Denon AH-D5000 headphones review: Denon AH-D5000 headphones

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4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Stellar sound quality; comfortable; lightweight.

The Bad Expensive; unfit for use on the move; long, heavy-duty cable can tangle badly; sound leaks at high volumes.

The Bottom Line A stunningly beautiful pair of headphones that produce an equally beautiful sound. Although you may need to sell a vital organ to afford them, they'll reward you with amazing reproductions of your music collection. Do them a favour, though, and don't feed them rubbishy MP3s

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8.8 Overall

Denon's new AH-D5000 headphones have been on our list of things to drool over since we first glanced at them.

At �500, they're not for the faint-hearted, nor the light-walleted -- these are headphones for serious audiophiles and those who can truly appreciate the experience provided by high-quality audio. The question is, are they worth half a grand?

Strengths
The D5000s are unthinkably light for 'phones encased in mahogany. Those of you sceptical about placing wood around your head will be pleasantly surprised. They're instantly comfortable -- the delicate yet substantial earpads cushion the cans and, at least for us, caused none of the sweatiness that often occurs after long listening sessions. An asymmetric earpad design further ensures the wearer gets a comfortable fit.


A screw thread secures the 6.3mm adapter

Denon has gone a few extra miles with its design of the D5000s. The adjustable headband is mounted on a ball-bearing system that lets the wearer smoothly adjust the size of the headphones. The padded headband is also as comfortable as the earpads. It's superbly well constructed but flexible and lightweight, thanks to its magnesium components -- just what you'd expect for the cost of a cheap second-hand car.

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