AAW’s New Beginnings: A Comprehensive Overview of the A3H (2018) and A1D (2018)

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Verdict

The A3H and A1D maintain incredibly similar signatures. The only discrepancy between them lies in midrange body – which the A3H has more of because of denser centre-mids – and lower-treble sparkle – which the A3H has more of as well, resulting in its slightly drier timbre. The A1D has a more refined top-end with greater coherence, but the A3H is more detailed, for whatever that’s worth. But what they do have in common is imaging precision, stage stability and headroom – outstanding at their respective prices. The A1D and A3H have openness and air to match their dynamism.

Now, it’s worth mentioning that they do cheat a bit to achieve this. Both in-ears have linear low-ends despite their respective dynamic drivers, their lower-mids are similarly recessed and they both have noticeable peaks in the upper-treble. So, I’d say they work best with energetic and/or synthetic music, while fans of jazz and vocal-oriented material will have to look elsewhere for their ideal IEM – perhaps the Kumitate Lab Corona I recently reviewed. But, despite their aim towards this sort of crowd, both the A3H and A1D display far more fidelity than their competition; admirably so. I think it’s fantastic to have exciting prospects in this price range and I look forward to what else AAW have got for the future.

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Church-boy by day and audio-obsessee by night, Daniel Lesmana’s world revolves around the rhythms and melodies we lovingly call: Music. When he’s not behind a console mixing live for a congregation of thousands, engineering records in a studio environment, or making noise behind a drum set, you’ll find him on his laptop analysing audio gear with fervor and glee. Now a specialist in custom IEMs, cables and full-sized headphones, he’s looking to bring his unique sensibilities - as both an enthusiast and a professional - into the reviewer’s space; a place where no man has gone before.

2 Comments

    • Hey Ryan,

      Thanks for your kind words! I haven’t heard the A2H 2018 in a while, but I remember it having a similar house sound. Unfortunately, I believe it had a diffuse midrange, but I’ll try to get back to you should I get another opportunity to listen to it. 🙂

      Cheers,
      Daniel

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