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Raal Ribbon Headphones - SRH1A

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by once, Oct 7, 2018.
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  1. once
    **EDIT After a product name change these are now called the RAAL/Requisite SR-1A***

    Anyone hear these at RMAF 2018?


    Very interested to hear impressions. Looks like a K1000 reborn on steroids. Similarly I also heard it is very power hungry, with a recommended 50W power source.

    Also seems like they are targeting a $3500 price point.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019
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  2. wuwhere Contributor
    Are these pleated ribbons? I used to have ribbon speakers, they are inefficient and have very low impedance.
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    is that same RAAL company from Serbia that produce ribbon tweeters?
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  4. petarst
    yes, raal Serbia.
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  5. rgs9200m
    Interesting. Vapor audio (a small speaker company that has won lots of acclaim) uses the Raal ribbons.
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  6. 2002tiiguy
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  7. BunnyNamedCraig
    I really dug them.

    They played me this orchestral piece involving someone on chello and it almost made me emotional lol. (No lie)

    So I hope you all get to hear it some time.

    Also want you to know that I heard a variety of other music as well and it all sounded really good. I was at their booth off and on Proably 3 different times.

    Something noteworthy is the speed. Really incredible. Oh- also the bass was surprisingly present
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    yea RAAL are known for speed and imaging, good to know that low extension is good,
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  10. Hifi59
    Also Salk speakers use them a lot. Best speakers I’ve heard to date.
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  11. rgs9200m
    Right. How could I forget Salk? I guess I haven't been on audiocircle for a while...
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  12. smodtactical
    Any more thoughts ?
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  13. coinmaster
    Crap, they beat me to it. Guess I'll have to release the worlds "second" ribbon headphone :frowning2:
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  14. smodtactical
    Danny tells me the requisite will start selling 1st week of december.
  15. Zhanming057

    A couple hours with the Raal SRH1A's and I am very impressed. Bass is not an issue at all and quality is very much on par with the 1266 phi's, if still a bit lean compared to "regular" headphone bass. Danny wasn't kidding about the 50wpc requirement - I am running these off a 100w Nagra Classic Integrated and I can see that they're drawing something like 40wpc on peaks, and potentially a lot more if you like higher listening volumes.

    They are bright and very fast. Response speed is far and above any pair of headphones I've heard - the 1266 phi's can't hold a candle to them in this regard. Possibly a little fatiguing, but the mid-range weight of the Nagra helps.

    I definitely need more time with these, but I think Requisite audio has a resounding winner here. The problem is amp pairings, and I don't know yet if they'll sound good on cheaper speaker amp systems.
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