The LCD-2 Shedua remains among Audeze's most affordable headphones. Really, it's a shameless gateway drug into their addictive uber high-end cans like the LCD-3 and the devastating Audeze LCD-4 headphone, which tops out around $4,000. Given its relatively accessible price, the LCD2 Shedua is nothing short of simply irresistible audiophile headphone crack.
The Audeze LCD-2 Shedua doesn't quite have the expansive dimensional imaging and controlled intensity of the LCD-4's solar plexus gut-punch or the speedy dynamic quickness of the LCD-3. Instead, we hear a less demanding, more easily paced sound that is pleasantly rounded while still being totally faithful to the music and the recording.
The updated 'Fazor' planar magnetic drivers generate slightly improved extension at the edges of the frequency range versus previous LCD-2 iterations with a clearly organized, richly rendered musicality that is thoroughly engaging, simple and unhyped.
It's this alluring combo of smoothness joined with a quick transient response and an uncluttered soundstage presentation that makes the Audeze LCD2 Shedua among our top audiophile headphones at the 'under-1K' tier.
Among its most attractive traits, the LCD-2 synergizes well with any recording or music style - it's not picky about sounding good. The LCD2 is a superlative high-end headphone value that belies its affordable cost of entry compared to other headphones even at twice its price. Our expert Headphone.com review team uniformly recommends the Audeze LCD-2 Shedua - it delivers a wonderful listening experience and is a top candidate for anyone looking to stay under that magic $1,000 mark.
Size-wise, the Audeze LCD-2 Shedua headphone will nicely fit medium and larger head dimensions without any comfort worries. If you're on the smaller noggin side of things, the LCD2 is a big and somewhat bulky full size headphone, so there's a chance you might get a bit swallowed up by the deep-well earpads and large headband frame.
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