In real life I think they are far from ugly and look like a piece of luxurious audiophile equipment not generic plasticky toy like beats.
I'm referring in main to the d600s.
I never thought they were "horrendous" like most people, but I do feel the older line up was much more my style. This incarnation is more pretentious, and it's pretty evident who they're trying to compete with. Still haven't seen them in person, but I've been looking at several shots online. I'm still trying to keep an open mind.
I've only seen the D400 in person and the colour scheme looks okay, the Denon Logo looks fine as well. However, the protruding cup is just plain wrong. Also the headband shape near the driver is just unproportional. It looks mutated in a very bad way. Take a D2000 or 5000 or 7000 and stack it in front of any of the newly released Denon line. No competition whatsoever.
Is there a Head-Fier alive who would consider Option 2 over the custom D2Ks above, momentarily putting SQ aside ? Full marks to Tapiozona for the modded cans, and zero marks to whoever styled the new cans. I would happily wear a pair of K1000s or Koss 'stats at home, but the new Denons were obviously designed for those who like to be seen wearing headphones. Bose would be ecstatic.
I know styling is a very individual thing, but if Denon are going after the hipster market, hipsters must really dig ugly headphones. I dont have an issue with the styling on the D2K-D7K range, but those brown earpads with white cups - pass me a bucket, please ....
Not only are they ugly, but feel cheap in ones hands and sound even worse.
Yep. The overly plasticy feel of the D7100s was a letdown for a $1200 headphone.
Here's the rub, they sound pretty bad (and measure even worse). A big step back from the D7000s IMO.
Neither do a lot of people, but is it too much to ask to have something appealing to the eye? What they look like always plays a role. You don't need to be Kim Kardashian to admit that. I like things that look good.
What percentage of the overall headphone market would you estimate are hardcore audiophiles who dont give a hoot about aesthetics ? I'm not objecting to these because they are 'plain jane' - I am objecting on the basis that Denon have clearly made a styling decision, presumably to appeal to the youth market after previously opting for a more conservative design with their higher end cans. The decision, IMO, was a poor one and the results are extremely underwhelming - if they sounded fantastic, then I would agree with you, as I dont wear fullsize phones in public, but the target market is going to judge them on their look and feel.
I've said it before - Head-Fiers see the world through the prism of their own all-encompassing addiction. Its the equivalent of NASCAR fans wanting family sedans to come loaded with 500+HP engines and numbers on the doors ....
well i won't say i judge a headphone by its looks, but i would like my headphones to look at least acceptable, stylish/sleek would be a nice bonus. thought sound is the final verdict. but then these denons just somehow look... deformed or retarded. if they DO sound good, then i would think they are ok headphones.(though best they stay on your head, out of sight)
I get the feeling someone will call me out for this but...
...I actually think Beats headphones (all of them) look better than these new Denon headphones.
Artisan stuffs are good, but sometimes... the artist just goes too far, and it leaves a love/hate relationship.