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Denon AH-D5000 - Made in Japan?

post #1 of 37
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I have only seen one pair of D5000's in real life, and they were made in China. (they were also bought from either Audio Cubes or Price Japan, don't know which).

I have read rumors that D5000's bought from US distributors are MADE IN JAPAN.

Any truth to this?

If someone has a pair that really is made in Japan, could you kindly post a picture to verify and let us know where you bought em?

Mahalo!
post #2 of 37
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anyone?
post #3 of 37
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Originally Posted by Bootleg View Post
anyone?
What is your point? Does it sound any different based on where it is manufactured?
post #4 of 37
Well since nobody's replied... maybe the headband/whatever component was made in China and then assembled in Japan?
post #5 of 37
i think its the other way around, components made in japan and assembled in china
post #6 of 37
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What is your point? Does it sound any different based on where it is manufactured?
Look at your avatar and get back to me/us.

The Chinese made D2000's and D5000's sound great, but they fall apart at the hinge screw.

If I was to put money on it (and I will soon be buying a second pair of Denon's) I'd rather take my chances on Japanese craftsmanship if given the choice.

Not too much of a stretch methinks.
post #7 of 37
AFAIK, there's little electronics that actually MADE in japan, all of them is manufactured elsewhere, china, southeast asian countries. Denon should have tighten their QC in their assembly lines
post #8 of 37
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Originally Posted by Bootleg View Post
Look at your avatar and get back to me/us.

The Chinese made D2000's and D5000's sound great, but they fall apart at the hinge screw.

If I was to put money on it (and I will soon be buying a second pair of Denon's) I'd rather take my chances on Japanese craftsmanship if given the choice.

Not too much of a stretch methinks.
I doubt D2000s will survive 95 years and look as good. I figured it was another of those tired 'da** Chinese can't manufacture anything right' threads and you didn't let me down.

Good luck tring to chase down headphones manufactured in one country vs another. Global economy, etc. QC problems happen everywhere.

Send them back under warranty. Denon will get the message and fix the issue if it hasn't been addressed already.
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Good luck tring to chase down headphones manufactured in one country vs another. Global economy, etc. QC problems happen everywhere.
1. I love the Denon's.

2. I like them so much that I'm going to buy a second pair (D5000's) for home (D2000's are in service at work.)

3. I hate the workmanship on both the D5000's and D2000's. I am 2 for 2 with earcups falling off due to a poorly fastened screw mechanism in the hinge...both by the way were made in China.

4. Some on Head Fi have suggested that some Denon's may be made in Japan. If true, I'd like to try a pair from there and possibly get better reliability.

5. Itsborken, to be clear, since you are a global economy guy...if you had a choice between two supposedly identical pieces of electronic gear at the same price, same everything, except that one was made in China and the other was made in Japan, and you had no other information available to you in making your decision... are you able to say with a straight face that you might pick the Chinese version?
post #10 of 37
So do I. I had a pair of D2000s without this problem. I haven't heard of a rash of issues on these phones vs. any others. Prolly a new guy running a unfamiliar machine and messed up a batch. I do not see this being a far reaching, line threatening issue.

As far as picking goods from one country vs another, I'd get used to Chinese products. They aren't going to go away. As I recall, in my younger days people said the same thing about Japanese products. Now they say that about American products. Ya pays your money and ya makes your choices.
post #11 of 37
I purchased my D5000's in Japan, and they too were made in China. The instructions/safety warnings were in both Japanese and English, leading me to believe they used the same packaging for both US and Japanese distributions.

Also, if the version they sell in Japan isn't made in Japan; then it's doubtful that the version they sell elsewhere will be made in Japan. Japanese tend to sell items made in Japan inside Japan first before all else.

Also Bootleg, have you thought about shortening your signature? A 30 line signature block is somewhat excessive.
post #12 of 37
I just checked out the D5000 in J&R last week. They were made in China.

The only headphones I've owned that were not made in China are the ER4 (USA), Audio Technia CK7 and ES7 (Japan), Denon AH-D550 (Japan), E-Che MYM603-SL (Korea) and MDR-E828lp (Philippines).

If anyone wants to trade my Japanese Denons for some Chinese made ones, feel free!!
post #13 of 37
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Also Bootleg, have you thought about shortening your signature? A 30 line signature block is somewhat excessive.
Done as directed sir.
post #14 of 37
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I hate the workmanship on both the D5000's and D2000's. I am 2 for 2 with earcups falling off due to a poorly fastened screw mechanism in the hinge...both by the way were made in China.
I wonder if this poor finish is a trend because they seem to be having a hard time keeping up with demand.
post #15 of 37
I don't care where it was made, a good QC is enough. In my view, the great D5000 sounds so good without any defect in the product, so why do we so care about it?
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