Audeze LCD-XC Over Ear | Closed Back Headphone with Bubinga wood cups
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- The Audeze LCD-X Series has quickly became the ultimate tool for recording engineers, musicians and audiophiles alike for its clean, accurate sound.
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|Item Dimensions||—||7 x 8 x 4.5 in||10 x 12.4 x 4.33 in||9.45 x 5.51 x 9.84 in||10.25 x 13 x 8 in||4 x 11.25 x 9 in|
|Item Weight||7 lbs||0.82 lb||0.57 lb||0.67 lb||7 lbs||0.65 lb|
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The LCD-XC Closed-Back Headphone is incredibly dynamic, nimble, neutral and transparent, accurately revealing everything on the recording. It quickly became the ultimate tool for recording engineers, musicians and audiophiles alike for its clean, accurate sound. The closed-back design offers all the benefits of a planar magnetic headphone with increased isolation and greatly reduced ambient noise for a private and powerful listening experience. Your favorite music erupts from a silent background taking on a life of its own. The sense of space is enormous, the midrange and high frequencies offer fantastic detail so you can hear further into the recording with more air and separation between performers.
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The EQ is very neutral -- compared to my old AT-W900Xs, bass is less forward and boomy and mids are far more subdued. I didn't like this at first, but over time I've come to greatly prefer it. It's not that the sound coming out of these cans isn't flavored -- it's just far more subtle, and that means they are appropriate for a wider range of music.
Absolutely silent to the outside world. Even amped and turned way up you will not offend your cube neighbour with these. Amp 'em and you've got your own private little listening room.
It's obvious I'm sure, but low quality signals sound extra bad at this level of resolution. I find chip tunes and lo-fi (jad fair, chris murray) as well as some 78s fatiguing.
I think they sound better through a balanced wire. Wider.
They're heavy but eventually you won't notice the weight. They hang comfortably and stay in place. Get a hangar to store them on -- I had a cable die about 14 months in from being crimped over and over again when I'd kind of chuck them down flat on a table. The case they come with looks like you're smuggling a pistol -- I don't appreciate the look but some might.
My only gripe with these was the weight of the them. I found them uncomfortable to wear for more than an hour using the stock headband. I invested in the carbon fiber headband upgrade is lighter and distributes the weight better and what a difference! I can listen all day without discomfort now.
The matter of spending roughly $1,800 for 'just headphones' is very... subjective. Yes; that is a lot of money, and you can buy or pay for many other, way more common things with even half of that amount. It really comes down to how much you appreciate music. Just about everyone has something; some hobby that they enjoy more than any other, and to which price is no factor or little factor. If you can afford these, you want arguably the best closed-back headphones, and you are considering getting these, you're not crazy; you are where you belong.
On to the cans:
What is here? Clarity. Separation. Detail. Very wide soundstage for closed-back (it's like putting on a sound helmet). Excellent build quality. Delicious wood finish on the ear cups.
What else is here? Weight. Yes, these are quite heavy (if you get the carbon fiber headband from Audeze, it absolutely does reduce the weight and removes any discomfort on your head (the clamp force remains, but it is not anything really above and beyond standard, large-size headphones clamp force).
These are very neutral headphones, if not a slight, teensy bit on the bright side (complement them with a quality copper-based high-end cable to darken them a bit and you are set). From my experience from my 2014 set, the treeble very, very rarely crisps, the mids are spot-on, and the bass is refined but a little bit lacking (an amp with bass boost or some type of EQ can remedy this lickety-split). The drivers have been updated in 2016; to my understanding, to make them even more neutral and balanced.
My headphones history for reference, so you know where I'm coming from (subjectively from low-end to high-end, and excluding gaming headsets): Superflux HD668B, Sennheiser HD 518, HiFiMan HE 400i, and my 'end-game' cans, these Audeze LCD-XC.
Most phones can drive these well enough, but an amp is recommended for high-end headphones such as these. I have run them with a Schitt Magni 2 / Magni 3 / Jotunheim (amps), the SMSL AD18 (amp/dac), and even with Fiio A3 / E10K / E11, and they all sounded amazing.
Feel free to ask me any questions about these headphones; I will do my best to help you determine if these are for you, because if they are, you will not regret getting them.