Yamaha YH-5000SE Flagship Orthodynamic Headphone

The very essence of Yamaha's aspirations - pursuing a sound that is always true.

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True Sound

Yahama's YH-5000SE headphones combine advanced technologies to create a sound of tremendous quality. This is the very essence of Yamaha’s aspirations, to pursue a sound that is always true. With the finest materials, exemplified by Yamaha's unique and historic ORTHODYNAMIC™ driver which has undergone even further evolution over time. For those seeking the absolute pinnacle of True Sound in headphones, the solution is here.


Yamaha's original ORTHODYNAMIC™ headphones captivated audiophiles in the 1970s, beginning with the famed HP-1. Taking advantage of the latest technology, Yamaha has redesigned this driver, which encompasses a thin film diaphragm with metal coil patterning. To minimize any degradation in sound quality, Yamaha implemented various innovative measures. These include eliminating the fixed central structure of conventional headphones, ensuring shape retention by use of concentric circle corrugation and pattern reinforcement, and avoiding magnetic substances in the vicinity. All of these enable an authentic sound that is easy on the ears and yet ultra-responsive.


The YH-5000SE's large housing that comfortably envelops the ear has ample internal acoustic volume. It features an open-back design for creating ideal airflow, thereby reducing adverse effects on the thin film diaphragm, and preventing sound reflections inside the rear cavity. This helps with eliminating undesirable resonance. Moreover, Yamaha has adopted a newly developed Japanese-made rolled plain Dutch weave stainless steel filter to control internal pressure in the housing, with an arch-shaped protrusion arranged inside the housing which functions as a reflector. These features allowed Yamaha to achieve exceptionally realistic reproduction of both instrumental and vocal sounds, and properly control those sounds throughout their initial attack and final decay.


In order that listeners can deeply immerse themselves in the sound, a comfortable fit is absolutely essential, especially when listening for a long period of time. To help users do so, Yamaha included two different types of earpads with the YH-5000SE. A leather version has sheepskin positioned at the front of skin contact, offering moderate moisture absorption and odor protection. By combining highly flexible perforated synthetic leather on the outer periphery with well-ventilated mesh on the inner circumference, it also achieves both a finely contoured sound image and a clear sound field. The suede version, on the other hand, utilizes Toray Ultrasuede®, a luxurious yet highly functional non-woven material with a suede texture, for its use not only in fashion and interior design, but also for automotive and airplane upholstery, sports gear, and cases and accessories for smartphones and mobile devices. It allows you to enjoy an even longer immersive experience-providing a supple enveloping fit, as well as superbly soft, warm sound.

* The name Ultrasuede® is a registered trademark of Toray Industries, Inc.


The YH-5000SE features detachable high-quality cables for giving true audiophiles flexibility. Moreover, two types of cables are included for both balanced and unbalanced connections: a specially designed 3.5 mm, 3-pole plug cable and a 4.4 mm five-pole plug balanced cable. The core of the cable is comprised of silver-coated OFC cable, resulting in clear mid- and high-frequencies and expressive lows.

  • Yamaha True Sound allows you to immerse yourself in a world of sound and music
  • Yamaha ORTHODYNAMIC™ driver provides sonic accuracy and enables ultra-responsive performance
  • Ultra-lightweight, thin-film diaphragm faithfully recreates varying musical dynamics
  • Large housing features Japanese-made rolled plain Dutch weave stainless steel filter and an arch-shaped protrusion
  • Magnesium body is lightweight and has outstanding rigidity
  • Two-layer headband and smooth stepless slider provide maximum comfort
  • Two types of earpads included (Leather and Suede)
  • Two types of silver-coated OFC cables included: 3.5 mm (3-pole plug cable) and a 4.4 mm (five-pole plug balanced cable)
  • Includes dedicated headphone stand
  • Produced at the Yamaha Kakegawa factory in Japan, which handles flagship models of grand pianos and audio components
  • YH-5000 Headphones (main unit)
  • HUC-SC020 Headphone 2m Unbalanced Cable (3.5mm with 6.35 adapter)
  • HBC-SC020 Headphone 2m Balanced Cable (4.4mm)
  • HEP-5000LE Headphone Earpads (Leather)
  • HEP-5000SU Headphone Earpads (Ultrasuede®)
  • HST-5000 Headphone Stand

YH-5000 Headphones (main unit)

  • Driver type: Open-back type
  • Driver units: Planar magnetic (Orthodynamic™ driver)
  • Frequency response: 5 Hz–70 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB/mW (at 1 kHz)
  • Impedance: 34 Ω (at 1 kHz)
  • Weight: Approx. 320 g (11.29 oz) (not including cable but including earpads (LE))

HUC-SC020 Headphone Unbalanced Cable

  • Length: Approx. 2 m (78-3/4″)
  • Plug shape - Device side: 3.5 mm, three-conductor plug (includes 6.3 mm screw-on adapter)
  • Plug shape - Headphones side: 3.5 mm, two-conductor plug
  • Conductive material: Silver-coated OFC
  • Weight: Approx. 105 g (3.7 oz)

HBC-SC020 Headphone Balanced Cable

  • Length: Approx. 2 m (78-3/4″)
  • Plug shape - Device side: 4.4 mm, five-conductor plug
  • Plug shape - Headphones side: 3.5 mm, two-conductor plug
  • Conductive material: Silver-coated OFC
  • Weight: Approx. 100 g (3.53 oz)

HEP-5000LE Headphone Earpads (Leather)

  • Surface material: Sheepskin and polyurethane leather
  • Weight: Approx. 30 g (1.06 oz) / L and R pair

HEP-5000SU Headphone Earpads (Ultrasuede®)

  • Surface material: Ultrasuede® (artificial suede-like leather)
  • Weight: Approx. 30 g (1.06 oz) / L and R pair

HST-5000 Headphone Stand

  • Dimensions (W × H × D): 118 × 283 × 146 mm (4-5/8" x 11-1/8" x 5-3/4")
  • Weight: Approx. 980 g (34.57 oz)
  • Material - Main unit: Aluminum
  • Material - Joints: Copper alloy

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