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Acoustic Research AR-H1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

Acoustic Research AR-H1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

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Alternative for consideration. These sound fantastic:
https://www.adorama.com/hmhe560v3.html?emailprice=t&utm_source=rflaid912772
Rosiebar
Had these for 2 weeks. Great sound for sure. Too much clamping force for me from the V3 headband. Ended up with returning to adorama.
Those are some sexy looking headphones.
According to the measurements, these won't even sound as good as 4XX. However, they are too handsome to be ignored. Comparing with these, 4XX look like antique...
I bought m1060 when it just hit on the market in day 1 and they broke before the V2 comes in the market . But they send me another set of V2 as replacement. But within 4 month that set is also broken because of the construction of wood is not solid as LCD. Wroth to mention I am also a rough user specially if you won more than one headphone. They sound fantastic but build quality is trash. Now lets talk about He 500 . I bought them two years ago and still working fine unless change pads two times. Little bulkier than m1060 but sound is more refine with w-o-n-d-e-r full midrange. Not much bass like m1060 but quality of bass rather than quantity is solid on He-500. Lets talk about AR- H1. Own this for almost 5 month now. Built quality is excellent and does look better than both of other two headphone. Means no objection of build quality. But the sound is not as good as other two headset. But that not means they are not good sounding headphone. If you never heard of other two headphone than this headphone will not disappoint you. Looking good, sound good what else do you need? Why I am comparing this three head phone? Because they seem like in almost same price with discount. You can also get HE 500 at 350-400 $ in used market. I would easily pick AR-H1 over m1060 due to build quality. Now He 500 I like the most any planner headphone I bought at less than 500$ headphone so far. But you will not get it new anymore since it is discontinued. This is my personal opinion though. Your choice may be differ actually more likely due to personal taste.
khaja-724612
Some people had it the other way around. Hifiman broke and Monoprice survived longer.
The price for these is tempting. They do have some negative reviews, but I've learned in life that what others consider trash, I can consider treasures. I think I'm jumping in. None of my Massdrop purchases have wronged me not even once. I feel confident!
EDIT: I'm in. The $15 Massdrop credit for the expedited shipping boo-boo of the HD 6XX brought their price down to $284.99. Can't wait until almost Christmas to finally receive them. God help me! This wait is going to suck so much!
raansire7
Massdrop waits are typically 6 months+, this one ain't too bad 🤙
Rockytopwiz
That's because they have the stock. They offered this same price on their website just recently, it ended 10/15/18. It appears they have not sold well.
I tried these in an audishow along with the AR DAP. I tried them back to back with Audize LCD4s, Focal Utopias and other top tier headphones and I was very pleasantly surprised. I actually preferred them to anything else in that room beside the Utopia. And when I was told that the price was 700 for them I thought they were a steal. I also really like the design on these, they are very comfortable and would probably fit anyone. They are neutral and realistic with decent Soundstage. If I didn't already own a couple of high end cans I would get these in a heartbeat.
I already have the OPPO PM-3 and they just keep sounding better evertime I wear them. Had them for 3 years now and normally play them through a Fiio X7 DAP (1st gen). Lets see how they both really compare (closed vs open back).
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RC28
I have mine playing through a Zune!
https://www.innerfidelity.com/images/AcousticResearchARH1.pdf
Hmmm, massive peak in the treble, no thanks.
FuckHead-Fi
yeah doesn't seem to be reviewed well...
FuckHead-Fi
glad you rely on only frequency response graphs when purchasing headphones, it's not like actually actually listening to them first before forming an opinion is logical, right?
I never post on Massdrop. But I feel compelled to do so. I own this headphone and flagships from companies such as HifiMan, Focal, Grado, Labs, Audeze, Stax, and Sennheiser. I use a balanced 4 pin XLR cable that I find improves clarity over the stock cable. I can only speak for my tastes - I would put this AR H1 against any of the flagships I own. Why? I think the tonal balance is very neutral, and tonal balance is probably the most important factor I consider. Second would be clarity and third priority would probably be impact/slam. I think the AR H1 is pretty good with regard to each of these factors. I would not hesitate to recommend. I should say that I bought my pair used so I do not know how they sound out of the box, but I would describe their sound as vibrant.
