Well, talk about being late to the game!
After reading this very useful thread time and again but having previously been happy with my ETY ER6i's I thought I had found perfection in them..Till last weekend!
I was over visiting friends on Vancouver Island, one of the is a hifi nut like me and took me over to his local hifi store. Whilst browsing I spied the C700's.
I was chatting to the store owner and he was raving about them as well. Well, after finding out they were almost 60% off the list price I did the impulse purchase thing!
Well, tracks that were unlistenable on the ETY's (Shelby Lynns incredible tribute album to Dusty Springfield, just a little lovin) I found even after having the Ety's replaced for a fault on them that certain tracks on this immaculately recorded album broke up at lower frequencies. Just as on Alanis Morisettes the prayer cycle-mercy track!
I plugged in the Denons fresh out of the box and my jaw dropped! Shelbys voice was liquid spun gold, non of the braking up that i got with the Ety's, tight tight juicy bass, amazing mids and crystaline treble. I went to the alanis track, deep, solid strong bass and amazing vocals, I have never heard Alanis's voice sound so amazing!
Now, a week has passed. I have put just over 20 hours on these amazing headphones and the sound has even greater resolution, details I had never heard before are there for the listening, textures are tangible and the sense of emotion conveyed palpable.
These headphones are up there with the best of the best. I have had in the past stax, grado and am now using AKG K701's at home and they compare amazingly with those, I can't think of higher praise.
Having now listen'd to these Denons for a few hours I would say that even if they were not on sale they would be worth it at the full price!
Reading the reviews of the 751 I am not dissapointed in not getting the latest version, the cable on the 700 is something else and I would tade that for extension cables and a carrying case any day. I have a spare case any way so that is covered and one of my greatest pet peeves with phones is tangly cable..Now a thing of the past for Denon C700 users.
I am sure there are phones out there that trounce this one.. I have a feeling at much greater cost though.I am happy! In fact if there is still the one remaining pair left when I go back next month I may just get them and keep them in the box till these expire!
Thanks so much Soozieq for the excellent, accurate review and to all the other good folks who contributed!
Oh yes, for reference. Portable set up is, itouch 8g 2nd gen, tunes are from cd ripped to iTunes at the highest rate and then transfered lossless to my touch. I occasionally use a mint tin amp from an ebay seller in Germany(can't remember his name now it was a few years ago!) and interconnect is Kimber
I must admit that I find no difference in using the amp so rarely use it, the I touch seems to generate more than enough power to the phones!