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New headphones from Denon

Denon has introduced five new headphone models: the AH-D5000 ($700), the AH-D2000 ($350), the AH-D1000 ($150), the AH-C700 ($200), and the AH-C350 ($50).

Denon AH-D5000 headphones
Denon AH-D5000 headphones

Denon is getting into the headphone business. The company, best known for it home theater products, has announced five headphone models ranging in price from $50 to $700. With the exception of the DN-HP1000, a $160 model in Denon's professional DJ audio line, the new products are the company's first foray into the consumer headphone market.

At the top end of the new lineup are two high-end, over-the-ear (circumaural) models, the AH-D2000 ($350) and the flagship AH-D5000 ($700), the latter model boasting a real wood mahogany housing that is said to deliver superior acoustics. While those full-size models are intended for audiophile listening sessions at home, the AH-D1000 ($150, available in black or silver) is an on-the-ear (supra-aural) model that's more easily transportable for listening on the go. All three offer Denon's microfiber diaphragm technology, a superdense material that the company claims "increases frequency transmission rates for better sound and detail, affording maximum presence of acoustic sounds with low distortion."

Rounding out the series are two earbud models, the AH-C700 ($200, black or silver) and the entry-level AH-C350 ($50, black or white). Both utilize an in-ear "canal phone" design, and include three different size tips to maximize comfort.

All five Denon headphones should be available before the end of February.