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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional sound, 26 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Denon AH-C300 In-Ear Headphones with Microphone and Remote Controls (Electronics)
This is indeed something different. This patented double dynamic driver used to create a compression wave and enhance the sound really works. Base definitely resonates, but not at the expense of the mids and highs. Clear and expansive, rich sounding, good separation of instruments, as close to wearing a semi-closed full size over ear headphone without all the heated ears and bulkiness.

I did wonder how much of a gimmick the control wheel might be, but I like it a lot and it does everything you need it to. Volume, play/pause, forward/back, and will answer calls too, although as I don't use it that way I can't test it.

There's a good choice of ear-tips, although even though I'm only 5'6" with average ears for my height, I still need the largest of the silicon provided, so I can only imagine who the two smaller versions must be for - women, children and hobbits perhaps. They give you a set of harder and softer gels, both work well, but the harder ones tend to ache my ears after a while.

The stabilisers work brilliantly, stopping the earphone from falling out (you can give them quite a tug without any movement) and holding the buds where they should be for a good seal. Like all in-ear phones they need a seal to produce a good sound, and fortunately, this isn't hard to find.

They are a lot larger than you think, and stick out much further than normal IEM's do. For those who consider street cred more important, these might not be for you, but as they sound so good, are as light as a feather, and once in stay where they are until you decide otherwise, I don't care.

Materials seems up to the job. Strong plastic. I assume being so large they need to keep the weight down. I'd have preferred less shiny stuff though, especially the control wheel and button. A bit of rubber here wouldn't have gone amiss, and if your hands are a little sweaty, doesn't feel so nice. A minor gripe.

Cable is thicker than cheaper products, and covered in Teflon so it doesn't stick to itself or tangle easily. You can see that attention has been given to each area. Denon are after all a respected maker of audio equipment, and it shows.

Packaged well, not ostentatious just classy. Nice black carry case. Two sets of ear tips plus a couple of comply, jack converter and caribiner complete the bits.

All in all a worthy competitor to the plethora of IEMs out there. Better sounding then many, more comfortable than on ear or over ear cans for prolonged use, and nothing goes too deep inside the canal. I love listening to them, can forget they're on as the music is all I get. Excellent attenuation when out.

One tiny thing is walking. You can feel each step in the ear somehow. It's not a cable thing, and if I hold each headphone it stops, so it must have something to do with their size. It doesn't interfere with listening, but I do notice it. Heavy footed or fast moving people might notice it more.

By the way. If you use an iPod Classic with these, set your EQ presets to Jazz - you won't be disappointed.

Nothing is perfect of course, but these do come close. Nice one Denon.

EDIT 16/4/13

The little ear silicons slide about - not easy having smooth silicon meet smooth plastic. So when you put them in, instead of holding themselves in place so you get a nice snug hold as you adjust them, they slide making you have to mess about pushing them on again. Not the nicest solution.
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