Consider this headphone if: you’ve been looking for a wide-bandwidth headphone that sounds potent without deviating too far from sonic neutrality.
Look further if: you need state of the art resolution or neutrality at the frequency extremes.
Ratings (compared to similarly-priced headphones)
•Tonal Balance: 9.0
•Frequency Extremes: 9.0
If you’ve been following Playback’s headphone coverage over the past two years, you may have noticed that I am a fan of Denon’s high-end but not too high-priced AH-D5000 headphone. The AH-D5000 isn’t set up to be neutral, but I’ve used it to explain why literal neutrality and psycho-acoustic neutrality are likely to be two different things especially when it comes to headphones. The Denon 5000s have a somewhat elevated bass range that often does a better job of simulating the dynamic impact of live bass than does many a more theoretically “flat” headphone.