Audeze LCD-4 High Performance Open-Back Over-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones

Color
Ebony

The LCD-4, Luxurious look with the clear, detailed sound to match and
a bass response not found in other high-end headphones

The Audeze LCD-4 - High Performance Planar Magnetic Headphones With Professional Travel Case are designed for reference and personal Hi-Fi listening when connected to an external headphone amplifier or integrated amplifier. Instead of utilizing traditional dynamic cone drivers, the headphones implement nano-grade uniforce diaphragms and Double Fluxor magnet arrays for a powerful magnetic flux density of 1.5 Tesla. The headphones deliver a frequency response of 5 to 50,000 Hz with a THD of less than 1%, an impedance of 100 ohms, an efficiency of 100 dB per 1 mW, and a total output SPL of over 130 dB when driven by 15 watts. A new suspension-type carbon fiber and leather headband ensure a comfortable fit.

Magnetic planar technology differs from traditional dynamic cone designs by suspending a thin lightweight diaphragm within a parallel magnetic plane comprised of an array of magnets. The diaphragm is much lighter when compared to a traditional dynamic cone and has a printed circuit spread across a thin-film substrate on the surface of the diaphragm as opposed to a cone attached to a voice coil. When the audio signal from the amplifier reaches the circuit, it magnetizes the diaphragm within the field and produces sound.

The benefits of a magnetic planar design include faster transient response due to the lighter diaphragm, a wide frequency with low distortion, better heat dissipation, fewer moving parts for greater durability, without the kind of sonic degradation that cones are susceptible to, and better amplifier compatibility because the circuit functions as an almost entirely restive load.

The headphones also implement the company's patent-pending Fazor technology to guide and manage the flow of sound for better clarity, phasing, 3-D imaging, and frequency response. The magnetic structure creates a uniform magnetic field across the diaphragm, without the need for additional ferromagnetic material traditionally found in other planar headphones to remove magnetic interference, reduce harmonic distortion, and lower overall weight.

  • Open-backed
  • 106mm planar magnetic drivers
  • 200-ohm impedance
  • 5Hz-20kHz frequency response (extended to 50kHz)
  • 1/4-inch to dual 4-pin mini-XLR cable
Style Open circumaural
Transducer Type Planar magnetic
Magnet Type Proprietary self-closing high-grade Neodymium design
Diaphragm 6.17 square inches (39.8 square cm)
Maximum Power 15 W (for 200 ms)
Optimal Range 1 to 4 Watts
SPL > 130 dB with 15 W
Frequency Response 5 to 20,000 Hz, extension to 50,000 Hz
THD < 1 %
Impedance 100 Ω
Efficiency 100 dB / 1 mW
Weight 21.2 oz (600 g)

Packaging Information

Package Weight 7.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.2 x 12.5 x 11.1"
Audeze LCD-4 High Performance Open-Back Over-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones
1/4" (6.35 mm) to Dual 4-Pin Mini XLR Cable
Professional Travel Case
Limited 3-Year Warranty

"The signature LCD look with the perfect marriage of metal, leather, and wood makes the LCD-4 reminiscent of its predecessors while offering a wholly new definition of luxury in the finest way possible...With the LCD-4 sporting the third iteration of the headband, it can be best said that comfort has improved as well. Deviating from lambskin or microsuede (leather free) leather used by its lower counterparts, the carbon fiber headband improves on weight distribution while still becoming a lightweight material in itself...It is a headphone that does bass surprisingly well with presence that is unmatched by any other headphone. The sense of weight and prominence of each note gives the LCD-4 a very immersive experience that is hard to come by. Its midrange can be as smooth as the LCD-3...I found that the LCD-4 is a top notch performer in the high-end headphone pool today. Its bass is unmatched with its deep, flat, and extended qualities that are very difficult to find in any other headphone." Headphonics

Read the full review here

"...The soundstage evoked by the LCD-4 is so incredibly solid, with greater depth to the bass and lower mid-range than anything I’ve heard before...There’s a sublime amount of texture throughout the frequency range, with individual instruments so clearly defined that they're easy to pick out...Listening to David Bowie’s Blackstar in 24-bit/96kHz was a near-religious experience. The multiple layers and instruments knitted together into a massive whole, while still pulsing and fluctuating, to surround me thoroughly and completely...That bottom-end truly is impressive – chunky and solid but never too loose. Combining such phenomenal fullness as well as hefty bass really sets the Audeze apart from many high-end headphones....In so many ways, the Audeze LCD-4 are the finest headphones that money can buy." TrustedReviews

Read the full review here


 

Review video done by Tyll at Inner Fidelity. It is rather long but there is a lot of good information in there that can help inform your decision on these absolutely wonderful headphones. For more video content form Inner Fidelity, click here.

