First impressions count and there is no doubt that the Music Maniac headphones from Denon do not fail to impress. The extensive packaging hints at the quality of the product. The headphones sit neatly in a silk-covered holder and there is a cable bag to keep the included cables in top condition.
Lifting the Denon headphones out of their casing reveals how light they are for such a sizeable set of headphones. The D600s weigh in at 365g and are perfectly balanced. The build quality of the unit is, as you might expect, high. Heavy-duty plastic, synthetic enclosures, leather/vinyl padding and hard working stitching mean these cans are destined for longevity.
When slipping on the headphones, it becomes clear how well they fit and how comfortable they are. Admittedly, there
is no facility to adjust the headphones
for differing head sizes, but they fitted perfectly and have enough flexibility to suit most. The incredibly soft and snug earcups fit over the ear and exclude as much external noise as many in-ear headphones.
The unit includes two inputs, left and right, allowing users to plug in one of the two supplied cable options. The standard cable incorporates three 3.5mm jacks, one for speakers and two for headphones. At 3.1 metres, or 10 feet long, the headphones and input can never be too far apart, but still ideal for lounge listening.
The supplied cable is a perfectly sound solution, but it does give the owner the option to purchase an additional,
or alternative, cable. In addition to the standard cable, an ‘On the Go’ cable is provided. This is a much shorter cable with an integrated remote and microphone. The position of the integrated controls are just a touch too high to view, meaning control is very much dictated by touch. Something the user needs to get used to.
To test the sound range and quality, a range of music, film and general audio was employed, but it’s music where the Denons come to life. The bass made an immediate impact and its range had a real wow factor. Adjusting settings could add real power to the bass, so much so that it started to hurt. However, even adjusting for variations in music choice, the bass always dominated. The mid-range and treble made a major contribution to the smooth studio quality sound. There are no rough edges here.
Undoubtedly, the Denon AH-D600 headphones ooze quality. The build, styling and sound all scream superiority and excellence, but at around £500 the user shouldn’t expect anything less.
Pros Beautifully built, high-quality, smooth-sounding headphones
Cons The price is steep for all but the most serious audiophiles