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NEW! Denon Music Maniac AH-D340 - $299, unboxing and impression to come

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In case you guys missed it, Denon announced a new more affordable Music Maniac AH-D340 at CES 2013.  I just received a review sample today.  Stay tuned for my usual unboxing with impressions/review to come.  Now that I have the entire Music Maniac family on hand, I can give you guys my impressions on how each model performs.  Stay tuned.

 

Video coming tonight.  I'm still at work. :(

 

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post #2 of 46
A smaller version of AH-D 600? Cool... Will wait for a full review of yours ^_^
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Nice

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video is finally live.  Took forever to process.  sorry for the delay.

 

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Happy to report that these are not like most modern portable headphones with bloated bass and rolled off highs. Initial impressions are there is plenty of treble to make it sound lively.  Midrange is slightly bumped bringing vocals out.   While bass doesn't overwhelm the lower midrange, it is on the loose side.  I do wish there was a little more punch and speed.  More sound impressions to come.

 

Comfort is extremely high.  They are so light I barely feel it's on my head.  The cups are on-ear, but the cushions are so big it covers my entire ear.  Full review to come.  So far, I enjoy these more than my Sony 1R.

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I'll be quite amused if these turn out to be the best of the new Denon line.

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$300?

Doesn't the D600s fetch about the same price right now? Or is that just the MSRP?

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$300?

Doesn't the D600s fetch about the same price right now? Or is that just the MSRP?

 

List on the D600 is $499 with $459 street.  

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They can be had from amazon for as low as 268.00.  And when they are not that low, they can be had all day long from a quiet a few places for around the 300.00 mark.

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List on the D600 is $499 with $459 street.  

 

Errmm... actually Fumfie has sold them for like $340 since they first came out...

 

http://www.fumfie.com/product/122.58/Denon-Music-Maniac-AH-D600-Over-Ear-Headphones-AHD600-ah-d600-883795002387/

 

and yep, they have been selling for $300 and under used... (hence my question...)

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Any more impressions?  Would people recommend going for these over the D600?  I've been trying out the D1100, but even after some tinkering I couldn't get it to sound as good as I'd like.

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Any more impressions?  Would people recommend going for these over the D600?  I've been trying out the D1100, but even after some tinkering I couldn't get it to sound as good as I'd like.

I don't have the D1100 so I can't compare the two. What's missing for you?
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Specifically - the bass issue a lot of people have noted.  It isn't the bass impact that's my problem, but rather there seems to be a limited frequency range that's just way too present, think bass guitar notes.  It's bad enough in my opinion that it makes the music it happens in unpleasant to listen to, and with headphones >= $200 I don't feel I should have to compromise.  I slapped in a little bit of dynamat, and that definitely helped, but didn't totally fix it.  In fact it seemed to narrow the frequency range, but when it DID hit it, oh boy was it resonant and ugly.

 

Beyond that - I like a little more midrange presence.  That comment on the AH-D340s caught my attention.  I'm just worried about comfort, since I've yet to have a pair of on-ears that didn't hurt after about a half-hour.

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Beyond that - I like a little more midrange presence.  That comment on the AH-D340s caught my attention.  I'm just worried about comfort, since I've yet to have a pair of on-ears that didn't hurt after about a half-hour.

 

If that's the case, I think you'll probably experience the same with these... (I'm pretty particular about the on-ear headphones too... the only ones that were actually comfortable from the ones I've tried were the Philips Downtowns...).

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will these have a similar tubular soundstage as the older denon cans i know? somehow, their soundstage seemd artiffical and aunreal to me.

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