Denon is a respected maker of a variety of audio gear. Beyond its well-known receivers, Denon has several long-standing product lines that signal the company’s history in the recording side of the music business. In that arena, older audiophiles will be familiar with Denon phono cartridges; from similar studio roots, Denon has also made a range of high-end headphones, earning something of a cult following in the process.
The AH-D7000 is the top of the Denon headphone line. Denon uses big 50mm, (1.97”) free edge Microfiber diaphragms on the 7000s. The objective is extended frequency response, which Denon rates at 5 Hz to 45 kHz (but with no variation range specified). High strength Neodymium magnets are said to provide high efficiency of 108 dB/mW and low non-linearity. Like many Japanese transducer makers, Denon believes in the use of wood for the driver housings, in this case mahogany, with intricate internal carving to enhance the natural tonal balance. The 9.8 ft. uncoiled cable features 7 Nines (99.99999%) oxygen free copper wiring. A cloth lined and fitted storage box is provided.
I have previously had good, if controversial, experience with the Denon AH-D5000, a sister design to the AH-D7000. Let’s see what the extra effort on the 7000s has wrought.