Up high, I noticed a very small spike in the lower treble region. This makes some vocals sound more sibilant than they really should and leaves a slightly unnatural sheen on some ensemble work. I think this spike is narrower and less splashy than equivalent peaks I’ve heard on some of the Sennheisers and similar to what you would hear through the HiFiMAN HE-5LE’s. Judicious selection of a driving amplifier may help here.
In summary, the great thing about the 7000s is that the macro-balance from bass to midrange to treble is very artfully judged, which is probably the item most people will notice first and consider most significant. In addition the bass depth and weight are impressive. Assuming you like the character of the particular spectral balance that the AH-D7000 offers, then all that remains to consider are a handful of small flaws. The 7000’s bass and mid-range issues are mostly subtractive, so you might not notice them overtly. The treble zing occurs over a relatively small, narrow band, so it could go unnoticed too. So, for those of you hoping for a sampling of top-shelf sound at an upper-middle-shelf price, the Denons could do the trick.
On The Unthanks' “Because He Was a Bonny Lad” [Here’s The Tender Coming, Rough Trade], the 7000s do an excellent job of separating the voices during the introduction of the song. More than on some other headphones you can hear each voice distinctly as you would if the performers were in the room with you. The Denons are also good at recovering the acoustic of the recording venue, the only limitation being that the softest sounds (and smallest low-level details) seem