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Audeze LCD-1

Planar Magnetic Headphones
By Sam Inglis

Audeze LCD-1

Audeze's latest LCD-series cans make the company's impressive planar magnetic technology more accessible than ever.

A tried-and-tested way to build a manufacturing business is to start at the top. If you can establish a reputation for innovative high-end equipment, you're in a good position to exploit the resulting technological know-how and branding collateral when you move into the mass market. It's a strategy that has paid off for the likes of Focusrite and PreSonus, and it seems to be the path that Audeze have chosen too.

Established by Dr Drag Colich to commercialise his breakthroughs in planar magnetic driver technology, Audeze have gained a passionate following for their premium LCD range of headphones. These are popular both in the hi-fi world and amongst well-heeled studio engineers, and I count myself among the fans. Models such as the LCD-X and LCD-MX4 are notable for several things, including their stellar low end, but to my ears their most remarkable feature is their presentation of musical dynamics. Drums are put across with a level of punch and impact that I've never heard on any other headphones, and this doesn't just make music more involving to listen to: it also makes it much easier to reliably judge drum levels...

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Published January 2020