Denon AH-D5000 Headphones

The demand for a more acoustic feel is triggered by people’s love for music over the instruments than those played over the radio. This percussion drove many manufacturers that look for the best materials that can further promote sound delivery to ears without distortion or flex in frequency. Thanks to Denon for bringing to us a series of headbands that are marked as acoustic-friendly. Since the last release of the D7000, we are now excited to what its little brother has to say: the D5000.

From the box to the ears, the Denon AH-D5000 is absolutely a premium-grade headband made out of handpicked materials from the band to the cable. The biggest noticeable feature that this D5000 sports is the wooden housing for each cup, which is actually made from fine-cut mahogany. The result is a very natural look provocative of the classics and acoustic music tuned into one same fork. The leather-coated band and foam covering is also premium-grade with less exposure to moisture by humidity.

The cups doesn’t swivel that much as with the latest headbands of today, but the build looks and feels sturdy and strong with just the right flex for the grip. The sizable headband is snappy when you stretch it to fit big heads, and the pair of metal spines that support the overall material is at all ways hard-mounted. The cables are not detachable, and sadly the very long wire does not have a reliable mount to both ear cups, making it look brittle. The cables, however, are coated with a nylon-type 7N oxygen-free cable for maintaining sound quality.

The Denon AH-D5000, compared to the said predecessor, is a bit lighter at 0.82lbs with a less-than-obvious smaller look. The usual gloss we saw on the wooden back cover of the cups in the D7000 is lessened also in the D5000, though both styles are equally preferable depending on users’ taste. The magnesium alloy body is superb in terms to making the overall object light and sturdy, plus the very reliable feature of Denon, which is the microfiber diaphragm for better transmission and sound reproduction.

I love the foams that situate themselves to the round cups. Instead of going for a circular shape, the leather-coated plush foam is oval then in shape to fit better to the ears. There’s variably a little noise that can be heard from the outside, but that doesn’t bother since the sound is faithful to the ears overall. The full-sized closed-back cups are also ringed with acoustic optimizer, which cleans the sound delivery without making the waves bounce back and forth within the arena.

For the sound quality, I am pleased with how the Denon AH-D5000 made its own version of sound, which is plausible to a great number of users. I frankly do not like the identity that much because the sound produced is less natural as expected. The mids and the lows especially the bass and treble are actually a potential cause for fatigue, with some pounding effect I cannot really explain. The highs are clear enough with sharp vocals for music, but the overall sound quality does not make it well to all genres of music.

The Denon AH-D5000 costs around $400 and comes with a very tight case that you have to unknot one by one. Items included in the box is a screw-on ¼” adapter, a cleaning cloth, an owners manual, and craps that can be your collectibles. The very long cable with no microphone is not really a good option for you to bring this headphone along your trips. Nevertheless, the general design of Denon AH-D5000 is best for classical music heard back at home.

Denon AH-D5000 Headphones Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 500.00

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