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Audeze LCD2 Planar Magnetic Headphones Reviews

Wedge

My favorite headphones

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Pros: Planar Magnetics for your ears! Wonderful natural sound!

Cons: Adjusment Block

I just thought that I would add to the review list.  I really like these headphones a lot.  They are my favorite of the headphones I own or have heard so far.  Particularly I love the natural sound that they give, this is the best that I have heard from a headphone yet.  When paired with a slightly lush, and dynamic amp this provides me optimal listening pleasure.  Others have written up more thorough reviews so I'll keep mine short and sweet, I love these headphones and I would recommend them to anyone who doesn't want to own a bright phone.
NA Blur

Clash of the Titans: LCD-2 Leviathan

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Pros: Sound Quality, Impedance, Bass Impact, Fit

Cons: Weight, Size, Rolled Off Highs

  May Your Next Set be the LCD-2   If you slap two enormous earcups onto a thin headband you start to approach just how large the LCD-2's are. After all not every phone out there gives you greater than "6 square inches of active driver space". The picture really does not tell the whole story.   I was a little hesitant to try them when Tyll Hertsens handed them to me. I really was a bit shy of such a ridiculously sized phone. So I started with some HE 6's ended up being a beast to drive. At a mere 83.5 dB sensitivity it is no wonder why you have to turn your amp up to 70% volume to start to get the full sound of the HE 6. I quickly moved onto some...
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grokit

Another LCD-2 Review

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Pros: Excellent dynamics, instrument placement, resolution, speed and texture, easy to drive yet scales up nicely with the source and amplifier used

Cons: A bit heavy, headband foam could use some work and the clamping feels tight, especially with eyeglasses

To me the Audeze LCD-2 has a very full sound; they are the closest thing to what well-placed, full-range speakers would sound like if they were put on my head. Everything is there, with plenty of detail and perfect placement. They are extremely well-balanced, and quite agile. Hypnotic even. Also effortless, like you would expect a planar to be. The LCD-2 is both subtle and overwhelming, like attending a live symphony for the first time. Physically, the LCD-2 is a very substantial headphone. They do feel a bit heavy at first, but their weight quickly becomes unnoticeable. By the second listen they did not seem heavy at all to me. As far as the foam padding for the headband goes, it was...
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dyl1dyl

Rev 2s versus Rev 1s

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Pros: Soundstage is great, mids are beautiful, impactful bass, smooth unfatiguing highs, beautiful box

Cons: Not the last word in comfort

  Just got my rev 2s a few weeks ago. After pretty extensive comparison with my previous rev 1s, I prefer the rev 2s for almost any music. The overall fidelity is just slightly better and the upper mids and treble, slightly more pronounced, though imo a bit of midrange density is sacrificed. What makes me prefer the rev2s is the soundstage more than anything else. In the rev1s, I really disliked the sound stage as I found it to be really disjointed, presenting sound in three columns, left, centre and right with "walls" between each column. In the new rev 2s, while the soundstage is not expansive like a hd800, it is a very nice, coherent semicircle presented in front of the...
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Fatmangolf

Audez'e LCD-2 review

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Pros: Great sound and distinctive looks

Cons: Top quality is expensive

These were recommended by local dealer HifiSound who had just received his first order of LCD-2's. I compared them to Grado RS1 and other headphones in my price range in the UK.   Love the deep and punchy bass, it is full but tight with no sign of the one note bass in other phones.   The midrange and treble are very clear and sound natural. Strings, percussion, guitars and vocals are all clear.   They are heavy but quite comfortable for me. I could and do listen for ages because the sound is really relaxing and musical.  
Pale Rider

Excellent planar headphones

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Pros: Natural sound, excellent transients, smooth treble, no sibilance. Midrange unbelievable

Cons: Somewhat soft in detail, bass not as tightly controlled as Senn 800s.

This is purely preliminary, as I have owned the LCD-2s for only a few days, and I am not yet running them on my rig of choice.   Equipment   I am using a 2008 Mac mini running OS X 10.6.7 for playback. Primary playback is through Fidelia, with some secondary listening on Pure Music. All files are lossless ALAC or uncompressed AIFF files. Most files are iTrax 96/24, Linn 192/24, HD Tracks hi-res, or DVD-Audio tracks [specific discs listened to more than once noted below]. Signal out is USB into an Audiophileo Model 1, into a PS Audio DL III DAC w/ Cullen IV Mods, running balanced into an RSA Apache. Plenty of quality cable, too,    My LCD-2s have the stock...
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sperandeo

Me and my L's

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Pros: Sound

Cons: none

These headphones will make you smile and shake your head in disbelief. To get this kind of sound with a home stereo you would have to spend tens of thousands.    
Currawong

Possibly the King of Dynamics, if you have gear to match.

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Pros: Remarkable performance on another level altogether, both measurably and audibly..

Cons: Heavy headphones and cable, needs a powerful, fast amp and top source for best results and there's a 2-month waiting list.

While they are usable out of even an iPod, as well as the lowly amps I have tested, out of high-end gear they give a remarkable presentation that eclipses that of just about any other headphone, both measurably and subjectively.     While the HD-800s were supposed to be the ultimate headphone and do measure incredibly well, sonically it always seems that, to get the most musical enjoyment out of them requires extra work or compromise, whether it be a re-cable, a slightly warm-of-neutral amp or whatever.   If there are compromises with the LCD-2s, then they are in the weight, somewhat tight initial clamping and initially stiff pads.  If these things, ultimately don't turn out to...
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monitorlove

Headphone that make me wish I could use it regularly.

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Pros: Deep bass, sweet dark sound , Natural timbre

Cons: Too Heavy and uncomfortable its unfair ! Needs a good headphone amp.

I'll write just  a short review about this headphone. Im not going wtite whats there in ever other review. Instead I'd do a comparison with another cheaper (but good) headphone that I own . Its not a fair comparison I know but worth a read.     I own a Sennheiser HD518  which is quite a good headphone which I regularly use everyday since it is very light , comfortable and has a wide soundstage.  Its not cheap but a lot cheaper than LCD2 ! The LCD2 is too heavy for me to use daily. Its really not fair that it should be this heavy !! My neck starts to hurt if I use it regularly and I cant really get lost inside the music for long because of the discomfort. ...
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Mshenay

LCD 2.2F

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Pros: Tactility, speed, imaging, comfort, unique presentation

Cons: lacks aggression, over emphasized lower mids, sub bass

  Review LCD 2 Rev 2.2 Fazor   Big thanks to head fi member jodgey4 for allowing me the chance to demo the LCD 2.2F!      To start with the comfort of the LCD 2 with Vegan Pads was very good! The headband and ePads distributed the weight of the headphones very nicely, despite rumors of the Audeze cans being "too heavy to wear" I found them to very comfortable and the weight didn't bother me. Of course, some of you may be more sensitive to weight than I am.   As far as the sound goes, the overall profile of the LCD 2 REV 2.2 Fazor    Was warm, good sense of tactility and speed,  yet still a touch laid back. Easy to...
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