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

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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.


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