Denon AH-D400 Review
I did a lot of research on options before I bought a pair of headphones and wondered how they would compare to Beats by Dre and Bose Quiet Comfort 15. I listen to a wide variety of music but I like a smooth bass with kick in it. The Denon AH-D400 blew it out of the box. I have worn Beats and listened to music on them, but their bass isn't as clean, and punchy as the 400's. With the amp on you get unbeatable sound. The first time I listened to these I was amazed at how clean, but still how loud the bass could get: there wasn't much distortion. These are very comfortable headphones and you shouldn't run into any problems with them on. I think they look cool in their own way as well, more of a mainstream look like Beats, but not as much of a classy look like Bose. The control dials are bulky, and I was worried how I would look with them on. After listening to them I wouldn't have even cared if they looked like two rusty cans on my head, they sounded outstanding and had easy controls for my iPod. They are durable as well. I've had problems with ear cushions coming off in the past but these are very sturdy. With them on they cancel some noise, but not as good as Bose. Noise reduction has only made a difference to me when I wanted silence, but I usually have music on anyway. Overall these are great headphones with definitive bass and treble. Great for alternative, pop, rock, hip hop/rap, techno, and dubstep. For acoustic/country listeners I would stick with Bose.
Pros: The amplifier is a huge plus. Just charge it and it's good to go. In passive mode it is better to listen to acoustic music, but anything else is great for the amp. The control dial makes controlling your iPod very convenient and easy. Calls work good on the iPhone. The LED light turns off with the press of a button. GREAT AND UNBEATABLE SOUND IS ALWAYS A PLUS.
Cons: Kind of bulky. The control dials stick out far but it doesn't matter to me much at all anymore, they sound too good to worry about that. I also wish they came with a more durable case, rather than pouch. Still unbelievable headphones.