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Audeze LCD-X

Reference-level planar magnetic headphones

3 Reviews

Overview

Our take on the Audeze LCD-X

Few headphones are as universally raved-about as Audeze's magnificent planar magnetic models. If you're looking for some of the finest headphones available anywhere, the LCD-X is a good place to start. In the wake of their successful LCD-2 and LCD-3 headphones, Audeze set out to create a high-end headphone that doesn't require powerful amplification. They developed a new transducer which is thinner, lighter, and more efficiently driven than those previous versions. The result can be heard in the LCD-X's easy responsiveness, smooth sound across its extended frequency range, and its massive three-dimensional soundstage.

A high standard for headphone sound

Few headphones are as universally raved-about as Audeze's magnificent planar magnetic models. If you're looking for some of the finest headphones available anywhere, the LCD-X is a good place to start. In the wake of their successful LCD-2 and LCD-3 headphones, Audeze set out to create a high-end headphone that doesn't require powerful amplification. They developed a new transducer which is thinner, lighter, and more efficiently driven than those previous versions. The result can be heard in the LCD-X's easy responsiveness, smooth sound across its extended frequency range, and its massive three-dimensional soundstage.

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 LCD-X planar magnetic headphones

Audeze's planar magnetic technology offers lifelike sound

Audeze has been a leader in developing and improving planar magnetic technology in headphones. Their drivers 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-X headphones use a powerful and uniform 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. The end result is breathtakingly lifelike and spacious sound.

Quality cables ensure accurate signal transmission

The LCD-X comes with two high-quality headphone cables. One terminates in a balanced XLR connector for use with compatible high-performance headphone amplifiers. This preserves a balanced signal throughout the circuit for precise sound with minimal interference. The other cable terminates in a standard 1/4" plug for connection to a home stereo. Both cables feature 4-pin mini XLR connectors for each earcup for a secure connection. Also included is a 1/8" adapter for connecting the headphones to a mobile device or portable amplifier. While the LCD-X can be driven by a mobile device, a headphone amplifier will ensure you get the best sound quality from these impressive headphones.

Exquisite craftsmanship

The meticulously crafted LCD-X headphones are made in the USA. The headband and earcups are luxuriously appointed with soft padding covered with genuine sheepskin leather. 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-X, whether you're storing them at home or taking them to a friend's house to introduce him to their tantalizing sound.


Praise for the Audeze LCD-X from The Absolute Sound

"[I listened to] the remarkable Susannah McCorkle singing Gershwin's “Summertime” accompanied by a single bowed doublebass. Through the LCD-X headphone, listening to this recording was like hearing the singer in three-dimensional space with a doublebass to her left and further back. I could close my eyes and see the two performers executing their craft right in front of me. The bowing of the doublebass was so realistic that all I could do was shake my head in wonder...It is my opinion that the LCD-X can compete with all of the very best high-end loudspeakers."

— From Arnie Nudell's review in The Absolute Sound, October 2014
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Product Highlights:

  • planar magnetic drivers offer low distortion, enhanced dynamics, and warm, detailed sound
  • Fazor driver technology offers improved phase response, three-dimensional imaging, and extended frequency response
  • more efficient than typical planar magnetic headphones, so a high-powered headphone amp is not required
  • open-back design offers spacious sound
  • polished anodized aluminum earcups with genuine lambskin leather earpads
  • includes two tangle-free cables with copper conductors and balanced 4-pin mini XLR connectors for each earcup
    • 98-inch cable with a balanced 4-pin XLR connector
    • 98-inch cable with a 1/4" plug
  • 1/4"-to-1/8" adapter for mobile devices
  • 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: 96 dB
  • impedance: 22 ohms
  • weight: 21.2 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-X over-the-ear headphones with black lambskin leather ear pads and headband
  • 8' Flat audio cable (dual 4-pin mini-XLR plugs on one end and 1/4" plug on the other end)
  • 8' Audio cable (dual 4-pin mini-XLR plugs on one end and a 4-pin XLR plug on other end)
  • 9" 1/4"-to-3.5mm adapter
  • Professional travel case
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Documentation
  • Certificate of Authenticity

Absolutely awesome, that's all I can say!!

