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 the superb Cardas or headphone cabling for Audeze LCD headphones. The free (and awesomely extended) 3-year LCD-3 manufacturer's warranty is serviced exclusively by Audeze in their own USA facility.
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Audeze LCD 3 Frequency Response Measurement