Excerpt: At £20 over our £100 limit, we hoped the Denon AH-D1100 headphones would impress us. Compared with the robust build of the Shure model and the light but tough styling of Philip ’s entry, the Denon’s looks didn’t bowl us over. We think it’s the chrome-coloured plastic headband. Always a mistake, plastic pretending to be metal. But then there’s a carbon finish on the speaker housing that helps us forgive other foibles.