Yamaha's new headphones YH-5000SE (Image Credit: Yamaha)
Yamaha's new headphones YH-5000SE (Image Credit: Yamaha)

First "5000" headphones in Yamaha's history

Ultra Light High End Headphones YH-5000SE from Yamaha

With the YH-5000SE, handmade according to strictest criteria at the factory in Kakegawa, Japan, famous for its grand pianos, Yamaha says it is presenting absolute top-of-the-line headphones.

For this top model, every detail is said to have been perfected to achieve the goal of absolutely authentic and audiophile sound. For the first time in the company's history, a pair of headphones thus carries the number 5000, which only superior high-end products such as the NS-5000 speakers receive.

By carrying "orthodynamic" drivers, a special form of planar magnetostatic drivers, it continues the long tradition of this technology known from the HP-1. For the new YH-5000SE, Yamaha has redesigned this specially developed driver with a thin-layer diaphragm, paying significant attention to weight reduction; the "voice coils" are etched directly onto the membranes now, and Yamaha specifies the frequency range at 70 kilohertz.

The 320 gram lightweight over-ear headphones encloses the ears comfortably. Thanks to their open design, a very good air circulation as well as long-term high wearing comfort are said to be ensured. A 3.5 mm cable with a 3-pin plug is included for connection, and a balanced 4.4 mm cable with a five-pin plug (Pentaconn) and a 6.3 mm adapter are included for corresponding headphone amplifiers. Future owners can also choose from two included ear pads: a sheepskin version and one made of Ultrasuede® microfiber fabric.

Yamaha's new flagship headphones YH-5000SE are expected to be available in early 2023* and will be priced at around €5,500*.

*Availability and price for Germany.

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