across the entire freq. range?
  2. Do these need eq? If yes, details please.
  3. What is the minimum power needed to have a noticeable bass?
Thanks in advance!
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Hi Dina, Using the Chesky descending frequency sweep track, I hear the combination decreasing in energy starting around 40 Hz, with bass notes still audible down to 34 Hz. I hear nothing at 32 Hz, so low C from 16 ft. organ pipes is missing. The bass is flattest when the baffles are angled flat against the ears and loses the most energy when the baffles are fully angled outward at 90 degrees to the head. So there is a tradeoff in soundstage dimensionality and forward image projection vs. bass extension. I listen with the baffles angled out 30 degrees from my head and bass is still fulfilling at that position. Further out from that and you might need EQ (see Ian Dunmore's review at Headphones.com). I am not a bass head either, but I can say that the SR1A does not have the deep and linear bass extension (below 25 Hz) of the Abyss, or Audeze, or ZMF. If pushed very hard with powerful bass notes, I hear some intermodulation distortion, but I haven't heard any ribbon slapping or crackling sounds. I do not have experience with the Stax L700. Similar to other Stax headphones, you get very articulate bass with the SR1A as a tradeoff for the lack of massive punching power. However, unlike the Stax models I've heard, you also get great dynamic contrasts in the bass with the SR1A. This makes recordings of drum kits come alive. I listen to vinyl direct-to-discs on the SR1A and the M&K "Flamenco Fever" record sounds alive with these earspeakers in ways that my loudspeakers (VMPS Elixir RM/X, 6 ft. tall ribbon/planar magnetic/dynamic hybrids) can't match.