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Denon AH-D1100 Advanced Over-Ear Headphones (Black)

by Denon
79 customer reviews

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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 AH-D1100 sets a new standard for performance and value in over-ear headphones. Part of Denon's "Acoustic Luxury" line, the AH-D1100's are premium headphones suitable for the discerning music listener at home, and efficient enough for use "on-the-go" with portable music players. The AHD-1100 employ a newly designed 50mm driver featuring Denon's exclusive Microfiber diaphragm technology. This ultra lightweight radiating surface provides excellent dynamics and extended frequency response (5-37,000Hz) for crystalline clarity. The drivers are housed in precision Aluminum ear cups. To eliminate distortions and colorations caused by conventional sealed-back enclosures, the AHD-1100 also features Denon's Acoustic Optimizer design. This improves low frequency extension and smoothes overall response by precisely adjusting the sound pressure balance behind and in front of the driver diaphragm. The adjustable headband features a new contour fit ergonomic design and is coupled to soft protein leather foam ear-cushions providing comfortable isolation from outside sounds. This, and the unit's light weight (only 180 grams - 6.3 ounces) ensures extended, fatigue-free listening. The AH-D1100 is equipped with an audiophile grade OFC oxygen-free copper cable featuring equal length L/R design. A 3.5 meter extension cable is included along with a 3.5mm to 0.25" adapter and a convenient carrying pouch.

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  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 4.1 x 8.5 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
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  • ASIN: B0042ETXRQ
  • Item model number: AH-D1100
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at September 25, 2010

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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Adrian J. Reynolds on October 27, 2010
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So I bought and compared these to my D5000's and D2000's...

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 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...
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Phillip H. Middleton on September 23, 2012
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While I will agree nearly point-by-point with reviewers regarding the sound reproduction of the AH D1100s (bass can be a bit thick, works better with an amp), I must add yet another incident where the product delivered was not 'built to last'. In fact, this model appears to have, in the experience of a number of posters in internet (hi-fi and other electronic product) forums, myself included, a common structural defect. I can't tell if this is a design, manufacturing, or quality control problem. But nevertheless, it is *clearly* not an isolated issue.

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.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jason Barnes on August 27, 2012
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I should've listened to the couple of reviews that pointed out how poorly constructed these things are. I kid you not, within a month the right bracket which holds the ear piece had several cracks in it. This from general use with care. I couldn't believe it. Just yesterday the entire right bracket, earpiece and all, snapped off completely when I tried to put them on. UNBELIEVABLE. I haven't had these things for even two months. I took very good care of them and didn't abuse them in any way, shape or form. The sound quality was great and they are very comfortable. No qualms there, but the quality of the materials from which they were constructed is absolutely pathetic and this is likely to turn me off to anything from Denon in the future.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Danny on April 24, 2011
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I've been the happy owner of several pairs of Denon AH-D1001's, and when my latest pair broke and Amazon didn't have any in stock, I sprung for the significantly more expensive new model: the AH-D1100's.

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.
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