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Denon AH-D510R Mobile Elite Headphones
What's hot: Excellent and powerful audio, comfortable.
What's not: This model's remote control works fully only with iPhones.
Reviewed January 12, 2011 by Tong Zhang, Senior Editor
Denon is a big name in home audio, home theater and automotive audio. They also produce personal audio systems like iPod docks and headphones. Denon offers both in-ear headsets and over-the-ear headphones, and quite a few models in their headphone line up are designed for studio artists and professionals. These headphones have ultra high audio quality and expensive technology and components, but they also carry very high price tags. With the increasing number of mobile and portable devices on the market, Denon is now making lower end headphones that feature some of their best technologies but are affordable enough for everyday users to enjoy. Their least expensive headphone sells for $50, and we looked at their $100 model, the Denon AH-D510R, for this review.
The Denon AH-D510R has a traditional over the ear headphone design with large and thick earpads and a comfortable but firm fitting frame. The headphones feel light and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Both the earpieces and top wire where the headphone makes contact with your ears and head have soft padding, and while the headphones fit snuggly and feel secure even when jogging, they don’t pinch anywhere or cause discomfort. We also like that the earpiece opening is quite large; this not only makes the headphones more comfortable to wear but also gives sound some space for full audio delivery.
As we mentioned, Denon puts some of their top technologies into these headphones and that includes the design. The AH-D510R has Denon’s Acoustic Optimizer system that puts equal ambient air pressure on both sides of the diaphragm, which gives sound more balanced and natural delivery. Denon also uses their specially designed housing on the earpieces that combines machined aluminum alloy with resonance-free resin to achieve a combination of light weight and acoustical rigidity.
As Denon’s Mobile Elite series, the AH-D510R has a specially designed in-line remote control for iPhone, iPod and iPad models and a built-in mic for phone calls. The 50” cord connects to both earpieces and the mic/remote stick lives on the left cord just beyond the Y split.
The 42mm diaphragms on the AH-D510R allow for large and powerful Neodymium magnets to provide full sound with less power. The specially designed earpieces also help give the audio tracks more natural sound. When you listen to tracks that have a wide range from bass to treble, you will fully appreciate the range of the sound with all the audio effects and nuances intact. The large diaphragms also help some tracks with more lingering light audio and effects to play fully realized, which is a hard thing to achieve for headphones. Here are different aspects of the sound we observed via the Denon AH-D510R headphones:
Treble: In our wide variety of test tracks, treble tones sounded natural and wide ranged. Some opera pieces that sounded harsh via other headphones sounded absolutely full via the Denon. The delivery stays true to the original EQ, and those who prefer augmented and forceful treble will not find that here; rather, they sound as intended in the recording.