For the past decade, Audeze’s LCD series has set the standard for planar magnetic headphone performance.
Everything started with LCD-2 in 2009 that ushered in a new era of planar-magnetic technology, putting planar headphones once again on the map of high-performance audio. With LCD-3 in 2011, Audeze introduced fazor elements that directed the wave-guides directly into our ears and and then in 2015 Audeze revealed their thinnest nano-scale diaphragms yet and double Fluxor magnet arrays that delivered an imaginable 1.5 Tesla of magnetic flux, making their LCD-4 the best headphones for many years to come.
Forget everything you know about Audeze headphones, as with LCD-5, all has been improved to the next level – starting with their weight, material choices, drivers, ear-pads and finishing with frame design. Audeze engineers set a new goal in their minds: improving their performance on the inside, seriously boosting their comfort levels on the outside, while still retaining the Audeze house sound.
Transparency, Resolution, and Speed
The LCD-5 sets a new standard for accuracy. Its drivers are engineered with Fluxor magnets and updated Fazor waveguides along with a new Parallel Uniforce™ voice coils, which employ varying width parallel traces to keep the impedance low and provide increased voltage headroom by altering the current density within each trace. The uniform force created by this optimization lowers distortion and provides better control over diaphragm movement, resulting in improved sonic resolution.
Clarity and Imaging
Every aspect of the LCD-5’s acoustic chamber was optimized to achieve pin-point imaging and an extremely clean and clear soundstage. The new sculpted ear-pads and acoustically transparent mesh are designed to minimize reflections and resonance, while the Parallel Uniforce™ voice coil allows increased space between magnets for improved frequency response and a more open soundstage. LCD-5 also features newly designed low-profile Fazor waveguides to further reduce diffractions and interactions with the ear.
Elegant Comfortable Design
Weighing in at only 420 grams, the LCD-5 offers hours of listening pleasure. Every part has been re-engineered, using materials such as magnesium, aluminum and acetate which offer light weight and high rigidity. When you put on a pair of LCD-5s, your head and ears are cradled in materials of the finest quality. Supple premium leather and carbon-fiber pull all the elements together into a package of the finest craftsmanship, which is being hand-assembled in their California workshop.
Their new sculpted, internally sloped ear-pad architecture reduces unwanted resonances and interior reflections. The ergonomic design cradles your cranium, and helps naturally place the headphone in the optimal listening position. The pads have less contact surface area than standard designs to reduce fatigue while providing a superior seal for all shapes and sizes.
Ultra High Purity Cable
The LCD-5 cable is specially tuned with directional OCC high-purity copper strands that provide a low capacitance and low resistance path for the signal to travel from your amp to the drivers, maintaining unsurpassed clarity and precision.
- Style:Over-ear, open-back
- Transducer type: Planar Magnetic
- Magnetic structure: Fluxor magnet array
- Phase management: Fazor
- Magnet type: Neodymium N50
- Diaphragm type: Nano-Scale Parallel Uniforce
- Transducer size: 90 mm
- Maximum power handling: 5W RMS
- Maximum SPL: >130dB
- Frequency response: 5Hz – 50kHz
- THD: <0.1% @ 100dB
- Impedance: 14 ohms
- Sensitivity: 90 dB/1mW (at Drum Reference Point)
- Minimum power requirement: >100mW
- Recommended power level: >250mW
- Weight: 420g
Audeze LCD-5 will cost you $4500 / € 4500 and it is ready to be ordered today. If you want to learn more, please check their official web-page right here.