I still hold that point of view, because it is rooted in some pretty sensible logic as well as lots and lots of listening to both headphones and live music. But, since my original review of the AH-D5000s, many new high-end headphones have come to market (e.g., the Sennheiser HD-800, the Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla, and the Ultrasone Edition 8 to name a few). As technology marches forward, the colorations of the Denon 5000s have seemed more bothersome (they were always obvious). This led us to wonder if the maximum supreme AH-D7000s might resolve some of the issues with the 5000, while retaining strengths no other headphone has matched recently.
I’ve been listening to the AH-D7000s at length now, and I can offer some observations. While reading this, keep in mind that the street price for the 7000s lies in between the upper-middle headphones in other manufacturer’s product lines (e.g. the Sennheiser HD-650, which lists for about $500) and the new ultra-premium headphones (e.g., the Sennheiser HD-800, which sells for $1399.95).
Overall the Denon sounds quite smooth and relatively flat (considering the typical frequency response variations of even high-end headphones). I would characterize the 7000s as having a slightly “U” shaped frequency response curve—that is, a curve with some small emphasis in the bass and the treble.