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post #31 of 95
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Originally Posted by Beagle View Post

I was all set to order these pads until I discovered the cost is $80 and $40 to ship to Canada. Yeah, $120 for pads. Sure.

 

 

Ridiculous.



 

 

Did you add the tax ?, $120 + I believe %13 tax to Canada ?
post #32 of 95
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

I find the frontal clamping slightly uncomfortable as well, and I also did with the HD800. 

 

Which version of the LCD-2 did you try? The newest pads are really a lot more comfortable
 



 



 

 

I had about 10 minute session with LCD2 last night and oh man, this headphone is irritating, too much front clamps for me. Why did they make the pads uneven thickness ? I guess they copied Denon AH series, but front pad thickness should be thicker for LCD2. Waiting for LCD4 to be more ergonomic and lighter, hope Audeze should rework on the design.
post #33 of 95

I think the LCD-pads, leather or non leather, is good value. They are more comfy than the Stax 007 pads which are 160 USD+. They are great quality and the skin (on my leather pads at least) breathes better than any other leather pad I've been in contact with (literarily speaking :) Remember these are low-scale production stuff. 
 

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Thanks, I'll try that, if I ever get over the $80 base cost of the pads..

 



 

post #34 of 95
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Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post

 

Did you add the tax ?, $120 + I believe %13 tax to Canada ?


I forgot about the GST/customs fee. That should bring it up to about $140. Wonder if I can pay on installments..

post #35 of 95
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

I think the LCD-pads, leather or non leather, is good value. They are more comfy than the Stax 007 pads which are 160 USD+. They are great quality and the skin (on my leather pads at least) breathes better than any other leather pad I've been in contact with (literarily speaking :) Remember these are low-scale production stuff. 
 



 

 

Which usually equates to giant mark ups anyways. Produce a small production of something, place giant mark-ups, expect low demand. The giant markups make up for the low demand. Remember studying this in university a while back. It's how companies like Louis Vuitton and so on operate. I mean people don't question those companies because everybody see them as 'top-quality highly prestigious' stuff.

 

I guess Audeze could be seen in the same light but nowhere near as superficial. There actually is substance in these headphones tongue_smile.gif than a bloody $10,000 handbag made in France.
 

 


Edited by ProjectDenz - 3/23/12 at 7:06am
post #36 of 95

With all respects I think the comparison between Loius Vuitton and Audez'e is far fetched. Audez'e is a a high cost product, both in R&D, production (made in the US) and value. Loius Vuitton is a low-cost production unit. LCD-2 is cheaper in the US than HD800 even though Sennheiser is a company that could utilize a more streamlined production. 

 

If you think Audez'e is higly over-priced, get a Fostex T50RP and do a BMF mod ;)
 

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Originally Posted by ProjectDenz View Post

 

Which usually equates to giant mark ups anyways. Produce a small production of something, place giant mark-ups, expect low demand. The giant markups make up for the low demand. Remember studying this in university a while back. It's how companies like Louis Vuitton and so on operate. I mean people don't question those companies because everybody see them as 'top-quality highly prestigious' stuff.

 

I guess Audeze could be seen in the same light but nowhere near as superficial. There actually is substance in these headphones tongue_smile.gif than a bloody $10,000 handbag made in France.
 

 



 

post #37 of 95

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Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post

I had about 10 minute session with LCD2 last night and oh man, this headphone is irritating, too much front clamps for me. Why did they make the pads uneven thickness ? I guess they copied Denon AH series, but front pad thickness should be thicker for LCD2.Waiting for LCD4 to be more ergonomic and lighter, hope Audeze should rework on the design.

I think part of it may be to have the speaker slightly angled forward towards the ears, kinda like Audio Technicas, the T1 etc, except in their case it's the fit within the cups, keeping the pads even. It may be that it is difficult to do with the planar speakers without increasing the cups (and their weight!) even more...

 

I have the LCD3 and between the padded headband and the newer soft pads I think it is quite comfortable considering the weight... the sort of suction seal (probably because of said soft pads) still takes some getting used to though. I tend to fiddle a bit with the fit when I first put them on, tend to push them back a bit, and changing the angle of the headband helps as well.

post #38 of 95

My newly arrived LCD-3's are much more comfortable than the LCD-2 rev.1 with the old pads. I attribute most of this to the pads - since the other parts seems to be quite similar. 

 

The Vegan pads are similar to he new leather pads, so I guess anybody swapping the old pads for some Vegan's is gonna experience a leap in terms of comfort. 

post #39 of 95

 

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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

My newly arrived LCD-3's are much more comfortable than the LCD-2 rev.1 with the old pads. I attribute most of this to the pads - since the other parts seems to be quite similar. 

 

The Vegan pads are similar to he new leather pads, so I guess anybody swapping the old pads for some Vegan's is gonna experience a leap in terms of comfort. 

 

 

I have tried the new LCD3 earpads and they were leaps ahead in comfort compared to the stock leather ones on my LCD2 r1. If u were to compare the vegan and LCD3 pads which is softer? Im debating whether to jump on getting the vegan or should I wait until LCD3 earpads are available to everyone (instead of just LCD3 owners now)

post #40 of 95

I just got some vegan pads to try out with my LCD-3 last week. I like the velour material, but they are definitely much firmer! Sonically there is not too much of a difference to me. Ideally, they will have a rev.2 that combines the softness of the new leather pads with the velours/microfiber of the vegan pads. I'd be all over those.

 

In the meantime, I'll keep the vegan pads on for a little while longer, but will go back to the new leather ones for sure (it's a shame it's a bit of an undertaking to swap them, no easy way to go back and forth)

post #41 of 95

 

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Originally Posted by TheGrumpyOldMan View Post

I just got some vegan pads to try out with my LCD-3 last week. I like the velour material, but they are definitely much firmer! Sonically there is not too much of a difference to me. Ideally, they will have a rev.2 that combines the softness of the new leather pads with the velours/microfiber of the vegan pads. I'd be all over those.

 

In the meantime, I'll keep the vegan pads on for a little while longer, but will go back to the new leather ones for sure (it's a shame it's a bit of an undertaking to swap them, no easy way to go back and forth)

 

So they are not as soft as the leather pads then? Do they clamp down on ur head as hard and are uncomfortable though

post #42 of 95

The new LCD-2 r.2 pads are much more similar to LCD-3 pads than to LCD-2 r.1

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Originally Posted by justie View Post

 

 

 

I have tried the new LCD3 earpads and they were leaps ahead in comfort compared to the stock leather ones on my LCD2 r1. If u were to compare the vegan and LCD3 pads which is softer? Im debating whether to jump on getting the vegan or should I wait until LCD3 earpads are available to everyone (instead of just LCD3 owners now)

 

 

post #43 of 95

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Originally Posted by justie View Post

So they are not as soft as the leather pads then? Do they clamp down on ur head as hard and are uncomfortable though

Yes, they are noticeably harder than the new LCD-3 leather ones, and not a small degree. So yes, the resulting clamp will be harder since their firmness means the cups will be pushed out further, but the result is not as uncomfortable as that may suggest. For me it's more an issue of overall comfort and fit esp. for longer sessions, not so much purely the increase in clamping force.

 

post #44 of 95

thanks for the replies guys. I've tried the earpads on the LCD2 r2s before when they just came out. im not sure if they changed it recently or not though. If it hasnt been changed yet then they are still not as soft as the LCD3 ones

post #45 of 95

So vegan pads should be a slight upgrade in terms of comfort to leather r2 pads?

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