Audeze LCD2 Closed Back Planar Headphone Now Available – See Features, Specs and Where to Buy
Audeze recently released their newest member of their popular LCD series headphones – the Audeze LCD2 Closed-Back headphone. According to Audeze, the LCD2 closed-back version builds on the classic sound of the LCD-2; but offers increased isolation and reduced ambient noise producing a private and immersive experience. The design looks very much the same with the LCD2 Classic open back version, from the headband section, gimbals and the chassis. Except that the closed back version, well, is basically closed; meaning the ear cups are covered and sound won’t leak out. In terms of pricing, it’s positioned in between the LCD-2 Open and LCD2 Classic Open. You can check it out at Amazon.com here.
Audeze LCD2 Closed-Back Planar Headphone
Though we still haven’t get the chance to test and audition the new LCD2 closed-black headphone, I’m more positive that its sound signature will be (slightly) different compared to the open back version. According to Audeze, the LCD2 Closed has incredible bass response due to the 100mm planar driver and its closed back nature. Aside from having an “incredible bass response”, the bass section is also said to be deep, controlled and intensely powerful, yet it will be accurate and delicate when needed. Despite its “powerful bass”, Audeze dubs it as “the most neutral closed back headphone available”.
In terms of built quality, the Audeze LCD2 feature crystal-infused nylon rings that are rugged, paired with the company’s new steel suspension that is lightweight and memory foam ear pads for comfort. It’s a planar magnetic headphone and it uses Audeze’s proprietary magnet array structure, combined with the company’s FAZOR phase management. They use powerful Neodymium N50 magnets and an ultra-thin diaphragm in a 106mm transducer size. The LCD2 Classic doesn’t have a FAZOR phase, but the LCD-2 open has.
The new Audeze LCD2 closed-back, LCD2 Classic (open) and LCD-2 open back are priced closely, with a $100 price gap, at least based on MSRP. The LCD2 Classic currently retails for $799 (MSRP), followed by the new LCD2 closed at $899 and the more premium one the LCD-2 open at $995. You can check out the LCD2’s latest pricing and availability via the link below.
Audeze LCD2 Closed-Back Headphone Specifications
|Audeze||LCD2 Closed||LCD2 Classic||LCD-2 Open|
|Style||Over-ear, closed-back||Over-ear, open-back||Over-ear, open-back|
|Transducer type||Planar magnetic||Planar magnetic||Planar magnetic|
|Magnetic structure||Proprietary magnet array||Proprietary magnet array||Proprietary magnet array|
|Magnet type||Neodymium N50||Neodymium N50||Neodymium N50|
|Transducer size||106 mm||106 mm||106 mm|
|Maximum power handling||15W||15W||15W|
|Frequency response||10Hz - 50kHz||10Hz - 50kHz||10Hz - 50kHz|
|THD||<0.1% @ 100dB||<0.1% @ 100dB||<0.1% @ 100dB|
|Impedance||70 ohms||70 ohms||70 ohms|
|Sensitivity||97dB/1mw (at Drum Reference Point)||101dB/1mw (at Drum Reference Point)||101dB/1mw (at Drum Reference Point)|
|Minimum power requirement||>100mW||>100mW||>100mW|
|Recommended power level||1 - 4W||1 - 4W||1 - 4W|