  • Open-backed
  • 106mm planar magnetic drivers
  • 200-ohm impedance
  • 5Hz-20kHz frequency response (extended to 50kHz)
  • 1/4-inch to dual 4-pin mini-XLR cable

The Audeze LCD-4 - High Performance Planar Magnetic Headphones With Professional Travel Case are designed for reference and personal Hi-Fi listening when connected to an external headphone amplifier or integrated amplifier. Instead of utilizing traditional dynamic cone drivers, the headphones implement nano-grade uniforce diaphragms and Double Fluxor magnet arrays for a powerful magnetic flux density of 1.5 Tesla. The headphones deliver a frequency response of 5 to 50,000 Hz with a THD of less than 1%, an impedance of 100 ohms, an efficiency of 100 dB per 1 mW, and a total output SPL of over 130 dB when driven by 15 watts. A new suspension-type carbon fiber and leather headband ensure a comfortable fit.

Magnetic planar technology differs from traditional dynamic cone designs by suspending a thin lightweight diaphragm within a parallel magnetic plane comprised of an array of magnets. The diaphragm is much lighter when compared to a traditional dynamic cone and has a printed circuit spread across a thin-film substrate on the surface of the diaphragm as opposed to a cone attached to a voice coil. When the audio signal from the amplifier reaches the circuit, it magnetizes the diaphragm within the field and produces sound.

The benefits of a magnetic planar design include faster transient response due to the lighter diaphragm, a wide frequency with low distortion, better heat dissipation, fewer moving parts for greater durability, without the kind of sonic degradation that cones are susceptible to, and better amplifier compatibility because the circuit functions as an almost entirely restive load.

The headphones also implement the company's patent-pending Fazor technology to guide and manage the flow of sound for better clarity, phasing, 3-D imaging, and frequency response. The magnetic structure creates a uniform magnetic field across the diaphragm, without the need for additional ferromagnetic material traditionally found in other planar headphones to remove magnetic interference, reduce harmonic distortion, and lower overall weight.

Style Open circumaural
Transducer Type Planar magnetic
Magnet Type Proprietary self-closing high-grade Neodymium design
Diaphragm 6.17 square inches (39.8 square cm)
Maximum Power 15 W (for 200 ms)
Optimal Range 1 to 4 Watts
SPL > 130 dB with 15 W
Frequency Response 5 to 20,000 Hz, extension to 50,000 Hz
THD < 1 %
Impedance 100 Ω
Efficiency 100 dB / 1 mW
Weight 21.2 oz (600 g)
Audeze LCD-4 High Performance Open-Back Over-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones
1/4" (6.35 mm) to Dual 4-Pin Mini XLR Cable
Professional Travel Case
Limited 3-Year Warranty

"The signature LCD look with the perfect marriage of metal, leather, and wood makes the LCD-4 reminiscent of its predecessors while offering a wholly new definition of luxury in the finest way possible...With the LCD-4 sporting the third iteration of the headband, it can be best said that comfort has improved as well. Deviating from lambskin or microsuede (leather free) leather used by its lower counterparts, the carbon fiber headband improves on weight distribution while still becoming a lightweight material in itself...It is a headphone that does bass surprisingly well with presence that is unmatched by any other headphone. The sense of weight and prominence of each note gives the LCD-4 a very immersive experience that is hard to come by. Its midrange can be as smooth as the LCD-3...I found that the LCD-4 is a top notch performer in the high-end headphone pool today. Its bass is unmatched with its deep, flat, and extended qualities that are very difficult to find in any other headphone." Headphonics

Read the full review here

"...The soundstage evoked by the LCD-4 is so incredibly solid, with greater depth to the bass and lower mid-range than anything I’ve heard before...There’s a sublime amount of texture throughout the frequency range, with individual instruments so clearly defined that they're easy to pick out...Listening to David Bowie’s Blackstar in 24-bit/96kHz was a near-religious experience. The multiple layers and instruments knitted together into a massive whole, while still pulsing and fluctuating, to surround me thoroughly and completely...That bottom-end truly is impressive – chunky and solid but never too loose. Combining such phenomenal fullness as well as hefty bass really sets the Audeze apart from many high-end headphones....In so many ways, the Audeze LCD-4 are the finest headphones that money can buy." TrustedReviews

Read the full review here

Review video done by Tyll at Inner Fidelity. It is rather long but there is a lot of good information in there that can help inform your decision on these absolutely wonderful headphones. For more video content form Inner Fidelity, click here.

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