Originally Posted by charliex
These are two COMPLETELY different headphones. One is open , the other is closed - really can't compare them side by side.
but we are comparing them side by side, isn't it why applaudio has asked the question.
The Grado's are well weighted in the bass, O.K. sound staging and fairly comfortable. the Denon's I felt lacked a touch in midrange clarity ... could have done with a bit more definition, but the bass is slightly deeper. Open or closed, the Denon's will leak sound depending on where you have the loud peddle.
The Denon's are slightly ahead on comfort, but it's not an easy one. I say don't worry too much about the open and closed issue, there are good and bad variations of both!