Denon AH-D600 review: Denon AH-D600

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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Comfortable fit. Good for home or mobile. Solid sound.

The Bad Poor Android functionality. Pricey.

The Bottom Line The Denon AH-D600 headphones are a versatile, good-sounding set of cans that are a solid investment for people who are serious about music.

8.4 Overall

Denon recently launched 11 new headphones into the Australian market in four "lifestyle categories". The Urban Raver is targeted at a younger audience; the Globe Cruiser range has noise-cancellation and travel features; the Exercise Freaks are wireless and sweat-proof; and the Music Maniac series is designed for a more traditional audiophile. The AH-D600 headphones that we have on test are in the Music Maniacs category — the AH-D600sits in the middle of the range, in terms of pricing and features, between the "ultra-premium" AH-D7100 and the in-ear AH-C400.

The over-ear design is really quite comfortable, using memory foam with a patented pentagonal shape to the ear-cup design that has it sitting over the whole ear, as opposed to on it. The 50mm drivers pump out solid sound, while the EQ is tuned flat to fit a broader range of music styles.

Bass and treble are emphasised in the D600's, and we found that they sounded particular good with electronica and pop, along with anything requiring a solid bass, including contemporary rock. Other music styles sound fine, but don't get quite the same amount of depth from the cans.

The D600 ships in quite a fancy box with a few additional accessories: a karabiner clip bag, an "on-the-go" cable that features an inline remote and microphone, a 10-foot hi-fi style cable (which is described as "obsessively long") and the all-important audiophile accessory: the gold-plated quarter-inch adapter.

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