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Updated January 10, 2024·

Both the Audeze LCD 2 Classic and Focal Elex offer high-quality sound experiences. If you're looking for headphones with a very wide and immersive soundstage, the Audeze LCD 2 Classic stands out, but they are heavier and may not be as comfortable for all users. On the other hand, the Focal Elex is lighter and might be more comfortable for extended listening sessions. Neither model has a microphone, so if you need to make calls or have meetings, neither would be ideal. For activities that require movement or commuting, both can be cumbersome due to their open design and lack of portability features. Neither is suitable for workout use or noisy environments as they don't isolate sound well and aren't sweat or dustproof. They are both wired, so if you're looking for wireless connectivity, you would need to consider other options. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Audeze LCD 2 Classic
  • Excellent for music
  • Good for gaming
Advantages of the Focal Elex
  • The Focal Elex has no clear advantages over the Audeze LCD 2 Classic.

Key differences

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Music

9.2
LCD 2 Classic
Elex
7.7
The Audeze LCD 2 Classic is excellent for music, while the Focal Elex is good.

Phone Calls

4.8
LCD 2 Classic
Elex
4.3
The Audeze LCD 2 Classic and Focal Elex are both poor for phone calls, though the Audeze LCD 2 Classic is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.7
LCD 2 Classic
Elex
7.1
The Audeze LCD 2 Classic and Focal Elex are both good for podcasts and audiobooks, though the Audeze LCD 2 Classic is somewhat better.

Cost

$799
LCD 2 Classic
Elex
$749
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$350

$360

$370

$380

$390

$400

The Audeze LCD 2 Classic has a price of $799 and the Focal Elex costs $749.

Build Quality

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

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Gaming

7.3
LCD 2 Classic
Elex
6.9
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Audeze LCD 2 Classic to be good for gaming, while the Focal Elex is only fair.

TV and Video

8.6
LCD 2 Classic
Elex
8.3
The Audeze LCD 2 Classic and Focal Elex are both very good for TV and video.

Noise Reduction

2.5
LCD 2 Classic
Elex
2.5
The Audeze LCD 2 Classic and Focal Elex are both poor for noise reduction.

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

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Spec Comparison

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Audeze LCD 2 ClassicFocal Elex
Audeze LCD 2 ClassicFocal Elex

GENERAL

Price
$799
$749
Brand
AudezeFocal
Release Date
November 1, 2017December 1, 2017
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
9.3/107.8/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/104.4/10
Gaming Score
7.3/106.9/10
TV and Video Score
8.6/108.4/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.3/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
N/ANo

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
10/109/10
Comfort score
8/108/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
635 Grams450 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00
Dustproof Rating
00

Shopping

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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 Elex

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Golden Sound

Golden Sound | October 2021
"The Focal Elex are an excellent pair of headphones for the money and a great all-rounder that will suit many tastes. They’re an easy recommendation for anyone looking for something comfortable, well built, that looks good, and will work with just about any genre."

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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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