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Audeze LCD-3

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Top Ten For AudiophilesThe uber high-end Audeze LCD-3 audiophile headphone features new 'LOTUS' planar magnetic drivers with special alloys in the conductive traces for excellent driver control and lower distortion specs. Expect precisely musical, liquidy headphone goodness with unsurpassed frequency extension taken to the furthest reaches of reference audio performance. There's no question about it, Audeze are revolutionizing the high-end headphone industry. Designed and manufactured in the USA. 3-year Audeze warranty. Choose wood storage box or flight-approved travel case!

 

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Product Features:

  • Cutting-edge audiophile reference headphones
  • New planar-magnetic drivers designed from scratch by Audez'e engineers
  • Superior high to low extension with pristine timbral detail
  • Demands quality headphone amp for maximized musical performance
  • Beautiful real Zebrawood [Zebrano wood] earcups
  • Plush lambskin leather headband/earpad cushions standard
  • Durable metal headphone plug connectors
  • Strong 3-year Audeze manufacturer's warranty
  • Engineered & manufactured in the USA

What's In The Box:

  • Hard-sided ABS flight-approved travel/storage case OR plush wooden piano-finish box
  • Audez'e manufacturer's warranty statement

Applications:

The long-awaited Audeze LCD-3 headphones were first heard in early October 2011 at the Rocky Mountain Audio Festival and made available to a hungry audiophile public in early 2012. The most obvious differences between LCD-2 and LCD-3 models is a markedly deeper extension at the edges of the frequency range -- both high and low -- along with a more tactile sense of ambient textures and 'room sound' evident in the soundstage image presentation. For classical and symphonic fans in particular, the improved spatiality nicely opens up the orchestra and allows for near-perfect 'floating' placement of instrumental voices in the recording space. Jazz fans will delight hearing the sizzle of ride cymbals sans edge or grit anchored by the silky, potent pulse of upright double bass carried on transparent sheets of horns and reeds. Rockin' rollers into well-produced modern rock or prog will delve deep into the gauzy layers of electric guitars stratified within all your favorite recordings, making for a revelatory listening experience every time you use your Audeze LCD-3. Listeners can expect a beefier tone in the bass with a bit more low-end heft than before, but with improved tonal control of the lowest Adam's Apple-wobbling bass note. Dynamic quickness and detail resolution remains as acoustically impressive as ever with a tiny bit more air or 'breath' in between the notes during intensely busy musical passages. The headphone-gorilla-in-the-room question remains is this astonishing recovery of obscured low-level acoustic details worth ponying up the extra grand between the LCD-2 and LCD-3? Well, only your ears (and your wallet!) can tell you the answer to that big-time audiophile debate, but safe to say that for demanding music freaks and critical listeners needing to feel 'inside the music' with nuance, accuracy and true emotion as their deepest desires, the Audeze LCD-3 will not disappoint. Simply stated, another breakthrough headphone from the world-leaders in planar-magnetic sound.

The Audeze LCD-3 headphones are beautifully hand-built one at a time by highly skilled USA artisans. The LCD-3 earcups are made of genuine Zebrano wood which is both durable and resists vibrational artifacts from ingressing into the drivers or earcup frame. Ergonomically sloped earpad cushions are real leather and extremely soft; it sure feels like a much higher grade of soft leather versus most other headphones. The overall weight of the LCD-3 remains similar to the LCD-2 which can be a problem for listeners preferring lightweight headphones -- which these are not. The LCD-3's detachable headphone cable sports a wonderfully secure, easy-to-use 'push-pin' clip design that outclasses any of the other detachable cord systems we've seen in this multi kilo-buck terrain. The cable itself is an underwhelming flat-wound 'Y'-cord that extends about 8ft and terminates a full-size 1/4" stereo plug. We highly recommend upgrading to our superb HeadRoom Cardas 'Fat Pipe' headphone cabling for LCD-3. The free (and awesomely extended) 3-year LCD-3 manufacturer's warranty is serviced exclusively by Audeze in their own USA facility.

