Denon DJ HP1100 Review
With the Denon DJ HP1100, Denon places its top model in the closed DJ headphones market segment. Large drivers, high levels, and 180-degree double swivel joints are just a few of the features that my test candidate claims. The Denon class leader – there are two smaller models called HP600 and HP800 – starts relatively cheap and paddles in waters in which the Pioneer HDJ-1500 or the slightly cheaper HDJ-700K, both in the Tested knew how to please, and rightly got hold of a traditional spot. In the following article, you can determine whether Denon’s flagship is equal or the competition can be sent from their places.
- Wide frequency response
- Folding Design
- 180-degree swivel and dual-pivot ear cup
- Solid construction
- Not detachable cable
Scope of delivery and processing
A point that will not be too long because everything can be found in the box is the Denon DJ HP1100, a transport bag made of soft synthetic leather and a screw-on adapter to 6.35 millimeters. Unfortunately (as is usual with most headphone manufacturers), the packaging is a mixture of well-designed high-gloss cardboard and soft plastic. But I don’t want to complain. Denon used to be much more intrusive and pretty wasteful when it came to using this material.
The anthracite-black headphones appear bulky and heavy at the first “Touch & Feel,” but also quite robust and resistant, despite all the plastic. The test person can easily survive a fall from the DJ booth, possibly without scratches.
Head cushion and size adaptation
The headband, together with the cover made of synthetic leather, is 38 millimeters wide and shaped in a semi-oval. The upholstery of the temple is done by a basically elastic but still firm material that sits under the synthetic leather and is nowhere specifically mentioned. It is not foam or something like that, as the padding feels much too tight, almost too hard for this. However, suppose you press it in a little with your fingers, how this works on the head, more on that later. Finally, the headband leads to the head size adjustment, divided into 12 steps on both sides, providing enough leeway to make even the biggest stubborn head happy.
Coiled cables are very popular with DJ
The cable is led down on one side out of the left shell, sits bomb-proof, and, according to Denon DJ, is strain-relieved from the inside. Therefore, it cannot easily be exchanged by laypeople, which automatically results in a service case in the event of a defect. The part has a fairly large amount of spiral, which has become very fashionable with DJ headphones. Rightly so, I think, because you never have the feeling of handling a cable that is too long, as it simply contracts again and again without any external tension – practical! I could get used to it!
The firmly fixed, four-millimeter-thick round cable ends in a straight connector using a gold-plated 3.5-millimeter jack. An external thread accepts the supplied gold-plated 6.3-millimeter adapter, which is always sufficient for a reliable connection. The spiral part begins measured from the shell at exactly 75 centimeters, which is very practical. When contracted, the coil is a mere 34 centimeters long, which may seem short at first, but I couldn’t pull it apart to its extreme points with my arms outstretched (!). The spiral is followed by 17 centimeters of straight cable, which then secretly ends in the plug. When fully extended, the cable may well be three meters long. But please don’t do it so often.
Tech specs of Denon DJ HP1100
Two dynamic drivers do the close-ear sounding of the Denon DJ HP1100 with a diameter of 53 millimeters called “Wide Range,” which probably alludes directly to the large transmission range, which the manufacturer puts at 5 – 33,000 Hertz without specific information on maximum permissible deviations or via the test setup. The maximum power consumption value, which is specified here as 3500 milliwatts, which sounds pretty fat at first, is just as meaningless. But without specifying the distortion factor, that parameter makes no sense to me. Or is this the limit value from which the headphones bless the temporal?
The manufacturer specifies the connection impedance as 36 ohms so that with effective shielding at the possible power consumption mentioned, you can expect plenty of levels on your ear. In other words: The HP1100 probably has a good to very good efficiency, which I will find out later.
The membrane swings in front of a closed-back wall, on the one hand, to achieve effective shielding from outside noise and, on the other hand, to apply the necessary pressure to the ear. Due to the large driver, the auricles have become so large that circumaural wearing should be possible in almost all cases. The outer diameter of the auricles is about 92 millimeters, while the listeners benefit from about 53 millimeters of space inside. The pressure chamber (measured from the outside to the edge of the ear cushion) is a good 54 millimeters deep and should provide enough space for the sound to develop.
