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'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.
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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