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post #8701 of 9799
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Originally Posted by citraian View Post

This kind of practice sometime makes me want to sell my Audezes and never look back at this brand. Ever again.


 



That's what I did, this become bit like an apple product, so many releases I lost the track of revision.
I don't know which LCD is which.
post #8702 of 9799

The drivers recently failed on my LCD3's and Audeze replaced them with very different sounding drivers, with lots more high end. Actually I preferred the old sound because the new drivers are too bright. But if the new drivers will last longer than 6 months, that is a trade-off I'm willing to make.

post #8703 of 9799
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Originally Posted by bfreedma View Post


Why? Audeze updated a product - nothing unusual there.

Exactly :) This is the kind of practice I was talking about in the first place.

post #8704 of 9799
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Originally Posted by citraian View Post

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Originally Posted by bfreedma View Post


Why? Audeze updated a product - nothing unusual there.

Exactly :) This is the kind of practice I was talking about in the first place.


I don't think you really missed the point, but this makes Audeze like many/most manufacturers. Updates happen...
post #8705 of 9799

What other manufacturers do this? I don't see Sennheiser do anything like this for example.

post #8706 of 9799
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Originally Posted by citraian View Post
 

What other manufacturers do this? I don't see Sennheiser do anything like this for example.

 

If you look at Sennheisers own FR graphs from early HD800s to recent ones. They have changed them. Consistently for years, the frequency plots showed a hump at 6kHz, believed to be the primary reason some didn't like them for pushed treble. They also were criticised for having a bass that was too light. The latest graphs in the last few months have consistently shown a removal of the 6kHz hump and a stronger bass. Changes in measuring technique? perhaps....but as it is so consistent and in-line with what consumers would have wanted, I think its more likely a "quiet" change.

 

Normally Audeze change the first 3 digits of the serial number for an "edition" change of a headphone. For example, early LCD-3s started 231. They had different materials used behind and infront of the driver (cloth, vs foam etc etc) and they had driver yield issues. When the production line stabilised they changed to 261. I would have thought if they had changed the drivers again, with fazor, they would start using 291....can anyone with a confirmed fazor version confirm their serial number prefix?

post #8707 of 9799

I sent them for RMA  for broken wood, I wouldn't mind them finding a problem with my drivers to replace them with the new ones. :wink:

 

I find they lack a bit of air and detail in the treble.

post #8708 of 9799
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Originally Posted by jonstatt View Post
 

 

If you look at Sennheisers own FR graphs from early HD800s to recent ones. They have changed them. Consistently for years, the frequency plots showed a hump at 6kHz, believed to be the primary reason some didn't like them for pushed treble. They also were criticised for having a bass that was too light. The latest graphs in the last few months have consistently shown a removal of the 6kHz hump and a stronger bass. Changes in measuring technique? perhaps....but as it is so consistent and in-line with what consumers would have wanted, I think its more likely a "quiet" change.

 

Normally Audeze change the first 3 digits of the serial number for an "edition" change of a headphone. For example, early LCD-3s started 231. They had different materials used behind and infront of the driver (cloth, vs foam etc etc) and they had driver yield issues. When the production line stabilised they changed to 261. I would have thought if they had changed the drivers again, with fazor, they would start using 291....can anyone with a confirmed fazor version confirm their serial number prefix?

I have listened to old and new 800s and didn't find them too different.

post #8709 of 9799
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Originally Posted by citraian View Post

What other manufacturers do this? I don't see Sennheiser do anything like this for example.

Most consumer electronics are updated regularly. Hardware changes from year to year. Software is updated and features are added/changed.

At this point, there's a lot of churn being caused by a single, unconfirmed report that the LCD3s have a fazor added. It may well be accurate, but it really does need to be confirmed.

Either way, I don't understand the issue for LCD3 owners, myself included. Figured there would be updates and/or new models at some point, but worrying about that would prevent me from ever making a purchase.
post #8710 of 9799
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Originally Posted by bfreedma View Post


Most consumer electronics are updated regularly. Hardware changes from year to year. Software is updated and features are added/changed.

At this point, there's a lot of churn being caused by a single, unconfirmed report that the LCD3s have a fazor added. It may well be accurate, but it really does need to be confirmed.

Either way, I don't understand the issue for LCD3 owners, myself included. Figured there would be updates and/or new models at some point, but worrying about that would prevent me from ever making a purchase.

I don't plan on spending 2000 EURO on a headphone every year. I understand that new models become available at some point but Audeze is releasing way to many revisions and new models in a short time frame.

post #8711 of 9799

¿More impressions about the latest LCD-3?

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by citraian View Post
 

I don't plan on spending 2000 EURO on a headphone every year. I understand that new models become available at some point but Audeze is releasing way to many revisions and new modelfs in a short time frame.

 

¿It's likely to happen with a newer company?


Edited by mowglycdb - 4/1/14 at 6:14am
post #8712 of 9799
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Originally Posted by citraian View Post

I don't plan on spending 2000 EURO on a headphone every year. I understand that new models become available at some point but Audeze is releasing way to many revisions and new models in a short time frame.
I understand where you are coming from. Wouldn't it be great if Audez'e (or any other company) charged an appropriate fee for significant driver upgrades for a particular headphone rather than tempting us to buy a new one every time? Much like Schiit giving us Uber and USB upgrades on the Bifrost. If there is a technological change like fazor versus non-fazor then a new purchase maybe warranted (up to us). Well, I suppose I can dream 😄
post #8713 of 9799

Well, I hope it retains the sweetness of the "old" LCD3. Having owned both the X and the LCD3, I would be pretty upset to want to buy an LCD3 from Audeze just to get the X voicing. The wood rings are nice but not worth an extra $300.

post #8714 of 9799
Thread Starter 

Is the fazor set to stun?

post #8715 of 9799
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Originally Posted by citraian View Post
 

I have listened to old and new 800s and didn't find them too different.

That only speaks to your own listening preferences, not the updating habits of companies. There have been plenty of testimonials here from HD800 owners (myself included) who've noticed a slightly more full-bodied sound depending on when the HD800 was purchased. Did we all prefer one sound signature over the other? Of course not. 

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Originally Posted by citraian View Post
 

I don't plan on spending 2000 EURO on a headphone every year. I understand that new models become available at some point but Audeze is releasing way to many revisions and new models in a short time frame.

Let me give you another example, then, of a market that sees way more revisions than the audio world: smartphones. If you believe that's not comparable to high-end headphones just because of their difference price segments, then how about one of the most widespread product lines today: MacBooks. It's almost necessary to update products like that once if not twice a year, because new internal parts are released and they have to keep up with demands.

 

That's why we're lucky to be in this market instead. The fazor technology is not everybody's cup of tea. It's more of a sidegrade than a direct upgrade. Shoot, if you already have the LCD3 from a year or two ago, pretty much anything would be a sidegrade at this point. You should not feel obligated to spend 2000 euro every year. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by tremolo View Post
 

Well, I hope it retains the sweetness of the "old" LCD3. Having owned both the X and the LCD3, I would be pretty upset to want to buy an LCD3 from Audeze just to get the X voicing. The wood rings are nice but not worth an extra $300.

It does retain it :) 


Edited by RebelRising - 4/1/14 at 1:42pm
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