Gold Planar GL2000 Open Back

General Information

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Flagship Planar Magnetic Headphone​


  • Utilizing full frequency adjustment and open back style

  • GL2000 comes with a 2 meters long 6N OCC silver-plated cable

  • It adopts high-performance N52 magnet and complex external magnetic structure

  • Comes with a Balanced high-end cable with 4.4mm jack plug as default, 4Pin XLR cable and 3.5mm 1/8 cable with a 1/8 to 1/4(6.35mm) adapter can be ordered separately
Company Overview
Gold Planar
has roots going back to 2010, becoming a brand in its own right in 2017. They design and engineer their headphones in the USA, which are then assembled using in-house modified planar drivers by a Chinese Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) and distributed by Linsoul.

Latest reviews

John Massaria

500+ Head-Fier
Gold Planar GL2000 Planar Magnetic Open-Back Headphones YES WORTH THE HYPE
Pros: The price and quality of sound is a no brainer, this is an end game headphone for budget price, Comfort is great, build is solid, headband adjusts nicely and nearly like German car (yolk screws are not an issue any longer), two pads both great but I like the fuller design over the D shaped pad, bass is among the best I ever heard - lightening fast and no planar noise at all at higher volumes, plays excellent at low medium and high volumes, superb sound stage and placement around my head, timbre is among the best I ever heard, tremble is spot on and sounds sweet and organic- a pleasurable purchase I have zero regrets recommending to anyone looking to get in to planar or even over most dynamics as a stand alone go to open back headphone, cable is non micro-phonic but is only for 4.4 balanced, cary box is like a pelican carry case with custom foam cut outs and that is amazing at this price range
Cons: lots of sound leakage- everyone around you will hear your music louder than most planar's, comes with 4.4 balanced cable only, may not have pride of ownership like other headphones (like Kennerton for example) since this is made in China BUT the sound signature makes all that nonsense in practical terms- these are an amazing headphone no matter where it comes from...

POLAR REVIEWS MUST INDICATE SOME BAD COPIES OUT THERE BUT MINE WERE SPOT ON
I CAN NOT UNDERSTAND HOW SOME LOVE THESE AND SOME HATE....
MUST BE BAD COPIES IS MY GUESS...


Gold Planar GL2000 Planar Magnetic Open-Back Headphones
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review by JM
(bought @ full price)
SIDE NOTE: So you know, I have 3 systems at my home- my speakers are Vandersteen 3a Signatures, Magnepan 3.6r and my desk top system which uses SEAS drivers in custom D'Appolito configuration.
I edit videos and film on location for professionals- I mix sound for a living occasionally after I film them in person- sometimes I am handed tracks that are terrible masters but am asked to make videos from them without re-mastering the sound. My IMDB page is https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8127846/
I am not a flake or hard of hearing at all-I get sound tested by my doctor each year or two. I grew up with sound engineers in the studio who were mixing albums at The Mix Palace and Platinum Sound Recording and The Power Station, Electric Lady Studios Studios in NY to name a few. When I like something I will review it such as the Kennerton headphones I reviewed on head-fi before. If I take the time to review something it has to be meaningful- it must have moved me and compelled me to do so- I do not get paid for any reviews. I do this because I care to set the record straight on what I hear and how I felt about a particular piece of equipment.

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Unlike my other reviews this will be straight up and to the point...
From the moment I plugged them in I was hooked- very unique for me- I usually have to burn things in to love ‘em a bit more... not these... it was love at first listen... and yes the wonderful hype surrounding these are 100% warranted...
forget the single magnet version- THIS IS about the double magnet version only mind you... don't get side tracked... stay focused ADHD fellow people...
Short and sweet-

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So to jump right into this- wow. Impressed as soon as I unpacked and opened case... Two huge (yes huge bags) humidifiers included to keep moisture out. The wire is a 4.4mm balanced silver wire with dual 3.5mm connectors to the cups. Two ear pads included- one is memory foam (comes installed) and the ear "D" shaped pads is not memory foam- just regular foam but has a suede like material touching the skin. I preferred the larger memory foam ear pad without the D shape for both sound and comfort. The D shaped pad also has small perforated pin holes which diminishes some sound for me. Now for the sound- yes. Sound stage huge. Bass - soooo yummy and accurate with my Apache RSA amp with Sparkos quad SS2590 Pro single class A modules. Tremble is sweet, smooth and articulate. The mids are amazing as well with both male and female vocals. I will be keeping these and of course really love them for all they are- and everything they aren't- they aren't expensive but feel like they should be or maybe just maybe these put other more expensive designs to shame in many ways - maybe everything else is way over priced. This is a deal and a half even at full asking price of $639. Well done is all I keep saying with my inside voice every time I hook them up and sit to listen. I feel very happy - almost like I stole them. Truly a huge value setting a new performance bar. The proverbial cherry on top here is the practical high quality carry case which is unheard of in this price range. It looks like a “Pelican” type case with custom foam cut outs. Each driver is shipped with foam inserts to protect the planar drivers during shipping.

