Cons - Sound quality, Price, Almost identical to cheaper model
The cup is a beauty, and I believe that's a fact. aesthetic wise it looks very good, it is a thing that can turn people's head ..... no ... not away, but to you or at least that's what I feel. so, I vouch for this phone to be the best looking phone ever, well apart from edition 8 LE which I'm not sure if those are portable or not. And I would also vote this to be the most comfortable portable phone ever. Just couldn't think of anything better. The leather is so soft, it feels like ... well ... a leather. a high quality one, and it sits just right around your ear with adequate clamping force that also feels right. Isolation is pretty good, I can hear no background sound on loud public area.
Build quality is good, though the plastic band is kinda worrying, It just doesn't feel sturdy enough. And you got no carrying case with it. The packaging box is nice though but what's the use of a box ... I'd be happier if I got a good carrying case/
Now about the sound .... it's good. just not good enough for me. I'm not really an audiophile but I feel it's nowhere compared to similarly priced ath esw10jpn; Yes, the sound stage is bigger but the treble, the mid and the bass is just sounds dull to me. Well not exactly dull but just not really exciting, treble feels a bit harsh, and so does the mids, wait ... well not really, the mids is just fine .. a bit recessed, quite smooth and solid and thick but on some recording feels quite thin, mostly on rock, but it does great job on jazz and classical. so ... about the problem .... It's not really blaring mistake but I just feel it kind of lacking refinement. The bass is not deep enough, It mostly stays in mid bass and sometimes it feels a bit boomy. the sound is not bad but it doesn't feel as refined for which which at this price point I expect it to be. I just It's just not as exciting as esw10jpn. Or maybe I just simply love AT house sound better than Denon's
Pros - Bass quality and quantity,detail,isolation,fun,comfort
Cons - the cord is a little cheap, mid is a little far away and treble could be hotter
The first,i want to say "hi" to all of headfi-er here and i'm sorry about my bad English cuz i from Vietnam. So , i will make my 1st review as short as possible in order to avoid the vast of error grammars that always occur every time i try to write a refined long english passage :d
I have previously owned a pair of Vsonic Gr07,the Bose in-ear and listend to the Beats Solo by Dr. Dre On-Ear, the yuin pk2s and the soundmagic pl30s. Seriously, it is not fair to compare a IEM vs a fullsize(Denon a100 is portable-fullsize thought) but i feel the Beat solo even don't come close my GR07, so i think using only the gr07s which is the best in my experiences and gotten a lot of praises in the forum is a good thing to describe how the A100s sound. The A100s are over the GR07s in almost aspects: they are much much detailer, fuller, more fun with deeper and solider bass, the treble is laidback compare to the shrill treble on GR07(i just detected this after sticked to A100 instead of GR07 for several days), the soundtage and 3D image is really great too(i know it is fullsize's powers), the isolation ability on par with GR07. The only thing that GR07 win in this battle maybe MID. When i listened to few songs of Mariah Carey, i realized something missing and i don't have the emotion "creepy satisfaction" like having on GR07, it because A100 have the Mariah's voice is smaller and comes from further place. We know the GR07s 's mid is wonderful and forward (i race GR07 30% bass, 40%mid 30% treble on SQ) and Denon's style is slightly V-shape then we are easy to understand this issue. Finnaly, i put 4. 5 stars at audio quality to this Denon 100th anniversary headphone and i think they worth any pennies of mine.
I walked in to a nearby stereo store a couple weeks ago and saw these on display. I hadn’t intended to buy anything, but after I demo’ed the H-A100 on my iPhone I had no choice but to walk out $500+tax poorer. Not a moment too soon, because it was their last pair in stock. It is now the crown jewel of my fledgling high-end headphone collection.
Currently I own these, the EarSonics SM3, the ATH-M50, the Denon AH-C710, the Grado SR80, and the Sennheiser HD 555. I had a pair of Sennheiser HD 575s that died about a year ago. My frame of reference is thus limited by the fact that I haven’t done extensive home listening with flagship cans like the HD 800, the T1, the A7000, the LCD-2, etc. I’m only going to compare them to the SM3s below because the other headphones in my collection don’t even come close.
I bought the SM3s on the basis of their high reputation around here (I’ve been a lurker for a while) and although I was quite happy with them I can assert that the A100s are better in almost every way: better soundstage (goes without saying); tighter, punchier bass; equally lush, liquid mids; and a vastly superior high end that captures far more detail without sibilance or harshness. The SM3s obviously have better isolation, but isolation on the closed A100s is quite decent, and they’re far more comfortable for extended wear because they’re not jammed into your ear canals. They’re lightweight and feel secure without any tight clamping.
They sound great running off mobile devices, so I see them as the phones that the B&W P5s were supposed to be: a truly audiophile mobile solution. They cost $200 more and they’re bulkier, but unlike the P5 they actually DO offer audiophile sound from mobile sources.
I can’t speak to how they stack up against the flagship headphones listed above, but given that they blow the highly-regarded SM3s out of the water, I’d say they occupy a very sweet spot where SQ, comfort, price, and mobility meet in perfect harmony. They’re also beautiful. It’s too bad they’re only a limited edition, because I think they’re world-beaters. Knowing how Japanese firms operate, I suspect Denon is selling these at sliver-thin to no margin: A limited-edition product celebrating their centennial is the kind of statement into which they might pour their resources with only a cursory nod to profit.
If you can get your hands on these, by all means give them a try. They may not replace your HD 800 or Stax SR-007, but I think they offer even the most discerning audiophile an excellent mobile solution, and for many may be the last headphones you’ll need to buy.