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Audeze LCD-2 Impressions Thread

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  1. DemonicLemming
    Liking mine quite a bit after a week of listening.  Still getting used to the huge pads, but the LCD-2 is still lighter than the heaviest can I have, so no problems there.
     
    Question - has anyone removed the felt padding (the loose circle bit, not the glued-down rectangular bit)?  I have mine out and it feels like there's just a little bit more space to the music, like going from listening to speakers in a small office to a large room.  I actually preferred the sound with the grilles off the most, but that leaves the expensive guts a little too vulnerable for me.  Bit of spray adhesive and a pair of black hose fixed the "Ha ha, I can see your drivers, and they're huge!" see-through issues.
     
    I haven't found any type of music these headphones don't love playing back; from old-school thrash metal and avant-garde jazz (or whatever Nik Bartsch's stuff qualifies as), to grimy industrial metal and acoustic vocal-centric music.
     
  2. Flipjack


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    How is the presentation with these kinds of music? Is it laid-back, do the guitars carry energy (e.g. are they crunchy/forward), does it sound clean? Do you sit back, relax and enjoy the music (think Beyer/AKG), or do you bang your head and play air-guitar (think Grado)? Or is it somewhere in between?
     
    I'm asking because I'm in the market for a pair of headphones for mostly metal, and I think I'll either rebuy a pair of Alessandro MS Pro's to be modded into MS Ultimates or buy a pair of LCD-2's. 
     
     
     
  3. DemonicLemming
    Most metal is definitely energetic - it's not nearly the detached experience I had with my AKGs, but not quite as viscerally gripping as Grados or Ultrasones.  With the exception of some of the older thrash and speed metal that really asks for forward mids, I've been happy with the LCD-2s. 
     
    Devin Townsend's Ziltoid album has been on constant repeat since I got them - and they spread equally to do softer, more melodic prog metal like The Gathering and more binary harsh/clean stuff like Opeth very well.  Transients are insanely fast, drums have lots of impact, the details can shred your face (although they're not as high-strung as the HE-4 cans I had), bass guitar is ungodly thick, distorted lead guitar sounds outright filthy, and vocals can range from Nergal trying to eat your soul to kaRIN (of Collide) trying to unzip your pants with her teeth.
     
    Not the first set of headphones I'd recommend for strictly thrash/death metal, but if you listen to the whole range of metal, it works well.  If you can stand sharper treble (my ears were too sensitive to it), the HE-4 may also be worth looking into.  Not quite as much bass extension or impact, but the upper mids and highs are done very well (could be the same with the MS Pro cans, but I've never heard those myself).
     
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  4. kwkarth


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    If that's all you're going to use them for, you would save a lot of money to go with the Alessandro's.
     
     
  5. Flipjack


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    Wow, thank you so much for this reply!! I'll most definitely won't cross the LCD-2's off my list just yet. It's just such a shame that no one in my area owns a LCD-2, or any higher tier ortho for that matter (that I know of). 


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    The thing is, I've had the (modded) MS Pro's before, but they didn't offer me all that much extra compared to the (modded) MS1's, just more refinement and less fun. So I still have the oh-so fun MS1000 and want to add another HP that does metal well, but have better technical abilities (MS1 really falls short in this area). I won't use them exclusively for metal, but most HP's I've listened to didn't do metal justice but -to my ears- did other genres just fine. It doesn't need to excell at metal, just that it's satisfying and doesn't make me grab my MS1000 all the time. Because that's exactly what happened when I also owned other Beyers/AKG's.
     
     
     
  6. SoupRKnowva
    i personally feel that the LCD-2's are the best full sized cans for metal that ive heard, not even the O2's could compete in my opinion. Everything from Black Dahlia Murder to Dragon Force sounded great on em to me :D
     
    so flipjack, i would definitely look into getting them. Though to be honest, i couldnt stand the Grado's with metal or rock, or anything really....i dont really understand why they get reccomended so much for the genre.
     
  7. jronan2
    I'm getting the Schiit Lyr in  two weeks or so and looking for the best ortho for me. I am strongly considering the LCD 2. How do these headphones handle trance, DnB, electronica genre's. I know they will more than likely be great for my classical rock, modern rock tastes, but i never see much talk on how they handle electric. Any thoughts?
     Or do you think another ortho may be worth considering? Thank you for any input.
     
  8. Flipjack
     
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    Not a big fan of stock Grado's myself either. But I love a MS1000-modded Alessandro!
     
    LCD-2's just became top-contender for the purchase of my new headphone :)
     
  9. Skylab Contributor


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    Classic metal, Prog Metal, and Symphonic/Goth metal (my favorite metal genres) are also outstanding with the LCD-2, and I agree with Soup - the best I have heard for metal.
     
  10. nigeljames
    Toss up between LCD's or T1's for me [​IMG]
     
  11. MrQ


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    Get both[​IMG]
     
  12. nigeljames


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    Got Both [​IMG]
     
  13. MacedonianHero Contributor

    x3 :p...but if you can only get one...my vote is for the LCD-2.
     
  14. MrQ


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    I must admit my LCD-2 gets more head time. If I had more classical I'm not sure that would be the case. When I get my HE-6 I'm gonna need a spare head.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  15. MrScary
    Just got my Norse cable for my LCD-2's all I can say is WOW! made a huge difference more definition..
     
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