At some point in time, everyone wants to buy a pair of headphones and there is really no shortage of those. The market has been dominated by a handful of brands selling decent products, but the majority of the ones sold in the market are sub-par or too expensive. There are a few interesting brands that have entered the market over the years. Denon is part of the brands known for making audiophile-class headphones. One of their more cheaper models is the AH-D310, something we’re going to look at today.
Design and build quality
The AH-D310 on-ear headphones have a simple frame design. The headphones are pretty sturdy and they’re held together by a metal frame that runs inside the headband of the headphones. A plastic strip carries the cables connecting the two cans together. This strip has jagged edges that let you adjust the length of the headphones. The top of the headphones has a fine foam padding, which is lighter and more delicate than the ones found on other good headphones.
Attractive-looking pair of headphones
The rest of the pair of headphones is also quite flexible. For example, you can turn each of the cans on their sides and easily pack them into a bag. Moving them or using them on the go becomes easy. The plastic used is of good quality but the felt that covers the headband and the cans doesn't seem very durable. So the headphones might lose their elegant look if used a lot.
Small cups that don't always completely cover your ears
As far as comfort goes, if you have big ears, the cups never really enclose your ears and they feel a little uncomfortable. Whereas the band itself doesn’t put much pressure on the head and is quite comfortable. Some sound leaks if the headphones don’t completely cover your ears.
The Denon AH-D310 are powered by two 42 mm neodymium drivers. They have an impedance of 32 ohms, which means most PMPs, phones or PCs can power them.
The metal strip that supports the headphones
Denon rates the frequency response range for these headphones from 10 to 22 KHz, which sounds very impressive. The cable quality is average. We would have preferred a thicker, less curly cable than the one bundled with them. A standard 3.5 mm jack can be found at the end of the cable.
The first thing you notice about the sound character of the AH-D310 is that they are bass-heavy. The output has a very warm sound to it. The details tend to get hidden behind the curtain of heavy bass though. The vocals and the other instruments come out after the bass, so these are not the most natural and open sounding headphones. The sound standing also is very close.
The headphones feel very closed and snuggled up, which feels odd for listening to music but maybe alright for movies. Surprisingly, surround effects in movies and games sound good when there are action and background sounds. These tend to lack bass so they blend in well with the action in the foreground. Noise isolation is pretty good and the headphones manage to muffle out most of the noises in the surrounding well.
Verdict and Price in India
Great on bass, perhaps a little too much
Denon sells the AH-D310 for a price of Rs. 2,990 in India. The product as a whole is a decent package, but when it comes to pure performance, there are much better options available for roughly a thousand rupees more. If you’re willing to order products internationally, then there are even more options. If you want detail and a comfortable headphone that fits everyone, then you should look elsewhere.
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