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How good are the Denon AH-D600's for $275?

post #1 of 20
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I'm not an audiophile at all and currently own a pair of Beats that are going back to Best Buy tonight. I just purchased a pair of Denon AH-600's because I think they look very nice and since I will be working in an office soon I feel Beats are too childish for me. 

 

I see many mixed reviews, some people love them, others hate them, some think they look nice, some think they look as bad as Beats. But for $275, how good do they compare to other headphones in the price range? Will a Beats owner by myself feel a slight upgrade or be blown away?

 

Thanks in advance everyone, and thanks to hifiguy for his beautiful unboxing that lead me to these and saved me from Beats.

post #2 of 20

Certainly hifiguy has a lot of headphone experience and his house probably holds like 20K+ worth of audio equipment, but his unboxing videos are just that- unboxings and first impressions. You will find (from those who have heard/owned the new denon line) pretty much a consensus on the mediocrity of the new denon line... of course, in comparison to the previous denons which are very highly regarded here, and at their MSRP prices.

 

For $275 you can't go wrong, though. Feel free to share your impressions (once you get them) in the D600 thread?

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Originally Posted by viralcow View Post

Certainly hifiguy has a lot of headphone experience and his house probably holds like 20K+ worth of audio equipment, but his unboxing videos are just that- unboxings and first impressions. You will find (from those who have heard/owned the new denon line) pretty much a consensus on the mediocrity of the new denon line... of course, in comparison to the previous denons which are very highly regarded here, and at their MSRP prices.

 

For $275 you can't go wrong, though. Feel free to share your impressions (once you get them) in the D600 thread?

 

Indeed, those videos are unboxing and not critical reviews. The same guy does regular unboxings of beats headphones too. I was unfortunately lead to a poor headphone purchase based on his "review" of a pair of headphones that was really off. 

 

You will probably get a slight upgrade from the beats. For that much money, you may want to look into the "Mad Dog" headphones, Ultimate ears UE6000, Sony MDR-1r or Vmoda M100. My personal picks out of those are the Mad Dogs (leak some sound and need a bit of an amp) or the Sony MDR-1R. The Mad Dogs are $300, and Sonys can be found at under $200, depending on where you want to buy from. 

 

The new denons to put it in simple jargon don't have good sound quality. 

post #4 of 20
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I usually see people here saying the V-Moda M-100's are a "fun" headphone and not much better than Beats.

 

The Denon's have so many mixed reviews frown.gif

 

I find that a lot of headphones here also do, though

post #5 of 20

I think the d600 are a steal at 275.00, and even a decent deal at full retail. I like them more than the d2000 and d5000. I think the d7000 do edge them out however. You can see the other cans I own in my sig, and I'm still able to enjoy them after going from those. I recently took them over to a friend's house(headfi use The Wuss), cause he wanted to see if they were as bad as some of the dx000 fanatics say they were. He owns the hd800, he-6, lcd-3, dark star, peak/volcano and a slew of high sources just to name a few. And he likes them at least as much as I do and thinks the d7000 only slightly edges them out as well.

 

But he also thinks the d600 is the better value overall because they actually islolate like a closed can(the main reason I bought them) which the d7000 do not. I referred to them as being midfi, but he referred to them as being upper midfi. If you can try them out first, I would do that. Sound is very subjective, and everyone's opinion of what good sound is can be different. But 275.00 is almost too good to pass up imo.

post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone I think I will be very content.

The only things I'm concerned about are the clamping force not being strong enough and the headphones being too big.

Otherwise I think I made a good but, beats mixrs went back to best buy. Good riddance
post #7 of 20

How bad the D600 really is could be quite hard to tell, but one thing for sure is that nothing in Best Buy or Apple Store can come close to it sound wise. Yes I have tried all of them, with the exception of Momentum since my local Apple Store doesn't have it. The Sony 1R is not sold there so it's out of the scope. I'm trying to get my hands on a pair of silver 1R, but it will take some time. 

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How bad the D600 really is could be quite hard to tell, but one thing for sure is that nothing in Best Buy or Apple Store can come close to it sound wise. Yes I have tried all of them, with the exception of Momentum since my local Apple Store doesn't have it. The Sony 1R is not sold there so it's out of the scope. I'm trying to get my hands on a pair of silver 1R, but it will take some time. 

