The Audio Technica ATH-L5000 is not only out of the ordinary in terms of price, but the materials used to build them make them something really special. The super-soft leather and wood earpieces are just as convincing aesthetically as the sonic differentiation that this high-end device delivers. Ultra-wide highs, detailed mids and restrained basses characterise the sound of these headphones. Anyone who feeds the ATH-L5000 with a signal whose basses are at least slightly boosted will be rewarded with a sub-bass that will make the competition tremble. The only thing that doesn’t convince me is the insecure fit, due to the extravagant headband construction.
The price/performance ratio of these headphones is not only determined by their sound, which is undoubtedly impressive. Rather, Audio Technica also tries to use the scope of delivery with an impressive case and fabric-sheathed symmetrical cable as a selling point. As long as unmodified/unembellished sound enjoyment is the goal, the Audio Technica ATH-L5000 is a good choice as an exclusive listening tool. Due to its sound signature, this should be particularly fun for lovers of classical music and jazz.