The sealed-back Denon AH-D5000 headphones have been long known for their performance with a signature warm, lush mid-range and fantastic bass. The real mahogany wood-back ear cups are rare in the metal/plastic laden world of headphones (though we’ve seen some great alternatives exist). It’s a headphone befitting of the 100-year old Japanese audio company and here are our hands-on thoughts.

The Denon AH-D5000 ($699) features a mahogany wood housing that makes this headset sound as appealing as it looks. The wood enclosures function not only to provide superior acoustics with a warm, rich sound but are also lightweight enough to keep from causing weight-burden after hours of listening. Additional key features of the D5000 include its Microfiber diaphragm that reproduces sonic characteristics similar to those found in concert halls and the Acoustic Optimizer that adjusts the sound pressure balance in front and behind Microfiber diaphragm to provide balance clear bass and balance at the low to mid frequency ranges.

If you do procure the Denon AH-D5000, take heed, getting the best sound from the D5000 is like dating a beautiful woman. It’s going to take time and effort. She’s not going to show you all her tricks at once and will take hours (read: hundreds) of burn-in until you can truly experience her magic. Once there, you’ll be rewarded with a smooth, warm, rich sound with unbelievable depth and clarity found throughout the listening spectrum.

Editor’s Tip: While these cans boast an excellent frequency response that would work with your existing iPod, we recommend pairing the D5000’s with a good headphone amp like a Neuhaus. Don’t forget the Mood Audio LOD cable either.

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