Denon AH-D1100 Advanced Over-Ear Headphones (Black)
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- Newly designed 50mm drivers use Neodymium magnets and feature Denon's exclusive Microfiber diaphragm technology
- Precision Aluminum ear cups with new soft protein leather foam ear-cushions
- Denon's Acoustic Optimizer design improves low frequency extension and smoothes overall response by precisely adjusting the sound pressure balance behind and in front of the driver diaphragm
- 32-ohm impedence with 101dB/mW sensitivity mean these premium headphones can be successfully driven by portable music devices
- Accessories include a 3.5m extension cable, a 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter jack and a soft cary pouch
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The contrast when going from D5000/2000 to D1100 was pretty stark. I will break this down by "with" and "without EQ" because it's a big deal.
Without EQ adjustments- By default (without any EQ adjustments) I find that the highs are pretty good, though a bit rolled off in the highs compared to the D2000's and D5000's. To their credit, the treble never becomes uncomfortably sharp like the D2000s can, nor is the treble rolled off enough to make it feel dull or dark. I'd say we have about 92% of the D2000 highs here. The mids, however, seem arrested...by the bass. Indeed, I would describe the bass as somewhat overwhelming and can make some songs feel heavy and muffled. If I were to describe default the sound stage here I terms of positioning of instruments...I'd say the 1100's make you feel like you're sitting on stage (extremely forward; thinner ear pads than the D5000/2000) ...and within 2 feet of the bass (instrument) or the drums...and the other instruments / musicians positioned somewhere behind them. It's certainly not the organization you see in a performance. In Robert Glasper's piano performances, the piano sounds muffled. Dwele's R&B tracks sound a bit bloated/congested/stuffy. Denez Prigent's somber background tones in J'Attends sound muddled. Certain elements felt altogether missing in some of the classical and Bossa Nova songs because of that bass, principally. But other songs sounded good. Most of my Rock and Alternative also sounded either "not bad at all" or "pretty damn good" which was a bit unexpected. Staind for example, sounded great and Three Days Grace sounded pretty good. They really benefitted from the rich bass. So yea, some genres suffer...Read more ›
More specifically, the issue regards the swivel arms that critically attach the cans to the headband. The lightweight plastic from which these arms are made have, in several discussions, lasted as little as 9 months before cracking. In my case, I didn't notice any cracks until, in the 13th month of using them (only at my desktop at home) a large chip of the plastic splintered off the left swivel arm. The arm could no longer reasonably support the left can and very quickly broke upon using them the next time.
Note that these headphones had neither never left my desktop nor been otherwise mistreated in any way (no accidents, drops, nada). I also inspected the swivel arm of the right can, Very minute cracks could be seen spreading from the midpoint of the 'C shaped' arm. These were quite subtle, but with only a very minor bit of torque applied, it was evident that these fractures were displaced, meaning they were critical structural failures and would not last long under the moderate tension from normal wear.
I called Denon support about this, and spoke to a rather prickly representative. I informed him about the issue and the incidents that I had read in discussion forums on this product.Read more ›
The major criticism of the previous model (the AH-D1001's) was that is lacked sufficient bass. For those of us that don't listen exclusively to rap or pop, this was always a load of B.S. The D1001's provided a *wonderful* balance of sound and were significantly more comfortable than the newer model.
Denon apparently listened to this criticism and significantly improved the bass handling in the new version (AH-D1100's). But that clearly came at the expense of the rest of the spectrum. I have a hard time listening to rock, jazz, or classical in these headphones without customizing an equalizer; something I find annoying given the wealth of devices I listen to music on. So yes, the bass in wonderful, but I have to keep turning the volume up a bit too high to get any kind of depth to a male vocalist's voice or to non-bass/drum instrumentation. At that level, the bass is actually overwhelming.
What's worse is, the new model cost ~$200 on here, versus the old model that retailed closer to $125. While I do like that these swivel flat, they're still bulky so this feature isn't really worth much to me.
Lastly, my headphones almost always break within the cable itself, usually close to (or within) the 1/8" phono connector. Like all other denon headphones in this price range, it would be a tremendous improvement if they came with replaceable connector cables, like cheaper Sennheiser's.
My opinion? Skip these cans, find the previous model or find a brand more appropriately priced.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After about 4 years of 3/4 times a week of use, they're still in great condition.
I treat my headphones well (evidently unlike other buyers) as they have only the slightest... Read more
Great sound, but they simply do not last. These headphones are made out of some really shoddy plastic.Published 8 months ago by Adam Steele
great sound and I thoroughly loved them for 9 to 10 months then the plastic frame that holds the earpieces broke on each sidePublished 8 months ago by F. PAUL OLD, JR.
This Denon AH-D1100 produces really nice sound with good basses and clear high tones. Read more
GREAT HIGHS AND MIDS WITH SOME OMPH IN THE LOWER END VERY LIGHT AND COMFORTABLEPublished 12 months ago by Garrett K.
They will snap and break. Doesn't matter how good you treat them, it'll only be a matter of time. Waste of money.Published 13 months ago by Doc Draper
They sound great, but the plastic frame is cheap and broke on me. For this kind of money, they need better materials. Buy something else.Published 14 months ago by JJ Bugs
These phones were comfortable, lightweight and sounded terrific. The overall tonal balance was equivalent to a loudness button on a receiver. Read morePublished 14 months ago by arthur strzelecki
The sound is very nice. I'm no expert - my hearing is rather bad, and these headphones help me to understand everything much better. Read morePublished 15 months ago by W. Laun