Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview
Sep 20, 2021 at 11:27 PM Post #196 of 1,830

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Since this will be my first totl headphone, could some of you recommend a good, low cost amp/dac and/or combo?
I really like the IHA-6 as an amp. Loads of power, hi current mode, and very clean.
 
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Might as well dress for the occasion.
 

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I actually really like the tortishell. My glasses are similar ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ At least I'll be matchy matchy
They have that Warby Parker Glasses look. I bet it would like nice in person. I'm not going to pass judgement until seeing them in real life, but I am a little apprehensive.

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Does the LCD-5 only come in the orange tortoiseshell frame? Are there any other options, for instance just a plain black?
They should do a Vantablack frame. Seriously. It would be very trippy.
Eager to hear your thoughts on these vs your Susvara, D8k Pro, and LCD-R. Hopefully these will be another speedy detail monster to add to the collection!
So far, yes they are. Initial impressions are that they are another pair for which I wish I still had the DAVE here, so if you're looking for an excuse, consider it given. :beyersmile:
 
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A. Super expensive means purchasers will skew older with more disposable income
B. Aesthetic design resembles a vintage luxury car interior console
C. Frequency response suggests this is more of a statement piece than technical marvel

I think we can picture precisely the customer type that Audeze is targeting with the LCD-5:

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I'm guessing the M15 isn't going to cut it.
Chord Hugo 2 on dealer discount or used. That is if the LCD-5s can be driven off them.
 
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A. Super expensive means purchasers will skew older with more disposable income
B. Aesthetic design resembles a vintage luxury car interior console
C. Frequency response suggests this is more of a statement piece than technical marvel

I think we can picture precisely the customer type that Audeze is targeting with the LCD-5:

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Once again I'll say it for the kids in the back who can't hear:

ADHERENCE TO A FREQUENCY RESPONSE TARGET IS NOT THE ONLY METRIC TO JUDGE SOUND QUALITY.

It's measurable, and it gives a great indicator as to the tonality of a headphone. But I can give you a list a mile long of headphones that measure well but sound mediocre at best.

That is all.
 
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They should do a Vantablack frame. Seriously. It would be very trippy.

So far, yes they are. Initial impressions are that they are another pair for which I wish I still had the DAVE here, so if you're looking for an excuse, consider it given. :beyersmile:
Abyss tried with a practical black and it turned out ugly.
 
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Once again I'll say it for the kids in the back who can't hear:

ADHERENCE TO A FREQUENCY RESPONSE TARGET IS NOT THE ONLY METRIC TO JUDGE SOUND QUALITY.

It's measurable, and it gives a great indicator as to the tonality of a headphone. But I can give you a list a mile long of headphones that measure well but sound mediocre at best.

That is all.

Are you suggesting purchasers will not wear leopard skin underwear?
 
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Chord Hugo 2 on dealer discount or used. That is if the LCD-5s can be driven off them.
I see you liked this @KMann. Have you personally tried this to be an acceptable pairing?
 
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Once again I'll say it for the kids in the back who can't hear:

ADHERENCE TO A FREQUENCY RESPONSE TARGET IS NOT THE ONLY METRIC TO JUDGE SOUND QUALITY.

It's measurable, and it gives a great indicator as to the tonality of a headphone. But I can give you a list a mile long of headphones that measure well but sound mediocre at best.

That is all.
100%! Well said! We all like measurements, manufacturer numbers, and graphs, and they all serve their purpose, but they are not the end all be all (not even close). I only look to FR graphs mainly for help with EQ profiles. They are never a great indicator of a headphones capability. And to your point, some of the worst headphones have pretty decent and neutral or harman FR graphs.
 

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