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Denon Calls Headphones ‘Top Priority’, Adds Six New Models

MAHWAH, N.J. — New headphone
introductions joined the celebration as
Denon rolled out new products in honor
of its 100th anniversary.

Six models were shown at a press conference
last week, with prices
mostly ranging from $49 to $199.

Phil Cohn, sales and marketing senior
VP said in a statement, “Headphones are
one of Denon’s top priorities in 2010. Our
comprehensive line of high-performance
models provides consumers with the ideal
choice for every taste, musical listening preference
and budget. Now that music has truly
‘gone mobile,’ there is increasing demand
among discriminating consumers for a dramatically
enhanced audio experience, as well
as total comfort and the convenience of easy
iPod/iPhone control and command. Denon
is committed to meeting this consumer
demand, and setting new headphone standards
for performance, comfort and value.”

The new models include the AHNC800
noise-canceling headphones, due
in August at a price to be determined; the
AH-D1100 over-ear model, due in September
for $199; the AH-D510R overear
model, due in August for $99; and
the AH-D310R, also an over-ear model
and also due in August, but for$69.

The noise-canceling headphones, the
AH-NC800, feature the company’s proprietary
Compressed Audio Restorer audio-
enhancing technology, along with
40mm drivers, OFC cables with goldplated
straight plug connector, and a carrying
case. All of the over-ear headphones,
meanwhile, boast a band that is designed
to leave “virtually no gap between the
band and the wearer’s head,” Denon said.
Other details include 3D draping soft
skin and foam-cushion ear pads.

For in-ear headphones, Denon introduced
two models: the AH-C560R ($99)
and AH-C260R ($49). Both are due in
June, and both feature housing deemed
“Hybrid,” which is said to be metal or
plastic combined with Elastomer. They
also come with multiple sizes of ear tips,
extension cables and ear clips; a carrying
case with cable management; and oxygen-
free cables, said to provide “enhanced
sonic performance.”

Four of the new headphones — the
AH-D510R, AH-D31OR, AH-C560R
and AH-C260R — have three-button
remote control/microphones that are
compatible with Apple’s Voice Control,
keeping in line with the company’s emphasis
on “one-touch iPhone/iPod compatibility,”
Denon said.