Denon’s new GC headphones pack in “advanced audio design”, aptX HD Bluetooth and three-mode Active Noise Cancellation as the Japanese brand looks to take on the likes of Bose, B&O and Sony.
Denon’s latest headphone range – the GC headphone Series – is a three-strong effort made up of the AH-GC30, AH-GC25NC and AH-GC25W on-ears.
The GC30 is fully wireless with Active Noise Cancellation and aptX HD Bluetooth in tow for CD-quality like sound. The GC25NC comes with a wired connection and the same ANC system. The GC-25W props up the range and comes with aptX HD Bluetooth.
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Each headphone has different features. The GC30 and GC25NC feature Denon’s proprietary FreeEdge Driver that makes use of ‘floating diaphragms’ to produce a sound with reduced resonance and “more accurate pistonic motion”. Essentially, that’s less signal distortion and a purer sounding experience.
The GC30/GC25NC also include the latest generation of Denon’s active noise cancellation technology. It uses multiple microphones – four on the inside and four on the outside – to analyse and adapt to ambient noise. There are three modes tailored to different environments, so you can choose between City mode for when you’re out and about: Office for when you’re working and Flight to get rid of that annoying engine sound.
On top of that there’s also the Ambient monitor feature. A tap on the ear-case allows the user to hear any ambient sounds so you don’t miss what’s around you or any conversations you may want to hear.
All three models have ear-pads made out of memory foam trimmed in high-quality synthetic leather. Battery life for the GC30 is rated at 20 hours when using both Bluetooth and ANC. Once depleted the battery charges fully in two hours. A ten minute charge gives you two-and-half hours and 15 minutes provides four-and-a-half hours of playback.
The GC25NC battery life weighs in at 40 hours when used with ANC. For the GC30 you get 30 hours of aptX HD streaming from a single charge.
The AH-GC30 is out this month (March) for £299: the AC25NC costs £265 and is available in April, while the AC25W costs £215 and goes on sale in May.
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