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Audeze LCD2 Planar Magnetic Headphones Reviews

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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AncientSound

Finally, pure heavenly sound

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Pros: The tone just sounds right, period. They are very comfortable to me. I am very treble sensitive, and the tone on these is simply perfect, makes my soul happy.

Cons: There aren't any. Yeah sure the larger size may be uncomfortable if you have a small head the size of a little kid, but really these are perfectly designed.

I have tried dozens of headphone setups. I am actually quite upset it took me so long and so many thousands of dollars wasted before I found the LCD-2.   The main reason I feel obligated to write a positive review is for this reason, I wish I had known years ago. There are simply far too many expensive crappy headphones out there to waste money on. I think the whole 'headphone' community or whatever should try and do more to point the broader public away from all the expensive crappy headphones. Yeah sure I know there may be like some weird person out there that actually likes them, but they are a waste of money. The broader public needs to know that actually good sounding...
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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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totheark

these headphones are

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Pros: the sound quality will never fail you, perfect sync with anything you plug them into, durability is amazing

Cons: price, the size, weight,

these headphones are delicious. great look, unfailing sound reproduction.
DamageInc77

Outstanding Headphones

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Pros: Incredible bass, mids and treble. Excellent Design and construction quality. Hand Made in USA

Cons: Can get a tad uncomfortable if worn for more than 4 hours.

These are simply amazing. For a price far below it's competitors like the Sennheiser HD800 and the various Beyerdynamic models, there is nothing better than these.
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