Denon AH-C830NCW Review

Denon AH-C830NCW

Denon recently introduced its latest tws earbuds Denon AH-C830NCW. It come with a Active Noise cancelling, transparency mode, IPX4 water resistance, Bluetooth 5.0 (Low quality), up to 6 hours of battery life and much more.

Pros

  • Good noise cancelling
  • Great sound
  • IPX4 rating

Cons

  • Earbuds are big
  • No volume controls
  • Latency with Android for video

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Box Content

Denon AH-C830NCW
  • Product
  • Ear tips
  • USB Type-C cable
  • User Guide

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Design

Denon AH-C830NCW

The Denon AH-C830NCW come with a bulky base and light weight 5.3 gram(earbuds). The matte charging case looks remarkably built with small plastic flex and no hinge play. It closes using a magnetic lid, with a USB-C charging port and a pairing button on the back. You can raise the case, or rest it on its back with a lid.

The headset looks sturdy and bulky, but it’s still quite pocketable. In my opinion, the case does not break even if it falls on the ground, it is so strong. The Denon AH-C830NCW design is very much similar to certain Apple product. It come with an oval-shaped 11mm by 10mm dynamic driver rests inside the more bulbous part of the housing.

In a Box content, you get three silicone ear tips:14mm, 12mm, and 10mm. You need to find the perfectly fit ear tips out of these three tips. Moreover, the headphone features IPX4 water resistance. Thus, you can carry this headphone to gym and swimming also, but maybe skip the run if it’s downpouring.

Furthermore, it does not include any in-built app for customization. Although, I can’t help but notice the buds automatically rename as “Jasper’s Denon AH-C830NCW.” So I guess usage equals some implicit permissions.

Controls

You control the earbuds by a series of tapes resulting in a pleasant blip sound. The only flop here is that once you remove the buds from your ear and put it in the case then accidentally registering the command is really easy. Often, the pads are properly triggered, which is good because there is no companion app to change the settings.

Playback commands:

 ONE TAPDOUBLE TAPTRIPLE TAPTAP AND HOLD (5s)
LEFT EARBUDNo ANC Ambient mode ANC onBluetooth pairing
RIGHT EARBUDSkip trackPrevious track

Moreover, you can also use the left or right earbud to hear the mono. Simply place the unused key in the case and switch to audio monoaural. If you switch to the right, playback commands will switch to the left key, which is best in terms of accessibility.

Call commands:

 DOUBLE TAPTAP AND HOLD (2s)TAP AND HOLD (3s)TAP AND HOLD (5s)
LEFT EARBUDAnswer call End callIgnore callActivate smart assistant Cancel smart assistantMute Unmute
RIGHT EARBUDAnswer call End callIgnore callActivate smart assistant Cancel smart assistantMute Unmute

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Sound

Denon AH-C830NCW

The AH-C830NCW provide very good sound quality. Its frequency response follows our target curve really well. In the bass and in the middle, it almost perfectly matches. Additionally, the areas in which it deviates include a low load of about 5dB at 3kHz. For a moment, between 5kHz and 9kHz is about 5dB exaggeration, and again above 10kHz. This is noticeable, but not unpleasant.

Active Noise Cancelling,

The Denon AH-C830NCW has good sound cancellation capabilities for earbuds in this price range. Toggle on ANC and low-frequency rumbles become 35dB quiet at 100Hz. You can definitely take this on the bus or subway and keep your music at a reasonable volume to maintain hearing. I hear a passive bus as I pass.

The disproportionate use of ANC will change the frequency of some environmental sounds that reach your ears. As you can see in the chart above, some frequencies get more or less attenuation. This is like applying a filter effectively, so there are some sounds (yes, quiet) but sometimes a little weird. For example, the hum of my old refrigerator sounds like a low whistle hosh with the ANC turned on.

However, to turn on ANC, you have to cycle from no mode and ambient mode. This mode triggers by tapping the left key once. Without turning on any mode, passive isolation of earbuds significantly calms the environment around you across the frequency spectrum. It’s not quite the AONIC free level isolation, but it’s pretty good. As I type on my keyboard, clicks and clicks subside.

