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Audeze LCD-2 (shedua wood edition)

High-performance planar magnetic headphones

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Overview

Our take on the Audeze LCD-2 (shedua wood edition)

In a relatively short time, Audeze has gone from headphone upstart to industry leader. The LCD-2 headphones were the company's first model to gain widespread acclaim. This updated version features shedua wood earcups and boasts the same outstanding sound quality as the original. Known for their tight, extended bass response, smooth, inviting midrange, and warm high frequencies, the LCD-2 headphones offer a listening experience that can make believers out of even casual music listeners.

Game-changing headphone sound

In a relatively short time, Audeze has gone from headphone upstart to industry leader. The LCD-2 headphones were the company's first model to gain widespread acclaim. This updated version features shedua wood earcups and boasts the same outstanding sound quality as the original. Known for their tight, extended bass response, smooth, inviting midrange, and warm high frequencies, the LCD-2 headphones offer a listening experience that can make believers out of even casual music listeners.

Please note: These large, solid headphones weigh in at over a pound and are built for a high level of performance rather than portability. 

Audeze's planar magnetic technology offers lifelike sound

The Audeze LCD-2 planar-magnetic headphones

The Audeze LCD-2 headphones use oversized planar magnetic drivers to create a wide-open soundstage.

Audeze planar magnetic headphones are known for accuracy and extended frequency response. Unlike the dynamic drivers found in most headphones, planar magnetic drivers rely on a thin diaphragm with a large surface area to generate sound. The circuit is etched across the entire surface of an ultra-thin diaphragm, which is suspended between two large magnets. The LCD-2 headphones use a powerful magnetic field, which results in extremely low distortion even at high volume. When the circuit receives an audio signal, it interacts with the magnetic field, thus causing the diaphragm to move back and forth. This results in sound that is incredibly lifelike and spacious — and worthy of fresh listens to all your favorite music.

Exquisite craftsmanship

The meticulously crafted LCD-2 headphones are hand-made in the USA. The earcups are made of sustainable shedua wood — a material used in acoustic guitar manufacturing. They are luxuriously appointed with soft padding covered with genuine sheepskin leather. The LCD-2's detachable cable terminates in a standard 1/4" plug for connection to a home stereo. The cable securely connects to each earcup via 4-pin mini XLR connectors. Be sure to plug these high-performance headphones into a headphone amplifier for optimum sound quality with plenty of volume.

Serious protection for serious headphones

To ensure a long lifespan for such fine headphones, Audeze includes a rugged travel case. Don't confuse this case with a soft zip-up case you might get with other headphones. This is a waterproof, hardshell case with a padded interior and a handle. It provides the ultimate protection for the LCD-2, whether you're storing them at home or taking them to a friend's house to introduce him to their tantalizing sound.

Product Highlights:

  • planar magnetic drivers offer low distortion, enhanced dynamics, and warm sound
  • Fazor driver technology offers improved phase response, three-dimensional imaging, and extended frequency response
  • open-back design offers spacious sound
  • sustainable shedua wood earcups with genuine lambskin leather earpads
  • 98-inch tangle-free cable 4-pin mini XLR connectors for each earcup and 1/4" plug for connection to a home stereo or headphone amplifier
  • 1/4"-to-1/8" adapter included
  • a separate headphone amplifier is required to properly power these headphones for optimum sound quality
  • includes rugged, waterproof travel case with an ultra-durable polypropylene shell and padded interior
  • frequency response: 5-20,000 Hz; usable high-frequency extension to 50,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 94 dB
  • impedance: 70 ohms
  • weight: 17.3 oz.
  • warranty: 3 years (planar drivers), 1 year (earpads, enclosure, headband, and cable)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • LCD-2 over-the-ear headphones with black lambskin leather headband and ear pads
  • 8' Flat audio cable (dual 4-pin mini-XLR plugs on one end and 1/4" plug on the other end)
  • 9" Female 1/4"-to-Male 3.5mm adapter
  • Professional travel case
  • User Manual
  • Certificate of Authenticity
Reviews

Audeze LCD-2 (shedua wood edition) Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

Incredible!

