Audeze LCD-2 planar magnetic headphone
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
These cans are well-made (from an aesthetic standpoint), have easy-to-use connectors, and are fairly easy to drive compared with other cans in the price range. The wood is beautiful; comes in many different types, and rarely do you hear durability issues regarding the LCD-2s.
My main issue is that Audez'e (now known as Audeze, apparently) has not been around very long, and they've already come out with 2 or 3 iterations of the LCD-2 in less than 4 years. Granted, they started in 2009 with a 25 unit sale from CanJam, but it seems like they are still working out some kinks in their QA process. Every headphone is beautiful and I have never seen any flaws, but have heard dramatic differences between the same models, from the same amplifiers/DAC/source. I believe that some of these issues have been resolved, so it might not be as big of an issue now.
I think these cans offer a rare balance of price-quality. They're not as good as HD800s, but to some listeners who want strong lows and mids, these might be preferred. Most people, however, I think given a chance to hear all 3 on the same system would conclude otherwise. Even in the last 2 years, I've noticed the number of LCD-2s at Head-Fi meets decreasing and HD800s, HiFiMAN, and others increasing. Granted this is a small sample, and these cans hold incredible resale value, but it doesn't seem to be the big fad it once was. I will be interested in hearing the latest models that were recently released.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i picked up an LCD2 a few months ago and i've been enjoying mine, but keep in mind these are very heavy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by sushil
It would be useless to try to outdo some of the more eloquent reviews of these headphones, but I will pitch in my two cents for what it's worth and hope that some people will get... Read morePublished 15 months ago by B. A. BANISTER
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. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Austin Lane
I am an engineer and not a writer so this will be brief.... These are hands down the best headphones I have ever used. Read morePublished 20 months ago by PH
Bought these directly from audeze with bamboo. At the time of this review they are almost 1K, for the rose wood its about 150 more.Published on May 10, 2013 by Matt