Can you use the Denon AH-C830NCW for phone calls?

If you prefer to take out calls, this is not ideal for you. Under ideal circumstances, the microphone array on the AH-C830NCW works well for capturing most of the noise types. In indoor settings, it prioritizes your sound well. Where he really struggles is in turbulent and resonant circumstances, and that would seem like a flaw in the process. Additionally, if you are just using the buds indoors, it will do well.

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Battery

The Denon AH-C830NCW lasts 5 hours, 45 minutes with ANC during our certified tests. That is a very good result. If you listen to your audio at a higher volume, your battery life will quickly run out. Fortunately, the AH-C830NCW has a case with three additional charges.

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Connectivity

The Denon AH-C830NCW is providing two Bluetooth Audio Codec AAC and SBC. If you are operating iOS then AAC will go for you, while SBC tends to perform more predictably with Android. Since there is no companion app, you will have to go through your Android settings and then developer settings to change the codec. It’s annoying, and won’t bother most people, where a companion app would be nice.

Furthermore, our tests show 310ms latency on SBC. Occasionally, I can confirm on Android that latency makes every video look like a dubbed kung fu movie. If you are using Android and are looking to watch a lot of video content, try something with aptX-low latency codex or aptX. IPhone users can rent better here.

The AH-C830NCW runs Bluetooth 5.0 with low energy compatibility, and I experience zero connection hiccups. For some true wireless earbuds you need to have a case on hand to pair, but not for the Denon AH-C830NCW. I can easily leave the case at home and go around without any connection problem.

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Verdict

Yes, Denon AH-C830NCW is worth choosing to listen to music. Also, it’s a true music-oriented earbud. Normally, we call on manufacturers not to include apps for things like EQ, but most people don’t need to equate these buds. Instead, it already feels good. Sure, there’s no noise around, so if you want you have to buy something like the Sony WF-1000XM4. Moreover, if you’re using something like Amazon Music, you don’t need a specific pair of headphones or earbuds to enjoy spatial audio. So the surrounding sound feature isn’t as important as it used to be.

The AH-C830NCW also comes at a decent price. Beating out some of the best ANC contenders like Beats Studio Buds or Apple AirPods Pro. Its ANC does the job manually, although the lack of adjustability can provide the app. Although ANC toggles off, isolation softens accidental sounds.

Commands in everyday use are mostly triggered whenever you want and the buds are attached and stay in your ear. The only real annoyance is the lack of volume control, which should be able to accommodate the left earbud, although it controls the ANC with a single tap during audio playback.

Additionally, delays with video can be a deal-breaker for people who want buds for more than music or podcasts, although it’s possible iPhone owners will have fewer issues on AAC. The weak axis rejection of the microphone indicates limited utility outside the ideal settings. If you want buds for productivity, Denon AH-C830NCW is not there, but if you need buds for music and sound-canceling, that’s fine.

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Frequently asked questions

What should you get instead of the Denon AH-C830NCW?

Given that the Denon AH-C830NCW has a weak position with latency. It is worth looking at options with low latency. For iOS users, it’s easy to recommend something with an H1 chip like the Apple AirPods Pro. With seamless device switching and special audio (where available) on Apple Music, the AirPods Pro should work with your iPhone with minimal latency.

Android users should watch earbuds with aptX to reduce latency with video. AptX equipped JBL Tune 230NC looks very good with True Wireless helpful companion app and ANC. Isolation performs better at high-frequency noise than the Denon Buds, but the Denon lowers the lower end more than the ANC CX Plus.

Moreover, if you are more productive and use Android, you can try Samsung Galaxy Buds 2. Which has better microphone, higher IP rating and longer battery life. Its ANC and sound quality are also very good. IPhone users, however, will not be able to take advantage of AAC.

How do I reset the Denon AH-C830NCW?

Pop the buds back into the case. Leave the case lid open. Hold the button on the back of the case for 10 seconds. Finally, close the lid and you’re done with the factory reset.

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