After focusing on whole home audio for some time, Denon is refocusing itself on headphones, at least for the time being. It’s latest release is a pair of reference-grade over-ears with a sleek wooden and leather trim. The AH-D7200 are made from walnut materials that the manufacturer hopes will carry over a cleaner sound. This is hardly a new phenomenon. Companies like Grado have been using natural materials for years in hopes of capturing a warmer tone that typically comes from a wood like walnut.
Denon uses its 50mm FreeEdge driver system to power these new over-ear headphones. A copper-coated aluminum wire is designed to cut down on any interference that may occur between device and listener. We’re interested in the aluminum free-hanging structure that holds the memory foam earcups in place. Short of trying them on ourselves, the pictures look like these new cans are going to be especially comfortable for long listening sessions. Unfortunately, this beautiful design is going to cost you. Denon plans on retailing the AH-D7200 for $999 when they hit online shelves in January.
Two criteria were foremost for the Denon engineers in developing this flagship model: uncompromised sound quality, and unparalleled comfort. This meant the development of new designs and new materials, bringing the very best to the project to deliver exceptional performance. Behind the classic looks of the AH-D7200, almost every element is new; from the unique FreeEdge nano-fiber drive units to the shaping of the real walnut housings. Even the ear-cushions differ from established design thinking, using Japanese-developed soft synthetic leather covers chosen because they offer greater levels of comfort.