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Audeze LCD-2 (rosewood edition)

High-performance planar magnetic headphones

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Overview

Our take on the Audeze LCD-2 (rosewood edition)

Audeze's LCD-2 headphones were the company's first model to gain widespread acclaim for their outstanding sound quality. They've gone back to their roots by re-releasing these classics with their original rosewood earcups — a wood prized for its tonal characteristics. (The LCD-2 is so available with sustainable shedua wood or bamboo earcups.)

Back to where it all began

Audeze's LCD-2 headphones were the company's first model to gain widespread acclaim for their outstanding sound quality. They've gone back to their roots by re-releasing these classics with their original rosewood earcups — a wood prized for its tonal characteristics. (The LCD-2 is so available with sustainable shedua wood or bamboo earcups.)

Expect tight, extended bass, smooth, inviting midrange, and warm high frequencies. Plus the larger-than-life soundstage that makes Audeze headphones so special. 

Please note: These large, solid headphones weigh in at over a pound and are built for a high level of performance

Audeze's planar magnetic technology offers lifelike sound

Audeze planar magnetic headphones 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-2 headphones use a powerful 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. This results in sound that is incredibly lifelike and spacious — and worthy of fresh listens to all your favorite music.

Exquisite craftsmanship

The meticulously crafted LCD-2 headphones are made in the USA. The earcups are made of rosewood and are luxuriously appointed with soft padding covered with genuine sheepskin leather. The LCD-2's detachable cable terminates in a standard 1/4" plug for connection to a home stereo. The cable securely connects to each earcup via 4-pin mini XLR connectors. Be sure to plug these high-performance headphones into a headphone amplifier for optimum sound quality with plenty of volume.

Serious protection for serious headphones

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-2, whether you're storing them at home or taking them to a friend's house to introduce him to their tantalizing sound.

Product Highlights:

  • planar magnetic drivers offer low distortion, enhanced dynamics, and warm sound
  • Fazor driver technology offers improved phase response, three-dimensional imaging, and extended frequency response
  • open-back design offers spacious sound
  • rosewood earcups
    • a "tonewood" known for resonant, harmonically complex sound
    • traditionally used in orchestral and acoustic instruments
  • genuine lambskin leather earpads
  • 98-inch tangle-free cable 4-pin mini XLR connectors for each earcup and 1/4" plug for connection to a home stereo or headphone amplifier
  • 1/4"-to-1/8" adapter included
  • a separate headphone amplifier is required to properly power these headphones for optimum sound quality
  • 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: 101 dB
  • impedance: 70 ohms
  • weight: 17.3 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-2 over-the-ear headphones (Rosewood) with black lambskin leather headband and ear pads
  • 8' Flat audio cable (dual 4-pin mini-XLR plugs on one end and 1/4" plug on the other end)
  • 9" Female 1/4"-to-Male 3.5mm adapter
  • Professional travel case
  • User Manual
  • Certificate of Authenticity
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Features and Specs

General
Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 4.409" x 4.409"
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 101 dB
Impedance 70 Ohms
Weight 25.3 ounces
Cord Length 98"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year (3 Yrs drivers)
Labor Warranty 1 Year (3 Yrs drivers)

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Features

Overview: The Audeze LCD-2 over-ear headphones feature high-performance planar magnetic drivers that provide a spacious, musical sound with better dynamics and a wide frequency response. The LCD-2 features rugged aluminum and wood enclosures, and soft black lambskin leather headband and ear pads. The headphones comes with a detachable 8' cable with a straight 1/4" plug. The cable attaches to the headphones by dual 4-pin mini-XLRs. A 1/4"-to-3.5mm adapter is also included. The LCD-2 headphones are handcrafted in the USA, and come in a rugged, internally padded travel case.

Planar Magnetic Technology: The LCD-2s are acoustically engineered to deliver beautiful, natural sound. The 106mm (4.17") diameter diaphragms are four times larger than the drivers in a typical headphone, and are thinner than a human hair. These ultra-light diaphragms deliver an amazingly fast response for near zero distortion, higher resolution, and lifelike imaging. The double-sided Fluxor Magnet arrays nearly double the driving force across the diaphragm to give you superb accuracy without distortion. The internal sound waves are guided by patented Fazor Elements which eliminate resonance and produce a more accurate waveform. The LCD-2 headphones are sensitive enough to be driven directly by smartphones or tablets, however, for best performance, a high-quality external headphone amplifier or integrated amp is recommended.

Design: The LCD-2s feature an open-back design to let you stay in touch with your surroundings. The headphones are engineered and handcrafted in the USA with closely matched planar transducers for consistent sound. The beautiful wood rings are handmade in the factory from Rosewood. The grain and color of the rings, as well as the lambskin leather ear pads and headband, are matched for texture and color.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 5Hz to 20kHz (with extension to 50kHz)
  • Transducer Size: 106mm
  • Impedance: 70 ohms
  • Efficiency: 101dB / 1mW
  • Maximum Power Handling: 5 watts RMS, 15 watts peak
  • Optimal Power Requirement: 1-4W
  • Sound Pressure Level: >130dB with 15W
  • THD: <1% through entire frequency range

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