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Audeze LCD-1

Open-back planar-magnetic headphones

Item # 884LCD1

These headphones take the shape of a traditional set of over-ears, while preserving Audeze's signature sound.

These headphones take the shape of a traditional set of over-ears, while preserving Audeze's signature sound.

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Item # 884LCD1

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About the Audeze LCD-1

Audeze over-ears with an "everyday" design

Audeze's LCD-series planar-magnetic headphones are some of the best-sounding over-ears we offer. But their sheer size tends to limit when and where you can use them. The Audeze LCD-1 headphones take the shape of a more traditional set of over-ears, while preserving the company's signature spacious, detailed sound.
Audeze LCD-1 headphones, folded up

The Audeze LCD-1 headphones can fold up for easy storage and transport (requires included 3.5mm mini listening cable for use, not shown).

Audeze over-ears with an "everyday" design

Audeze's LCD-series planar-magnetic headphones are some of the best-sounding over-ears we offer. But their sheer size tends to limit when and where you can use them. The Audeze LCD-1 headphones take the shape of a more traditional set of over-ears, while preserving the company's signature spacious, detailed sound.

These headphones weigh in at less than nine ounces. That makes them the smallest, lightest over-ear planars I've ever seen. That's no small feat, considering the basic principle behind this type of headphone driver is using a larger diaphragm to move more air. But Audeze developed a more efficient "way to play."

Tuned for music creators, great for music lovers

Audeze planars are popular among studio engineers and personal audio aficionados for many of the same reasons. They deliver a clean, well-balanced sound with a high level of detail and precise impulse control. I've personally always been struck by how their lifelike dynamics can add to the emotional impact of certain songs. 

Close-up of Audeze LCD-1 earcups

The open-back design allows air to move more freely for a spacious, transparent sound.

These are all traits beneficial to the mixing and mastering process, where accuracy is especially important. This stage of the music creation process can last hours on end for a single song — a long time to wear headphones. So Audeze not only made the LCD-1 headphones smaller and lighter, but they also tuned them to sound less fatiguing. 

That means you get a nice, even treble that preserves high-end detail but minimizes harshness. Great for the studio, of course. But that also sounds pretty pleasant for those of us who like to recline, close our eyes, and soak in our favorite albums and playlists. 

Audeze's most efficient over-ear headphones

It takes a lot of power to drive most Audeze headphones, but the LCD-1s are a lot more flexible. They include a two-meter cable with a 3.5mm stereo miniplug, and they're efficient enough to work with a portable music player or pro audio interface. You could even connect to a phone and get good results, but I would suggest using a separate headphone amp to hear them at their best. 

They make a nice combo with the one of the compact, convenient AudioQuest DragonFly plug-in USB DAC/amps. 

How planar magnetic drivers work

Planar magnetic drivers rely on a really thin diaphragm with a large surface area to generate sound. A flexible circuit is etched across the entire surface of the diaphragm, which is suspended within a magnetic field. When the circuit receives an audio signal, it causes the diaphragm to move back and forth — moving air and creating sound.

Double the magnet strength means lighter headphones

Traditionally, planar drivers needed a magnet array on both side of the diaphragm to get it to move. But Audeze developed a patented Fluxor™ magnet array that doubles the strength of a normal magnet array.

Audeze's engineers figured out that they could greatly increase efficiency by laying out their magnet array in an asymmetrical pattern. In other words: fewer magnets, yet stronger magnetic attraction. And high-performance headphones you can more easily carry with you and use on the go. 


