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I’m a bit of a fan when it comes to Denon products. The first ever CD player that I owned was a Denon, and it was a truly excellent bit of kit. I kept that CD player for many years, more than happy with its performance, while Denon continued to produce excellent mid-range Hi-Fi products. And when I say mid-range, I mean a rung or two below the true audiophile stuff from the likes of Unison Research, Linn and Naim.
More recently I’ve been drawn to Denon for its home cinema equipment, with the company producing some of the best surround sound amps and receivers on the market. While Denon’s original THX rated DVD player was legendary when it launched – not only was the image and sound quality incredible, but the solid (and I mean SOLID) metal construction and Champaign finish made it look like a work of art.
Denon has applied a similar design ethos to its AH-C700 earphones, which do look pretty special. Each earphone casing is constructed from spun aluminium and has that lovely “cool to the touch” feel that only solid metal can impart. The 3.5mm headphone jack is also constructed from aluminium, while the plug itself is gold plated.
There’s a 1.2m cable, which is just about the perfect length for earphones, although I must say that I quite like the modular system used by Shure – there have been occasions where I’ve just used the earphones without an extension and kept my player in my shirt pocket for a very tidy setup. The cable isn’t as thick and robust as those used by Shure, but it is considerably thicker than the cable on the Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 Pros. It’s also an anti-tangle cable, so if you’re the type of person who screws their headphones up into a ball (shame on you!) and stuffs them into a pocket, you should find that with these Denons, the cable will just fall free without the need for untangling.
Of course with a high-end set of earphones the most important aspect is how good they sound. The simple answer is that Denon definitely has nothing to be ashamed of with the AH-C700s, but it’s worth remembering that there is some pretty tough competition out there in this sector.