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Audeze LCD-2 planar magnetic headphone

by Audeze

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  • Circumaura - open style, magnetic planar type transducer
  • Frequency response: 5 Hz - 20 KHz, usable high-frequency extension of 50 KHz
  • Total harmonic distortion (THD): Less than 1% throughout entire frequency range
  • Impedance: 60 Ohms, purely resistive
  • Cable: single-ended, 0.25-Inch” TRS to 2x4-pin mini XLR, length: 2.5 m or 8.2 ft
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B00B3TEZ30
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 21, 2013

Product Description

The LCD-2 is the state of the art Planar Magnetic Headphone from Audez'e Inc. Every component of the LCD-2 is precision engineered with one goal in mind: Recreate the sound exactly like the artist intended. LCD-2 combines leading edge technology and development with knowledge, feedback and suggestions from an on-going dialogue with Sound Engineers and Audiophiles. Technical Specifications : Transducer type: Dynamic. Operating principle: Semi-open. Planar Magnetic Transducers. Frequency response: 5 - 20khz, usable high frequency extension 50 KHz. Impedance: 60 Ω, nominal. Nominal SPL: 102 dB (1 mW / 500 Hz). T.H.D: < 1% at full output Maximum diaphragm excursion: 2.5mm p-p. Efficiency: 91 dB/1mW. Maximum output: 133dB, 15W. Custom designed Caribbean Rosewood earcups. Specially designed premium lamb skin leather earpads. Diaphragm excursion of 2.5 mm p-p for very high SPL. Maximum output exceeds 130 dB. Left and rear transducers have matched sensitivity and frequency response within +/- 0.5 dB. Specially designed self closing, acoustically transparent magnetic structure with highest grade Neodymium magnets. Large diaphragm area creates plane sound waves that enter ear canals the same way as it happens in real environment. Transducer active diaphragm area: 6.17 square inches. Input cable: Custom cable with mini XLR connectors. Contact pressure: 1.5 N. Weight: 550 g, without cable. Features: Semi-open design. Leather Headband. Frequency response graph of the particular LCD-2. Woodbox for storage. Wood Care kit.

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It costs an exorbitant amount of money, and you can get by with much, much less.
Christian G. Rivera
I will keep this review short because, well, it's not hard to keep a review succinct and still provide comprehensive information to potential buyers.
Craig Olson
Other such headphones include the Shure SRH840 and 1840, AKG K712, B&O H6, B&W P7, Beyer Custom One Pro, FAD Pandora VI, and MrSpeakers Mad Dog.
Dale Thorn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Christian G. Rivera on June 17, 2013
The LCD-2 are one of the most popular, and highly regarded former flagships to date. Until the LCD-3's release, the LCD-2 was arguably known as the best headphone in the world in the $1500 or less price range. It's most popular and direct competitors in the price range are the Hifiman HE-6, the Sennheiser HD800, Ultrasone Edition 8 and Signature Pro, among some others.

Build Quality: I must say I'm not a big fan of the LCD-2's aesthetics. It has a very retro look to it, as if these were made in the 1940s. I'm sure there are many fans of it's look, but I'm not one of them. It looks clunky, way too large, and borderline utilitarian, in my opinion. The cups are made of wood (there are rosewood and bamboo variants, bamboo being lighter). I was sent the bamboo LCD-2, which I was hoping on, as the LCD-2 is quite heavy as is. The grills are black, with the Audeze grill design, with screws that protrude holding it in place. The headband adjustment is basically two long cylindrical rods, which look durable, but ugly as sin. The headband is padded with leather bumps, which aren't as offensive as the AKG K701/2/Q701 bumps. They aren't extremely soft, but get the job done. The cable input is a 4-pin XLR, which is leaps and bounds better than Hifiman's horrible screw-in type of connector.

The connectors are angled, which I'm a big fan of, as they allow the headphone cables to stick out a little in front of you, and not directly fall on your shoulders. The removable headphone cable looks straight out of 1940 as well, with small cables covering each channel and stuck together. While it's not the prettiest cable, I am a fan, as it's relatively flat, and should be mostly tangle-free. The termination is a very thich 6.3mm (1/4") plug, which screams rugged and durable.
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Sources: Windows PC (Foobar2000) and Mac (iTunes) with Microstreamer DAC/amp, Microstreamer DAC with Decware Zen Head amp, iPhone6-Plus with v-moda Verza DAC/amp.

Note_1: My first impressions of the sound of the LCD2 (Fazor edition) headphone are based on direct comparisons to other headphones - the AKG K812 and K712, the Beyerdynamic T90, DT1350 and T51p, the FAD Pandora IV and VI, and notes I've accumulated from many prior reviews. I describe how I relate to the LCD2 (i.e. my personal tastes and how I use the headphone) only after covering all of the objective issues.

Note_2: I used my review of the Beyer T1 headphone as the template for this written review, but very little of the T1 review text will remain unchanged here except for the music sample comments below. Those comments can be compared to the equivalent comments in the T1 review, and the few differences should give some insight on how the LCD2 compares to the T1. Many other recent reviews I've done contain these same music selections, with comments that are specific to those other headphones, and those can also be compared to the music comments below.

Summary of sound: Since this LCD2 was a loaner**, it was already broken in and needed nothing more than a few minutes warm-up to get settled. My immediate impression was of a neutral bass, ideal midrange, and near-ideal smooth treble. The only EQ adjustments I made after 2 days of testing were a 4 db boost at 40 hz - per my preference for some extra impact in the deep bass, and a narrow 5 db boost at 8 khz, to add a little more 'presence' where I perceived a slight recess compared to 7 and 9 khz.
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I am an engineer and not a writer so this will be brief.... These are hands down the best headphones I have ever used. I did some research and kept coming across raves about Audeze. So, I checked them out and was massively impressed... Enough to buy two pair for my studio... Great investment that gets greater every time I go to work with these cans.... I make records for a living and these just made my living a lot happier.... Besides incredible sounds they look cool and feel great on.... What else can I say... Sound beyond exquisite. Look cool. Feel good on. Others can write all the spec stuff, I have music to make. Thanks!
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