Edit - I did want to add one thought -while I find the bass satisfying, some might consider these slightly light on bass. I notice this when comparing to headphones like the Final Audio D8000 that have exceptional bass and dynamics. But compared to other high end head phones (and to what I consider neutral) these do present an appropriate amount of bass (but certainly no bass hump) and can sound good on rock and pretty much all genres.
One other thing. I did not want to sound like I am saying these beat all other flagships. I only meant to say they are competitive for their overall set of strengths. Ok, now I feel better - I was coming off as a bit of a fanboy and I wanted to correct that.
Does the maker of these headphones have any relation to the AR I used to love in the 1970s?
JustinKalm
Um yes to the name, No to what it is today. You know how it goes- it's been sold over about 3 or 4 times and if you visit their website you will see it's nothing but a husk of what it was. This headphone is the crown Jewel of the current company line. Sadly I remember the name for great computer speakers in the 90's when I was a teenager.
JustinKalm
Yes Justin they are the very same company. The only difference is that they were swallowed up by Voxx Inc (Audiovox). They also bought up several other Iconic American speaker & headphone companies (ie: Klipsch).
Okay so I have only eyes for a while and I just want to put my two cents in even at 500 I think these are a very good sounding planar magnetic headphones with much less issues with the build and quality of design in comparison to some of the headphones I've owned from Hi-Fi man and other companies. I know people are saying because a few negative reviews I things aren't good for the money and I think really that's just an opinion there's plenty of people that really like these headphones and that was for when they were priced for more I've owned hifiman he 560 the he-400i, Sennheiser hd600 and the HD 650, beyerdynamics DT 880 and the t-90, Mad Dogs 3.2, zmf omi's, excetera. I currently still own these headphones and use them daily and the zmf Omni I recently sold my m1060 V2. I I think these are a great compliment to the zmf headphone line that I've used in owned the base is is more neutral with tight quick Bass with good extension, the mid-range is Airy and detailed and more upfront then the he-560 and the travel is very airy and detailed without being too harsh or or Sharp with its notes. I have a large head and there has been some talk about the clamp being too strong because the build is sturdy and the band is metal you can put pressure in the center of the band and bend in a bit very unnoticeable to the eye but it does alleviate that pressure on larger heads and makes he's very comfortable and lightweight for planar magnetic headphones. I've used this with just my phone granted on higher volume and it still sounds enjoyable and I've also use this with my fiio x5 mark 3 and ibasso DX 90 without the need of adding a portable amp and the quality of sound was still good and enjoyable with the dedicated integrated amp on both those players. I believe these headphones are a good deal even when around $500 and at $300 it's probably one of the best deals on planner magnetic headphones in terms of sound quality for price that I've seen for a new headphone. And yes that is an opinion not a fact but I have listened to a good amount of headphones in the 300 to $500 range and above and I feel like if you read the description of the sound of this headphone, and its signature and you think that it might be right for you the chances are you'll feel like it's the good headphones for the money once you listen. I have paired this had fun with the Pan Am tube hybrid which is fantastic especially with the the vokshod tubes, I also have used it with the audio GD nfb 28 in Balance mode, the Meier audio concerto, The massdrop liquid carbon X paired with the Aries DAC in balanced mode. And it sounded enjoyable and detail with all those amplifiers with the two best being the Pan Am and perhaps a liquid carbon. I don't see many people regretting this purchase and they're looking for a lightweight planomatic headphone that sounds detailed with good balance in the frequencies from low to high end for under $500, but of course I'm sure they'll be some but they don't suit and that's something that happens with every headphone and that's why we write reviews for our fellow hobbyists. I apologize if this is long-winded I just try to answer questions before they were asked on things that I'm usually wondering about when looking up a headphone that I'm interested in, and feel free to ask me about anyting you would like to know in regards to this headphone right now.
WhiskeyJacks
How long have you owned a pair? And you say you enjoy them as much as other Hifiman headphones? I believe it. I've been in the market for a new planar headset as I've never owned a pair and would like to have one. Been on the fence about the Hifiman 4xx, the dekoni fostex, the Koss ESP90 (yeah I know they are electrostats not planar) and now possibly these.