The Goldplanar GL2000 double magnet planar headphone are excellent and even way beyond the asking price... I can sit here all day and waste pixels and your time printing more words... I suggest stop reading all reviews on this headphone... trying to figure out why these have me and many other owners hooked -just get your hands on a pair and listen and hear for yourself. I feel complete when it comes to buying Planars after these- they really do check so many boxes for me. They meet my needs and my price perfectly. I should mention- I have owned the amazing heirloom quality Kennerton Thekks and Wodans but found myself coming back to my GH50JM Edition- I always seem to grab these closed back HPs since I love the solitude of closed backs and they (GH50 JM Edition) offer me a huge soundstage nearly as wide as open backs. I loved the more expensive Kennertons- their build quality and sound BUT I wound up hardly using them- why? My closed back GH50 always won me over- when it comes to open backs these (GL2000) changed my mind completely.
My question- why did I stop listening to open backs? I guess I always felt guilty- my house is full of people- and well, I again like my privacy when I listen and I like to be cordial. If I am going to listen to open backs it will be on my desktop monitors and not typically HPs. Until now that is... yes this meets and exceeds my expectations- and makes me throw my arms up and say I could care less who hears my music - and everything about privacy goes out the window. They are worth the trouble from my kids and my wife complaining they can hear my music. They image so well I can care less what anyone else thinks. These set a very high bar. Pure pleasure. You need to be careful of amp matching- do not expect an OTL or mismatched similar high impedance amp to mate well with these. The GL2000 they will sound best with a powerful Class A amp. Under powered amps will not make the cut here with the GL2000. Feed these the best amp you can afford and they will pay off huge dividends in superior performance.

SUB BASS: 8/10
BASS: 9/10
MIDS: 9/10
HIGH FREQ: 9/10
SOUNDSTAGE: 10/10
BUILD: 9/10
SUPPLIED CORD: 7.5/10 (4.4MM CONNECTION ONLY NO ADAPTER SUPPLIED)
ACCESSORIES: 10/10 (CASE AND EAR PADS ARE TOP NOTCH)
CLINICAL EVALUATION OF MUSIC: 8.5/10
PLEASURABLE SOUND OF MUSIC: 10/10
COMFORT: 8/10 (suggest
Dekoni Nuggets for long listening)
SUITABLE FOR: INDUSTRIAL, ROCK, EDM, BLUES, JAZZ AND CLASSICAL - YOU DON'T NEED ANYTHING ELSE

PORTABLE USE: NOT LIKELY OR RECOMMENDED FOR PORTABLE USE B/C OF SOUND LEAKAGE

AMP/DAC DEPENDENT: YES- YOU WILL HEAR WHAT YOU PLUG IN- NO HIDING HERE WITH THIS RESOLVING HP


Conclusion: This open back planar (ONLY THE DOUBLE MAGNET VERSION) will make you re-evaluate this hobby- why spend more and why listen to anything else??? unless you need a closed back and then I suggest listening to my own tuned HP from Kennerton called the Gjallahorn GH50JM Edition. My take on these is simple: awesome buy for asking price and even double or triple- save the D pads with pref holes and use full ear cups pads that come pre-installed instead for best sound- headband can feel a bit thin on middle part of skull while wearing for many hours - so maybe suggest Dekoni Nuggets- some reviewers love these some not so much- my thought there is some GL2000 left factory with some issues - no other way to explain the polar reviews. These are top tier and my copy is amazing. https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/gold-planar-gl2000-open-back.24993/-JM
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POLAR REVIEWS MUST INDICATE SOME BAD COPIES OUT THERE BUT MINE WERE SPOT ON - I CAN NOT UNDERSTAND HOW some people LOVE THESE AND SOME not so much- not hearing what so many who love them do.... MUST BE BAD COPIES IS MY GUESS...

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