Ruben, Lenexa, KS

Reviews

Audeze LCD-X Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)

AUDEZE LCD X

Ruben from Lenexa, KS on 4/10/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Absolutely awesome, that's all I can say!!

Pros:

Cons: So far none.

Audeze LCD - X

Robert G from Arkansas on 11/3/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Please don't read too much into the two 3-star edits I made since my prime motive in ordering the Audeze LCD-X's was to hope that it produced a sound closer to an electrostatic headphone than a dynamic headphone. Unfortunately, even though the sound emanating from the LCD-X cannot be faulted; they did not produce the 'kind of sound' I had hoped for and consequently I could not justify the cost for equipment similar to what I already have.

Pros: I appreciated the build quality, comfort level, and clarity produced by these headphones. Unfortunately, as I noted above, the Audeze produced a sound closer to that of a dynamic headphone than I had hoped.

Cons: I wish I didn't have to return these headphones. They are as advertised and cannot be faulted in any way. They are what they are and are true to what they're advertised to be. Some reviewers noted that they sounded like electrostatic phones; thus my interest in auditioning them.

Audeze LCD-X

ZackP from Harrisonbur, Virginia on 10/3/2015

I read a review of these cans (and they do somewhat resemble "cans") by Arnie Nudell, the designer of Infinity speakers, back when that brand was justifiably cool. He thought that these were the best of four contenders for best headphone on the market. I have some Sennheiser 600's that I thought were really good. i expected the Audeze's to be incrementally better, and probably not worth the outlay. I was wrong. These have incredible detail and sense of space, outstandingly clean but full bass and remarkable dynamics. This last is probably due to their very high sensitivity for planar magnetics. I confess I have never heard the Senneiser 800's, which are regarded as competitive with LCD's.

Pros: Vivid realism Open sound Amazingly comfortable for weight Lambskin earpads

Cons: Industrial-looking Heavy Leather earpads require some maintenance Don't even think of wearing them out in public--what if it rained?

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Features and Specs

General
Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 4.414" x 4.414"
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 103 dB
Impedance 20 Ohms
Weight 22 ounces
Cord Length 98", 98"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Yr (3 Yrs drivers)
Labor Warranty 1 Yr (3 Yrs drivers)

Product Research

Features

Overview: The very efficient Audeze LCD-X over-ear headphones feature high-performance planar magnetic drivers that provide a spacious, musical sound with powerful bass and detailed midrange and high frequencies. The LCD-X features rugged black aluminum enclosures, and soft black leather lambskin headband and ear pads. The headphones include two detachable 8' cables: one with a straight 1/4" plug, and a balanced cable with a 4-pin XLR plug. Each cable attaches to the headphones by dual 4-pin mini-XLRs. A 1/4"-to-3.5mm adapter is also included. The LCD-X headphones are handcrafted in the USA, and come in a rugged, internally padded travel case.

Note: These same Audeze LCD-X headphones are available without the travel case in the LCD-X Creator Package.

Design: The LCD-X's open-back design lets you stay in touch with your surroundings. The ultra-thin planar magnetic drivers have high-grade neodymium magnets with a proprietary push-pull design that improves sensitivity. The headphones are sensitive enough to be driven directly by smartphones or tablets. For best performance, a high-quality external headphone amplifier is highly recommended. Audeze's patent-pending Fazor elements, placed just outside the two magnet structures that surround the diaphragm in each capsule, guide and manage the flow of sound around the magnets, improving clarity and focus.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 5Hz to 20kHz (with extension to 50kHz)
  • Transducer Size: 106mm
  • Impedance: 20 ohms
  • Efficiency: 103dB /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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Stunning SQ. Beyond anything I've listened to previously. Enjoying music on a different level even with a superior home system. [ Shaker Man  Jun 15, 2017 ]
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