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Audeze LCD-X ... Opinions?

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Hey.

Been a long time since I've posted.. I've heard these the other day, and these are in short, amazing! The LCD-2's I used to have sound slow in comparison, and pretty much cure any criticism I've had with the 2's. Rich, balanced (if that's possible!!) and absolutely awesome mids to die for.. I'm no audiophile, so I'm not getting into specifics, but these, if a pair of $2000 headphones are on your list, get them!

What's your opinion?

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I prefer the LCD-3 paired with a really good amp over the LCD-X.  The 3's are more laidback with lusher mids - easier on the ears over longer periods, with the X more upfront (as far as Audeze goes)

 

But -

 

The 3's need a _really_ good amp to open them up where the X don't.

 

If I hadn't already invested in the 3's + a good amp I would get the LCD-X, no question :)

 

Both the 3's and the X are far above the 2's imo...

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I know it's expensive but if anyone interested in the LCD-X can make it to Addicted to audio, demo it with the Luxman p700u + Auralic VEGA DAC.    Amazing combo.

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March edition of Stereophile shows a review stating that the reviewer prefers the Audeze LCD X over the HD800.

 

Read the review.

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March edition of Stereophile shows a review stating that the reviewer prefers the Audeze LCD X over the HD800.

 

Read the review.

They sound very different... very had to compare the 2...

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Ha! Somehow, I stumped up the funds to buy a pair. Personally, and of course this is subjective, the best phones I've heard or owned now to buy a suitable amp before the end of the year.. Somehow I reckon it'll have valves in it ...

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Highly recommend Woo Audio, pair well with Audeze. In saying that I would strongly suggest you audition the Audeze with the amp you propose to buy.

Regards

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Thanks,

I used to have a LCD-2 with a Woo WA22, fully balanced from source to phones it's fortunate when I bought my last system that I'm close to A2A, great guys to deal with

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Ha! Somehow, I stumped up the funds to buy a pair. Personally, and of course this is subjective, the best phones I've heard or owned now to buy a suitable amp before the end of the year.. Somehow I reckon it'll have valves in it ...

 The X seem very easy to drive you shouldn't have much trouble finding a decent amp :)

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For now, I've secured a 2nd hand Audio GD NFB 15.32.. Till I can afford a Woo WA6 SE or possibly a Mjonir, depending on how it sounds:))

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They're the headphones I would buy if I was so inclined (ie: LCD-X). Awesome headphones!  :thumb:

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Yep. Freakin awesome;) got them on now.. Even with just a Fiio E12, they sound great... And I know after auditioning them with various other amps.... they can sound even better!

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In Jan 2014 whilst in Melbourne, I visited Addicted To Audio looking for a closed headphone for private listening at home.

I took some notes to share with some friends in Perth who don't have the ability to audition such a large range of headphones.

I spent a couple of hours in this fine establishment, and wrote some 3 pages about various headphones, using lots of waffly subjective commentary like "air", dynamics" "warmth" , "bullet proof bass" "midrange that brought me close to tears"

Then it comes down to Audeze, and this is what I wrote:

LCD3- buy!

LCDx- higher sensitivity version of LCD3 (can be driven from portable). As above.

LOL.

Look, they are both stellar headphones. Top tier, that's for sure.

Probably the only better headphones are the Stax SR009.

The only criticism I can summon is the sheer weight. Despite being comfortable on the ears themselves, you can feel over half a kilo on your head. That's almost twice the weight of headphones that I already consider large.

When Audeze build a headphone around <300g, I am in.

2 grand is nothing for a passive device that will likely last a couple of decades.

When I last looked at headphones, I chose the best available, and for me that was the HD600 (Orpheus NLA). It is still in fine condition after more than 10 years of service. Although lacking the bottom octave, they are still a reference unit, A new set of pads and they will sound like new.

The price is long forgotten after the quality remains.

On the other hand, your computer or smartphone, is obsolete soon after you buy it, but no one seem to complain about spending a grand on such an item every few years.

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There's some really good points there. Some people freak out when they find out how much I paid for them, but I think to get the same level of SQ out of speakers, you have to spend considerably more I think.

I agree with you on the weight, they are HEAVY, but I'll put up with that.. That's a bonus because it means I don't sit on my backside the whole day and go do something more productive!! I use a bean bag, so I lie back and have my neck supported. That helps.

