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Audeze LCD-2 planar magnetic headphone

by Audeze
8 customer reviews

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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 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.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B00B3TEZ30
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 21, 2013

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37 of 40 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By blazerunnerstl on January 5, 2015
TLDR version: If you're buying these just for listening and have the cash to spend, you'll love them. If you are going to be using them as mixing headphones, read on...

I bought these from Vintage King Los Angeles. I'm a huge fan of referencing mixes in headphones and had been using AKG 712 pros as a main reference, which are great headphones as well, but also in a lower price range. I also own the AKG 240s, and for whatever reason, one thing I loved about the AKG 240 was the slightly smaller sound stage than the AKG 712s - I could fix editing errors easier with them, though the 712s were absolutely better than the 240s for checking and fine tuning the overall mix.

One thing I enjoy about the LCD-2s is that they have a soundstage that feels slightly more closed and intimate than the 712s, but also have a more accurate low end that translates well to monitors. Also, the definition of these headphones is of a higher caliber.

One thing you need to be sure to do is adjust them on your ears to be exactly correct or one side might feel a little muted/strange.

The fact that you're finally able to critique mixes of albums that you have been listening to for years, decipher the elements of each mix, and hear accurate representation of how things are panned is something that can only be experienced.

I'm able to hear "hidden" parts in albums I've listened to for years. It's even possible to hear unclean edit points within vocals and hear subtle saturation when different mic pres/effects are used. It's also really easy to pick out guitar tone and each individual guitar part.

ABSOLUTELY worth the money if you like to reference your mixes on headphones or are someone who wants to listen to music with the highest quality. The included travel case is a nice addition and I'd definitely feel safe taking these on a plane as carry on luggage. I highly recommend demoing these if you have the possibility.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ben T. on April 16, 2013
Simply the BEST headphones I've ever listened through. They are big, and seem heavy but once worn, for a while, are easy to get used to. I use them in professional applications and so have occasion wear them for extended periods of time. What ever initial discomfort, imagined, was soon displaced by the most amazing presentation of the music that I am recording. Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Austin Lane on January 29, 2015
i bought a pair of these used from over at Head-fi. I have the rosewood rev2's without fazors. That said, there's nothing i can say that hasn't been already.

Tight bass, golden midrange with good highs. These are a tad warm so if you're used to most headphones by shure, these may sound odd. I suggest getting microfibre earpads over the leather for comfort. But i like the leather headband.

These are big and heavy. Kinda tight on your head. You get used to them after awhile. The 02 + odac is your best bet for an amp. Honestly i doubt a better amp will change anything unless you have a tube amp and want to mess with the sound signature a bit. In which case i recommend the Lyr 2 + modi.
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