Yamaha YH-5000SE / YH-5000 headphones hands-on review

Sometimes looking back helps to move forward. It’s a seemingly popular approach in hi-fi right now, as manufacturers are increasingly launching new retro-modern designs based on old classics in their catalogues. And it’s one that Yamaha decided to take six years ago to develop the forthcoming YH-5000 flagship headphones you envision. Yamaha looked back 50 years.

In the 1970s, the more ambitious hi-fi and headphone manufacturers looked beyond the dynamic driver. They experimented with electrostatic and planar technologies to match the heights of consumer audio kits with the advancing studio recording ambitions of not only stereo tracks but also multi-channel (yes, this was back then The Dark side of the moon the world changed, man).

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