Audeze LCD-2C Classic - Impressions Thread
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Well I've gone and done it.

Sold

LCD-4
Aeolus
HD650
Utopia

and the rest.

Kept

LCD-2C
Verum 1

Why?

LCD-2C at least my current unit hits like a sledge hammer. My only issue with them is the treble could be smoother but lets be real 99% of headphones have a rough, unrefined treble. Resolution IS on par with my old HD650 and Aeolus but planar drivers have an inherent lushness, fog you have to listen out for those micro details more. My previous unit was too laid back, there's good drivers out there it's a lottery.

Verum 1 was the other one I kept. It's like an LCD of old but more elegant, airy and liquid like. Deep bass, not as bold as my LCD-2C. I would say on the Verum those micro details are more obvious, resolution is close but I'd give it to verum slightly. The thing with the LCD-2C it takes time to appreciate it IF you're constantly comparing to other headphones.

I think with the Verum 1 and LCD-2C I'm done in this hobby. I've spent thousands on audio gear, I can retire happy Haha!
That's quite a move but I can actually understand it. Also, makes me want to try the Verum.

Selling your HD650 is a surprise though after you were singing praises about them everywhere.
 
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That's quite a move but I can actually understand it. Also, makes me want to try the Verum.

Selling your HD650 is a surprise though after you were singing praises about them everywhere.
The Verum probably filled that need.

I find myself reaching the hd650 lesser nowadays.
 
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That's quite a move but I can actually understand it. Also, makes me want to try the Verum.

Selling your HD650 is a surprise though after you were singing praises about them everywhere.
They're a great headphone and with the right gear TOTL status minus bass quality. I stand by my comments on the HD650 but the Verum does mostly what the HD650 can do.

I use Verum for an all rounder. Not saying the classic isn't an all-rounder but to me the Classic is that fun headphone you wack on when you wanna let you hair down and go crazy. Both are what I'd consider neutral but the classic is neutral with some flair.

Yes you need to try the Verum. It's £275 quid and sounds better than most 1000-3000 quid phones.
 
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As cheap looking as Hifiman headphones look the are practically weightless on your head. This new Audeze headband is leap and bounds better than their old style headband comfort wise to me. I’m glad they incorporated it on all of their headphones. My first Audeze headphone was the LCD-3F with older style headband. When I upgraded to the LCD-4’s the comfort level of the new style headband alone was worth the upgrade.

I think if the pad wasn’t so close to the headband, like Hifiman and ZMF headphones, the comfort level of the Audeze headband would improve. Just my thoughts.
Funny thing is, it seems like when I cut my hear all my headphones became rather uncomfortable. :D
 
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Hair? Maybe it acts as a cushion. I feel better with my hair really short.
Funny you mention that I got my hair cut short for the first time in years today because of my phones haha
 
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They're a great headphone and with the right gear TOTL status minus bass quality. I stand by my comments on the HD650 but the Verum does mostly what the HD650 can do.

I use Verum for an all rounder. Not saying the classic isn't an all-rounder but to me the Classic is that fun headphone you wack on when you wanna let you hair down and go crazy. Both are what I'd consider neutral but the classic is neutral with some flair.

Yes you need to try the Verum. It's £275 quid and sounds better than most 1000-3000 quid phones.
I agree. The more TOTL headphones I try the more obvious it becomes that price is very, very relative when it comes to reflecting actual value.

Regarding the headphones you sold,

LCD4 - obviously better than the 2C in everything except weight. The improvement in sound however does not worth the extra $3200. Perhaps twice the price of the 2C, but definitely not the asking price.

Aeolus - These are great flavour cans if someone has a powerful amp and likes a woody, analogue sound and listens to acoustic music the most. Bass quality is a few steps down from the 2C though. It is still worth its price if this sound is what are after.

HD650 - Legend, but as you said you need good gear to make them shine. Bass roll of is a deal breaker if you listen to EDM.

Utopia - Another overpriced can. Impressive at first but too much to live with (for me). And bass is still not on level with planars.

