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Audeze LCD-X 2021 Creator's Edition

Audeze LCD-X 2021 Creator's Edition

Regular price $1,199
Sale price $1,199 Regular price $1,199.00

Cup style

Open-Back

Wearing style

Over-ear

Driver type

Planar Magnetic

Amp required

Yes

Connectivity

Wired

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Audeze

Audeze LCD-X 2021 Creator's Edition

Regular price $1,199
Sale price $1,199 Regular price $1,199.00

Our Take: The Audeze LCD-X Creator's Edition (and Premium Package) are one of Audeze's most popular headphones, with good reason. Made with studio engineers in mind, the LCD-X targets a neutral sound with a touch of warmth resulting in a more laid-back listen than what you would get from something like the Focal Clear or Hifiman Arya. However, the LCD-X does weigh 612 grams so comfort can be an issue for some. 

The Audeze LCD-X Creator's Edition contains 1 x Single-ended 1/4" cable as well as Audeze's Economy Travel carrying case.

If you're looking for the LCD-X with more premium packaging, check out the LCD-X Premium Package which has 1 x Single-Ended Cable, 1 x Balanced 4-Pin XLR Cable and 1 x Premium Pelican Travel carrying case. 

Audeze LCD-X Planar Magnetic Studio Headphones with Carbon Fibre Suspension System Headband | Available on Headphones.com

The Audeze LCD-X High-Performance Reference Planar Magnetic Headphones (Lambskin Leather) is designed for professional mixing, mastering, and reference level personal Hi-Fi listening when connected to a low powered external headphone amplifier or portable device. The headphones are sensitive enough to be driven by portable music players such as iPods, iPhones, and other smartphones. Instead of utilizing traditional dynamic cone drivers, the headphones implement a neodymium magnetic planar transducer design to deliver a frequency response of 5 to 50,000 Hz with a THD of less than 1%, an impedance of 70 Ω, an efficiency of 95 dB per 1 mW, and a total output SPL of over 130 dB when driven by 15 watts.

Audeze LCD-X Planar Magnetic Studio Headphones with Carbon Fibre Suspension System Headband | Available on Headphones.com

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.

Audeze LCD-X Planar Magnetic Studio Headphones with Carbon Fibre Suspension System Headband | Available on Headphones.com

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.

Audeze LCD-X Planar Magnetic Studio Headphones with Carbon Fibre Suspension System Headband | Available on Headphones.com

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. The headphones also feature Audeze’s patent-pending Fazor elements that guide and manage the flow of sound through the earcups for a more enveloping sound stage and improved frequency extension.

The headphone earcups are made of anodized aluminum with black lambskin leatherette earpads. They come with a ruggedized travel case, a 1/4" to 4-pin mini-XLR cable. They are handcrafted in the USA and a personalized frequency response graph is available through support@audeze.com

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Specifications

Download User Manual

Title Description
Style Over-ear, open-back
Driver Type Planar Magnetic
Magnetic structure Proprietary magnet array
Phase management Fazor™
Magnet type Neodymium N50
Diaphragm type Ultra-Thin Uniforce™
Driver Size 106 mm
Maximum SPL >130dB
Frequency response 10Hz - 50kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) <0.1% @ 100 dB SPL

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What's In The Box?

  • LCD-X planar magnetic headphone
  • 1.9m Single-ended 1/4'' to dual 4-pin mini-XLR cable
  • Economy travel case
  • User guide and warranty card

What is the warranty on the Audeze LCD-X?

Direct from Audeze

"We cover 3 years for the drivers and 1 year for the rest of the parts, and this begins from the original date of purchase. Warranty on Mobius is one year for all parts. This is for factory defect only, not wear and tear or cosmetic damage from use. Please note that we consider eartips, earlocks and earhooks to be "consumable items" and offer no warranty on those.

As long as headphones were originally purchased from an authorized dealer, the warranty is transferable and is valid from the original date of purchase. We just ask for proof of that purchase date by using the original purchase receipt. If no original receipt is available, we use the date of manufacture for the beginning of the warranty period, and warranty coverage is discretionary."

What is the difference between the Creator's Edition and Premium Package?

For a full breakdown on the differences between the two versions, check out our post explaining the differences.

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