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Denon AH-D1100 review: Denon AH-D1100

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We want to stress that, while the D1100s aren't quite as bassy as some rival cans, they offer a great, balanced sound for the price. Unless you only listen to R&B or trance tunes, you'll probably find they provide good all-round audio.

Volume vanquished

The D1100s also handle well at high volumes. We stuck noisy anthem Propane Nightmares by Pendulum on at maximum volume and didn't experience too much distortion, or a lack of balance in the mix. We don't advocate listening to music at uncomfortably high volumes, but it's reassuring to know that these headphones won't lose their cool should you need to crank things up.

Despite their lightweight construction, the D1100s offer decent sound-isolation capability. There's no fancy noise-cancellation tech on offer here, but the broad, enveloping earcups do a good job of drowning out the disgusting racket of everyday life. Happily, while they don't let much sound in, they also don't let too much out, so you'll be able to turn up the volume without driving your co-workers nuts.

Cabling won't be an issue -- the D1100s come with a very reasonable 1.3m cable, and a 3.5m extension cable, in case you need to listen to something on the other side of a pond. A soft leather pouch and 3.5-6.3mm adaptor are also included.

Conclusion

They didn't blow us away, but we really like the Denon AH-D1100s. They offer strong, balanced sound, and are so light and comfy that we can forgive the fact they feel rather plasticky. They're a great pair of headphones for anyone seeking something natty without breaking the bank.

If you fancy something more bombastic in terms of design and bass response, you can secure yourself a pair of Beats by Dr Dre Solos or V-Moda Crossfade LPs for a few extra tenners.

Edited by Charles Kloet

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