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Audeze LCD-4z - Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by XERO1, Apr 10, 2018.
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  1. XERO1


    Audeze's newest version of its flagship is here! :L3000:

    I got to hear them at CanJam SoCal and I definitely liked what I heard.


    Sensitivity - 98dB/1mW ~ 107dB/1V
    Impedance - 15 Ohms
    Weight - ???
    Price - $3995

    Last edited: May 31, 2018
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  2. MacedonianHero Contributor
    ^ From what I've been told is that these are the "easier to drive LCD-4". So co-flagship with the LCD-4. So if Audeze has found a way got get the amazing sound from the LCD-4 in an easier to drive package, then many won't have a reason to give these headphones a strong consideration and not have to worry about upgrading your headphone amplifier to a more powerful one. :) They should sound the same from what I've been told...and that's quite the feat as the LCD-4s are among the very best headphones I've heard!
  3. AlwaysForward
    I really prefer the build and design of these to the OG-LCD4. Basically the only things that could have kicked me toward the Utopia were weight/design and drivability.
  4. MacedonianHero Contributor
    I haven't had these on my head yet. That said, I've always found the OG-LCD-4's comfort quite good.
  5. Hifiearspeakers
    Why 15 ohms? That’s a bit of overkill in my opinion. 200 ohms is very high for a planar, but 15 ohms might have a loud noise floor. Why not somewhere around 35-60?
  6. MacedonianHero Contributor
    I doubt these would have a high noise floor as they are full sized orthos after all and not IEMs. They seem like they could be played out of almost anything and if they retain that LCD-4 magic, look out!
  7. Hifiearspeakers
    I haven’t heard them so you may be right. But I’ve always found too low of an impedance isn’t generally a good thing for sound quality.
  8. MacedonianHero Contributor
    Typically, as finding an amplifier with a really low output impedance could be hard (especially if you're a tube fan). That said, orthos are not really dependent on damping factor like traditional headphones. Plus, I don't think the sensitivity specs have been published yet, and I'm sure this has been taken into account.
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  9. AlwaysForward
    This may be true for dynamic designs but it appears less of a concern with planar designs. It seems to do with damping but I honestly can’t follow this super well:
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2018
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  10. XERO1
    I’m pretty sure the LCD-4Z was primarily designed to be a ‘transportable’ version of the LCD-4. Which would make sense since it’s lighter, has a more durable design, and its ultra-low impedance makes it much easier to drive with a DAP or portable amp.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2018
  11. LeoKane
    I think I read impedance was going to be 150 Ohms, not 15. Might be wrong though!
  12. AlwaysForward
    It's 15! :L3000:
  13. LeoKane
  14. FastAndClean
    Why is so expensive?
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