Denon AH-C360 review

Sitting in the zone between cheap tat handed out with smartphones and £200-plus Sennheiser beasts, Denon’s AH-C360s hit a sweet spot. They offer a sizeable step up from bundled headphones, but won’t break the bank. Indeed, shop around online and you can find these phones for £25 or so.

So lightweight that wearing them is like walking into a spider’s web, the Denons are still robust. We dragged them around for a week and there’s nary a mark on them.

The cable length is a point of contention. Out of the box the gossamer-thin wire stretches a mere 77cm from 3.5mm jack to ears. Not enough. Unless you carry your iPhone tucked into your shirt collar, you’ll be uncomfortable. But in the case is a further 86cm of extension cable. Almost too much cable, in fact. 

We like the fact that, unlike the earphone’s jack, the extension’s connector enters your device at a right angle, as it means the headphones will last longer. There are no on-wire controls, but you do get a handy clip to attach your headphones to your shirt.

The Denon AH-C360 are almost weightless

In our tests the Denon AH-C360’s ear buds fitted comfortably in our lugs, with a variety of rubber end pieces.

Sound quality is good. Not outstanding, but more than adequate at this price point, and considerably better than cheap or free phones. There’s plenty of tone and warm treble on digital reproductions of PJ Harvey and Van Morrison, and a good dose of bass when kicking out Chase & Status.

Happily, we can report that noise leakage is kept to a minimum, so even though the Denon AH-C360 are not noise-cancelling, you can bang up the volume without worrying fellow travellers. Even at low volume, you’re not disturbed
by extraneous noise.

OUR VERDICT

Solidly built headphones offering decent sound reproduction at a friendly price. Leaving aside minor quibbles about the cable length, we would recommend the Denon AH-C360 to anyone who wants to step up from bundled headphones to something a lot better, and a lot less leaky. Matt Egan

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