Denon D7100's: Do I want a pair?
Apr 24, 2013 at 11:37 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 10

Chris_Himself

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Can anybody who has these give me their impressions on them when compared to other headphones within a similar or even lower price bracket?
 
I'm really confused because I haven't really heard too much on these from my friends on the forum and I KIIIINDA like the way they look.
 
Thanks! :D
 
Apr 25, 2013 at 12:21 AM Post #2 of 10

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There are a few thread:
 
http://www.head-fi.org/t/603426/denon-d7100/1305
 
General consensus from the more experienced listeners: Garbage
General consensus from the more inexperienced listeners: Heaven
 
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Apr 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM Post #3 of 10

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Despite what the 2k post elitists say, the D7100 is a good portable choice that sounds like itself out of less than ideal sources. It won't outperform any real headphones in the same price range on a desktop rig though, so that's a tradeoff. The lesser D600 is a much better investment IMO.
 
Apr 25, 2013 at 2:04 PM Post #4 of 10

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Well as you can see it's a heated debate. The "elitists" he refers to are people who have experience not necessarily by typing out their thoughts onto a forum, but the people who own and have experienced a large variety of headphones. 
 
Apr 25, 2013 at 3:29 PM Post #6 of 10

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Well as you can see it's a heated debate.

 
More like people reiterating their opinions over and over without considering others' inputs. Which is usually what happens to opinion-based discussions.
 
IMO, just buy it coz it looks pretty awesome, for the express purpose of putting it on display on its sexy stand. Then if the sound disappoints, you won't feel so ripped off. It's what I did with the W5000, and I actually ended up liking its sound.
 
Apr 25, 2013 at 4:22 PM Post #7 of 10

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Oh cool so:

A) I can buy it because it looks cool
B) I can buy it so I can wear it while waiting in line for a coffee
C) But it wont sound good.
D) I should totally do it anyway.

Lol.
 
Apr 25, 2013 at 5:32 PM Post #8 of 10

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The new Denon headphones are in line with the current design philosophy: slap a Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad label on a lavishly painted box, throw in an Apple-compatible cable and a half-@ssed case/pouch, done. Those headphones arguably prioritize looks and versatility over sound quality. So just make sure you know what you're looking for. And out of the high end audio companies that jumped this bandwagon Denon just so happened to put out the most respectable sound quality as well as build quality/comfort. I've tried 1R, UE9000, B&W P5, h/k NC, etc. and none came close to the D600, let alone D7100. Poor comfort, bad build quality, sub-par sound quality, those Apple-friendly headphones fail in one category or another. I've never had such issues with the Denons so it was money well spent so far for me.
 
I still regret selling my D600. I feel like the D600 hits the sweet spot between price and sound. The D7100 is better but not twice the price better.    
 
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Quote:
Oh cool so:

A) I can buy it because it looks cool
B) I can buy it so I can wear it while waiting in line for a coffee
C) But it wont sound good.
D) I should totally do it anyway.

Lol.

 
 
They're only $1200 msrp..... And people ragged on beats for being expensive jewelry
 
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The new Denon headphones are in line with the current design philosophy: slap a Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad label on a lavishly painted box, throw in an Apple-compatible cable and a half-@ssed case/pouch, done. Those headphones arguably prioritize looks and versatility over sound quality. So just make sure you know what you're looking for. And out of the high end audio companies that jumped this bandwagon Denon just so happened to put out the most respectable sound quality as well as build quality/comfort. I've tried 1R, UE9000, B&W P5, h/k NC, etc. and none came close to the D600, let alone D7100. Poor comfort, bad build quality, sub-par sound quality, those Apple-friendly headphones fail in one category or another. I've never had such issues with the Denons so it was money well spent so far for me.
 
I still regret selling my D600. I feel like the D600 hits the sweet spot between price and sound. The D7100 is better but not twice the price better.    

 
The two headphones use identical drivers, have identical shaped cups, and neither one has serious tuning going on. The difference between the D7100 and D600 is basically cosmetic. 
 
Apr 25, 2013 at 6:20 PM Post #10 of 10

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For 1200 if i wanted swag id get Ultrasone ED10's NAWATIMSAYIN

So when i rated D7000's as top tier headphone back in the day based on the HD650/RS1/K701/DT880 scale back in the day was I off? I figure now that 7100 's were a trendy version of the 7k's minus luxurious wood cups and a driver suspension for my money aka no Lawton mods..

Dammit Denon.
 

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