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The MDR-SA5000 headphone set features a 50mm nano composite HD diameter drive unit.

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very neutral sound - often compared to the AKG K701/702, debated as to which is superior

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magnesium frame structure adds to comfort by making the headphones lighter than they look

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designed for comfort (many high end headphones aren't)

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good for studio work

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leather earpads with large area disperse pressure

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might be too neutral/cold for music listening

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very few upgrades over the MDR-SA3000, same drivers and body

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strange look

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doesn't compare to older Sony high-end models

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The Sony MDR-SA5000 is a very expensive top of the line set of high definition sound producing headphones with a Circum-aural design (completely covers the ears) and a custom tailored headband to provide excellent, and long withstanding, listening comfort. According to Sony the SA5000 headphones are "designed perfectly for long-wearing comfort with a combination of crystal clear HD sound". The MDR-SA5000 headphone set features a 50mm nano composite HD diameter drive unit, and provides a super wide frequency range for use with the nanocomposite diaphragm. The Sony MDR-SA5000 headphone set was released on June 21, 2006 and has an MSRP of $699.99, which is listed on the official Sony website.

The MDR-SA5000 headset also includes additional features such as a 360kJ/m3 high power neodymium magnet, a magnesium frame structure for super lightweight design, gold plated stereo plugs to maximize sound efficiency, comfortable leather ear pad fittings designed with pressure dispersing dimensions for enhanced wearing comfort, a 3.5m texture type wire with an oxygen free highly conductive core, and a fully adjustable, lightweight, headband for custom fit. 

Key Specs
  • Circum-aural (completely covers ears) ear-bud design
  • Magnesium frame for super lightweight design
  • Comfortable leather material fitted ear pads with pressure dispersing design
  • 3.5 texture type wire with an Oxygen free copper core
  • Gold plated stereo plugs
  • Fully Adjustable Headband
  • Frequency Response: 6Hz -100,000Hz
  • Driver Unit: 50mm Nano composite HD, dome type
  • Impedance: 70 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 102dB/mW
  • Power Handling Capacity: 1,500mW (1.5W)
  • Magnet: Neodymium (360kJ/m3)
  • Release Date: 04/21/2006
  • MSRP: $699.99
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