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LCD-3 Headphones

The LCD-3 is a time machine that puts you in the room with your favorite artists and musicians. It’s luxuriously spacious, with powerful bass, a rich and engaging midrange, and a top-end that draws you into the music. Its rich, vibrant sound has scale and authority derived from a deep, ambient soundstage with exciting detail and dynamics. The LCD-3 is said to be the best in the world and its natural timbre, especially through the midrange, has been described as a thing of beauty. Designed, engineered and handcrafted in the USA The LCD-3 is thoroughly engineered for long-term comfort and spacious, realistic sound. We closely match our planar transducers, and match our beautiful factory-made wood rings by grain and color. We use tropical West African Zebrano hardwood -- known as Zebra wood -- not listed in the CITES Appendices. We also match the earpads by leather texture and color. The new LCD steel & leather suspension headband provides comfort for hours of listening pleasure. Choose between genuine leather or leather-free earpads that are filled with carefully selected acoustical foam for best fit and sound. Pair the LCD-3 with a quality headphone amplifier or integrated amp for best sound.


Description

Audeze’s origins go back to 2008 when founders Sankar Thiagasamudram and Alexander Rosson met engineer Pete Uka who developed specialized flexible circuit materials for NASA. They quickly realized the material might be perfect for headphones. That’s when Dragoslav Colich, who has 30+ years’ experience in designing planar drivers, joined the team as CTO to create the LCD-1 headphone.

Then we created the legendary, award-winning LCD-2 and LCD-3 headphones, and the higher-efficiency LCD-X and XC models. More recently, we made planar magnetic technology accessible to a wider audience with the EL-8, SINE and iSINE series headphones. Audeze turned to their strategic partner Designworks, a BMW Group Subsidiary, for the cutting-edge industrial design for the new headphones as well as the Deckard DAC/Amplifier.

Audeze feature proprietary planar magnetic designs with extremely thin-film driver materials and powerful custom magnets. Planars overcome many limitations inherent in typical cone drivers; our lightweight diaphragms are, for example, faster and more responsive than heavier moving-coil or dome drivers. Planar magnetic diaphragm also have a voice-coil circuit spread across the diaphragm surface. The diaphragm’s voice-coil circuit interacts with the magnetic field to produce an electromagnetic force that moves the diaphragm back and forth creating the sound you hear when energized by an audio signal.

Exclusive LCD-3 planar magnetic technology
Acoustically engineered for accuracy
Audeze’s innovative planar magnetic technology delivers an astonishingly lifelike sound.

Diaphragms thinner than a human hair
We use space-age materials to fabricate an ultra thin diaphragm four times larger than typical headphones delivering fast response times, dramatically reduced distortion, higher resolution and improved imaging.

Near zero distortion
Double-sided magnet arrays delivers a uniform driving force across the entire diaphragm for near zero distortion.

Internal soundwaves
Patented Fazor™ Elements guide internal headphone soundwaves to avoid resonance producing a more accurate waveform.

Features
Planar magnetic drivers for better dynamics and frequency response
Premium leather for style and durability

Audeze Technology
Fazor™ elements
Large ultra thin-film diaphragms
Double-sided magnetic structure

Package Includes
1.9m 1/4in to dual 4-pin mini-XLR cable
3.5mm to 1/4in stereo adapter
Ruggedized travel case

Listen Responsibly 
To avoid damage to your headphones and/or hearing, ensure the volume on your player is turned down before connecting your headphones. After placing headphones on your head, gradually turn up the volume until you reach a comfortable listening level. Exposure to excessive sound levels can cause gradual hearing loss and damage your headphones.

Excessive power levels can damage your headphones. Be sure to stay within the rated power levels of 5W RMS / 15W PEAK to minimize the risk of damage, which is not covered under warranty.

Note: The tensioned set screws in the sides of the headband's adjustment blocks are pre-set and glued in our factory, and are not adjustable. Do not attempt to adjust these screws, as damage may result that is not covered by warranty.

Specifications
Style Over-ear, open-back
Transducer type Planar magnetic
Magnetic structure Proprietary magnet array
Phase management FAZOR
Magnet type Neodymium N50
Diaphragm type Ultra-thin
Transducer size 106 mm
Maximum power handling 15W
Maximum SPL >130dB
Frequency response 10Hz – 50kHz
THD <0.1% @ 100dB
Impedance 110 ohms
Sensitivity 102dB/1mw (at Drum Reference Point)
Minimum power requirement >100mW
Recommended power level 1 - 4W

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Andrew Robinson, Home Theater Review

"The LCD-3's natural timbre, especially throughout the midrange, was a thing of beauty and one that’s hard to go without once experienced."


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Geoffrey Morrison, Forbes

"In design, build, and performance, they’re the epitome of high-end."


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Keith Howard, Hi-Fi News

“An object lesson in how good headphone bass can be when the response is flat to below audibility and the distortion vanishingly small.”


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Staff, What Hi-Fi

"Greatness is apparent straight from the off. The LCD-3 delivers a scale and authority of sound we didn't think headphones could ever manage. A rich, vibrant sound."


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Steve Guttenberg, CNET

"No dynamic headphone at any price comes close to the LCD-3's sound."


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Tyll Hertsens, InnerFidelity

"The Audeze LCD-3 is my desert island headphone... I love it!"


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