 

That's funny cause you can get the Denon D600s from Best Buy.  You have to go to one with a Magnolia store inside of it.

post #9 of 20

My 2 local BB's ain't got no Magnolia, living in a small town doesn't help. To be fair, although a Magnolia store is assimilated in a BB, it operates almost independently of the rest of BB. When I say headphones from BB I never include Magnolia stuff, just the ones at their consumer headphones section and musical instruments section.

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My 2 local BB's ain't got no Magnolia, living in a small town doesn't help. To be fair, although a Magnolia store is assimilated in a BB, it operates almost independently of the rest of BB. When I say headphones from BB I never include Magnolia stuff, just the ones at their consumer headphones section and musical instruments section.

 

It is a part of Best Buy although it's a department within the store and exclusive to certain bigger box Best Buys typically found in major markets, you can always order Magnolia items and have them delivered to your local Best Buy at no additional cost unless you choose to have it shipped to your home or expedited.

 

So yes, you can get D600s from practically any Best Buy - even if your store can not order them, you can have them delivered to your store via the website.

 

I do agree though that aside from Magnolia, Best Buy has little to offer in terms of headphones - except for the UE6000s which are available in the regular stores.

 

I've been surprised what I have found inside my local Best Buy from time to time.


Edited by tokendog - 2/21/13 at 10:30am
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 

Update:

 

I'm very happy with the sound and quality. I wish they didn't stick out so much but I'm used to it now.  I found a lack of bass in my hip hop music, but then again I'm coming in from owning Beats.

 

I did have one song where the bass was quite impressive so maybe its my music.

post #12 of 20
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It is a part of Best Buy although it's a department within the store and exclusive to certain bigger box Best Buys typically found in major markets, you can always order Magnolia items and have them delivered to your local Best Buy at no additional cost unless you choose to have it shipped to your home or expedited.

 

So yes, you can get D600s from practically any Best Buy - even if your store can not order them, you can have them delivered to your store via the website.

 

I do agree though that aside from Magnolia, Best Buy has little to offer in terms of headphones - except for the UE6000s which are available in the regular stores.

 

I've been surprised what I have found inside my local Best Buy from time to time.

 

Even if you get the D600 from BB, it is still a $500 D600, and vs a $275 D600 it's certainly no contest beyersmile.png

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Update:

 

I'm very happy with the sound and quality. I wish they didn't stick out so much but I'm used to it now.  I found a lack of bass in my hip hop music, but then again I'm coming in from owning Beats.

 

I did have one song where the bass was quite impressive so maybe its my music.

 

For mainstream music I do prefer my D7000 to my D7100 or the D600 I used to have. I know, suprisingly. The new Denons' mids are bit more pronounced than the old ones, but for some hip hop/dance songs it's all about the rumbling, somewhat bloaty bass which the D7000 delivers. D7100 and D600's bass is more controlled hence loses some impact. 

post #13 of 20

Amazon is selling them for $323.00 as of today 03/06. They went from $499 to $424 To $383 to $373 to $353  to $323 in less than a week. Make me wonder what's going on with the price drop.

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Amazon is selling them for $323.00 as of today 03/06. They went from $499 to $424 To $383 to $373 to $353  to $323 in less than a week. Make me wonder what's going on with the price drop.

 



Amazon does that all the time.  The prices changes throughout the day.  They are basically trying to get people interested in the product and as the product sells, the price will raise, until the sales drop off, and then the price will linger there for a while.

 

Supply and demand but rather than over a long period of time, it's minute to minute.

 

I'm sure Amazon is setup with a complex algorithm that is constantly working to maximize profits along with analyst who monitor the numbers and make adjustments on the fly.  It's part of the benefits of being a solely online store who doesn't have to role out new price tags to brick and mortar buildings.  You can change your prices and everything is updated instantly.

post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by 2pocketdeuces View Post

Update:

 

I'm very happy with the sound and quality. I wish they didn't stick out so much but I'm used to it now.  I found a lack of bass in my hip hop music, but then again I'm coming in from owning Beats.

 

I did have one song where the bass was quite impressive so maybe its my music.

 

What are you powering them from? If they're under amped, they won't sound as powerful or tight as they could.

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