The AH-D1100’s are attractively packaged in a simple, high-gauge plastic box that allows the onlooker to see just enough of the headphones to know what they are getting into. Inside the box, we found a soft storage pouch, an extension cable and a 1/8” to ¼” adapter to allow the headphones to be connected to home stereo or studio equipment. The AH-D1100’s feel light for their size and a quick check of the box confirms that they weigh in at just 6.7 oz. without their cable.
With the D1100’s, Denon has opted to employ a “less is more” approach to aesthetic design. Only Denon’s name appears printed on the outside of the otherwise flat black ear-cup. The headband and ear-cup suspension are comprised of a silver, semi-gloss, super lightweight plastic that serves to accent the flat-black ear-cups.
Features and Design
The AH-D1100’s utilize a fairly large, 50mm driver that is angled back, just slightly, toward the ear from within the ear-cup. The inside of the ear-cup is moderately padded and lined with an ultra soft leather-like material. The outside of the ear-cup is comprised of a machined aluminum alloy bonded to a resin compound that assists in acoustical dampening and sound isolation. To facilitate a comfortable fit, the ear-cups are suspended to allow some generous vertical pivot. Adding to the D1100’s comfort-quotient is the amply padded headband that echoes the use of compliant foam and faux leather found on the ear-cups.
The D1100’s cord stretches a modest 3 feet from both the left and right headphone and is terminated with a standard 1/8” jack. For use at home or in the recording studio, Denon has included an extension cable and ¼” adapter, making the D1100’s versatile right out of the box.
The D1100’s ear-cups will pivot and rotate enough to fold down flat and fit in the provided soft, pleather pouch. However, they don’t really fold down to a more compact form so travelers will want to leave enough space in their bag to tuck the D1100’s away.