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jdandy 06-05-2013 05:38 PM

Anyone own the Audeze LCD-2 Headphone?
 
The Audeze LCD-2 headphone has caught my attention. It is a planar magnetic design with a specified frequency response of 5 Hz - 20 KHz and a sensitivity of 91dB with 1mW input. It's maximum output level is stated as 133dB with less than 1% distortion at full rated output.

Those are some big claims. Does anyone have experience with the Audeze LCD-2 headphone? It has a three pin connector in each ear cup, but comes with a standard 1/4" headphone plug. I find this confusing since I don't know what the third pin is for. Anyone care to comment?



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harri009 06-05-2013 06:18 PM

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I really like the LCD-3's. I have heard a few different phones and the Audeze are thus far the best I have heard. From what I understand Stax SR-009 are the best in the world though if you are aiming for that.


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harri009 06-05-2013 06:25 PM

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Originally Posted by jdandy (Post 499282)
It has a three pin connector in each ear cup, but comes with a standard 1/4" headphone plug. I find this confusing since I don't know what the third pin is for. Anyone care to comment?

I believe the main point is so that you run them balanced if you want.
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jdandy 06-05-2013 09:11 PM

Jeff.......What is the difference between the LCD-2 and the LCD-3? Also, is the balanced cable you posted an Audeze option or an aftermarket cable from another company? One more question, is the cable I see on your LCD-3 headphone a stock cable?

doggiehowser 06-05-2013 10:01 PM

The difference between the LCD2 and LCD3? About double the price :)

I did listen to the LCD2 and 3 at a show. I wasn't expecting so much of a difference but there it was. The soundstage was wider and there was more of a separation between instruments. This was with ALO's Reference 8 cables for both.

FWIW, I prefer the LCD2's use of wood for the cable connector. The metal clips on my LCD3 that join the wood cups to the cable connector has failed once and I had to send it back for repairs.

I like the LCDs for their ease of driving so I can even use it (on a pinch) with my iPhone headphone output tho it does deserve better.

I still prefer the HE6 if you have the amps to drive it. It is less dark than the LCD3/2

harri009 06-05-2013 10:17 PM

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Originally Posted by jdandy (Post 499354)
Jeff.......What is the difference between the LCD-2 and the LCD-3? Also, is the balanced cable you posted an Audeze option or an aftermarket cable from another company? One more question, is the cable I see on your LCD-3 headphone a stock cable?

One big difference is that the LCD-3 uses a new diaphragm material they call Lotus. It's suppose to be significantly thiner. I have heard the LCD-2's and while doubling the price doesn't produce double the clarity but it is a very nice upgrade.

I owned AKG 702's for years before I got the Audeze. I had always been very happy with the 702's compared to the normal comp of Senn 650's etc. Once I got the LCD's I knew there was no going back, completely different level.

From Audeze website

Each LCD3 comes with:

ADZ6SE Cable (single-ended): ╝” TRS to 2x4-pin mini XLR
ADZ6B4 Cable (balanced): 4-pin XLR to 2x4-pin mini XLR
Wood care kit
Wood case or ruggedized travel case
Personalized frequency response graph
Warranty documents

jdandy 06-05-2013 11:41 PM

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Originally Posted by doggiehowser (Post 499380)
The difference between the LCD2 and LCD3? About double the price :)

I did listen to the LCD2 and 3 at a show. I wasn't expecting so much of a difference but there it was. The soundstage was wider and there was more of a separation between instruments. This was with ALO's Reference 8 cables for both.

FWIW, I prefer the LCD2's use of wood for the cable connector. The metal clips on my LCD3 that join the wood cups to the cable connector has failed once and I had to send it back for repairs.

I like the LCDs for their ease of driving so I can even use it (on a pinch) with my iPhone headphone output tho it does deserve better.

I still prefer the HE6 if you have the amps to drive it. It is less dark than the LCD3/2

doggiehowser.......Thanks for the feedback and the tip on the connector.

jdandy 06-05-2013 11:46 PM

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Originally Posted by harri009 (Post 499387)
One big difference is that the LCD-3 uses a new diaphragm material they call Lotus. It's suppose to be significantly thiner. I have heard the LCD-2's and while doubling the price doesn't produce double the clarity but it is a very nice upgrade.

I owned AKG 702's for years before I got the Audeze. I had always been very happy with the 702's compared to the normal comp of Senn 650's etc. Once I got the LCD's I knew there was no going back, completely different level.

From Audeze website

Each LCD3 comes with:

ADZ6SE Cable (single-ended): ╝” TRS to 2x4-pin mini XLR
ADZ6B4 Cable (balanced): 4-pin XLR to 2x4-pin mini XLR
Wood care kit
Wood case or ruggedized travel case
Personalized frequency response graph
Warranty documents

Jeff.......So, as I understand it from yours and doggiehowser's comments, the LCD-3 is under the LCD-2 which is double the price for a percentage of performance gain with a newer planar material, is that right?

harri009 06-05-2013 11:57 PM

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Originally Posted by jdandy (Post 499409)

Jeff.......So, as I understand it from yours and doggiehowser's comments, the LCD-3 is under the LCD-2 which is double the price for a percentage of performance gain with a newer planar material, is that right?

The LCD-3 is the better and more costly one. Another difference is the ear pads. The 2's are kinda hard and were not all that comfortable to me while the 3's are very supple.

jdandy 06-05-2013 11:59 PM

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Originally Posted by harri009 (Post 499415)
The LCD-3 is the better and more costly one. Another difference is the ear pads. The 2's are kinda hard and were not all that comfortable to me while the 3's are very supple. But the LCD-2 is very good still yet and a step up from most headphones.

Jeff.......Thank you. Seems to me if a person were going to make the move to the Audeze headphone, the LCD-3 would be the way to go.


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