It definitely feels like the true wireless IEM and earbuds categories are getting overly saturated. If you search through our headphone reviews, you’ll discover that the true wireless category has no shortage of competitors at multiple price points. Competition isn’t a bad thing; especially if it drives innovation and lowers prices for consumers but we’re seeing a lot of products right now that look and feel very similar. Our of our favorite brands just jumped into the market for the first time and it will be interesting to see how the new Denon True Wireless Earbuds just announced compare to dozens of other similar products.
Denon has wisely chosen (very much like Sennheiser with the CX models) to offer two models with different feature sets; not everyone cares about ANC or even enjoys paying a premium for it. The pricing (as you’ll see below) is actually very competitive.
The Denon Noise Cancelling Earbuds (Denon AH-C830NCW) and Denon Wireless Earbuds (Denon AH-C630W) have been meticulously engineered for consumers seeking the very best sound quality, comfort and voice call performance when traveling, working or relaxing, all at an affordable price.
They are compatible with any Bluetooth-capable playback device; both Denon true wireless earbuds utilize large-diameter dynamic drivers that have been tested and tuned by Denon Sound Masters, with the Noise Cancelling Earbuds offering additional noise cancellation.
“Newcomers to the brand and enthusiasts alike can expect astonishing levels of detail, dimensionality and dynamics never before experienced with conventional earbuds.”
That’s a rather bold claim to make for your first pair of TWS earbuds in a category that gone through multiple rounds of innovation. The proof with anything will be in the listening but the Denon true wireless earbuds will have to be better than the Apple AirPods 3 and Sennheiser CX Series to make a dent in the category.
“For years, we have been eager to bring Denon’s premium Hi-Fi sound to compact, affordable wireless earbuds, and now is the perfect time, as more people demand better sound at home and on the go,” said Trip Randall, president of Denon. “Nowhere else can you find best-in-class sound quality coupled with a light and ergonomic design, sweat and water resistance, and long battery life. With exceptional audio quality, these true wireless earbuds stand apart from anything else on the market.”
Active Noise Cancelling
The Denon Noise Cancelling Earbuds deliver powerful, detailed sound along with the benefits of Denon’s next-generation active noise cancelling (ANC) system, which leverages dual-microphones in each earbud and advanced processing to reduce ambient noise for the listener.
With Transparency Mode, the noise-canceling and ambient sound mix functions can be switched quickly with a simple touch sensor, while a wear detection function detects wearing and removing movements and automatically plays and pauses music.
Performance, Comfort and Durability
Denon true wireless earbuds have been carefully designed using extensive ear canal simulations, enabling our engineers to sculpt the perfect shape for all users. Each earbud comes with easily fitted silicone tips in three sizes for maximum comfort.
Both models are IPX4 rated for durability, making them safe to wear even during rain or heavy workouts. Additionally, the Denon Noise Cancelling Earbuds feature Google Fast Pair for easy and convenient device pairing.
Extended Battery Life
The Denon earbuds have been engineered to provide many hours of listening time; up to 6 hours of wireless Bluetooth music on a single charge and up to 24 hours total, with additional charging cycles from the included charging case (Denon Noise Cancelling Earbuds), or up to 4.5 hours of wireless Bluetooth music on a single charge and up to 18 hours total, with additional charging cycles from the included charging case (Denon Wireless Earbuds).
That actually seems on the low side compared to other rivals like Jaybird, Sennheiser, Sony, and 1More and we’re going to see if Denon’s claims are accurate.
A USB-C cable included with the earbuds enables users to recharge the charging case (lithium-ion battery) from any USB charger or computer USB port.
Exceptional Voice Call Performance
Phone call quality is a major sore spot with some TWS earbuds and it’s one reason why the Apple AirPods 3 are so popular. There is also no mention of a control app in the press release and we’re going to assume unless proven incorrect that Denon have created one for these two wireless earbuds. Anything less will not help stand out.
To capture and transmit the user’s voice with clarity far superior to conventional designs, the Denon Noise Cancelling Earbuds feature a beamforming function leveraging two microphones that work in conjunction with advanced digital signal processing. A third microphone takes advantage of the ear canal’s natural shielding against wind and ambient noise to bring additional voice clarity.
The Denon Wireless Earbuds use a sophisticated microphone for voice calls, providing clear, wireless communication and works seamlessly with any Bluetooth-capable playback device.
Both models are available in black or white, with the Noise Cancelling Earbuds featuring a glossy finish with silver accents, and the Wireless Earbuds featuring a chic matte finish.
|Driver Size||11mmx10mm (oval) Dynamic Driver||10mm Dynamic Driver|
|Noise Cancelling||Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling (2 mics on each earbud)||–|
|Battery Life||Up to 6H earbuds, up to 24H charging case (Playing music via Bluetooth)||Up to 4.5H earbuds, up to 18H charging case (Playing music via Bluetooth)|
|Up to 4.8H earbuds, up to 19H charging case (Playing music via Bluetooth + ANC)|
|Colors||Black / White (Glossy)||Black / White (Matte)|
|Pricing||$159 USD / $199 CAD||$99 USD / $129 CAD|
For more information: denon.com
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