Denon AH-GC20 Review – Struggling to Keep Up



When you know that the Denon AH-GC20 are headphones that have active noise cancellation (ANC) and is a wireless pair, then you might immediately want to pick it up. But hold your horses for just a moment; even though these headphones do have suitable noise-blocking power, the sound performance leaves it much to be desired.

Denon AH-GC20 Review - Struggling to Keep Up

The Active Noise Cancellation Could be the Only Thing That’s Good About the Denon AH-GC20

The Denon AH-GC20 is a pair of full-sized headphones, and the design choice is that of for grown-ups. The pair is a bit larger as compared to the Bose QC25, but are sleeker and does exude a premium look about it. Hence, you would have no problem donning the device over your head while you’re out and about around town.

Just like most headphones found at this price point, these use metal in a sparingly manner to promote a higher-end feel. There’s still plastic that can be found on the unit, but these are located in areas that are normally out of sight. Furthermore, use of the plastic material assists in keeping the weight down.

In terms of comfort, it is decent enough. The large earcups found on the AH-GC20 are large enough to allow for plenty of room, which is great for individuals with larger ears. Therefore, you can wear these headphones for hours at a time without the troublesome feeling of discomfort. Furthermore, the unit also has the ability to fold up into a neater package for extra portability.

Its main selling point is that of its active noise cancellation as it uses mics to monitor the surrounding noise. It will then pump out extra sound waves through its drivers in order to cancel out the frequencies found in ambient noise. Hence, if you want to feel alone in a crowded city street, this is a great way to reduce overall sounds of a noisy city setting. However, the Bose Quiet Comfort 25 and the Sony MDR-100ABN can do better in this department.

When it comes to audio performance, the Denon AH-GC20 has an experience that varies largely depending on how they are used. Should you turn off the noise cancellation and listen through a wired connection, then the audio coming out is poor. The sound of your tracks will sound vague and clouded, like the drivers for the device are half asleep and need to be punched in the face to wake it up completely (but don’t do that). However, if you use the AND feature and go wireless, then the audio performance improves significantly. The audio leans more towards the treble bringing more bite to tracks. However, the haze rises when you do so. Ultimately, it seems that this pair is more like a work in progress rather than a complete unit.


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