New Denon GC headphone line-up combines advanced audio design, aptX HD Bluetooth and three-mode Active Noise Cancelling technology
Denon®, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality home entertainment products, sets new standards for listening ‘on the go’ with the introduction of its new GC headphone series. Drawing on the advanced FreeEdge driver technology of the award-winning flagship AH-D9200 headphones, Denon GC30 and GC25NC deliver a truly immersive listening experience. The new range includes models with aptX HD Bluetooth for ‘better than CD’ sound, state of the art multimode Active Noise Cancelling and even the option of direct USB connection from a PC for the best possible sound. The new series includes three models: the AH-GC30, with both Active Noise Cancelling and Bluetooth; the wired AH-GC25NC with Active Noise Cancelling; and the Bluetooth AH-GC25W.
The AH-GC30 and AH-GC25NC use Denon’s proprietary FreeEdge driver technology, which uses ‘floating’ diaphragms to create a sound with reduced resonance and more accurate pistonic motion, thus enabling them to deliver all the dynamics and nuances of the music. Accoustically tuned by the Denon Sound master to deliver incredible musical fidelity and enhanced detail of high-resolution audio. Plus, movies come to life with powerful bass and clear dialogue.
The aptX HD Bluetooth of the AH-GC30 and AH-GC25W allows ‘better than CD’ hi-res music to be transmitted wirelessly to the headphones from compatible devices, while there’s also the option of direct USB connectivity from a computer to the headphones.
Newly-developed for the AH-GC30 and AH-GC25NC, Denon’s latest-generation Active Noise Cancelling uses multiple microphones to analyse and compensate for ambient noise, with three modes available for optimal noise exclusion whether travelling on a plane or train, listening out in the street while walking, or concentrating on your work in the office.
With four microphones on the inside and outside of the headphones combined with advanced digital signal processing, the Active Noise Cancelling not only keeps out more of what’s going on around you, three different modes allow you to adjust perfectly to your environment. ‘City’ mode eliminates the typical noise you experience in crowded public spaces, while ‘Office’ mode is tuned to work quietly in your workspace. The ‘Flight’ mode is tuned to eliminate the constant intrusive noise from an aircraft’s engines.
Furthermore, the Noise Cancelling system features a special ‘Ambient Monitor’: with a simple tap on one of the earcups, the built-in microphones allow you to hear the ambient sound. This means you can easily hear the flight attendant or your office colleagues without removing the headphones.
In addition, on the Bluetooth models two more microphones with eighth-generation noise suppression are used for calling and receiving calls on the go with excellent voice clarity, while there’s also an inline microphone on the wired AH-GC25NC model, and on the in-line remote cables supplied with the Bluetooth models.
All three models are designed for comfort and convenience, with ergonomic memory foam ear-pads covered in high-quality synthetic leather, while the built-in batteries are designed for extended listening: up to 20 hours from a full charge when using both Noise Cancelling and Bluetooth, or 25 hours when using Noise Cancelling alone.
The AH-GC30 at a glance
- Denon FreeEdge drivers for an ultra-precise, powerful sound
- Active Noise Cancelling with four microphones and three modes, for flight, city and office use, plus quick and easy ambient pass–through
- aptX HD Bluetooth for hi-res sound with compatible devices, plus wired connectivity and USB audio option.
- 20-hour battery life for long journeys (when using Bluetooth and Noise Cancelling); up to 25 hours without Bluetooth. The battery charges fully in 2 hours, while a 10-minute quick charge will give 21/2 hours of use, and a 15-minute charge 41/2hours.
- Over-ear design with memory foam earpads trimmed in synthetic leather for perfect fit and comfort, even for long-term listening
- Metal hanger for durability; available in a choice of black or white finishes.
The AH-GC25NC at a glance
- Same as AH-GC30 with Active Noise Cancelling (40-hour battery life), but with wired connection (no Bluetooth)
The AH-GC25W at a glance
- As AH-GC30 with aptX HD Bluetooth (30-hour battery life), but without Active Noise Cancelling.
The AH-GC30 (¬349/£299) will be available from March 2019, the AH-GC25NC (¬299/£265) will be available in April, and the AH-GC25W (¬249/£215) in May.