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Good: Music sounds awesome
Bad: THE PRICE ....
Comment: I was thinking of buying these headphones but unsure due to the price. At the present I have the Bowers and Wilkins P5 headphone and its a great headphone but has caused a few problems.
Is the Denon AH D7000 a better headphone?
Good: It's like a pair of Mordaunt Short speakers velcro to my Head
Bad: ear pads will generate heat after long sessions
Comment: After about 2 days of burn in with a system consisting of an Apple Macbook Pro, Headroom Max Amp, and enough Apple lossless tracks to continuously play for weeks, I listened first to Bach's Toccata & Fugue on Telarc CD performed by Michael Murray.
Outside of some serious free standing subs and audiophile speakers, the presentation of the AH-D7000 was tight and did physically vibrate my shoulders and send shivers down to my stomach on non deafening volume during the 40hz portion. I have held how Stax Sigma, Sennheiser HD650 and Shure SE530 handle this note, and the Denon did it with the least distortion and closest resemblence to quality subs.
The mids, as when auditioned with Jazz at the Pawnshop on Proprius - Audiosource CD was nearly what I expected from a great British speaker, like from Mordaunt Short. The complexity of the smoky bar was simplified for me to the point that I nearly forgot that the cans were there or that I was listening to a recording.
I felt at this point to stop, as I was getting a little jaded and remember that first impressions maybe wrong.
Burn in for another 2 days.
I figured let's do some Sir Mix-a-Lot.
Well, the butt thumping in the beginning of Baby Got Back was so realistic, I actually had ass on my face, which is yeah!
Next, more vocals with Diana Krall, Pink Martini, and then piano by Ashkenazy and Dick Hyman.
Finally, a non stop 3 hours session covering MFSL Gold CDs of Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, Roxy Music, and LPs of lez Zeppelin, Van Morrison, and others.
The AH-D7000 performed everything smoothly and I heard many new things for the first time. This, from recordings I have listened to dozens of times over many years.
In terms of comfort. The AH-D7000, while comfortable, I cannot claim that the Denon AH-D7000 will disappeared after putting them on as they are big and you'll know they're there. But you will want to put them on, as the experience is so unique for a pair of headphones. The sonics will win you over.
Now, the bad things.
With the clarity rendered by the Denon AH-D7000, you will hear weakness from your system. For me, it was the noisy Macbook Pro's analog outputs and the sloppy handling of instruments in certain symphonic CDs. The Denon AH-D7000 will reveal all the breathing mistakes, audience noise, and engineering lapses of any recording, so you may have to get better ones for the ultimate listening experience.
Lastly, listened to everyday low fi stuff like TV and video, and gaming sources. Here, I cannot recommend the 7000 as the truth hurts. Get less revealing phones instead.
The Denon AH-D7000, the best headphones I have used to date.
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