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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize overall sound quality and a wide soundstage for an immersive music experience, the Audeze LCD 2 Classic with its open-back design would be excellent for at-home listening. However, they don't come with a microphone and they're not suitable for noise-sensitive environments or outdoor use due to lack of isolation. The Focal Bathys, being closed-back and offering active noise cancelling, would provide better isolation and versatility, allowing for enjoyable use in various environments including air travel. These also have wireless capabilities and a decent built-in microphone, making them convenient for calls and offering longer battery life for extended use. Keep in mind the Audeze are heavier which can affect comfort during long listening sessions. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Audeze LCD 2 Classic
  • Excellent for music
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Focal Bathys
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Best in class for TV and video
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

9.2
LCD 2 Classic
Bathys
8.0
The Audeze LCD 2 Classic is excellent for music, while the Focal Bathys is very good.

Gaming

7.3
LCD 2 Classic
Bathys
9.3
The Focal Bathys is excellent for gaming, while the Audeze LCD 2 Classic is good.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.7
LCD 2 Classic
Bathys
6.2
The Audeze LCD 2 Classic is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Focal Bathys is only fair.

TV and Video

8.6
LCD 2 Classic
Bathys
10.0
The Focal Bathys is best in class for TV and video, while the Audeze LCD 2 Classic is very good.

Noise Reduction

2.5
LCD 2 Classic
Bathys
8.3
The Focal Bathys is very good for noise reduction, while the Audeze LCD 2 Classic is poor.

Battery

N/A
LCD 2 Classic
Bathys
31.0 Hours
The Audeze LCD 2 Classic does not have a battery. The Focal Bathys has 31 hours of battery life.

Cost

$799
LCD 2 Classic
Bathys
$629
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$300

$320

$340

$360

$380

$400

The Audeze LCD 2 Classic has a price of $799 and the Focal Bathys costs $629.

Build Quality

10.0
LCD 2 Classic
Bathys
9.0
The Audeze LCD 2 Classic has best in class build quality, while the Focal Bathys has excellent build quality.
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Key similarities

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Phone Calls

4.8
LCD 2 Classic
Bathys
5.2
The Focal Bathys and Audeze LCD 2 Classic are both poor for phone calls.

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How the Audeze LCD 2 Classic and the Focal Bathys compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Audeze LCD 2 ClassicFocal Bathys
Audeze LCD 2 ClassicFocal Bathys

GENERAL

Price
$799
$629
Brand
AudezeFocal
Release Date
November 1, 2017October 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
9.3/108.1/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/105.3/10
Gaming Score
7.3/109.4/10
TV and Video Score
8.6/1010/10
Exercise Score
4.4/106.6/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A31 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.1

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
N/ANo
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A6.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
10/109/10
Comfort score
8/108.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
635 Grams350 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated
Waterproof Rating
00

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Audeze LCD 2 Classic

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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."

Focal Bathys

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Soundguys

Christian Thomas | May 2023
"As much as I hesitate to recommend a headphone that sells for $800 USD, if you’re looking for the best sound quality you can find in the ANC space: it’s the Focal Bathys."

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About Audeze

Audeze is an, award-winning, American premium headphone manufacturer based in California. Founded in 2008, their products are developed around aerospace materials technology first used by NASA and are widely used by enthusiasts and professionals alike, not only in the fields of music and sound engineering but also in e-sports and the health industry.

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