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post #166 of 18459
Color me very intrigued! Especially glad to hear that they look the business as well.

Thanks Don!
post #167 of 18459
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Originally Posted by immtbiker View Post
At the NYC's Fall Meet, Alex and Co. had a prototype that had pros and cons when comparing them against the HE-5's. The headband was really ghetto, but Alex assured us that it was just something thrown together for the protos, so hopefully, it has been improved. The strong point that I remember about the LCD-2's were the sweet mids, but lacking bass.
I remember people commented the LCD2 prototype had more bass than the HE5 back then :S.


Btw the actual production driver has been changed a bit since then I hear, so maybe certain things have changed in the sound.
Looks wise, im waiting anxiously on the photos too . But tbh sound then comfort are what I care about the most for this.
post #168 of 18459
More bass. Yummy
post #169 of 18459
The headband has changed, the drivers are new , the pads are leather, the back is openable for mad scientists to have their way and the price has not yet been set.

perhaps the lads at Audeze wil chime in soon as it is not my place to post images and I don't have all the juicy details.

..dB
post #170 of 18459
sounds sweet. are the cables detachable or hard-wired? thanks
post #171 of 18459
and the cables are indeed detachable using mini xlr for universal cable fanaticism..dB
post #172 of 18459
i remember reading that originally the LCD-2 ear pads were not going to be user-replaceable. has this been rectified?
post #173 of 18459
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Why is their site still as dead as a Dodo?
I think the details and such will be released on their site tomorrow.
Im impatiently waiting for the details .
post #174 of 18459
I've been keeping quiet on purpose until the news broke, but I've been listening to a pre release pair of LCD-2's for a couple of weeks now and I think I can honestly say, they're the best headphones overall, that I have ever heard.

Compared directly to the HD-800's, the LCD-2's have a much richer, more present, and better balanced overall presentation than the Sennys. Compared directly to the Ultrasone ED-8's, they're not as sensitive, but the overall presentation of the LCD-2's is smoother and comes across as effortless. Overall, distortion levels are lower than any other can I can remember hearing.

Micro detail and air is almost as good as with the LCD-1's and the bass punch is better.

The LCD-2's thoroughly embarrass every other headphone to which I've listened, in terms of absolute sonic quality.

Three cheers for the LCD-2!

That's my $0.02 for now.
post #175 of 18459
This is a good question, I have not tried to remove the pads as they are the jm type which is what my preference would be. I have opted not to post pictures as a courtesy to Audeze. This is after all their triumph and deserve some of the fun..dB


kwkarth!! and you're a local too - this is excellent news, look forward to comparing notes
post #176 of 18459
@kwkarth, what a great and informative post as for number 5000!
post #177 of 18459
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@kwkarth, what a great and informative post as for number 5000!
I'll drink to that as well. Cheers!
post #178 of 18459
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Originally Posted by kwkarth View Post
I've been keeping quiet on purpose until the news broke, but I've been listening to a pre release pair of LCD-2's for a couple of weeks now and I think I can honestly say, they're the best headphones overall, that I have ever heard.

Compared directly to the HD-800's, the LCD-2's have a much richer, more present, and better balanced overall presentation than the Sennys. Compared directly to the Ultrasone ED-8's, they're not as sensitive, but the overall presentation of the LCD-2's is smoother and comes across as effortless. Overall, distortion levels are lower than any other can I can remember hearing.

Micro detail and air is almost as good as with the LCD-1's and the bass punch is better.

The LCD-2's thoroughly embarrass every other headphone to which I've listened, in terms of absolute sonic quality.

Three cheers for the LCD-2!

That's my $0.02 for now.
Have you heard the HE-5 and can you compare (treble in particular)?
post #179 of 18459
hmm, very interesting. I wish I could use open phones
post #180 of 18459
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Have you heard the HE-5 and can you compare (treble in particular)?
I've not had the opportunity to hear the HE5's yet, so I cannot comment on their sound, but one thing I particularly like about the LCD-2 is that they're made here in the US. It's about time we move some of the manufacturing and technology that we've lost over the past many years back to these shores. I don't begrudge other countries their due, but I know of so many whose lives have been ruined by the loss of careers shipped overseas. It's nice to see the tide turning, even if in such a small way.

WRT the treble of the LCD-2's... The detail is endless and effortless. That is the way these cans strike me. They very much remind me of the first time I heard a good pair of Maggies with quasi-ribbon tweeters. MG 1.6 - Magnepan, Inc.

They exhibit so much less distortion, that it's as if someone opened the window for the first time. That's what listening to the LCD-2's make me think of when I listen to them. They don't call attention to themselves, they call attention to the music. The LCD-2's simply get out of the way and let you hear what was recorded, nothing added, nothing removed.

They are sensitive enough to be driven adequately directly from an iPod, but the better the amp you drive them with, the better they sound. They are very, very revealing without being the least bit harsh, strident, or sibilant.

It's very much like looking at an HD video image in which the video peaks are enhanced, vs. looking out the open window at the same scene in real life. The enhanced video image looks strikingly sharp at first glance, but the more closely you look at that image, the more you begin to notice video artifacts, replete with artificial edges and overdone contrast. You blow out the highlights and lose all subtle shadow detail all at the same time.

When you look out an open window, you see life! The longer you look, the more subtle details you see, all completely natural. Nothing over blown, nothing artificially edgy, just real.

There are a vast variety of subtle design attributes which all work together to produce something which, overall, is greater than the sum of its parts.

Thumbs up!
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