Originally Posted by fortitude
The LCD-X at the Chicago meet had the vegan pads and headband which were very soft and comfortable (IMO) but the weight is substantial. Soundwise, I'd almost call them an LCD2.5.... not quite as good as the 3's but better than the 2's in most other areas.
Well, I've got the LCD-X now in house and after about an hour or so I gotta say that I'm mightily impressed with them. Great job by Audeze on developing these new headphones. They are a step up from the LCD-2s IMO and actually I'd say they are certainly more than the LCD-2.5....and might end up pushing my LCD-3s (though the mids on my LCD-3s are very hard to beat). They are very quick and nimble; very LCD-3 in that regard.
Initial Listening Impressions:
Reports of "brighter" more HE-6 headphones have been way overstated IMO. These are so much better actually to my ears. They have very much retained what we've come to expect from Audeze. The bass is tight, deep and very well defined. The mids are very balanced, maybe not as seductive as the LCD-3s, but still excellent. The treble is something I'm really enjoying. The shimmer of snares is very clean while never "bright". For those wanting more up top, these may be your headphones. The imaging is very good and absolutely no complaints here. But I'll need quite a bit more time to really get a handle of these headphones.
My current setup is my main dynamic rig: CDP --> Bryston BDA-2 --> GS-X MK2
They are beautifully built and I can see that Audeze has come a long way from their early LCD-2 R1 days way back when. The packaging and construction of the headphones are top shelf and exactly what you'd expect for a luxury product like these headphones. They are heavier than my LCD-3s, but once on my head, the weight distribution is quite good that I don't notice it. Only when I hold them both in either hand. They are more efficient as I need to run my GS-X MK2 on medium gain; as I typically use high gain with my LCD-3s. Later, I'll try them out of my iPad directly to see how they sound.
I can see why they impressed so many at RMAF this year...looks like Audeze has another winner on their hands. More to come....
I do plan on writing a review of them after a thorough listening and A-B'ing with my LCD-3s as well.
Edited by MacedonianHero - 11/5/13 at 6:46pm