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Acoustic Research AR-H1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

Acoustic Research AR-H1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

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Showstopping Headphones

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. The industrial-inspired design is complete with a genuine leather headband and low-resilience ear cushions for hours of fatigue-free listening. Inside each housing is a large 86-millimeter planar driver with a best-in-class neodymium magnet array. Thanks to the 33-ohm impedance, the AR-H1 makes a great pairing with Acoustic Research’s digital audio players, like the AR-M2. Finally, the dual 2.5-millimeter cables—also commonly used with HIFIMAN headphones—make for easy replacement. 

“Headphones You Can Enjoy Day After Day”

The AR-H1 received a “Reviewers’ Choice” award from SoundStage Xperience, whose reviewer had this to say: “I enjoy a lot of the headphones I review, but it’s the rare pair that sounds neutral and natural enough for me to grab them for relaxed listening. Acoustic Research’s AR-H1s rank among that elite group. What I love about them is that there’s nothing spectacular or exaggerated about their sound—just as there’s nothing spectacular or exaggerated about the sound of a great violin, tenor saxophone, or singer. If you want something spectacular, that’s fine—but if you want headphones you can enjoy day after day with all kinds of music, I strongly recommend the AR-H1s."


  • Acoustic Research
  • Open-back circumaural design
  • 86mm planar driver with NdFeB magnet array
  • Genuine leather headband
  • Low-resilience ear cushions
  • Removable cable
  • Frequency response: 10 Hz–70 kHz
  • Total harmonic distortion: <1%
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB at 1 Vrms
  • Impedance: 33 ohms
  • Weight: 14 oz (397 g)


  • 3.9 ft (1.2 m) audio cable: 3.5mm 3-pole to dual 2.5mm 2-pole
  • ¼ in (6.3 mm) plug adapter
  • Soft pouch for carrying and storage


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Estimated ship date is Jan 2, 2019 PT.

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