Bose and Sony have been leaders in the premium noise-cancelling headphone industry, but Denon, a Japanese electronics with extensive experience in digital audio technology, looks to be the newest contender in this market. Expanding on their Globe Cruiser noise-cancelling lineup, Denon has just announced three new premium models: AH-GC25Ws, AH-GC30s, and AH-GC25NCs.
Only the AH-GC30s and AH-GC25NCs have the newest generation Denon noise cancelling. This generation, similar to Sony’s, offers active disabling. Tapping one of the headphones disables noise cancelling enough to allow some noise to come in like if a friend has something quick to say.
Additionally, this noise cancelling “utilizes dual microphones on each earcup and three noise cancellation modes designed for air travel, commuting and the office” according the Denon’s website. These three modes accommodate for the specific sounds in each environment and cancels the noise appropriately.
Moreover, Denon upped their sound quality by adding their new FreeEdge driver to the premium model, AHGC30s. Usually for ultra-premium headphones, these drivers “deliver crisp highs, deep bass and premise imaging without flexing or distorting the music signal, ensuring the best possible acoustic experience.”
- 20 hours of wireless noise cancelling with a battery recharge in 2 hours. However, wired mode is still operational if the battery is dead (3.5mm audio cable included).
- Comes with cVc (Clear Voice Capture) and aptX HD wireless audio coding for both clear sound and vocal quality.
- Comfort reigns supreme with adjustable headbands and dual-movement memory foam earcups
Denon’s newest headphones will be available over the next couple months. Prices start at $249 for the AH-GC25W – wireless but no noise cancelling – $299 for the AH-GC25NC – wired with noise cancelling – and $399 for the AH-GC30.