Legendary Audeze sound in a closed-back headphone
What do most of the best headphones in the world have in common? They usually feature an open-back design — favored for its spacious sound. But open headphones aren't practical if you're listening in noisy environments or don't want sound to leak out and disturb others. That's why Audeze developed the LCD-XC headphones. These headphones feature closed-back wood earcups, which ensure warm, natural sound while keeping out external noise. You can enjoy the fine detail, easy responsiveness, and extended frequency range of Audeze's planar magnetic headphones in environments that are ill-suited to open designs. Plus, the LCD-XC uses Audeze's Fazor technology for a lighter, thinner transducer that's more efficiently driven than other planar models. Their smooth, nimble performance and three-dimensional imaging make these among the best-sounding closed-back headphones available.
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-XC 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 sound with a spaciousness few closed-back headphones have ever reproduced.
Quality cables ensure accurate signal transmission
The LCD-XC 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-XC 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-XC headphones are made in the USA. Each earcup is hand-crafted from African bubinga wood, for warm, inviting tone. 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-XC, 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-XC from Sound & Vision
"Every now and then, a headphone comes along that truly advances the state of the art. Audeze LCD-XC is a game changer! ...Dynamic impact is astonishing, and you never get the feeling you're approaching the limits of what the LCD-XC can do... Resolution is superb, and for a closed-back headphone, the soundstage is big and wide.The LCD-XC sends shivers up and down my spine."
— From Steve Guttenberg's review in Sound & Vision, July/August, 2014
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