Audeze LCD-X Open Back Headphone (2021 Version)
Hi Fi, Low Impedance
Following the success of the LCD-2 and LCD-3 headphones, Audeze set out to develop a planar magnetic that uses a thinner and lighter transducer. The result is the LCD-X, a headphone thats so smooth, so responsive, and so extended in its frequency response that they made Zeos Reviews proclaim: "everything is garbage compared to these. You should drop everything and...figure out how to afford some LCD-Xs."
The overall tonality of the LCD-X is neutral, making it a great option for producers and mastering engineers. However, it's so easy to drive that it would make a great pair for everyday listening. Like other high-end planar magnetics, the LCD-X has a snappiness and punchiness, as well as tight, well-controlled bass.
Planar magnetic transducers are different from the dynamic drivers found in most headphones. A large, thin diaphragm is suspended between two sizable magnets. The magnets create a magnetic field that vibrates the diaphragm to generate sound. This results in low distortion and incredibly lifelike sound.
Fazor Phase Management
While planar magnetic headphones offer a lot of advantages over dynamic drivers, they also present their own problems. Diffraction of sound off the magnets can cause different frequencies to arrive at different times, resulting in changes of phase. And when sound waves created by multiple magnets collide, wave interference occurs (that's a bad thing).
Audeze has attempted to solve these problems with a proprietary technology called Fazor Phase Management. Fazors are triangular elements that cap each magnet. They act as guides for the sound, maneuvering waves from the drivers and preventing them from interfering with each other. The result is cleaner sound, greater resolution, and better imaging.
Fully assembled in Audeze's Orange County factory, the LCD-X bears the fruit of hand-crafted attention in every stitch. The perforated leather headband and yoked ear cups accommodate a wide variety of head shapes and sizes. The memory foam ear pads are thick and deep for maximum comfort.
- Style: Over-ear, open-back
- Transducer type: Planar Magnetic
- Magnetic structure: Proprietary magnet array
- Phase management: Fazor
- Magnet type: Neodymium N50
- Diaphragm type: Ultra-thin
- Transducer size: 106mm
- Maximum power handling: 5W RMS
- Maximum SPL: >130dB
- Frequency response: 10 - 50,000Hz
- THD: <0.1% @ 100dB
- Impedance: 20Î©
- Sensitivity: 103 dB/1mW (at Drum Reference Point)
- Minimum power requirement: >100mW
- Recommended power level: >250mW
- Weight: 1.39lbs (635g)
- LCD-X planar magnetic headphone
- 1.9m 1/4'' to dual 4-pin mini-XLR cable
- Economy travel case
- User guide and warranty card
"A stellar reference headphone." -The Honest Audiophile