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Audeze LCD2 Planar Magnetic Headphones Reviews

vincentc

The LCD2 are simply Amazing!

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Pros: Overall Sound Quality; Deep Bass; Natural; Midrange; Angled Ear Pads and THE LOOK!

Cons: Price Range; Must be paired with the right setup

My Setup:   Lossless FLAC using MediaMonkey with WASAPI drivers. $10 USB cable ALO PanAm Amp Siemens Tubes / Russian Tubes Standard Cable LCD2 v.2   My Review:   In order to write this review I have been listening to this setup for over a 100 hours. So I am quite sure everything is burned in by now. The sound quality is simply beautiful! I listen to pretty much everything except Rap and I have not find any problems with these headphones. I cannot ear any background noise (more due to the amp I imagine). I do not believe into the all and precise description of the sound range because it is completely different for everybody. But I found...
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dagothur

A chameleon of the headphone world

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Pros: Liquid, refined bass, beautiful mids, amazing transience and presentation, glorious highs, competitive price

Cons: Huge and dorky looking, has been said to be heavy to the point of inducing pain

I would like to preface this by saying I've not had the kind of time I had with my Denon AH-D7000s - which were my favorite headphones that got almost 100% of head-time and hundreds of hours of use - as I have with my LCD-2s.  However, I shall be using them as the basis of comparison since I found - and still find - the D7000s to be an amazing pair of headphones, especially for their price point.  I bought these headphones at the beginning of September with the intention of getting a sample of their sound and perhaps even making them my top choice of headphone.  For the sake of reference, I was using a Nuforce Icon HDP as a DAC and amp.  At this point, I can...
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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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Radio_head

A Genius Work of Staggering Heartbreak

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Pros: Will change your Life forever

Cons: Will change your life forever

Growing up poor in Bucharpest, life often felt like this:       Then I got a wife and a job.  Now I am like this:       So now I was flush with cash and had nothing to spend it on.  Then I heard about the LCD-2.  The more I kept reading, the more excited I got.     And then I ordered.  And waited:     Then one day, a package came:     And I was like:   Then it was time for the unboxing:     Then came the listening. At first I was like:     Probably because of burn in or something.  But after 30 seconds the beat dropped, and it was like:   It was...
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Josh05

The best headphones I've ever heard

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Pros: Beautifully built, addictive sound, natural tonality, easy to listen to for hours at a time

Cons: They are heavy, some people might find them too dark

A review of the Audeze LCD-2 Revision 2 Headphones   A bit about where I started in this hobby to where I've come.   About 5 years ago I brought myself a home theatre system it was made up of a cheap Accusound 5.1 speaker package, a Pioneer receiver and a Yamaha DVD player. For a few months I really enjoyed this setup; to me, at the time, I didn't know better. One day I called in to my fathers place and noticed he was playing some music on his old Technics Hi-Fi from the early 80s. I cant remember if I immediately noticed it or not, but I realised his old fairly cheap system from the 80s could actually project sound in to the room, at the time I didn’t know it but what I...
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Asr

Audeze's best value

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Pros: Full-bodied mid-range, relatively close to neutral- & natural-sounding, music genre versatility

Cons: Suffocatingly-small soundstage, lack of clarity & musical dynamics, physically heavy & uncomfortable

Originally published on April 11, 2011 Updated on December 11, 2011   Note: this review is an exact cross-post from post #1 of this thread on Head-Fi, which contains some user discussion on the review that may be relevant to read: http://www.head-fi.org/t/548875/review-audeze-lcd-2-r1-r2-hifiman-he-6-stax-sr-507-stax-oii-mki-bhse-et-al - download a printable 9-page PDF version of this review (right-click the link & save target) - download a printable 15-page PDF version of the notes that were written for this review (right-click the link & save target). The notes should be considered a supplement and not a replacement for this review (as the review is not straight from...
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