Originally Posted by TMRaven
The LDC2 and 3 were heavy because they're huge planar magnetics with big magnetic arrays on either side of the diaphragm. Audeze decided to advance their industry-leading weight by replacing the wood with an even heavier thick chunk of aluminum to secure their place at the top.
At the top of what? Weight crown?
It's a bad move IMO. You already had a heavy hp, not for everyone albeit but many. I admit that some even found it somewhat comfortable. But I think it would be fair to say that nearly everyone would have been appreciative if the lcd2/3 had just been 100 grams lighter. Just imagine of how much more comfortable the lcd series would have been at a lighter weight, especially when wearing it for more than hour.
Of course those gentleman who own the company know that quite a few found the hp heavy. I'm quite sure that it's been talked about it at great lengths. Yet they chose to sacrifice comfort for I assume what they felt was the best sound possible. It's a gutsy move. They have a limited market because of the price bracket of these hp's in the first place. Then you take that market and divide it half (?) because of the those who find it uncomfortable to wear for more than a hour or even less. It's a real problem and at least a questionable decision to add another 100 grams to the design. I honestly had strong hopes that new line would be somewhat lighter.
I don't question the result of the product. I absolutely love the sound of these hp's. But there is no doubt in my mind that when these guys were sitting around the table designing the new products, one them raised the issue of adding even more weight to the design. I'd loved to have been a fly on the wall for that conversation.
I'm sorry, I know that I ramble. I do feel that this is a legitimate concern though for many of us who really love the sound but struggle with the comfort.