High-class Denons for high-class ear 'oles

Bored with churning out deliciously high-end miniature hi-fis, audiophile reference units and ‘weep 'til you own one’ DVD players, the bof

Bored with churning out deliciously high-end miniature hi-fis, audiophile reference units and ‘weep 'til you own one’ DVD players, the boffins at Denon's Japanese HQ have had a mini project on the go. Their lunchtime mission: to create the perfect in-ear 'phones.And here they are; the aluminium clad AH-C700s. Why aluminium? Well, because Denon reckons that its machined metal doesn’t resonate in the annoying way that plastic can.Working on the principle that music should be kept in the ear and all other distractions should be kept out, Denon's deigned them to block off music before it escapes from the ear – a blessing for all bus users. The opposite is also true; with their snug fit, distracting background audio should never reach your precious ear drums.Apparently nothing has been spent on advertising, fancy pouches or plush packaging, which means all the more to spend on some serious R&D. So we've got 'advanced' 11mm diaphragm drive units, proper audio aficionado cabling and soft silicon ear pieces to suit various cauliflower ears for a comfy fit.We're hoping for big things from these miniature cans. Keep an ear to the ground for a full test soon.

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Denon AH-C700Price: £140On sale: MayContact: DenonRelated stories:Bring the noise-cancelling with Sennheiser's PXC 450s