The approximately 22-millimeter thick ear pads are hidden under a very supple imitation leather. They are removable and therefore very easy to exchange. But above all, you can take a look.
The measurement on my kitchen scale is 380 grams without a cable and 440 grams with it. The second value is negligible. After all, you will probably never wear the cable on your head, but the first value is important. Because 380 grams already result in a considerable head weight, which has to be compensated for with good wearing comfort, not all headphones work equally well.
Carrying comfort and handling
Right from the start, I didn’t think so much about the comfort of the Denon DJ HP1100. Due to the high weight and the taut headband padding, I was particularly skeptical. Call me a warm shower, a soft calf, and a professional pessimist. So that I can wear headphones for a long time, I need good wearing comfort and uncomplicated handling.
To my great surprise, Denon’s top model is far better than I thought in those disciplines. The double swivel joints on both sides can not only be 180 degrees each but also ensure a very fine adjustment to the ear because the shell can, in principle, be in any direction.
As expected, the head size adjustment works smoothly to unspectacular. The pressure that the HP1100 puts on the skull (not the ear!) It is appropriate and by no means too strong. At no point does Denon push DJ’s class leader so hard that I feel the need to take it off.
The closed chamber around the ears is not uncomfortable at any time, and I could not detect any build-up of heat. The Denon also easily passes the shake or drop test. The shielding from the outside turns out to be above average, even if I already had other specimens here that had a little more on the pan. One-ear eavesdropping is also feasible, as the shell behind the ear also develops a good pressure so that 1100 cannot easily slip off the head.
The sound of the Denon DJ HP1100 is consistent and generally pleasant. I only really notice the emphasis on the bass after listening to a few pieces because it is very broadband and is not necessarily in the kicks (70-130 Hertz) or sub- or deep bass range, but rather at 150-350 Hertz would. This is the frequency range where the tonal basses have their markings and provide warmth, but also where high-pitched bass drums or large toms sometimes sound a little “pot,” which I don’t like very much.
The entire mid-range of the HP1100 is omnipresent and also has a good resolution. In the treble, Denon DJ’s top model doesn’t have that much to offer because it initially appears to be severely underrepresented, which is doubly noticeable in front of the very present mids. Due to the lack of treble, the headphones also provide relatively little transparency and spatiality when playing back acoustic recordings.
Of course, the closed capsule has a decisive role in this effect. It is well known that the strengths of “closed ones” do not lie in their spatial resolution. The strengths of the HP1100, on the other hand, are clearly in DJ monitoring. The closed-back wall effectively shields the DJ from the surrounding acoustic events so that the Denon’s reserves are also very effective thanks to its low connection impedance, among other things. Practical means: No matter how loud it is in the club and the headphone amplifier of the local mixer is also quite flat. You can still hang up with the HP1100.
The HP1100 still makes something out of it. It also shows that the sound, which does not sound very transparent under ideal conditions at home, seems right for noisy environments. It always somehow asserts itself, and the sound assessment can also succeed if you know the headphones a little better. I have seldom heard such a level-proof DJ headphone whose sound is so blatantly tuned for the original purpose as it is here. The HP1100 can be loud – and not many can do it like it.
Denon DJ HP1100 are closed, circumaural DJ headphones with a lot of plastic on the body but still look very robust and almost indestructible. In addition to the permanently installed, relatively high-quality cable with a spiral component, it has a few goodies that enable a DJ to work even under the most difficult conditions: On both sides of the headband, 180-degree rotatable shells ensure good adaptation to the ear thanks to reinforced double swivel joints. The wearing comfort is consistently pleasant. Due to the high efficiency, the good shielding, and the high-level stability, it is suitable for “XXL laying” like few others. In terms of sound, he is an absolute specialist because his sound is heavily geared towards the intended use or limited to it. For hours of music enjoyment or cozy audiobook sessions, you should probably get open headphones. There are a few monitoring jobs in the festival season if it has to be a closed model for professional reasons. These can only be carried out with sound restrictions. Denon DJ HP1100 is a club headphone through and through. It can be loud and louder, anytime, anywhere. You have to master this profession first.