I've been waiting for my LCD-2s to arrive since placing an order in early February, and just got this update from my excellent dealer today -- I haven't seen this posted on a brief search, so perhaps it might be of interest to some of you:
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Hello Audez'e Dealer Network,
Our sincerest apologies for the long delay and lack of updates from Audeze. Over the course of the past few months we’ve relocated to combine manufacturing processes and have had to deal with shortages of certain headphone components.
Our current wood rings, made out of Caribbean Rosewood, have resulted in long delays as the certified wood is quite frequently in short supply. As such, we’ve decided to modify production of the LCD2 to allow us to be better able to fill orders. We have opted to change our standard LCD2 product to now also include a new variation - darkly stained bamboo composite. This newly designed wood ring is stronger, lighter, looks gorgeous and is a quickly renewable (green) resource.
Furthermore, we have found the structural integrity of our wood ring design to come under undue stress, which has resulted in a small percentage of wood rings to split. To eliminate this issue, we are adopting the metal connector housing design implemented in our higher-end LCD3 line.
All pricing will remain the same, and while we will still offer Caribbean Rosewood as an option, due to the shortage of supply of the wood, the lead time to deliver these will increase to 2-3 weeks. Additionally, we will also be discontinuing the sale of the metal headband option and are only able to offer the ruggedized travel case.
This change in wood ring design as well as upgrading to the bamboo composite will offer us the ability to offer significantly more stock in upcoming months. Due to these changes in production, our LCD2 supply will be delayed by 3 weeks. Again, we apologize for this delay, but are working diligently to be able to meet your needs. An updated price book will be sent to all dealers next week.
We will be sending out a full electronic press kit with photos of the newly redesigned LCD2 rings along with detailed information regarding the benefits of the upgraded wood. For those with open orders your patrons may wait for the Caribbean Rosewood option (currently not in stock) or be the first to use what we consider a much more desirable wood.
I could not find any information online about this, or of any announcements on the Audeze website. Would love to hear if any of you have any news / photos on this.