Product highlights:

  • compact, foldable planar magnetic headphones
  • planar magnetic drivers offer detailed sound and enhanced dynamics
    • designed for both studio use and focused listening
    • used in professional recording studios for mixing and mastering
  • hand crafted and designed in Orange County, CA
Design and build:
  • open-back design for spacious, transparent sound
  • snug, secure fit
  • durable earcups and padded, flexible headband
  • large, soft memory foam earpads
  • Audeze's lightest over-ear planar magnetic headphones
Driver details:
  • driver size: 90mm
  • Fazor™ driver technology offers improved phase response, three-dimensional imaging, and extended frequency response
  • ultra-thin Uniforce™ diaphragm starts, moves, and stops swiftly within a powerful magnetic field
  • powerful Fluxor™ magnet array increases efficiency
    • keep headphones smaller and lighter than typical planar magnetic over-ears
General info and specs:
  • 78" detachable cable with stereo 3.5mm mini plug
  • 1/4" adapter
  • zippered travel case
  • frequency response: 10-50,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 99 dB
  • impedance: 16 ohms
  • weight: 8.8 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 210-L1-1200-00

What's in the box:

  • Over-ear headphones (Black)
  • 81" Audio cable (dual 3.5mm plugs on one end and a straight 3.5mm plug on the other end)
  • 3.5mm-to-1/4" Plug adapter (installed)
  • Hard zippered storage case
  • Thank you letter
  • Certificate of Authenticity card

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Features & specs

Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 2.971" x 3.692"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Bluetooth Version ---
Single-earbud Operation ---
Mic For Taking Calls No
Voice Assistant Access
Amazon Alexa No
Google Assistant No
Siri No
3.5mm Yes
1/4" Yes
Lightning No
4.4mm balanced No
XLR4 balanced No
2.5mm No
Other None
Frequency Response 10-50k Hz
Sensitivity 99 dB
Impedance 16 Ohms
Weight 9.1 ounces
Cord Length 81"
Parts Warranty 1 Year (3 Yrs drivers)
Labor Warranty 1 Year (3 Yrs drivers)

Product Research


Overview: The Audeze LCD-1 over-ear headphones feature high-performance planar magnetic drivers that provide a spacious, musical sound with better dynamics and a wide frequency response. The LCD-1 has an open back design to provide enhanced transparency and an expansive soundstage. The headphones have a folding design for easy storage in the provided hard zippered travel case. The headphones comes with a detachable 6.75' tangle-free braided cable with a straight 3.5mm plug and a 1/4" adapter. The cable attaches to the headphones by dual 3.5mm plugs.

Planar Magnetic Technology: The LCD-1s are acoustically engineered to deliver beautiful, natural sound. The 90mm (3.54") diameter Ultra-thin Uniforce diaphragms are much larger than the drivers in a typical headphone, and are thinner than a human hair. These ultra-light diaphragms deliver an amazingly fast response and near zero distortion, higher resolution, and lifelike imaging. The single-sided Fluxor Magnet array gives you efficient and powerful sound. The internal sound waves are guided by patented Fazor waveguides which eliminate resonance and produce a more accurate waveform. The LCD-1 headphones are sensitive enough to be driven directly by smartphones or tablets, however, for best performance, a high-quality external headphone amplifier or integrated amp is recommended.

Design: The LCD-1 headphones are lightweight, weighing around 9 ounces. The ear cushions and headband have comfortable memory foam that won't cause fatigue during long listening or mixing sessions. The headphones are engineered and manufactured in the USA (Orange County, California).


  • Frequency Response: 10Hz to 50kHz
  • Transducer Size: 90mm
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Efficiency: 99dB /1mW
  • Maximum Power Handling: 5W
  • Maximum SPL: >120dB
  • THD: <0.1% @ 100dB
  • Dimensions: Width 2.971", Height 3.692", Depth 1.744"
  • Weight: 9.1 ounces, 11.25 ounces (with cable)

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do these require a dac?
[ Louis  Jul 17, 2020 ]
2 answers
These are pure analog. They plug into 1/8" jack. If your device does not have an analog headphone jack, then yes.
[ Edward  Jul 18, 2020 ]
A good DAC and amplifier combo really allows them to sound their best. The LCD-1 is a little laid back so a better the better the signal the better sound. Great phones but they really benefit from a good headphone amplifier.
[ WILLIAM  Jul 17, 2020 ]

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