I think, you made a good decision, although it is always very personal depending on music and sound preference, not to mention budget.
Have you got any plans with the thousands you got for the sold headphones? A trip around the world? :)
 
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Been noticing that I've favored the 2C more and more for evening listening through my home theater. Neighbors aren't always happy when I let the KEF Q300s and Sunfire SDS12 flex their muscles, so it's nice to have the 2Cs right there to get the same general feel without the added noise pollution. What surprises me is how seamless a transition the two seem to be; in terms of signature, I find them to be very similar and relaxing. Surprised myself when I got a little teary-eyed finishing off the last 20 minutes of an Across the Universe DVD rip (testing file quality before everything moves over to the Plex server).

And have enough people talked about how comfortable these pads are? Seriously surprises me every time I put them on.
 
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Been noticing that I've favored the 2C more and more for evening listening through my home theater. Neighbors aren't always happy when I let the KEF Q300s and Sunfire SDS12 flex their muscles, so it's nice to have the 2Cs right there to get the same general feel without the added noise pollution. What surprises me is how seamless a transition the two seem to be; in terms of signature, I find them to be very similar and relaxing. Surprised myself when I got a little teary-eyed finishing off the last 20 minutes of an Across the Universe DVD rip (testing file quality before everything moves over to the Plex server).

And have enough people talked about how comfortable these pads are? Seriously surprises me every time I put them on.
The stock pads are awesome. They don't only give you plenty of space for your ears without touching anything but also give a very nice feeling around your ears. This memory foam and the high-quality pleather just do the job.

Even though the HEXV2 is lighter and instantly feels better on your head, after 40-50 minutes I just stop liking that filth feel around my ears. Also the cups are shallower.
The 2C gives you a comfy and firm hug. I don't have issues with the weight, so I am just enjoying this hug a lot. Not to mention the tightness and the bass...
 
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They're a great headphone and with the right gear TOTL status minus bass quality. I stand by my comments on the HD650 but the Verum does mostly what the HD650 can do.

I use Verum for an all rounder. Not saying the classic isn't an all-rounder but to me the Classic is that fun headphone you wack on when you wanna let you hair down and go crazy. Both are what I'd consider neutral but the classic is neutral with some flair.

Yes you need to try the Verum. It's £275 quid and sounds better than most 1000-3000 quid phones.
I find the Verum 1 very interesting, but certain reviews make me wait for the Verum 2.

One thing is that I am not fond of the DIY look of the Verum 1. Look however is secondary to sound, so if the sound is right I wouldn't care.

The Verum 1 is very affordable due to skipping all middle-man costs, but there seem to be a 6 weeks waiting time for orders.
Have you guys waited 6 weeks for yours?

I get that they wanted to create a brighter LCD2, so in a way I am interested. On the other hand though, I quite like the darker sound of the 2C.

I also read, resolution/imaging is not the best due to the thicker diaphragm. At least it seems to be reliable on the other hand.

Summing up, I am very interested in the Verum 1 but I am not sure if I'd enjoy them more than the 2C. I keep the 2Cs as they are fun and relaxing at the same time.
I am interested in the Verum1, especially for the great price, but I am not sure if I need a brighter LCD2C.
 
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I find the Verum 1 very interesting, but certain reviews make me wait for the Verum 2.

One thing is that I am not fond of the DIY look of the Verum 1. Look however is secondary to sound, so if the sound is right I wouldn't care.

The Verum 1 is very affordable due to skipping all middle-man costs, but there seem to be a 6 weeks waiting time for orders.
Have you guys waited 6 weeks for yours?

I get that they wanted to create a brighter LCD2, so in a way I am interested. On the other hand though, I quite like the darker sound of the 2C.

It does look rugged but build quality is good. Look will depend on preference, but i like it. Looks macho haha.

I also read, resolution/imaging is not the best due to the thicker diaphragm. At least it seems to be reliable on the other hand.

Summing up, I am very interested in the Verum 1 but I am not sure if I'd enjoy them more than the 2C. I keep the 2Cs as they are fun and relaxing at the same time.
I am interested in the Verum1, especially for the great price, but I am not sure if I need a brighter LCD2C.
Not really bright. Just brighter than the 2c. Reso is good, betula. Slightly better than the 2c, i think. I was saying that the verum is thicker, but what i meant was that it has a more focused body.

I waited for mine since last year. Around 5-6 months of wait. What about getting a used one in the classified wjen it turns out?
 
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