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Audeze LCD-4

High-performance planar magnetic headphones

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Overview

Our take on the Audeze LCD-4

I'm guessing you landed on this page for one of two reasons. You're curious why a pair of headphones is listed at this price — or you're familiar with Audeze and already know. The California-based sound experts have been on the cutting edge of planar magnetic headphone research, design, and development. Along the way, they've earned a stellar reputation among serious headphone enthusiasts for both their high-tech approach and high-fidelity results. The brilliant Audeze LCD-4 headphones are the result of all their hard work.

Audeze's state-of-the-art crown jewel

Audeze LCD-4 planar magnetic headphones

The gorgeous LCD-4 planar magnetic headphones use top-notch materials and cutting-edge technology to present your music more like a fine pair of speakers.

I'm guessing you landed on this page for one of two reasons. You're curious why a pair of headphones is listed at this price — or you're familiar with Audeze and already know. The California-based sound experts have been on the cutting edge of planar magnetic headphone research, design, and development. Along the way, they've earned a stellar reputation among serious headphone enthusiasts for both their high-tech approach and high-fidelity results. The brilliant Audeze LCD-4 headphones are the result of all their hard work.

These large open-back headphones are best enjoyed when you're kicking back in a comfortable setting. Your living room, office, or study — basically, anywhere you can block out the world and sink into the oversized earcups. Connect the LCD-4 to a high-performance headphone amp, and you'll experience three-dimensional sound with lively, accurate mids, deep, detailed bass, and soaring highs.

Planar magnetic drivers — the basics

Before I get into what makes the Audeze LCD-4 headphones extra special, let me break down how planar magnetic drivers work. Audeze uses them to create their signature soundstage with a wide-open sense of depth and space. Unlike the dynamic drivers found in most headphones, 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.

Material science and engineering breakthroughs strengthen the performance

Your Audeze LCD-4 headphones arrive packaged in a professional travel case with a protective, waterproof shell.

Your Audeze LCD-4 headphones arrive protected in a professional travel case with a heavy-duty, waterproof shell.

For the LCD-4, Audeze created their thinnest diaphragm yet. A single strand of human hair is 200 times thicker than the LCD-4's new nanometer grade diaphragm. Take a look at your hair and think about that. (Or if you're in the same boat as me, just imagine what it used to look like.)

Audeze takes that ultra-thin diaphragm and covers it with an aluminum circuit, using a slow and careful process that ensures the light, durable voice coil stays intact through years and years of listening. To show how serious they are, the planar drivers have an extended three-year warranty.

Extra-strong magnet array

Each driver uses a double Fluxor™ magnet array to move the diaphragm. This is a patent-pending, custom magnet structure that results in an unheard of amount of magnetic flux. The diaphragm starts and stops incredibly quickly, resulting in true-to-the-recording sound across a wide frequency range.

Precious materials and a premium cable

Audeze assembles each pair of LCD-4 headphones in their California headquarters, and the high-grade parts don't stop with the drivers. The headphone frame and yoke are custom-fabricated from aluminum. While the headphones weigh more than a pound, the over-padded leather earcups help distribute the weight properly to relieve the stress on your head. The headband is made of carbon-fiber and leather, and it features a split-suspension design for a fuss-free fit that won't need constant adjustment.

The LCD-4 also comes with a braided high-quality cable to keep every link in the audio chain strong. This four-conductor cable consists of several strands of silver-plated oxygen-free copper and is terminated by a 1/4" plug. Great care has been taken to preserve the signal and minimize interference.

Product Highlights:

  • planar magnetic drivers offer low distortion, enhanced dynamics, and detailed sound
  • nanometer grade diaphragm (less than 0.0005mm thick) for wide dynamic range
  • double Fluxor™ magnet array for precise and accurate music reproduction
    • magnetic flux density of 1.5 Teslas
  • Fazor™ driver technology offers improved phase response, three-dimensional imaging, and extended frequency response
  • open-back design offers spacious sound
  • extra-padded leather earpads
  • carbon fiber headband with split-band suspension system for easy fit and comfort
  • premium braided four-conductor cable with a 1/4" plug
    • 1/4"-to-1/8" adapter included
  • a separate headphone amplifier is required to properly power these headphones for optimum sound quality
  • professional travel case with an ultra-durable, waterproof polypropylene shell and padded interior
  • driver size: 106mm
  • frequency response: 5-20,000 Hz; usable high-frequency extension to 50,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 97 dB
  • impedance: 200 ohms
  • weight: 19.3 ounces
  • warranty: 3 years (planar drivers), 1 year (earpads, enclosure, headband, and cable)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

This is the best sounding headphones out there. I have all their headphones so I could be bias towards them. It is so musical to the ears! I cannot believe it that it is better than LCD-3! As that is very very musical already. This is it!

Elizabeth, San Francisco, CA

Reviews

Audeze LCD-4 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

A very fair to O.K. product....

Michael from Kearny, NJ on 1/26/2018

One of the best Headphones you can buy for the money. Simply amazing sound. Very similar sound to the amazing "Sony MDR-7506 Headphones", but for just a few thousand dollars more the Audeze gives an even better sound. A vivid price to pay for perfection. Thanks Audeze for making a near perfect headphone, for a sensible price.

Pros: Good sound. Fair build. Satisfactory bass and mids. OK customer support. Happy/indifferent about the purchase. Still love my MDR-7506.

Cons: None, everything was fair. Am feeling ok with my purchase. Supplies are low, so buy now.

Audeze LCD-4

Elizabeth from San Francisco, CA on 3/27/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is the best sounding headphones out there. I have all their headphones so I could be bias towards them. It is so musical to the ears! I cannot believe it that it is better than LCD-3! As that is very very musical already. This is it!

Pros: Wow!!!! The most sounding headset you could kind! It is much more musical to your ears than the lcd-3. Which I have! I am really bias to Audeze as I have all their headphones even the isine20! You gotta try it to believe it!

Cons: Just a little heavy like the rest of their LCD lines.

Details

Features and Specs

General
Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height
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 97 dB
Impedance 200 Ohms
Weight 19.3 ounces
Cord Length ---
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year (3 Yrs drivers)
Labor Warranty 1 Year (3 Yrs drivers)
Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

I love Audeze headsets! They are the best and most sounding headset around. [ Elizabeth  Mar 14, 2017 ]

3 questions already asked

The price shown is correct on these headphones. It is their flagship model including all the latest technology for planar headphones. However, we have many other headphones that have a great sound to them as well. Feel free to contact an advisor for a personal recommendation on headphones by calling 1-800-324-9695 or using our online chat. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  Apr 09, 2018 ]  Staff
Thanks for your question! For more info on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able highlight the key differences between the Audeze models to ensure you make the right purchase to fit your personal preferences and budget. [ Larry  Jul 09, 2017 ]  Staff
Thanks for your question. The Audeze headphones actually come with an adapter. You can also purchase a separate adapter here at the link below. Hope this helps. https://www.crutchfield.com/p_979GMP112/Hosa-Stereo-1-4-to-Stereo-Mini-Adapter.html [ Kenny  Jun 20, 2017 ]  Staff
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