It's purely subjective whether or not you like this, but we felt the D2000s lacked an element of warmth, and the composite enclosures have contributed to this. One point to note is the less prominent upper bass which, unlike the D5000s for example, doesn't blend into the mid-range.
While this didn't detract from our enjoyment, we've heard KT Tunstall's Black Horse and The Cherry Tree sound warmer through other models. The believable sound stage is still there, though, and that great separation we keep talking about helped this song still sound terrific.
Moving on to Pendulum's Propane Nightmares, a tight, clear bass, deep response and decent power were all present. Those smooth bass lines were delivered clearly, fuelled by raw power and enabling dance music to sound live.
We must mention that for closed-back cans they're remarkably open. Okay, they've not got the true openness of, say, Sennheiser's HD 650s, but they're among the most open-sounding closed headphones we've ever heard.
In the £200-300 price bracket, Denon's AH-D2000s are truly outstanding. Masses of detail and a sonically neutral, balanced sound make these superb reference cans. Yes, they're half the price of the £500 AH-D5000s, but they're far from being just half as good, making them terrific value for money.
Our one point to note is that we've heard warmer-sounding 'phones, so if this is an absolute be-all and end-all requirement, at least aim to try them out before you buy.
Edited by Shannon Doubleday