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Aune AR5000 Headphone Review

Rate this headphone:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 5 3.2%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 35 22.3%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther)

    Votes: 70 44.6%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 47 29.9%

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Thomas_A

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More RME-like DACs with built-in PEQ is an option, but another path would be a FreeDSP-like upgrade cable for headphones (where your EQ “follows” the HP). Sure you’ll now have to deal with a “digital” USB-C HP, but it’s becoming ubiquitous. The very good sensitivity should make the AR5000 an easy target…
Feedback correction like Bose QC25/35 works fine IMO 20 Hz-1 kHz, but a bit more work needs to be done for > 1 kHz. Otherwise I am using my DT150/DT100pad headphone most of the time. It just works. Dongle USB-C cables with EQ supplied for free could be one solution - but are there such around today?
 

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I also measured AR5000 by 43AG,the bass is fine and treble differed a lot from the test position, maybe due to the heavy angle. When listened with ar5000, I don't think it lack treble or bass. I prefer to use it without EQ, and is just fine.
 

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Nice review!

Upon testing the AR5000, I found the positioning on the measurement rig plays a very significant role in the FR you get. This is expected. As Amir mentioned at the beginning of the review, the AR5000's drivers are highly angled. That means a greater degree of variability in how they interact with the pinnae.

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Wear them with your ears towards the front of the AR5000 ear cups (blue curve) tends to give you the most upper-mids and treble, compared to wearing them in the middle/back of the ear cup (purple/red).

p.s. I am using the GRAS 43AG-4 namely the regular IEC60318-4 coupler so the treble response can be a bit different from Amir's measurement.
hi,I had similar FR curve with you. I think headphones with heavy angled drivers are hard to test.
 

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Feedback correction like Bose QC25/35 works fine IMO 20 Hz-1 kHz, but a bit more work needs to be done for > 1 kHz. Otherwise I am using my DT150/DT100pad headphone most of the time. It just works. Dongle USB-C cables with EQ supplied for free could be one solution - but are there such around today?
There are for IEMs: Moondrop FreeDSP & CDSP (and there are USB-C IEMs with DSP from Moondrop and Tanchjim). I don’t think there are equivalents for Headphones. A few ANC headphones offer a USB-C digital input, but that’s yet another category.
 

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it's a good car, but you need to change the wheels and suspension
Really bad analogy. As someone who worked professionally in the automotive motorsports industry as a suspension and chassis tuner/engineer, I would 1000% rather own/operate/drive a finely tuned (with aftermarket parts) vehicle than it’s more contemporary/higher end stock equivalent.

This is the exactly how ~300hp Mazda Miatas can beat the lap times of 600hp $300,000 Lamborghini huracan super trofeo race cars.

the great thing is, unlike tuning/building cars, which costs a lot of money and requires a ton of engineering experience, you can upgrade cheap headphones like these with a 100% free piece of software called Peace/EQAPO.

There are also numerous standalone portable devices (Qudelix 5k, T71 etc) which include DSP.

The public’s adversion to DSP/EQ is based on a traditionalist mindset. Reminds me of when concerts transitioned from horrible massive clusters of point sources to L’Acousrics V-Dosc line arrays. So many people cling to the status quo even though there was a superior solution entering the ring.
 
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Aune fan here, my loyal S7 amplifier I will never let it go. I'm glad they're making incursions into the headphone world now, delivering top quality as always, I wish them the best
 

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Yeah, very nice low distortion for low-mid price headphone! What material is used for drivers and pads?
 

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Are we simply trolling these days? Recommending something AFTER eq is just plain nonsense, it's like saying "it's a good car, but you need to change the wheels and suspension"...
Not using EQ because you're some old school audiophile purist is trolling. (Not directed at you by the way unless you are said purist who "rolls" amps, dacs, cables and tubes.):D
 

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The distortion was audible? Really? Bass distortion looks good in this.
By the way how angled are the drivers?
I kind of want one because it's so pretty for such a good price.
 

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The distortion was audible? Really? Bass distortion looks good in this.
Since the bass region needs close to a +10db boost in the sub-bass area (which already has the highest distortion) to match the Harman target I suspect it's not that unlikely that bass distortion will be audible after EQ.
 

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Since the bass region needs close to a +10db boost in the sub-bass area (which already has the highest distortion) to match the Harman target I suspect it's not that unlikely that bass distortion will be audible after EQ.
Still, it should not distort when listening at normal levels. I don't really trust Amir's EQ distortion claims since my experience do not align with it for couple of headphones ha has tested.
 

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Still, it should not distort when listening at normal levels. I don't really trust Amir's EQ distortion claims since my experience do not align with it for couple of headphones ha has tested.
And "normal" levels are what exactly? If you tend to listen at 90db max or below, you likely won't hear the distortion. But for anyone who likes to crank the volume (even if just occasionally) the distortion would likely be audible.
This doesn't mean that the measurement or perception is wrong. Just that the distortion data is not as relevant to you as it is for others.
 

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Post eq, I'm leaning towards this over the sundara and verum 1. Would like to hear what everyone else thinks...
 

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Sure, I agree that EQ can be used and improve almost all headphones with a poor response (distortion aside). But it is not always a free option, depending of how you use it.
Sure, and Amir is usually clear in his reviews about whether he recommends a headphone without EQ, or only with EQ.

I'm not sure why people are being critical of that. You know if EQ is available to you or not. If it's not, don't buy a headphone that's recommended only when EQ is available.
 

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@amirm What is your subjective take on build quality especially wrt the Sennheiser HD6XX series?
 

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Are we simply trolling these days? Recommending something AFTER eq is just plain nonsense, it's like saying "it's a good car, but you need to change the wheels and suspension"...
I am personally against headphones that require an amplifier. It is like saying "it is a good car, but you need to supply the engine".

Car analogies are like Toyota Hilux - they always work no matter what.
 
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