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Audeze Lcd-3

3.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product Description

When we started designing the LCD-3 professional reference headphones, the goal was very clear, it must be the best. No compromise when it comes to the quality of sound. It provides the highest level of audio quality, unsurpassed bass extension, exceptional treble and the best mid-range.Innovations Every Day. Audez'e aspires to deliver extraordinary products through research. The LCD-3 is packed with many innovative technologies and new approaches. The all new LOTUS diaphragm that uses a special alloy for conductive traces gives us greater control, lower distortion. Translation - Music that sounds like original studio recordings. Overview Nothing matches the warmth and sheer luxury of natural wood. The Zebra Wood (Zebrano) with its intense color variation that ranges from light to dark complements the LCD-3s and was chosen specifically for its appearance. Very soft lambskin earpads that are gently sloped create a very realistic soundscape. The headphones come with both single ended and balanced cables and a choice of wood or travel carrying cases. Return Policy: You have 30 days to return the LCD-3. All items must be in new condition and the return results in a 15% restocking fee and the customer pays for return shipping charges. Technical Specs Specs - Planar Magnetic Transducers. - Custom designed Zebra wood (zebrano) earcups. - Specially designed lambskin leather earpads. - Left and right transducers have matched sensitivity and frequency response within +/- 0.5dB. - Specially designed self- closing, acoustically transparent magnetic structure with highest grade Neodymium magnets. - Frequency Response: 5Hz - 20KHz, usable high frequency extension 50KHz. - Distortion: less than 1% even at full output. - Impedance: 50Ohms, nominal - Maximum diaphragm excursion: 2.5mm p- p - Efficiency: 93dB/1mW output: 133dB, 15W -Transducer active diaphragm area: 6.17 sq. in. - Input cable: Custom cable with mini XLR connectors - Weight: 550g, without cable.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11.9 x 10.3 x 7.3 inches
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.8 pounds
Item model number LCD-3
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3.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #934 in Electronics > Headphones > On-Ear Headphones
#23,585 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
#24,825 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
Date first available at Amazon.com January 19, 2013

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Overall I must say I really like this headphone. It has a very natural and free from sibilance rendition of the human voice, the midrange otherwise is sweet, dark, and liquid. Very smooth midrange. Small groups of instruments or individual instruments are portrayed with great detail and warmth. This includes genres such as rock, folk, electronica, jazz, and small scale classical groups. Dynamics, bass response and clarity, and the ability to convey power are extremely impressive. However, with orchestral music involving large groups of instruments playing simultaneously, or with large choral groups, these headphones lose some of their focus. They tend to sound a bit less clear when the music has many simultaneous performers. It's as if the drivers focus better when only a few things going on at once for some inexplicable reason. But no headphone can perfectly reproduce all types of music. Every headphone has strengths and weaknesses, and this is the spirit in which this review is written.
So this headphone, with small scale ensembles, including very powerful rock/electronic and also jazz or small classical groups or individual classical performers, does incredibly well assuming a good recording. A very "yummy" and detailed midrange. It is not quite as agile with large orchestral and choral music. However, it may be the best headphone in the world for rock and jazz music. Amazing power and bass, and such a sweet dark flavor to the music! An extremely pleasant listening experience overall, I must say.
Well, I just sold my LCD 3-C's which I've had for a couple of years to get a new fazored LCD-3. One thing that surprised me were the sound differences I've heard compared with what folks have reported. My new fazored LCD-3's are to me MORE powerful in the bass, not less.
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Alright so I have finally achieved a huge milestone in being an audio enthusiast. Getting these gorgeous pair of polished wooden Audeze LCD-3 monitors was the milestone, and one that you can never go back from.

I once remember having a pair of bose on ear headphones (1st gen) and thinking they had some of the best bass I had ever heard of. LOL. After now 10 years, I have come in touch with the best planar-magnetic headphone in the world. It is truly an out of this world experience, when the source, amp/dac, and cabling is right. Treble just sparkles with its warm live appearance. Mids take the word "liquid" to the next level, and bass is punchy, tight, and some of the most controlled sounding bass I have ever heard. Vocals sound as if you in are in a front row seat. The sound signature of these amazing monitors: Live. And Audeze nailed it with their new driver. I personally have heard the STAX 009 and 007 MKII, they are better in detail, but are much more less fun that the Audeze LCD-3. The lack of bass that an electron membrane produces will forever fall short of a planar-magnetic driver in my honest and humble opinion. Unless concentration on clarity is the focus, grab yourself a pair of LCD-3s and stop the looking. These are built to last, built for class, and built for the best of the best. Construction is rock rock solid. Beautiful polished wood and the most comfortable lambskin leather ear-pads man has ever felt.

All in all, Audeze has just taken Sennheiser's previous standard, and taken it to the next level. Fantastic job, and kudos to all the staff! Cali Love!

----------------------------UPDATE 9/15/13----------------------------

These things give me chills.
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Very Dark..like listening to Radio and so if you love highs,details. These fall short a bit. Also the laid back mid might be an issue for some, you might miss small nuances like breathing or it's not as clear because of it. It's like listening from the end the hall rather than front row. The Best thing about them as you all know is bass & also the texture on some of the instruments. Some instruments esp Bass will feel like real but not everything. Anyways for me the best , it's best feature is that it's good sustain & also that it portrays the room atmostphere of the recording. Like the original Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin song, you can hear the Room Reverb which I never heard before on my speakers. They're also extremely heavy and I get ear pain for some reason if use it for a few hours everyday so I restrict my use to 2-3 days a week. And I've been ok so far. I also own Shure 1840 & the mids are more laid back than the Shures & they also capture the room feel more than the Shures. I think they're great if you're in Eleconica/Dance as some of that stuff is high on trebles and the darkness of these will balance but it's too dark for some of the regular stuff for me. I think I will sell these and probably buy Senns HD800. The Imaging & separation seems pretty average for such expensive headphones. I use Burson Soloist & Micromega Mydac to drive these & purely play flac files.

The three star rating is based on price. If they were 600 or even 800, I would have rated it 5 stars but for 1800 with less than top notch clarity & soundstage, it gets only 3 stars.
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