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Audeze LCD-XC

Closed-back planar magnetic headphones

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Item # 884LCDXC

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Overview

Our take on the Audeze LCD-XC

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.

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 LCD-XC closed-back 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-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.

Exquisite craftsmanship

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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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
  • closed-back design offers noise isolation for listening in loud environments
  • hand-worked African bubinga wood earcups deliver warm, natural tone
  • polished anodized aluminum enclosures 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: 95 dB
  • impedance: 22 ohms
  • weight: 22.9 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-XC over-the-ear headphones
  • 8' Flat audio cable with dual 4-pin mini-XLR connectors (1/4" plug)
  • 8' Audio cable with dual 4-pin mini-XLR connectors (4-pin XLR plug)
  • 10" Adapter (1/4" female-to-3.5mm male)
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Documentation
  • Certificate of Authenticity
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Features and Specs

General
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 4.41" x 4.41"
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 95 dB
Impedance 20 Ohms
Weight 22.9 ounces
Cord Length 96" + 96"
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 Audeze LCD-XC over-ear headphones feature high-performance planar magnetic drivers that provide a warm, pleasant sound signature. The LCD-XC features elegant Bubinga wood cups, a black aluminum enclosure, and black lambskin pads. The headphones include two detachable 8' cables, one with a straight 1/4" plug, and the other with a 4-pin XLR connector. Both cables attach to the headphones by dual 4-pin mini-XLRs. A 1/4"-to-3.5mm adapter is included for use with portable devices. The LCD-XC headphones are handcrafted in the USA, and come in a rugged, internally padded travel case.

Design: The LCD-XC's closed-back design keeps your music in and the outside world out. The planar magnetic drivers have high-grade neodymium magnets that improve sensitivity, making them easy to drive, even with portable electronic devices such as smartphones. 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)
  • Diaphragm Area: 106mm diameter; 6.17 Square Inches
  • Impedance: 20 ohms
  • Efficiency: 95dB / 1mW
  • Maximum Power: 15W (for 200 ms)
  • Optimal Power: 1-4W
  • SPL: >130dB with 15W
  • THD: <1%

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