I’ve had the pleasure of listening to the Denon AH-A100 100th anniversary limited edition/production headphones at the Manchester Hi-Fi show in the UK over the weekend. I had my iPod [Latest] with myself on that day so I could give you impressions running them straight-off the headphone out on the iPod. On the other hand they had the D5000s connected to one of the decent integrated amplifier being fed by a decent transporter and everything’s being Denon [It’s a Denon block BTW].
Sound: One word, outstanding. I’ve never ever had such an experience with my iPod headphone out. It’s decent with the rest of my gear but with 100s it’s marvelous. I’ve checked pretty much every genre a part from classical. Led Zeppelin was amazing, Miles Davis was phenomenal and trance/techno is something to die for. I’ll start with the bass presentation. It’s something special. Tight, absolutely defining, taut, deep and possibly whatever you name it and it’s got it. Mids are perfect. They aren’t pronounced or laid back, just liquid and smooth textured. Highs/Treble is again sort of got a very high-end feel to it. It’s quite extended with no signs of roll-off. And believe me, this is all out of an iPod headphone out (Which is neutral and perfect to my taste). Then I compared it to D5000s which were on demonstration as well. This time I’ve used the high-end integrated amplifier output. To my ears, 100s blow 5000s in every possible aspect. Everything sounds amazing through 100s compared to 5000s. The only caveat could be that you won’t get an expansive soundstage as compared to HD800s or similar sort. But I could live that. They didn’t have 7000s on demo which I really wanted to compare these to.
Comfort: Well it’s a limited edition and production piece which marks the 100 year Denon statement. Absolute luxurious feel to it whether you’re holding them or wearing them. It comes in a nice looking box with velvet cloth. Comfort is really really good. I could wear them for hours together. Even cable length is nice at 1.3m which is handy for mobile use. Feels like you’re holding a collectible piece.
Something’s aren’t meant to be heard. Now, I’ve got spoilt by its signature and presentation. I really would like to have these as my only dynamic pair. I am trying to source these from the states through one of my friends. The Denon person said they are only getting about 100 pairs of these and would only be available at selected dealers in the UK. They carry a £500 price in the UK but they are only $500 in the states. And the 5 year warranty is worldwide. And sorry about creating another thread as the other thread is full of speculations and predictions.