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Does anyone have any insight into how the bamboo vs rainforest wood models of the LCD-2s sound? Any difference in build longevity?  

 

The reason I ask is that ethically I have a real hard time buying a product with rainforest wood. If anyone has info regarding the origins of both types of wood for these cans I'd appreciate it.

 


Edited by Riggaberto - 4/12/12 at 9:15pm
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Does anyone have any insight into how the bamboo vs rainforest wood models of the LCD-2s sound? Any difference in build longevity?  

 

The reason I ask is that ethically I have a real hard time buying a product with rainforest wood. If anyone has info regarding the origins of both types of wood for these cans I'd appreciate it.

 



It's definitely much more durable and less prone to cracking than the original woods used, composite bamboo bonded by resin is a very lightweight, hard, and non-cracking material.

 

As for any changes to the sound, most likely it won't be noticeable, since the wood housing in LCD2's are minimal in terms of how much they actually are a part of the internal chamber surface area. Audeze can't really abolish wood material altogether since everyone already expects them to have wood so this is possibly the best thing they could do without outrage. By contrast Hifiman quickly switched out wood housing after their original HE-5 which IMO was quite wise.

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Just to be clear you're saying the bamboo model would be more durable than the rainforest wood model?

 

I don't mind wood in general, just not at the expense of deforestation in tropical climates, that's why I'm looking at the bamboo model instead...though I suppose I should contact them directly and ask where the bamboo comes from. I'm not an environmental zealot by any means, but when all it takes to do the right thing is a little research I don't have an excuse :)

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Just to be clear you're saying the bamboo model would be more durable than the rainforest wood model?

 

I don't mind wood in general, just not at the expense of deforestation in tropical climates, that's why I'm looking at the bamboo model instead...though I suppose I should contact them directly and ask where the bamboo comes from. I'm not an environmental zealot by any means, but when all it takes to do the right thing is a little research I don't have an excuse :)



Yep, a major complaint with the previous "rainforest" wood type is that they get a lot of cases with the wood housing cracking and having to be returned and replaced. Composite bamboo won't do that unless you intentionally try to do it.

 

The bamboo is probably farmed. But to be sure of that yeah you're best off contacting Audeze directly or perhaps scrounge around the internet a bit more regarding this design update.

 

Still though bamboo is EXTREMELY fast-growing, probably a few hundred times faster than most exotic hardwoods, I wouldn't worry about it even if it's from a wild forest - bamboo is 'green' as hell if you catch my drift lol.

 

Interesting wikipedia tidbit:

 

 

 

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Bamboos are some of the fastest growing plants in the world,[2] as some species have been recorded as growing up to 100 cm (39 in) within a 24 hour period due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. Bamboos are of notable economic and cultural significance in South AsiaSouth East Asia and East Asia, being used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product.

 


Edited by jerg - 4/12/12 at 9:49pm
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FYI found this on headphone.com about the bamboo if anyone else was curious

 

 

 

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The LCD-2 Bamboo earcups are constructed with hand-selected, 100% sustainable Bamboo wood for superior looks and minimal earcup resonance factor. Sustainable Bamboo farming practices allow Audez'e more consistency in design and manufacture and offer a stellar tone equal to the hard-to-get (and increasingly endangered!) Caribbean Rosewood offered on the LCD-2 as an option.

 

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Could somebody quantify the extent to which the redwood and the bamboo are prone to cracking? Like what percentage of redwood owners experience cracking, vs what percentage of bamboo owners? Also, is the bamboo significantly lighter weight?

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