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Picture Sunday: Audeze LCD-i3

By | September 14th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

In this post we’re taking a first look at the new LCD-i3 by Audeze. It’s their newest planar magnetic In Ear.

Disclaimer: This is part of our Picture Sunday series, where we give first impressions on new gear we have in the queue. If you want to check the previous ones, you can do so here.

My relationship with Audeze products goes back to when I started to get soaked into the higher end headphone scene. I’ve been a lover of good audio long before I’ve been able to dip my toes into the waters of less affordable gear.… Read the full article

Audeze Introduce Limited Edition LCD-24 Flagship Headphones

By | September 6th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

There’s way back at Audeze LLC, especially in the form of the company’s foundations. Sankar Thiagasamudram and Alexander Rosson, Audeze’s founders, connected with Pete Uka and Dragoslav “Dr.C” Colich aorund 2008 and the rest, as they say, is history.

The LCD-1 was born soon after, followed by the LCD-2, LCD-3, LCD-X, etc. And today, Audeze announce a new ubër-limited edition, made-to-order flagship-level model dubbed the LCD-24. The $3,499 USD open back, over-ear planar-magnetic ships with a hard travel case and Audeze premium silver-plated copper LCD series cable.… Read the full article

Audeze LCD-i3

By | September 4th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Audeze has announced the release of its LCD-i3, the successor to the company’s popular iSINE 20 and the ‘little brother’ to the Audeze LCD-i4. [Click on images to enlarge.]

The LCD-i3 features sonic improvements over the iSINE 20, with Bluetooth, Lightning, and standard 3.5mm connectivity included,’ said George Poutakidis of BusiSoft, which distributes Audeze in Australia. ‘By using the magnesium housing and grille design of the LCD-i4, the LCD-i3 reduces unwanted resonance and offers improved resolution over the iSINE 20.’

Included with each Audeze LCD-i3 are a Cipher Lightning Cable, Bluetooth Module, and standard 3.5mm cable.… Read the full article

Audeze LCD-i3 Launched as iSINE 20 Replacement

By | August 21st, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

With a nod to the influence of magnesium on improved resolution and resonance rejection, Audeze’s new LCD-i3 planar-magnetic IEM adopts the housing and grille design of its big brother the $2,495 USD LCD-i4 and with a nod to the present/future it also packs a Bluetooth wireless module in – all for just $899 USD.

The newest semi-open back design in the Audeze in-ear planar-magnetic design series is scheduled to ship August 23, 2019 with the over-the-neck CIPHER Bluetooth 5.0 module with built-in amplifier and DAC (AptX, AptX HD support – “… delivers low latency 24-bit wireless audio that has been optimized for even the most discerning ear”), an Audeze CIPHER Lightning cable and standard wired 3.5mm connector.… Read the full article

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Audeze’s LCD-i3 arrive fully loaded for the future

By | August 21st, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“Have you see this?” – the WhatsApp messenger was Andreas (nd_) Baumecker, Berghain DJ and Audeze enthusiast. He was linking yours truly to a new planar-magnetic earphone model from his favourite (Californian) headphone company. So quick off the mark was Baumecker that he beat the press release by a full 24 hours.

That new planar IEM is the LCD-i3: an iSINE 20 (review here) successor (read: replacement) that borrows its tech and styling from the considerably more costly LCD-i4 (review here).… Read the full article

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Audeze Quietly Introduces The LCD-i3, Phases Out The iSine 20

By | August 20th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , |

Audeze LCD-i3

Although the outreach wasn’t paraded around with too much fanfare, a quick Facebook post this week let fans of the planar-loving Audeze know that a new “open-back” IEM was coming from the Southern California company.

Refining the lineup, the LCD-i3 now sits just under the flagship LCD-i4 model ($2,495) but above the iSine 10 ($349) and LX ($199) versions for the IEM vertical. The company site now identifies the iSine 20 as sold out, but according to the Facebook post the LCD-i3 is now the successor to the upper mid-tier spot.… Read the full article

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The Zenith of Headphone Planar Technology and Headamp Design from Audeze: World Premiere Reviews of LCD24 Headphones and King 2 Amplifier

By | August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

audeze lcd24 headphones

As an audiophile and headphone aficionado for over half a century, I was only aware of two ways headphones could be operated until 2008:dynamic headphones and electrostatic headphones. Grado, Beyer, Sennheiser, and Sony owned most of the market share of dynamic cans, while Stax and Koss produced electrostatic models. Headamps dedicated to either format was up to the provider of the cans, or merely a convenient quarter-inch phone jack in your preamp, tuner, or tape player. You would be shocked by the poor quality of the cans in use in recording studios in the last century.… Read the full article

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Audeze – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | July 15th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Audeze at CanJam SoCal 2019.

The recent Mobius headphone from Audeze is taking over the world it seems. It’s a gaming headphone that carries with it all of Audeze’s pedigree build and sound quality. The laundry list of features runs deep. Bluetooth, DSP, in-play head-tracking, 3-D audio, etc.

But what peaked my interest at CanJam SoCal 2019 was the new LCD-GX headphone which is an even more extreme gaming headphone in that it carries a lot more of what Audeze is known for in their standard designs.… Read the full article

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CanJam SoCal 2019: HyperX and Audeze

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I stopped by the HyperX booth on Saturday mainly intending to take a break from more intensive listening, and found myself doing quite the opposite.

The headphone is essentially a wired-only version of the Mobius with a tuning by HyperX. As usual, take show impressions with quite a grain of salt, but my immediate impression on putting them on was that they sounded better than the original Mobius itself. The bass was punchier and tighter, and the upper midrange seemed more natural and less artificial than the Mobius.… Read the full article

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T.H.E. Show 2019: Phonitor X Preamp and DAC with Audeze LCD2 Closed Back

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I was first exposed to the SPL (Sound Performance Lab) Phonitor X ($2,499 USD) a few years ago and its sound signature (or lack of one) has stayed with me since. It qualifies as a reference preamp/headamp/DAC in my books for a number of reasons, not least of which is its versatility for personal listening and two-channel audio, so when I saw it at the Audeze booth in the Marketplace at T.H.E. Show, I knew I’d have to revisit it.

First, some background.… Read the full article

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