Audeze LCD-5 - The all new Audeze Flagship
Sep 17, 2021 at 9:19 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 163

The Hawk

100+ Head-Fier
Jan 7, 2009
$4500 USD MSRP

Shipping early October 2021

Full product page:



  • New Parallel Uniforce™ diaphragms and Fluxor™ Magnets provide powerful sound, unparalleled sonic detail, and incredible accuracy without increasing the impedance
  • New internally sloped earpads that help to reduce unwanted resonances and interior reflections
  • Newly designed Fazors that are optimized to reduce diffractions
  • The LCD-5 cable is specially tuned with directional OCC high-purity copper strands that provide a low capacitance and low resistance path to maintain unsurpassed clarity and precision.
  • The LCD-5’s fully re-designed magnesium frame provides rigidity and ultra-light weight, while the acetate rings offer just the right touch of richness
  • 420g weight


StyleOver-ear, open-back
Transducer typePlanar Magnetic
Magnetic structureFluxor magnet array
Phase managementFazor
Magnet typeNeodymium N50
Diaphragm typeNano-Scale Parallel Uniforce
Transducer size90 mm
Maximum power handling5W RMS
Maximum SPL>130dB
Frequency response5Hz – 50kHz
THD<0.1% @ 100dB
Impedance14 ohms
Sensitivity90 dB/1mW (at Drum Reference Point)
Minimum power requirement>100mW
Recommended power level>250mW


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Sep 17, 2021 at 10:13 PM Post #3 of 163
Whatever they end up calling it, I hope it uses the framework of the CRBN with a new planar diaphragm and a Harman-ish tuning.
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Sep 17, 2021 at 11:12 PM Post #5 of 163
Audeze has been going wild the last few months... the LCD-R (ribbonish planar) in July, the CRBN (electrostat) in August, and the LCD-5? (planar?) in September...
Sep 17, 2021 at 11:33 PM Post #6 of 163
Oh look ANOTHER multi thousand $ headphone that only 1 % can afford.
Sep 17, 2021 at 11:40 PM Post #7 of 163
Elsewhere in the LCD-4 thread, it talks about dates shown on that pic lining up to dates of previously released LCD models - LCD-2, LCD-3, and LCD-4. So likely it'll be the LCD-5.
That makes sense. :thinking:
Sep 17, 2021 at 11:49 PM Post #8 of 163
Sep 20, 2021 at 12:52 AM Post #9 of 163
Tomorrow's the big day!

Sep 20, 2021 at 1:07 AM Post #11 of 163
waiting for the LCD-1 Closed back plz
I doubt the LCD-1 Closed back is going to be their big release tomorrow. It’s gotta be the LCD-5.
Sep 20, 2021 at 1:23 AM Post #12 of 163
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the CNT technology used for the electrostatic CRBN make it’s way into a new planar LCD-5. Possibly the use of carbon weave or monocoque for the housing instead of wood rings or metal finished in a high gloss piano finish.

I wonder where it will sit with regards to price. I would like to see it around the $4k price with the older LCD models getting a drop in their price. I doubt that will happen and it will be $5k+ since that seems to be the new TOTL headphone price baseline these days.

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