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post #136 of 820

This justifies starting my 2013 Christmas Wish List!

post #137 of 820
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Originally Posted by SHAHZADA123 View Post

The new CLAS -db>ALO RxIII>CLOSED LCDs should make for a great portable rig.

WOW!!!  

 

 

me thinking that too, closed lcd for portable rig... may not work well though as takato14 has stated... we will see

post #138 of 820

These look fantastic! Would love to hear them when it's released.

post #139 of 820
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Originally Posted by skfktkwjs View Post

it looks like its heavier than LCD2,3

Actually they're not heavier, and I was surprised.

It's tough to judge anything when you love your reference as much as I LOVE my Audeze LCD3's - 

 

but the closed-back, to my ears (& I've been in Hifi since I was 17 - but before discovering this

wonderful community I used cans strictly as something to DJ & travel with) sounded fluid, dynamic,

lush, and the timbre was right where I like it: Vocals and analog synths on my tracks (loaded

into Alex's Macbook Pro for my audition) sounded like they do on my main E.A.R reference system!

That means they sounded lifelike and present.  I was engrossed in the music so much I closed my eyes

and rocked my head as the noise of the show around me disappeared.  I could have listened to all the music

I brought.

 

I do think my LCD3's have better bass extension, and are quicker on transient attack and velocity - but I

tried to imagine not listening to the LCD3's all the time (NOT EASY TO DO) and I feel if I didn't already

own the top Audeze Headphone I would prefer these over any other similar cans I've tried.  

 

just my 2 cents...

post #140 of 820

I'm not sure if it's been brought up before, as I'm sure nobody's had extended time with them on, but I wonder how the heat buildup is.  If I recall, heat buildup was already an issue with LCD2/3 even though they were open.

post #141 of 820
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post

Actually they're not heavier, and I was surprised.
It's tough to judge anything when you love your reference as much as I LOVE my Audeze LCD3's - 

but the closed-back, to my ears (& I've been in Hifi since I was 17 - but before discovering this
wonderful community I used cans strictly as something to DJ & travel with) sounded fluid, dynamic,
lush, and the timbre was right where I like it: Vocals and analog synths on my tracks (loaded
into Alex's Macbook Pro for my audition) sounded like they do on my main E.A.R reference system!
That means they sounded lifelike and present.  I was engrossed in the music so much I closed my eyes
and rocked my head as the noise of the show around me disappeared.  I could have listened to all the music
I brought.

I do think my LCD3's have better bass extension, and are quicker on transient attack and velocity - but I
tried to imagine not listening to the LCD3's all the time (NOT EASY TO DO) and I feel if I didn't already
own the top Audeze Headphone I would prefer these over any other similar cans I've tried.  

just my 2 cents...

You probably don't know but you have any idea how much it is? Or better yet, how much do you think is justifiable for the price? And hows the noise isolation? Any chance to be a portable full sized?
post #142 of 820

I would imagine they would be comparable in price to the LCD-2 or LCD-3 depending on which they are based on. Maybe both?

 

I had the same idea (putting on a closed back plate) if my beloved Thunderpants ever gave up the ghost, looks like Audeze is beating me to it :-)
 

post #143 of 820

I understand the excitement about the closed Audeze, but people need to try to keep themselves from asking about SQ, comfort, isolation, etc.

As it was mentioned, this is not even a prototype, it is a proof-of-concept. Any impressions that you get now will only unnecessarily (for better or worse) color your judgement on the completed final product that will come out in the future.

post #144 of 820
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

From my experience the LCD-2 didn't have much of a soundstage considering it's an open-back headphone.

That's a good point, the lack of air could have simply been a result of the generally subdued upper-mid-to-lower treble tonality of the LCD line.
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

Well to be perfectly honest, a lot of people, myself included, use closed-back headphones for mobile listening. Having a 1 pound, ancient, clunky-looking headphone on your head with no folding mechanism isn't exactly portable. Sure the earcups may lie flat like the other LCD's, but the earcups with the earpads are nearly 3 inches thick. Even if this new Audeze headphone performs spectacularly sonically, for people like me, it is a completely dysfunctional headphone for my purposes. Not to mention that if you dropped it, I wouldn't want to know what would happen to the wood.

It's certainly a matter of taste and I can see most people not being comfortable being seen wearing something as extravagant as the LCD when out and about. Nonetheless the design felt quite solid and I don't think it would be damaged by a simple fall.
post #145 of 820

Hmm, isnt the planar technology works best with open back design? beside this is way to big and heavy for portable/

post #146 of 820

looks beautiful.

post #147 of 820

Looks great, people say that it isn't as heavy as it looks, but it truly looks heavy compared to most headphones out there. I've only worn Denon D2k's,  AT's M50, and 700mk2's, and a few other non audiophile headphones. Also, I've never heard open headphones before, so I wouldn't know the difference between the sounds. These do look like the kind of headphones I'd like though, despite my lack of a full sized amp, and doubts that a FiiO E11 would give it enough power to make it sound how it should. I'll put it on my Christmas list anyways and hope for the best though smily_headphones1.gif
 

post #148 of 820

That red prototype looks great! 

post #149 of 820
these look awesome! i can't wait to try them.
post #150 of 820
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Originally Posted by Chawanwit View Post

Hmm, isnt the planar technology works best with open back design? beside this is way to big and heavy for portable/


Thunderpants owners would beg to differ on both claims.

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