The Audeze LCD-X is a truly wonderful sounding headphone but its original price was intimidating for many audiophiles, audio professionals, and musicians alike. So there it remained, just out of reach. But recently Audeze took the edge off by releasing the LCD-X Creator Package. The Creator Package excludes the flight case that comes with the original and as a result, these LCD-X headphones run for $1199 for a limited time. So do the headphones stand on their own for such a price? Today I’ll find out by conducting an Audeze LCD-X Headphones Creator Package Review.
Audeze LCD-X Headphones Creator Package Review
In the Box
- 2.5m 1/4in to dual 4-pin mini-XLR cable
- 2.5m 4-pin XLR to dual 4-pin mini-XLR cable
- 3.5mm to 1/4in stereo adapter
|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 W|
|SPL||> 130 dB with 15 W|
|Frequency Response||5 to 20,000 Hz, extension to 50,000 Hz|
|THD||< 1 %|
|Efficiency||95 dB / 1 mW|
|Cable Length||2.5 m (8.2 ft)|
|Weight||21.2 oz (600 g)36|
The soundstage of the Audeze LCD-X is outrageous. There is so much space that the headphones almost take on a speaker-like quality. As a result, the headphones reproduce the music’s intended emotion, or at least as far as emotional objectivity is possible. The top to bottom imaging is vastly tall and it makes the intricacies of a mix stand out in a way unlike many others. I was immediately tempted to listen to some mixes I’ve done on my phone to see how they sound and I did! I recognized a few mistakes I’ll surely fix later, and that’s the kind of headphones these are: unabashed in their spaciousness and honesty to the mix.
The bass frequencies in the Audeze LCD-X are impressive. It isn’t over the top, but it is clear and punchy.The diaphragm reacts quickly in these headphones and the result is a clarity in the low end that is particularly good for engineers or producers. The subs are even clear and I could see these headphones being helpful for mixers.
The mid-range frequencies have an interesting quality to them. They are both clear and warm. Consequently, the LCD-X lends itself to the audiophiles of the world. The dynamics in the mids let mix and performance minutiae come to life, especially when considering the accurate left to right imaging. I love that the headphones react well to such a wide range of instruments, especially in the mid-range. Electric guitars, synths, acoustic guitars, strings, brass instruments; they all sound real and do not distract the rest of the mix even though they are present.
Air extends out beyond the instruments with the highest frequencies. As a result, cymbals, strings, horns, and vocals breath and sit tall in the Audeze LCD-X. The clarity in these frequencies is refreshing and never harsh. Audeze headphones tend to work well with my ears and the LCD-X does not disappoint.
Now for just $1199, I highly recommend anyone looking for cans in this range to check out the Audeze LCD-X Creator Package. It is a great headphone and is sure to blow you away. The soundstage is the most impressive quality, but the frequency response and dynamic response rivals the best out there.
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