Yamaha Unveils Flagship Headphones for the Most Passionate Music Fans

New YH-5000SE fuses inspiration from legendary 70s headphones with Yamaha-original tech and modern innovations to deliver the ultimate True Sound listening experience.

BUENA PARK, Calif. (November 17, 2022)The extraordinary passion that recording artists put into their music deserves to be honored by a listening experience of equal measure, one that brings their creations to life in the most faithful and inspired way possible – introducing the Yamaha YH-5000SE headphones.
Built to exceed the expectations of the most ardent of music lovers, the YH-5000SE delivers the ultimate True Sound experience, immersing the listener in the most authentic, nuanced, high-quality sound possible. Over six years in development, the headphones draw inspiration and engineering know-how from legendary Yamaha Orthodynamic® headphones from the 1970s, yet every aspect of the design has been wholly reimagined using the latest technologies and engineering methods. An equal level of care has been applied to the manufacturing process – the headphones are being built at the same factory in Kakegawa, Japan, that forges Yamaha flagship grand pianos and other premium audio products.
"The YH-5000SE is a testament to the creativity, excellence and workmanship that Yamaha stands for," said Alex Sadeghian, director of consumer audio, Yamaha Corporation of America. "It serves as a reminder of our capabilities in the world of headphones. With this one, we're going to stir things up since a new legend has been born."
The YH-5000SE is designed and built around the principles of True Sound, encompassing Tonal Balance, Dynamics, and Sound Image. The headphones ensure faithful reproduction over the entire sonic spectrum, including all musical instruments and vocals, at all pitches and frequencies. They accurately reproduce detailed breathy vocals and subtle performance nuances. Energetic dynamism comes through without distortion, and the spatial expression fully conveys every space as intended – from a cozy nightclub to the enthusiasm of a packed concert venue. Listening with the YH-5000SE is a musical experience that makes you feel you can reach out and touch the artist.
YH-5000SE highlights include:
  • Orthodynamic Drivers – The original Orthodynamic driver was reimagined using the latest technology, utilizing a thin, ultra-lightweight diaphragm to achieve dynamic contrast between stillness and motion. The headphones also accurately track the most minute sonic changes and provide full low-frequency expression with rich volume and extraordinary transparency.
  • Ingenious Acoustics – Employing an over-ear, open-back design, the large-capacity housing features ample internal acoustic volume for ideal operation of the ultra-thin film diaphragm. This creates a perfect airflow to prevent sound reflections inside the rear cavity and eliminates unwanted resonance at the back of the diaphragm. To control the internal air pressure, a newly developed, Japanese-made, rolled plain Dutch weave stainless steel filter was integrated into the housing.
  • Uncommon Comfort – The fitted two-layer headband evenly distributes the load on the head and optimizes lateral pressure, while a stepless slider adds the fine adjustment. In addition, it features an inclined swivel mechanism that smoothly stabilizes earpad surface pressure by tilting the rotation axis of the swivel. Weighing only 11.3 ounces (courtesy of a magnesium housing), they are one of the lightest, high-end headphones in the world.
  • High-End Accessories – Each YH-5000SE package comes with a full range of high-quality accessories, including a dedicated headphone stand machined out of solid aluminum, two different cable systems for balanced and unbalanced driver sources, and two different types of earpads: sheepskin leather and synthetic suede.
The new YH-5000SE flagship headphones provide a profound listening experience that makes music more realistic and moving.


The YH-5000SE will be available in early 2023 at usa.yamaha.com for $4,999.95 MSRP.
To learn more visit: https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio_visual/headphones/yh-5000se/index.html