About Audeze Unique Planar Driver Headphone Technology

Although speakers have been developed with many different technologies, the traditional cone speaker design still dominates audio. Audeze Planar Transducers are fundamentally different from conventional cone speakers or dynamic drivers. Planar Magnetic speakers use a flat, lightweight diaphragm suspended in a magnetic field as the driver -- rather than a cone -- which is attached to the voice coil. The diaphragm has a circuit pattern etched within that, when energized, creates the forces that drive the diaphragm to move into the magnetic field to produce sound waves. Planar magnetic speakers (when done correctly!) have inherent advantages over cone speakers. First, the driver moves in a more direct piston-like manner due to the even application of force by the magnetic field surrounding the diaphragm, which reduces distortion artifacts. Second, the diaphragm is evenly mounted on all sides, reducing mechanical fatigue points. Planar Magnetic speakers employ a tough polymer as the base material, which also makes it more durable than cone diaphragms. Third, because the diaphragm is uber-thin, it's also more responsive, leading to extremely accurate sound reproduction and a crispness of tone that is the hallmark of quality electrostatic speakers. And finally, because it is perfectly flat, planar-magnetic drivers can dissipate heat more quickly using the large surface area of the diaphragm itself, which reduces the chance of heat build-up or driver burn-out.
'Super Planar Magnetic'
Audeze employs a number of proprietary techniques to improve upon the basic venerable planar magnetic design. Audeze design uses a very thin patented film type for the diaphragm. Once correctly etched, the diaphragm is mounted under extremely intense tension between two layers of deeply opposing magnets. This unique mounting process requires incredible precision, and Audeze has come up with proprietary methods and tools to effect very consistent and precise mount procedures. The serious diaphragm manufacturing know-how allows perfect fine tuning of the drivers to ensure a flat frequency response over a huge bandwidth while ensuring a very robust diaphragm construction along with maximum driver efficiency.
LOTUS - The New 'Ultra Thin' Diaphragm
Most planar magnetics use Mylar (PET) diaphragms built with internal aluminum traces. Audeze transducers use new materials that offer substantial improvements for both diaphragm and trace design. Audeze's proprietary 'LOTUS' diaphragm is capable of handling maximum operating temperatures of over 400F. This allows drivers to stay responsive and smooth with resonance-free tone, a huge frequency response, excellent internal and edge damping, very low THD distortion and extremely fast transient quickness. In addition, Audeze transducer designs are versatile and relatively efficient for easy pairing with top headphone amps.

Specifications:

  • Warranty: 30 days, No Re-Stocking Fee*
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 3 Years
  • Connector Type: 1/4
  • Headphone Type: Full Size
  • Weight: 550 grams [1.21 lbs] w/o cable
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 50 Ohms
  • Detachable Cable: Yes
  • Coupler Size: Large
  • Cord Type: Straight Y
  • Cord Length: 8ft
  • Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
  • Driver Type: Planar Magnetic
  • Acoustic Seal: Open
  • Sensitivity: 93 dB

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Without doubt the best headphones
Posted by Shameless Gear Head from Unity, ME on 2012-08-02

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Incredible sound
Cons: expensive; headband rests on top of head

I own the following headphones: T1, Ultrasone Edition 8; Dennon D5000

The LCD-3 is a better listening experience than any of these. The range is broad and to my ear all regions of the sound spectrum have great clarity. I am using a Cambridge Audio DAC and HK stereo amp. I use nothing but high-end cables such as Audioquest. Given all of this, the LCD-3 is like hearing my music for the first time.

I am totally ruined. I see no reason to ever again pick up any of my old headphones.


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Audez'e Initial Impressions:
Posted by MessiaaH from Trinidad & Tobago on 2011-12-16

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: BASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, Comfort, Looks, Speaker-Like Sound
Cons: None.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpDYe67kMtI&feature=youtube_gdata

Old Headphones - Denon AH-D7000
New Headphones - Audez'e LCD-3

Wow, it's amazing to hear this thing, it needs plenty more power to drive than my old Denon. My amp is going to get real work to do. With the Denon's volume used to be:
35% on amp
20-25% on pc
lol... Barely breaking a sweat. But with these 'phones i had to feed the amp 50% and 35% on pc. OMG, hear that bass. what'd BBQ! Money well spent! And the headphones haven't even been fully broken in yet. I've heard it will have to hit 100hrs before it sounds "good" and minimum 200hrs before it reach its max potential.
 :D
These LCD-3 headphones sound like a speaker on your head, but with all the clarity and quality of a headphone. OMG! i just put back on my Denons, what the hell was I listening to for the past 2 years? It now sounds thin and lifeless. Was this the same headphones I've been using all along? Was this the best sound my ears ever heard? I can't believe, this is the best thing my ears ever heard.

I didn't expect the difference to be THAT huge, 'cause like all change in quality (Audio or Video) one doesn't know how much better it is until you go back. So I said, ok, time to go back; my face got a very confused look. WOW, the D7000 was sounding soooooo good before, what the hell!

I put on 90% bass and this old headphones still struggling to keep up with the LCD-3, wow! This is a very very very very VERY! addictive and DANGEROUS hobby. You know why? Seeing that i'm pushing my amp to 50% to drive this monster, now I'm wondering what a more powerful headphone amp could do .....teary eyes....

WHAT! D! HELL!, Transformers 3! *eye pop* !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, Speechless, Wow, Amazing! (tested @ 1.05.39 and 1.38.00)

Jeeze, these headphones are amazing. Truly truly amazing and it's fresh out the box, no burn in? Wow. The Denon D7000 is a great headphone, truly epic in its own right. But the Audez'e LCD-3 has taken the bar, and destroyed it, it exists on it's own scale, in it's own corner of the universe!… Now to get back to listening!


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