Denon D5000 lack of air on acoustic guitars
Oct 30, 2009 at 8:36 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 5


New Head-Fier
Sep 27, 2009
Anyone notice that on the AH-D5000s acoustic guitars have zero air and sound like cardboard (or at least palm muted)? It doesnt seem to be a bass/treble imbalance. The air just simply ain't there. Anyone know if the d7000s fix this? I've found the Senn HD600 to be very tonally accurate in comparison, but they lack that mega denon bass. Cheers.
Oct 30, 2009 at 10:09 AM Post #2 of 5


Headphoneus Supremus
Oct 18, 2008
31's a tradeoff. but perhaps the D7000 is better in that area, and still retain the great denon bass from what I read, but it is still not "Mega" bass like the D5000, you will lose some of it.

I can advise you to get yourself another pair of cans that you can use for certain music genres. like the senns for example, or grado. they both are very good in acoustic,especially because they are open cans.
Oct 30, 2009 at 1:42 PM Post #5 of 5


1000+ Head-Fier
Oct 7, 2007
No air on acoustic guitars?
I don't agree, I think.
My references are the previous headphones I tried and own(ed) and with them in mind I don't find the guitars on the D5000's sound like cardboard at all.

Playing some Fado by Cristina Branco, acoustic songs by Sun Kil Moon I find the acoustic guitar to sound just like a acoustic guitar does.

But to be honest there's something in the sound of the D5000's that needs to get used to.
Both my Audio Technica's sound like headphones, when I am wearing them I am aware of it and there's this immediacy and exaggerated presence in their sound.

The D5000's seem to sound closed and more distant at first, their presence is more subtle, but very soon I forget about wearing them and the sound is just there, a lot quieter.
Another thing that I needed to get used to was their inconsistency in presence (and I mean this as a good thing) whether they sound upfront or more laid-back lies more in the recording than in the overall balance of the headphones.

My Audio Technica A500's have a tendency to sameness, treating everything the same way: upfront and with exaggerated separation and air between instruments in less complex material.
The D5000's can sound just as upfront, but only if the music is recorded that way, their ability to not alter spatial/acoustic 'information' make them sound more natural.
So yes, maybe there's less 'air' on guitars with certain recordings, but it certainly never sounds like carboard to me

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