They are so detailed, with nice punchy bass, without the sludge of the LCD-2's. It seems like they've grabbed hold of the 2's, looked at the faults, (dynamics, muddying, lack of treble air) and fixed them.

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There's some really good points there. Some people freak out when they find out how much I paid for them, but I think to get the same level of SQ out of speakers, you have to spend considerably more I think.

I agree with you on the weight, they are HEAVY, but I'll put up with that.. That's a bonus because it means I don't sit on my backside the whole day and go do something more productive!! I use a bean bag, so I lie back and have my neck supported. That helps.

They are so detailed, with nice punchy bass, without the sludge of the LCD-2's. It seems like they've grabbed hold of the 2's, looked at the faults, (dynamics, muddying, lack of treble air) and fixed them.

That is a fine post now :) 

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The price is long forgotten after the quality remains.

On the other hand, your computer or smartphone, is obsolete soon after you buy it, but no one seem to complain about spending a grand on such an item every few years.

 

That is correct, a lot of us don't reflect on it.

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OK!


 


Just picked up my second hand Audio GD NFB 13.2..


 


Yeah if you've stretched your budget on your X's like I have, and you need a low cost solution to get through till you can save the pennies, this is a bloody good idea. Of course I'm not comparing it to the Woos/Mjoinirs/Brystons/Bursons etc, but it gives a more then satisfactory sound. Nice and rich, ever so slightly warm, (reflects my love of valve amps:)) and bloody good imaging for $AUS RRP of $300, and certainly better then the swag of portables on the market at the same RRP.. if you can find one used, like I did, it can be an even better bargain!! Unless someone better then I can pick it, the filters make bugger all difference to the sound, but I paid $230 so I'm not complaining!! Depth is real good, and width is great. And me being a vinyl person, I just discovered that, because I use iTunes, I now have to re-rip all my favourite CD's to ALAC.. as this amp can certainly show the differences. Poo, but good at the same time! Bjork's Biophillia which I bought today, on ALAC sounds UNBELIEVABLE!! (Compared to AAC or the dreaded MP3!!) 


 


This will get me thru till I can stump up cash for a Woo again:)


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The LCD-2 has been through 4 different revisions since being introduced , there have also been claims of

very different sounding headphones from the same batch.

Armed with that info I auditioned the current version LCD-2.2  at headphonic last year , listened to 3 different pairs ,

two in rosewood and one in bamboo finish.

 

Also compared them to the LCD-3. 

I can see why the 3 is well liked , it is certainly a smoother warmer sounding headphone , but I preferred the 2.2 overall ,with the bamboo version being the best sounding of the four phones I listened to.

 

Bass was noticably cleaner and tighter on them than the more expensive LCD-3 , I also have a pair of AKG K702 which I use

as a reference point for tight clean bass , the current spec LCD-2.2 is every bit as tight but goes noticably deeper.

 

Quite a few people on forums prefer the current spec 2.2 to the 3 ....as long as you get a good pair , there is certainly no "sludge" at all with them.

 

Srajan Ebean of 6 moons audio recently reviewed the LCD-XC closed backs , he also owns LCD-3 and LCD-2 .

In the comments section at the bottom of the article he states that the LCD-2 are his favourites of the three , and his are the original first revision , so all a matter of taste and personal preference I guess.

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I had a LCD-2.2.

Can't remember for the life of me what the freq. response chart looked like. Just to clarify, when I say "sludge" I'm referring to a slight lack of air, a muddiness that smears the fine detail. My front end/amp was very, very good at the time.

Yes, it's a matter of personal taste and how one hears it. I think the X removes what my brain perceives to be a problem with the 2. Neither of us is "wrong". That's why it's great to have A2A in Melbourne..like Headphonic in WA. Plenty of gear to test to form our own opinion and there's no wrong opinion!!

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Bjork - Cosmogony, on these phones, beautifully controlled deep bass. Textured too. BEST I've ever heard. And thats with a $300 buck amp

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Unfortunately Headphonic here in Perth are not going to be getting the LCD-X , once they have sold remaining stock

of 2 and 3 they are dropping the brand.

Pity as I would have liked to take my 2.2 down there for a comparo.....

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Yeah, listening to them now.. these phones for me is benchmark stuff:)

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Everyone knows that "Beat" phones are IT! :hiccup   

They have a real Dr. who tells us these "are the icons that bring you sound the way it was originally intended." :sarc:

 

Now me ducks for cover... :P

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