Archer from Norton, VA on 12/28/2017

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I'm a total headphone nerd, and I own a modest collection- a set of Audioquest Nighthawks, a set of V-Moda Crossfade M-100s, some BeoPlay H4s, and the Focal Sphears. I knew the LCD-2s were going to be astounding, but I didn't know just /how/ astounding. These arrived in a case that I'm convinced could be ran over by a tank and still hold up. Audeze designed that rugged case to ensure that the headphones were protected even if the case is dropped. Whenever you open the case (which is held securely shut by two locking tabs), you're greeted to a gorgeous sight: The LCD-2s in all their glory. The wood comes from the west coast of Africa, and it's polished to perfection. The cable that comes with the headphones is braided (reduces tangles/kinks in the cord) and plugs into the headphones through balanced mini-XLR cables. When you put the headphones on, you'll notice that they have some weight, but you'll never want to take them off. They're the second comfiest pair of cans I've ever worn. I hooked my Dragonfly Black up to my PC and used Tidal's Master Audio playlist, and was immediately blown away. I've listened to "Hotel California" by the Eagles plenty of times in my short 20 years, but I've never /experienced/ it like I did with the LCD-2s. I was in the studio, and nothing could convince me otherwise. All-in-all, these are phenomenal headphones that have opened a new world up to me, and I'll never look at music the same.

Pros: Phenomenally detailed sound, very warm and rich, tight and clean bass. These headphones gave me the most goosebump-inducing listening experience I've ever had.

Cons: The only con I can think of is the weight of the headphones sort of gets to you after a while if you're wearing a hat. If you aren't wearing a hat, then you're good. Not really a con, but /please/ note that you need a headphone amp to get the most out of these. You can run them off of your phone, but the volume won't be there. Even a Dragonfly can help tremendously.

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Features and Specs

General
Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 4.409" x 4.409"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 5-20k Hz
Sensitivity 101 dB
Impedance 70 Ohms
Weight 25.3 ounces
Cord Length 98"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year (3 Yrs drivers)
Labor Warranty 1 Year (3 Yrs drivers)

Product Research

Features

Overview: The Audeze LCD-2 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-2 features rugged aluminum and wood enclosures, and soft black lambskin leather headband and ear pads. The headphones comes with a detachable 8' cable with a straight 1/4" plug. The cable attaches to the headphones by dual 4-pin mini-XLRs. A 1/4"-to-3.5mm adapter is also included. The LCD-2 headphones are handcrafted in the USA, and come in a rugged, internally padded travel case.

Planar Magnetic Technology: The LCD-2s are acoustically engineered to deliver beautiful, natural sound. The 106mm (4.17") diameter diaphragms are four times larger than the drivers in a typical headphone, and are thinner than a human hair. These ultra-light diaphragms deliver an amazingly fast response for near zero distortion, higher resolution, and lifelike imaging. The double-sided Fluxor Magnet arrays nearly double the driving force across the diaphragm to give you superb accuracy without distortion. The internal sound waves are guided by patented Fazor Elements which eliminate resonance and produce a more accurate waveform. The LCD-2 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-2s feature an open-back design to let you stay in touch with your surroundings. The headphones are engineered and handcrafted in the USA with closely matched planar transducers for consistent sound. The beautiful wood rings are handmade in the factory from Shedua wood from tropical western Africa. The grain and color of the rings, as well as the lambskin leather ear pads and headband, are matched for texture and color.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 5Hz to 20kHz (with extension to 50kHz)
  • Transducer Size: 106mm
  • Impedance: 70 ohms
  • Efficiency: 101dB /1mW
  • Maximum Power Handling: 15W (for 200 ms)
  • Optimal Power Requirement: 1-4W
  • Sound Pressure Level: >130dB with 15W
  • THD: <1% through entire frequency range

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These are not wireless speakers. They are compatible with iPhone6. But you'll want to buy a headphone amp to really use these headphones to their full potential. The built-in DAC / amp in the iPhone6 is too weak to drive these headphones. [ Shankar  Sep 25, 2016 ]
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