I am a music lover, no audiophile, but I do love to have my music quality as high as possible without it costing the earth. Many people told me to go for Beats, they are very widely trusted and celebrated, but I find them overrated, and overpriced, especially for the kind of music quality, which isn't, in my opinion, anywhere above average. So I looked around, avoiding the more popular and "mainstream" brands and tried to look for something obscure, as they usually have superb sound quality for relatively cheap prices. When I found these, my first reaction was excitement.
Denon, is a very high budget brand, but isn't widely known for its headphones, but when I saw these, I almost knew they were going to be good quality, and for that price, it was a steal. I looked around, saw a few reviews, and decided I would give it a shot, seeing as it was WAY under budget.
It arrived, in the usual tacky, plastic but incredibly rigid packaging that most headphones come in, along with some documentation. I cut out the headphones, plugged them into my laptop (which inadvertently have Beats Audio on them) and played some music. I tried different tempos, bass levels, treble levels, and higher pitches. It handled them all with ease, so very crisp, no wavering, good sound isolation, no muffling, even with extremely thick textures, and crazy dynamics.
The only issue I could possibly have with this is leaking, most headphones do an average job, but even in quite a loud room, I could hear A LOT of the sound being leaked.
Above all, this is definitely a budget pair of headphones, for a high budget company, they managed to fit the quality of a £500 model into a thirty pound one, and no matter how they pulled it off, they did it in style, with a sleek, comfortable design that fits snugly over your ears. Beats lover, or audiophile, you will LOVE these headphones. Five stars.
I have been aware of Denon as a hi-end market brand before but never bought anything because it was all too expensive, but when I saw these headphones, I thought they must have been cheap knock offs at this price! (£30 at the time) and I can definitely see high end audio quality in some headphones of this budget.
The audio quality when listening to music is just superb, everything sounds just just right and all the instrumental volumes are equal, vocals stand out and even older music from 40 years ago still sounds just as good as music from today. Except for large bass thuds which sound slightly off, there is less of a vibration than you'd expect.
I plug these headphones into my computer at home because we don't have speakers, and playing call of duty with the bullet sounds and reloads really has a certain something to it, like the sound has been upgraded just by the headphones. With the exception of tanks, I think at lower bass volumes the sound struggles and it decreases in quality, but since I don't listen to heavy bass filled music, this does not bother me. I would not recommend these to any dance fan though. For me, they are absolutely top quality.
The only bad thing with these headphones in terms of build quality is the cables and connections to the headphones, which have become weakened over time, and are now very flimsy at both ends. Sometimes the connection to the PC can cause crackling when you nudge the connector at the end, it's as if the headphones loose connection to the PC whilst being plugged in.
Overall the sound quality is more than what I'd expect for this price range but really, the build quality is what I'd expect from lower budget headphones, and I am disappointed, so I don't think I can award 5 stars, this coupled with the lack of oomph in bass is not what I'd expect but to be fair, I'm surprised they made headphones at this price, so kudos to them.
I was unsure about purchasing the DENON AH-D 301 as I had never heard of the brand before, and was unsure about the reliablility of the lesser known brand. Aswell as this I have already been through 3 pairs of headphones on my Sony MP3 Clear cut Player and doubted that this product would do my tunes any justice.
After a couple of minutes fiddling around and pressing buttons to tune the right bass and the correct 'notes and pitches' into the knobs on the side of the headphones I could clearly see that this was going to be a good buy.
The cord is very thick and provides a less chance of the wires getting tangled up thanks to the wire dividers. Also the head phones play music clear and concise and impressed me with the clairty of it.
Despite looking like a very big set of head phones It is remarkebaly light and weightless.
As with any decent headphones It comes with volume adjusting (this isn't anything exciting it tends to come with a number of modern headsets)
The one thing that did suprise me however is the comfort you get when wearing. I could feel the protection and the softness of the imitating leather inside. It supported my ears and fitted snug on them.
To date after about 4 months of daily use I haven't experienced any major problems apart from the 'plug in wire bit' that goes into the MP3 Player seems to be playing up and producing feedback and rustling. Despite fiddling with the end and turning it sometimes it just dosen't work.
But apart from that it has great features and is a all rounded head set which covers all my basic requirements and needs.
However these big and clunky earphones may not be for you If you are looking to walk through the centre of town listening to music, if that is what you require then I would suggest a decent pair of in-ear earphones.
Thanks for reading
Double headband for easy fitting and wearing
Large ø35 mm, powerful driver unit
Left and right cable length is equal for sound quality
Housing reversal mechanism allowing one-eared monitoring