Handbuilt in Denon’s Shirakawa Audio Works facility, just north of Tokyo, the AH-D9200 aims to blow all other over-ear headphones out of the water with beautiful hand craftsmanship and warm, crisp sounds.
At the heart of this is the choice of Japanese bamboo, selected for its warm, self-damping acoustic properties, as the main structure of the earpieces.
As a result, the unique patterning of the bamboo means no two pairs of the Denon AH-D9200 are the same, while diecast aluminium and leather finish off the beautiful design.
According to its makers, the Denon AH-D9200 uses the marque’s patented 50mm FreeEdge drivers, made from nanofibre and designed to cancel out any unwanted resonances in the diaphragm.
Mounted in vibration-reducing engineered resin baffles, and powered by high-energy magnets made from and alloy of neodymium, iron and boron, the drivers’ design makes it easier for them to reproduce the music without flexing or distortion, for purest possible sound.
Naturally, you have to be a self-confessed audiophile to fully appreciate these cans, which come with a 3.0m silver-coated oxygen-free copper connector fitted with a 6.3mm plug for home listening, and a shorter 1.3m cable with a 3.5mm plus portable music players.
Oh, and you have to be an audiophile to swallow the £1,399. Visit the Denon website if they tickle your earbuds.