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Denon AH-D5000 Reference Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Sep 12, 2015

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Denon AH-D5000 Reference Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 09/13/2015
Based on 72 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.7
Returned or considering to return: 6.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.6   above average
Sound4.5   average
Music4.4   average
Quality4.3   average
Listening3.8   below average
Cable2.8   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"Prior to the ATH-A700s, I had never heard good audio, period."
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"Now, I fully realise that the world of higher-end headphones is biased towards a leaner, detailed sound, yet without warming said sound up, it seems that a lot of people fail to attain the audio nirvana promised by them, whatever their merits."
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"Buy these with confidence and enjoy a GREAT audio *investment*."
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"Just be a little careful and you will get an amazing audio device that will serve you well for a good long time!"
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"Denon is a 100 years old company - producing a range of excellent audio video equipment; putting headphone-only makers pale in comparison when one considers the entire audio reproduction process and its technical needs."
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"I tried the Audio Technica ATH-AD700s as well as the AKG K702s."
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"I use a HeadRoom Micro DAC and Headphone AMP (also HIGHLY recommended) playing high-bit-rate audio from my MacBook Pro."
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Cable

Cable:
"It is probably almost 1.5 times my height and I'm just short of 6 feet tall, so I have the cord coiled and wrapped to make it less of a hassle."
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"The only negative thing that I can think of is that the cord is awfully long."
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"Also a problem I see with these is that the cables are likely to pill and crack open."
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"The cables are big, thick, and inconvenient so going out with these would be a hassle."
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"The cord is also nice - I have heard of people complain about the cord before, but I wonder how they are judging it, or to what they are comparing it."
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"The cord is good but VERY long."
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"It is not a cheap and simple rubber cable you would expect from a $10 set of headphones; it is (at least ostensibly) a very nice cable."
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"The cord is also nice - I have heard of people complain about the cord before, but I wonder how they are judging it, or to what they are comparing it."
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"The cord is wrapped in a woven-thread cloth sheath-thing (please forgive my utter lack of articulation), and it is thick and good."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"I do have a couple of cons - first, as some other reviewers have pointed out the attachment of the cans to the headband seems flimsy - it does result in unsurpassed comfort for a headphone this large."
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"The closed design is a little warm at times, but they're supremely comfortable and provide amazing sound."
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"Very comfortable, can wear for hours with no problem."
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"Outstanding comfortable !"
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"I do have a couple of cons - first, as some other reviewers have pointed out the attachment of the cans to the headband seems flimsy - it does result in unsurpassed comfort for a headphone this large."
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"they are super super comfortable, and feel very solid and well made(though with such an expensive pair of cans i am always nervous when using them, especially because of the pivoted ear cups)."
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Listening

Listening:
"They do leak a lot of sound though, so others in the room might find it annoying listening to your music"
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"Unplugging these and listening to my dated yet excellent Klipsh THX computer speakers is not a peak experience."
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"its very thick and its not easily manageable, but after listening them i can leave with that."
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"After a few hours of listening, my ears would feel hot and uncomfortable, pressured and unpleasant."
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"Headphones seemed to be the best way to start listening to my music again in the evenings."
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"Happy listening! "
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"but if you care about listening to music enough to consider these, then you will not be dissapointed."
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"I read the interesting reviews that recommended running the headphones for a while before listening to them critically, also."
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"Unplugging these and listening to my dated yet excellent Klipsh THX computer speakers is not a peak experience."
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Music

Music:
"They do leak a lot of sound though, so others in the room might find it annoying listening to your music"
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"I broke them in for a couple of weeks with 24-7 music streaming through them."
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"That can be adjusted of course by reducing the bass a notch or so and they'd be still not just good but great for all musics."
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"Both of these are important because when you are mastering, these are areas you are most concerned with and if your listening environment is not faithfully reproducing these frequencies, you will do all manner of horrible things to your mix in an attempt to make the music sound right to you while you are working on it."
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"Wide spectrum music with tremendous dynamic range suffers terribly with anything but high quality power."
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"The sounds are so crisp, it's a pleasure to listen to my music now."
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"My only gripe is I would prefer just a little higher bass response because I love rock music and I like to feel it."
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"Headphones seemed to be the best way to start listening to my music again in the evenings."
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"I primarily use these with a headphone amp for gaming, but I would not hesitate to use them for accurate music reproduction and frequently do."
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"but if you care about listening to music enough to consider these, then you will not be dissapointed."
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Price

Price:
"It's so sad to have a pretty, fantastic sounding set of phones with an annoying, cheap, clearly destroying themselves set of cords."
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"These are great headphones for the price, but they are not as good as the D7000s."
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"Really good sound, unbeatable for that price."
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"I do have to say kudos to Amazon for a great price and fast Prime delivery."
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"The non-contenders here were: the AKG702s that seriously lacked bass and therefore I won't comment further on; and the Sennheiser HD800 that had such an amazing soundstage to the point that you could pick out individual instruments with ease (hence the $1500 price tag).That leaves us with the AHD5000, Sennheiser HD650 and HD598 which I tested on a high-quality Marantz receiver."
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"i am happy with both of my purchases, i get a lot of use from both these and the grados, and i am confident i made the right choices for the money - the grados have slightly better separation and soundstage, but are more fatiguing because of it.... but when i just want to lean back and chill out to some music without getting all nerdy and technical, these are definitely my goto headphones."
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"If you are thinking to yourself, Well, I really enjoy music, but will my money REALLY be worth it?"
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Quality

Quality:
"Poor quality mp3's are painful to listen to, avoid them."
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"I didn't realize how music sounded so different in higher quality headphones... not so much for accurate reproduction, but for how it changes the elegance and dynamic of the overall sound... like giving it more complex character."
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"Wide spectrum music with tremendous dynamic range suffers terribly with anything but high quality power."
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"These are pretty bass focused headphones but keep a very good sound quality in the mids and highs as well."
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"AMAZING sound quality!"
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"Build quality wise, these are pretty solid."
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"Go for a good quality encoding like FLAC."
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"I would recommend getting only quality recordings though."
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Sound

Sound:
"The only problem is that given the cost of this headphone, I can't really recommend it anymore, as there are options today that sound just as good and are significantly cheaper."
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"I'm slightly disappointed with the sound stage but let's face it."
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"the sound.... oh my god, the sound.... they may not be the most accurate from a technical perspective, im sure if you go into the physics and graphs, these are not the best, and i will also acknowledge that i have not listened to any cans more expensive than these.... but compared to high end cans like sennheiser hd650, beyerdynamic990, grado325is, and then all the sony jvc etc (not to mention those crappy 'bos' monster beats) these are the most tonal, inviting, warm, and natural sounding headphones i have experienced.... they are a masterpiece, well done denon."
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"- very comfortable to wear, despite the size- it plays fine and loud enough in my old 256MB IRiver MP3... but see conCon:- once I heard the D5000 through the Onkyo and SB Ti HD, they made my MP3 players sound inadequate and bad."
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"I don't know if it is a good thing, but I do know that it is an interesting sound and I suppose the fact that the mids feel a little further away helps the overall sound to be more distinct, with separated and easily distinguishable parts."
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"These sound and look amazing."
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"The closed design is a little warm at times, but they're supremely comfortable and provide amazing sound."
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"These sound as good as I had hoped."
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"They have great bass, clear, forward sounding mids and clean,clear highs."
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"Without a doubt they have the sound signature that I love!"
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