Audeze has upped the ante once more. In the world of closed backed headphones, there has been little to choose from in recent years. The Fostex TH-900 being largely alone at the top of the heap. In the last 6 months two of the best representations of a closed phone have come into the fore. The Alpha Dog from Mr. Speakers, and the new king of the genre, the Audeze LCD-XC. Often when out doing live headphone events, a large chunk of the public will prefer whichever closed back designs we have on hand. It is of course due to the improved isolation. This peace and blacker background used to come at a high cost, that cost being a sense of air. Well now three of my favorite closed backed designs do air as well or better than most open backed phones. So, have your cake, and take a big choco mouthful. Here are some reviews and technical info:
|“From the butter-soft leather, to the gorgeous wood earcups, they exude luxury in a way most headphones don’t ... The Audeze LCD-XC’s are exquisitely well built and offer incredible performance ... Those two things define a good luxury item.”
– GEOFFREY MORRISON, FORBES
|“In our collective opinions, the LCD-X and LCD-XC are nothing short of the very best headphones from Audeze ... A fantastically large, holographic-like soundstage ... The LCD-XC captures the signature LCD sound in a pair of closed-back headphones.”
– MERCER, WARREN CHI, MICHAEL LLANG, AUDIO360.COM
|“Having created a new driver for the LCD-XC, Audeze went on to apply the driver in a new open-back model, called the LCD-X ... The result is a closed-back ‘phone that offers plenty of noise isolation, yet that retains the open, energetic, and highly articulate sound of the LCD-3.”
– CHRIS MARTENS, HIFI+
Exquisitely well built, incredible performance. – Geoffrey Morrison, Forbes
Our first foray into closed-back design, the LCD-XC has been in research and development for several years. Now featuring exclusive Fazor technology, we’re proud to release the XC, a fully-enclosed headphone with classic Audeze-quality sound for a more exclusive experience in noisy environments.
Our patent-pending Fazor elements are unique to the LCD-XC and LCD-X and help guide and manage the flow of sound in the headphone. The result is improved phase response, greater frequency extension, smoother frequency response, and remarkable 3D holographic imaging.
For the purest, most discerning audiophile listening sessions, open headphones remain the favored choice, but our closed-back LCD-XC is the best enclosed headphone experience you’ll find.
The LCD-XC wood cups are available in hand-worked Bubinga, Purple Heart, Iroki or Walnut. The enclosures are made from precision-crafted anodized aluminum with sloped earpads of either premium lambskin leather or a leather-free super-suede microfiber. The earpads are designed with specially-crafted foam offering the proper firmness and the right acoustic balance.
*There is currently a three-week delay for the Gunmetal Gray rings.
Each LCD-XC comes with:
The technical specifications of the LCD-XC are as follows: