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post #16 of 44

I will take another listen to the A100 vs D1100 this week, to see if I can hear a big difference or not.

post #17 of 44

It seems as though you may not be used to more pronounced mids? I know Audio Technicas take adjusting to due to their very prominent mid range that could make them sound nasal initially. Can you see if that is the problem?

 

But great review btw, just interested. I always thought the problem with Denons were their terribly laid back vocals. If the A100 improves on this, it may actually be a better headphone for some


Edited by wind016 - 11/10/10 at 4:52am
post #18 of 44
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It seems as though you may not be used to more pronounced mids? I know Audio Technicas take adjusting to due to their very prominent mid range that could make them sound nasal initially. Can you see if that is the problem?

 

But great review btw, just interested. I always thought the problem with Denons were their terribly laid back vocals. If the A100 improves on this, it may actually be a better headphone for some


None of the Denon phones have prominent mids. OP thought A100 had more pronounced mids than D1100 but that's not saying much since he also thought D1100 had even more recessed mids than D2000/5000 due to overpowering bass. I haven't tried A100/D1100 yet, but I have a feeling when the hype calms down, most headfiers will actually prefer the more neutral sound of discontinued D1001. I mean a lot of us were hoping Denon to tweak the mids with the new model but they actually went in the opposite direction. D1100 seem like they were designed to compete with Bose products.

post #19 of 44
Actually the mids are better with the a100 in comparison to the 2000. The 2000 is more laid back .the a100 has strong bass but does not lose the mids.the vocals are more forward sounding.i believe they have fixed mids.
post #20 of 44
Thread Starter 

I agree with that, mobiletech.

 

I just wish it all had came together better on my ears.  If it had, they would have been keepers for me.  One can to rule them all.  

 

*sigh*

 

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I will take another listen to the A100 vs D1100 this week, to see if I can hear a big difference or not.

 

 

if you like, I can recommend some songs that will really make the difference clear.  It's less clear depending on the genre and presence of bass in songs.  If you saw my longer thread about the D5000s, 2000's and 1100s, there are some specific instruments (and presence of said instruments) that make a non-EQ'd D1100 a disaster area.  if the music you listen to doesn't emphasize those areas in the first place, the lift in bass may be a slight upgrade.  otherwise..."Bass Boost Reducer" permanently on resolves that issue for me. lol


Edited by ajreynol - 11/11/10 at 3:33pm
post #21 of 44
Ajreynol, I do kind if wish the same thing as you in a way . I just don't believe them to be all that bad.
I mainly like they're comfort and size. But I have heard songs that I don't like on the a100 , that"s why I call them a picky head phone if you find the right song they sound fairly good but the wrong one does sound not so great.
You think I would like the 7000 or the 5000 or maybe another brand altogether?
post #22 of 44

Thanks for your detailed review.  But I find myself can't agree with your comments on the highs of A100.

Thanks anyway.

post #23 of 44

Thanks for the review! Perhaps the older Denon drivers (the ones produced by Fostex for the D2k,D5k,& D7k) were made better than the drivers that are currently used in the Ah-a100 and D1100. Does anybody know who manufactures the drivers in the new Denon line? Are there any model numbers written on the back?

post #24 of 44

Good review :) But im still pleased with my ah-a100.But im no pro.And u know what.Im even more pleased now then before.Because i now have burn in 150 hours on them,and also,today i found out that i had connected right/left wrong on my dac to the stereo.Lol.So now it sounds marvellous :DDDDDDDDD

post #25 of 44

Yeah, it's a nice review, but I don't agree either, the A100 sounds great, and it gets better and better, so far about 50 hours of playing...

post #26 of 44

Sounds excellent! Seems the OP isn't used to the mids?
 

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Actually the mids are better with the a100 in comparison to the 2000. The 2000 is more laid back .the a100 has strong bass but does not lose the mids.the vocals are more forward sounding.i believe they have fixed mids.
post #27 of 44
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Actually the mids are better with the a100 in comparison to the 2000. The 2000 is more laid back .the a100 has strong bass but does not lose the mids.the vocals are more forward sounding.i believe they have fixed mids.


This doesn't make any sense. Frequency response has nothing to do with the quality of the sound but rather how flat the response is, so how can A100 have more bass AND more forward mids? Are their highs that recessed? You can't have it both ways, so which one is it?

post #28 of 44

I think these headphones (ah100),needs serious of time with burn in.I have over 150 hours,and they are much better now than when they where totally new.Hope that people who tend to review these headphones in the future give them enough burn in before testing dt880smile.png

post #29 of 44
I wonder if the A100 will sound better amped?
post #30 of 44
I think mine sounded better amped although they did not need it as much as my grado does.the denon sounded good not amped and even better when amped
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