Audeze LCD 2 Classic

Audeze LCD 2 Classic

Audeze LCD 2 Classic

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BEST RATING
Music:
4.8
MUSIC: Excellent9.2/10
CALLS: Poor4.8/10
GAMING: Good7.3/10
TV: Very Good8.6/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Good7.7/10
EXERCISE: Poor4.4/10
AIR TRAVEL: Poor4.1/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Poor2.5/10
BUILD QUALITY: Best in Class10.0/10

The Audeze LCD 2 Classic are high-end, over-ear headphones with an open enclosure, which means they offer a wide soundstage and immersive audio experience, particularly suitable for dedicated music listening. However, they are not wireless and don't have a built-in microphone, which makes them less versatile for calls or meetings, and they aren't optimized for exercise due to lack of sweatproof certification. Their open-back design results in poor noise isolation, not ideal for loud environments or air travel. They are heavy and not foldable, which compromises portability. Notably, they are recommended to pair with a dedicated amplifier for optimal sound quality. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.




Evaluation

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Pros
  • Very good overall sound quality
  • Best soundstage / imaging
  • Very comfortable
  • Excellent build quality
  • Optimal for music and TV/video
Cons
  • Poor mic quality
  • No wireless capability
  • Heavy at 635 grams
  • Poor noise isolation

Ratings by Category

Music:
4.8
The Audeze LCD 2 Classic is excellent for music due to its open-back design that fosters a more expansive soundstage, providing an immersive listening experience. Additionally, its top-of-the-line sound quality is further enriched by planar magnetic drivers which offer superior clarity and detail in audio reproduction over traditional drivers.
TV & Video:
4.6
The Audeze LCD 2 Classic headphones are wired, ensuring they have low latency which is ideal for syncing audio with video when watching TV or videos. They also boast very good overall sound quality and excellent soundstage and imaging, offering an immersive viewing experience.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.3
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.
Gaming:
4.1
This score evaluates the product when used to play videogames. It takes into account wireless latency - the perceived delay between the action on screen and the sounds playing in your ears. The score also considers soundstage quality, whether they have a virtual surround feature, and overall comfort. Finally, the gaming score takes into account microphone quality for in-game voice chat. It’s important to note that the device paired with the earbuds heavily influences their performance in regards to latency or delay.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$799
Brand
Audeze
Release Date
November 1, 2017
Form Factor
Headphones
Connectivity
Wired

SOUND

Music Score
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9.3/10
Phone Calls Score
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4.9/10
Gaming Score
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7.3/10
TV and Video Score
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8.6/10
Exercise Score
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4.4/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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2.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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10/10
Comfort score
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8/10
Weight
635 Grams
Waterproof Rating
0
Dustproof Rating
0

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The Greatest Song

Greatest Song Team | August 2023
"These headphones outdo rival planar magnetic headphones, especially in terms of dynamics. Compared to the Hifiman Ananda or the Hifiman Edition XS there is noticeably more slam in the sound, particularly in the bass. The LCD-2C gives you a fantastic sense of quiet dynamics with crystalline precision. This is evident also in our clinical tests, where it’s just easier to understand spoken text at very low volumes."

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