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Acoustic Research AR-H1 Planar Impressions and Discussion thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by crabdog, Jul 30, 2017.
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  1. FredA
    I found both headset at basically the same price landed. So i am leaning towards the ar-h1 for built quality (and the match with my amp).
     
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  2. FredA
    Order placed. 566usd shipped. The best price for the he560 was 50usd cheaper or so. If you buy in the us, it's free shipping, so just 510usd. I'm in Canada.
     
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  3. Beagle
    I have the Oppo PM1 so I assume I don't need these.
     
  4. Level5
    I do listen to random old classic jazz/acoustic/piano playlist on Tidal from time to time.

    With those genre, the AR-H1 excels really well at and wont disappoint on all that you mentioned, but I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with the IMPACT these brings!

    Regarding the treble, I'm coming from a stock HD800 and to me its smoother (duh! :grin:) yet it extends enough that its not fatiguing/sibilant unlike the HE560 which needs a pads swap to tame it a tad.
     
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  5. Level5
    Wasn't able to do a comparison with other headphones this week like I promised due to short on time and holiday traveling. BUT I did acquire some new dac and tube amp to play with in a few days. (see my profile for details)

    I'll make sure to chime in if those pairs well with the AR-H1!
     
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  6. sawindra
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  7. cskippy
    Nice! That is how I heard the combo at RMAF and was really impressed. They seemed to synergize really well.
     
  8. sawindra
    I listen a lot to chamber music and the AR-H1 does a good job recreating tone and space.
     
  9. crabdog
    I would be inclined to believe the above. I mentioned in my review that the H1 pairs exceptionally well with the AR-M20 so I imagine the M2 would be even better.
     
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  11. Beagle
    The reviewer says in the comments "they had less of weighty end as compared to the PM-3" but then indicated "I did review the PM-2 while it was still in production... my memory of its sound characteristics are a bit rough, but I my gut is telling me that the AR-H1 has a slightly better low end".

    I'm a tad confused here..
     
  12. FastAndClean
    why? less bass than pm3 in quantity and better bass quality than pm2
     
  13. Beagle
    Less bass than PM3? Would be non-existant.
     
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  14. FastAndClean
    pm3 is very tricky to achieve good seal, if you don't have good seal they sound neutral or bass light, but if you have good seal they have boost in the bass, not much, probably 3db under 200 hz, i think that is the reason why the impressions of the bass on pm3 can vary
     
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