Audeze LCD-X (leather-free)
Reference-level planar magnetic headphones
Our take on the Audeze LCD-X (leather-free) by Crutchfield's David Brown
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.
Exquisite craftsmanship and leather-free materials
The meticulously crafted LCD-X headphones are made in the USA. The headband and earcups are luxuriously appointed with soft padding covered with faux suede, making these headphones completely leather-free. 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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- 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 leather-free faux suede 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 dark gray micro-suede (leather-free) 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
Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.
Features and Specs
|Earcup Width x Height||4.414" x 4.414"|
|Mic For Taking Calls||No|
|Frequency Response||5-20k Hz|
|Cord Length||98", 98"|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Yr (3 Yrs drivers)|
|Labor Warranty||1 Yr (3 Yrs drivers)|
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 micro-suede (leather-free) headband and ear pads. (A version of the LCD-X with black lambskin leather ear pads and headband is also available.) 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.
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.
- 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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