Denon Rolls Out Three New Global Cruiser Series Headphones
Known for their expansive and impressive in-home audio gear, a new announcement from Denon on Wednesday shows that the company hasn’t lost that personal touch just yet. The audio maker announced three new additions to its Global Cruiser headphone series: a top-flight model that combines wireless and active noise canceling technology, one noise cancelling pair, and a purely wireless headphone.
Starting with the top-of-the-line headphone (model AH-GC30), Denon employed their 40mm FreeEdge Hi-Res certified driver technology, which it said is typically reserved for their flagship headphone series. Tuned by Denon’s sound master, the FreeEdge technology uses a floating diaphragm design that’s meant to reduce resonance and ensure uninhibited pistonic motion for a “purer, more accurate” bass response and wider soundstage.
The AH-GC30 model and the pure wireless pair (AH-GC25W) utilize aptX HD Bluetooth technology, which makes hi-res music accessible from compatible devices. Both can also connect directly through USB as well.
“Today’s listeners want the flexibility of really fantastic noise-cancelling headphones without sacrificing sound quality they expect from Denon,” Michael Greco, senior global brand director at Sound United, said in a statement. “To deliver that premium experience, the new GC series models were tuned by Denon’s dedicated sound master and use some of our most advanced audio and noise-cancelling technologies to provide an amazing listening experience regardless of where you are or the application.”
The active noise canceling technology employed in the AH-GC30 and the pure noise canceling headphone (AH-GC25NC) uses a dual microphone array on each earcup and three noise cancellation modes designed specifically for city commuting, in the office, and air travel. Each mode is intended to reduce or eliminate ambient noise from the respective environment. The system also provides easy one-touch access to enable an Ambient Monitor mode, where ambient noise can pass through the headphones so the wearer can be aware of their surroundings without having to physically remove the headphones.
All three models in the line are designed for long range comfort and extended listening with their adjustable headbands, ergonomic memory foam ear pads, and 20 hours of battery life with both Bluetooth and noise canceling activated—25 hours with noise canceling alone.
The AH-GC30 will be available later this month for $399, the noise canceling AH-GC25NC will be launch in April for $299, and the pure wireless AH-GC25W will drop in May for $249.