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Denon AH-D5000: Mahogany headphones, not for hippies

Denon's new AH-D5000s are a truly reference-class audiophile headphone, built into a gorgeous mahogany casing. Prepare to feel the wrath of the £500 price tag though

If you're a bit of a hippie, you might want to divert your eyes from the lyrics of our new favourite song:

Oh, my darling Redwood,
How I love to slice into you with my chainsaw,
Shedding your bark,
Draining your sap,
Seeing you topple makes me guffaw.

Destroying hardwood trees to make high-end headphones is always an exciting move. Not just because it annoys environmentalists (j/k), but because it makes such a positive difference to the sound of music.

Remember the time you compared how real fur felt in comparison to a synthetic alternative? Remember how you hated yourself for preferring to wear a real dead animal? Well, prepare for déjà vu.

Denon's new AH-D5000s are a truly high-end, reference class, closed-back headphone, built into a beautiful mahogany housing. At £499.99, these cans are sure to appeal to the audiophiles, with their tremendous response range of 5-45,000Hz and a 50mm neodymium magnet which, if it lives up to Denon's usual standard, is sure to impress even hardened sceptics. We're promised a superb, warm sound, with accurate and well-defined dynamics.

The AH-D5000s go on sale in September for 5,000 ten-pence pieces, and are a good bet to be worth every last one. We'll have a full review up for you very soon.

Update: A full review of Denon's AH-D5000 headphones is now live. -Nate Lanxon