FWIW...per Tyll Five years ago this would have been a decent addition to the price point—well, there was virtually nothing there—but in todays world I'd shell out the extra $200 for the significantly superior MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Open or Audeze LCD-2 Classic. Though it's a little bass-light, the HiFiMAN HE400S is a significantly smoother sounding headphone at half the price. Read more at https://www.innerfidelity.com/content/acoustic-research-ar-h1-open-planar-magnetic-headphones-page-2#T0dAoAKL63OL5cBs.99
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Nothing at all ! I was being sarcastic, as I once disagreed with a review of his and some people acted as if I had slapped their mother.
lugnut
Exactly lol, I respect him, but I just have my own tastes. I honestly feel these headphones are better than most planars under $1k
What a weird review. At this price range, I would definitely want something spectacular. And why wouldn't you be able to listen to spectacular headphones everyday? I would think that would be one of the defining characteristics of spectacular headphones.
willentrekin
Haha indeed, I think it's the wrong choice of words. Sure I would love a spectacular and natural sounding pair! XD
How do these compare to the he4xx?
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He said "better overall 'probably'"
I don't think that's a confident or informed statement. Better overall according to who? At $299 I can tell you that this is magnificent value. The AR-H1 is very good, 'probably' better than the he4xx. There is a slight lower-mid, upper-bass bump, but it's not overly intrusive, depends what music you're playing. The bass is reminiscent of meaty
Mbot
the mids are just too weird for me (compared to the 4xx), they do look cool tho. 4xx is overall smoother and id say has better detail retrieval.
Oooh... I did like these when I had them. Delicate, pleasant sound. The earpad (possibly the glue used) kept gassing off, which worried me. They also bruise easy on the hinges, say when you put them on a table, and the hinges make them unpleasant to leave hanging around your neck, say when you're talking to someone. When you listen to them right after the meaty Ether Flow, they sound tinny for a bit. But I quickly readjusted to the sound. There's a sweet, refined gentleness to the sound, very relaxing. That part tempts me.
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Neutral/bright-ish, but clean, not harsh.
Clean, natural, airy. Beautiful treble on these
Every time a manufacturer sells their cans at 50% or so off original price, it screams we're paying a 100% premium over cost price. Must be nice being in an industry where you could sell goods at a 100% markup.
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Ehh where did you see that
phoenixsong
I've seen it on ebay, It's not constant though. But with their on and off %15 off sales you get close to that as well.
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Lazerflux
Wow. Whatever space he used for the set of this review looks like a total disaster. This guy is a pro? Hmmm.
Tyll cited a few reasons, whether or not they were ALL the reasons we will never know.
1) Said he is getting old and his hearing is not at the level to confidently provide subjective information 2) He finished his delivery truck to RV conversion much sooner than expected 3) He's been doing this for decades and feels he's accomplished what he set out to do
Damn, I read some reviews because I didn't know anything about these headphones or the company. The reviews are all positive.
Knowing that they praised these so much while knowing they were sold 600$ makes them even more interesting here !
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I agree with you, but psycho-acoustics describes the interaction between the ear and the brain on a scientific level. What you are talking about is "confirmation bias"; in simple terms, making the facts fit a preconceived conclusion.
killerrabbit1961
You’re right. Confirmation bias is what I meant. 👍
WOW, $300!? This is a thing...
If you're above the 200$ mark in the Planar space, you need to be better than HiFimans and mrSpkrs. It's priced modestly better than they've been online lately ( around 479) but again, if I'm up past a certain range I'm spending a little extra and getting new age comfort, extended fuller range and spatial movement for a few extra Donald ducks... nawwwmmmsayn,
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I don’t have the Elex, but I have the OEM equivalent the Focal Elear and it has probably the best sound of any headphone I own, of any technology. It’s a special kind of dynamic driver, based on loud speaker tech. Not Planar, but the way they did it is spectacular.
Get focal elex or at least elear. Comparing with my aeon flow closed, lcd-2 and edition x, elex is simply better. You need to hear them.