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I'm glad you mentioned that, cause it reminded me of a question I've been meaning to ask...

 

Do any of you guys prefer closed headphones strictly for sonic reasons, or is it only due to the fact that you need isolation one way or the other? Do any of you just prefer closed back headphones because they sound better than open or semi-open? 

Basically just for isolation. Otherwise I would have LCD-2s (which I prefer to the LCD-3s) and wouldn't be waiting to try out the LCD-XC

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Basically just for isolation. Otherwise I would have LCD-2s (which I prefer to the LCD-3s) and wouldn't be waiting to try out the LCD-XC

 

 

Do you think that's how most others feel, too? 

 

I've really only been into headphones for the past two years, and it seemed like I was always seeing people say how they wished so and so company would offer a closed version of whatever...I always figured there must be something about a closed design that I wasn't quite appreciating. 

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Do you think that's how most others feel, too? 

 

I've really only been into headphones for the past two years, and it seemed like I was always seeing people say how they wished so and so company would offer a closed version of whatever...I always figured there must be something about a closed design that I wasn't quite appreciating. 


Mostly yes - though I can't speak for everyone :-). Certainly there are a number of closed headphones that people really enjoy regardless of the need for a closed can. However, all things being equal (loaded statement) it is better to not have to deal with reflections off the can rear walls.

Historically open 'phones tended to have issues with low bass output. But open phones like the Audeze and others have demonstrated that this is no longer a necessary concern.

Others can chime in but I see no inherent advantage with existing technology for closed phones other than isolation.

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I agree isolation is the most important thing for me. Nowadays people spend more and more time at the office and open headphones are not an option. We don't have any cubes, and I sit right next to another person and just would not workout. I sold my T5ps and now I miss them. I am looking forward to trying the XCs

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I always liked the deeply extending resonant bass of closed headphones.  Planars get very close or exceed that type of extension for an open headphone.

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I always liked the deeply extending resonant bass of closed headphones.  Planars get very close or exceed that type of extension for an open headphone.

Out of sheer curiosity (I will never buy open cans) do any others? Beyer T1? Fostex TH-900?

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Outside of Planars, the HD800 gets the closest out of any other open I've heard.  Its bass as a whole though is not too strong compared to the rest of its signature though.

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I've been leaning toward picking up the LCD-X, but since both the X and the C are apparently much easier to drive than the other Audeze offerings, I'm really considering the Xc so that I will have the portability option. If they needed an amp then there would be no question...but I've been thinking about picking up a Meier Stepdance or another better quality portable amp, and having the Xc would give me an amazingly good headphone to take with me if I was ever going to be away for a period of time. I would never think about taking my T1s or LCD2s with me...but even though I'd use them primarily at home, I think I like the idea of the Xc being able to travel if needed. On top of that, the wood cups are beautiful. 

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I've been leaning toward picking up the LCD-X, but since both the X and the C are apparently much easier to drive than the other Audeze offerings, I'm really considering the Xc so that I will have the portability option. If they needed an amp then there would be no question...but I've been thinking about picking up a Meier Stepdance or another better quality portable amp, and having the Xc would give me an amazingly good headphone to take with me if I was ever going to be away for a period of time. I would never think about taking my T1s or LCD2s with me...but even though I'd use them primarily at home, I think I like the idea of the Xc being able to travel if needed. On top of that, the wood cups are beautiful. 

The XC has the potential to be driven effectively by a higher powered DAP like the Fiio X3, iBasso DX50 or upcoming Fiio X5.

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The XC has the potential to be driven effectively by a higher powered DAP like the Fiio X3, iBasso DX50 or upcoming Fiio X5.

 

That would be awesome. I love just grabbing my Beyer 1350s if I'm heading to work or whatever, but it would be so amazing to have a truly high end headphone to easily take with me for longer stays. 

 

Digizoid is also coming out with their new Zo, so that might make for a fantastic little portable rig...and the Zo would even fit inside the pelican case with the Xc phones. 

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The XC has the potential to be driven effectively by a higher powered DAP like the Fiio X3, iBasso DX50 or upcoming Fiio X5.
My Colorfly C4 will be hopefully driving these well quite soon!
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Another question chaps... of those that have already ordered, which colour and leather options did you go for?
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I'm wondering if anyone has enquired whether the brown LCD3 Brown leather can be added as an option, not shown on website? It would look great with the walnut and Iroko!
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Another question chaps... of those that have already ordered, which colour and leather options did you go for?
Buzinga and lambskin leather pads
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Iroko and lamb
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