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Audeze LCD2 Planar Magnetic Headphones Reviews

JDavid

Just love them

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Pros: Tight defined bass, everything presnted at the right level

Cons: None

My wife bought me a pair as a present because I love to listen to headphones. I was shocked at how much better these sounded than anything I have ever owned before. Not only am I impressed with the sound quality, but I actually find I listen to and enjoy them very much at lower volumes than I typically listen to my headphones. Just seems I do not have to turn the volume way up to hear the bass and trebles. The full range of sound comes through crisp and with a strong presence even at low volumes. Plus the sound stage is incredible. The construction is very robust. They are much heavier than most headphones, but not enough to be an issue and I listen to them for hour on end. I have...
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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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davisman

Outstanding sound, and amazing value.

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Pros: Made in America, attention to detail, great value especially when on sale.

Cons: Some comfort issues

Intro   My hifi journey started 2 years ago with a pair of Sennheiser hd598s and an Asus Xonar Essence Stx sound card. A modest entry, but I have spent a lot of money trying to recapture that wow factor. This was a headphone that I initially bought for gaming, but rekindled my passion for music.    I was lucky enough to pickup a set of LCD 2's for black Friday prices, and received a rosewood upgrade for free. Many thanks to HeadAmp for this wonderful deal. I consider the LCD2's to be an incredible value for a number of reasons I hope to explain throughout the review. The attention to detail, and engineering is truly second to none.    Note: I have the LCD2...
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Pepper

Excellent Headphone — Probably Near Endgame

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Pros: Amazing overall sound, especially bass and mids

Cons: Cumbersome and heavy; weakest part is highs

The LCD-2s are an excellent headphone. I had the LCD-2s Rev. 1s and the Rev. 2s. In this review, I will be talking about the Rev 2s. I will strive for concision to save everyone a bunch of time. I will only comment on the sound.   Setup: Foobar 2000 (WASAPI Event) > Schiit Modi > Schiit Mjolnir (Balanced) > LCD-2.2s    SPECIFICS ON SOUND   With no EQ   The LCD-2 Rev. 2s are certainly not as dark as the Rev 1s. If I could compare them to an IEM, they seem like the full-sized version of the Earsonics SM3. The reason why I think both the ES SM3s and the LCD-2s are so popular is because of the sound signature. It's very easy to love: the mids are...
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dalb

Amazing headphones

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Pros: Great sound signature, lovely wooden build

Cons: Heavy, expensive

  I own a bamboo LCD-2.2. I bought them second hand for approximately 800 Australian dollars.    These are the best headphones I have ever heard. The sound signature is so appealing to me they might have my perfect sound signature. Big, powerful, natural and textured bass when the recording calls for it. Smooth mids. And a slightly rolled off high, which is exactly what I want. I'm young and I really don't appreciate 'bright' highs, they fatigue me and give me a headache. High level of clarity.   Cominig from the Hifiman HE-40 they are better. However, they are of course a clear step up in price too. The build seems good, hopefully they end up being...
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thelostMIDrange

Valient attempt at greatness

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Pros: Midrange

Cons: weight, bass -see below, pace, realness

This review is of the first model, prior to the revision and 'solving' of all its problems. Whatever, perhaps the rev2 is indeed a vastly improved item.....regardless these are a nice sounding headphone and of the half dozen or so orthos I've heard over the years, are the 'best'. The biggest problem I have with this sound is actually the low end, which puts me as the odd man out since everyone else names this as one of the phone's star qualities, and technically it is, it's very tight, full, quick etc..... I find it a little too much of a good thing and distracting. The problem is that the nuance and timbre is not as accurate a good dynamic driver phone and if you like to 'reach...
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DrikTheTroll

Best headphones I have ever personally heard

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Pros: Truly physical bass without distortion

Cons: Comfort, comfort, comfort

Bass - fantastic, clean, physical - I listen to a wide variety of music and the LCD-2 shined across the spectrum, but particularly stood out in bass heavy EDM.   Mids - natural and to my ears quite engaging.   Treble - slightly rolled off at the high end, but still engaging - for me this is a positive - harsh treble actively pains my ears.   For me a very high degree of goodness here ... except .. COMFORT   I have a small male head with largish 70mm ears. For me, I couldn't wear the LCD-2s for more than an hour without constantly adjusting them - even after bending the headband to reduce clamping force.   For me the issue seemed to be that...
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SoulFan84

I'm A BELIEVER!!!

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Pros: Wonderful Mid-range, Excellent Bass

Cons: Right Channel died 2 months later(fixed and quickly returned)

I originally owned the Sennheiser HD800's and I thought they were great!(After they were burned in; out of the box they were the worst thing I'd ever heard) But I always felt like it was missing something. I LOVED the soundstage, clarity, speed and detail. But vocals didn't sound right to me. I had read many reviews of the LCD-2's and constantly went back and forth about buying a pair. Finally, I pulled the trigger and liked what I heard. However, it wasn't until the headphones had burned in that I finally understood what all the fuss was about. Out of the box it sounded a bit cloudy, even a little muffled. But after burn in the mid-range sounded beautiful and full of life and the...
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tamleo

Nearest perfect headphone of mine so far..

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Pros: Too much, see below..

Cons: Silghtly distant mids, Requires a powerful amp to sound all of its best, crap build of newest stock cable (adz6), comfort issue for long listening session

Pros of Audeze LCD-2 R2: 1. Midrange (natural, detail, seduction..->phenomenal mids makes even harshest rock or terrible mordern electronic pop sound super smooth and emotional/touchy but still full of energy) 2. Treble (oudstanding quality and natural treble, slightly lacks the quantity though) 3.Bass (Very detailed, fast, tight and powerful bass. Although I know it will be hard to implement this for such an open and top-tier hi-fi headphone, BUT a little more kick, impact, solid at mid-bass and bigger amount at sub-bass would become perfect ) 4. Good design and material (excepts the stock cable and tough pads) Compared headphones: few Denon, Beyer, grado, Sony fullsize...
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