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First Look: Denon AH-NC732s

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First Look: Denon AH-NC732s

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The Denon AH-NC732s are a decent pair of noise-canceling headphones, but in terms of sound and comfort, they don't measure up to the competition for the price.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, I'm David Carnoy, Executive Editor for CNET.com and I'm here to give you a video tour of the Denon AH-NC732 Noise-Canceling headphones. In terms of design these headphones are almost a cross between the Bose Quiet Comfort 2s, which feature a cupped around-the-ear design and the Quiet Comfort 3s, which feature an on-ear design. These Denon phones have a cupped design, but the ear cups aren't as big as those of the Quiet Comfort 2s and they don't entirely fit around and over your ears. The only difference is that on the Denon's there is no padding in the middle of the ear cup like there is with the Quiet Comfort 3s. There are two detachable headphone cables, one is a 30-inch cable and then there's a longer 60-incher. And there's also a two-pronged airplane adapter, and a faux-leather hard-padded carrying case. And the one thing these Denons can do that the Quiet Comforts can't is play music when the noise-canceling circuitry isn't engaged. However, if you turn off the noise-canceling circuitry, the headphones simply don't play as loud and the sound comes across as a bit muffled. In other words, it's hard to listen to music without the noise canceling activated, but at least it's possible, which can be helpful if your battery conks out in the middle of a long flight. Overall, we found the Denons to be fairly laid back. They're not as efficient as the Bose headphones. You have to crank the volume on an iPod to equalize the headphones in the test and they don't measure up to the Bose phones in the bass department. In the final analysis, the Denon AH-NC732s were a decent pair of noise-canceling headphones, but in terms of sound and comfort, they don't quite measure up to the competition for the price. So here's what we suggest to Denon, drop the price in half and then we'll think they're worth buying. I'm David Carnoy, and those are the Denon AH-NC732 Noise-Canceling headphones. ^M00:01:48 [ Music ]

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