Audeze’s new open-back headphone is one for the audiophile on the move. There’s no need for a desktop amp with this 20 ohm addition. Meet Audeze LCD-MX4.
New Audeze LCD-MX4 is Super Portable at 20 Ohms
Audeze’s planar magnetic goodness consisting of carefully engineered diaphragms and smooth, detailed sound is now available in a frame crafted for your portable pleasure. Audeze LCD-MX4 is 30% lighter than the LCD-4. The purely planar company was able to achieve a lighter frame by building both ear cup housings with durable magnesium and the headband out of carbon fiber rather than dense finely-textured hardwood and lambskin leather.
As for driving these cans, they’re powered by Audeze’s patented Fluxor magnets. The LCD-MX4 actually focuses 1.5 Tesla of magnetic flux on the lightweight 20 ohm impedance diaphragm. As the company writes, “It is perfect for use where one isn’t likely to have a dedicated high-powered headphone amp and can be driven easily by a laptop or studio equipment.”
That being said, Audeze has also designed a set of free plug-ins to be used when mixing and mastering with the MX4. Named REVEAL, the technology will “enhance the music creation experience with Audeze headphones.” REVEAL is compatible with most popular digital audio workstations (DAWs). It will be available in VST/AU/AAX formats for PC and Mac.
The headphones will ship along with a 1/4in to dual 4-pin mini-XLR Premium LCD Headphone Cable and a travel case.
Impedance: 20 ohms
Frequency response: 5Hz – 20,000 Hz (extended out to 50kHz)
Sound pressure level: >130dB with 15W
Total harmonic distortion: <1% through entire frequency range
Style: Open, circumaural
Transducer type: Planar magnetic Double Fluxor magnets
Magnet type: Neodymium
Transducer size: 106 mm
Maximum power handling: 15W (for 200ms)
Efficiency: 105 dB / 1mW
Optimal power requirement: 1 – 4W