The Audeze LCD-XC Review: Stunning Sound With One Caveat

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What I will bring you in this review

  1. Ratings/Price
  2. Specifications
  3. Summary
  4. Pros
  5. Cons
  6. Video Review
  7. Amp/DAC requirements
  8. Who these headphones benefit?
  9. Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
  10. Graphs
  11. Consensus/Conclusion
  12. Final Word

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Audeze LCD-XC

Ratings/Price

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Specifications

  • Type: Closed back, Planar Magnetic.
  • Fit: Circumaural (Around the Ear).
  • Impedance: 20 Ohms. What is Headphone Impedance?
  • Sensitivity: 100dB/mW. What is Sensitivity in Headphones?
  • Transducer size: 106mm.
  • Sound Pressure Level: >130 dB with 15W. What is SPL?
  • Max power handling: 15W (for 200 Ohms).
  • Optimal Power Requirement: 1 – 4 W.
  • Frequency response: 5 Hz – 20kHz extended out to 50kHz.
  • Material: Wood, leather.
  • Cable: Mini XLR. What is XLR?
  • Cable Detachable: Yes.
  • Color: Brown, Black.

Summary

Wow. What a mammoth headphone the closed back LCD-XC is. Closed back vs. open back headphones? Like the LCD-X, this is like a bowling ball for your melon. That said, I thought this model fit a little bit more secure than it’s brother. You likely will be taking breaks however, as the weight will affect you in one way or another. There’s simply no getting around it.

Build wise, the XC’s are pretty much built like a boulder. Nothing else needs to be said. The combination of wood, metal, and leather compliment this set exceptionally well, and there isn’t a hint of plastic to be found as far as I can remember.

But what about the sound?

The overall sound is almost identical to the LCD-X with one exception: The mid-range. It’s something I’ve been struggling with for quite awhile. Is it too forward? Too sibilant? What exactly is going on here? What does sibilant mean?

Because two separate graphs + my ears have confirmed this, I can’t ignore it. There’s a rather large bump between 1-2k, and it can make for a painful experience at times. It might just be because I had the volume up a bit too much, and I will have to demo them again and see if that’s indeed the case. I’ve tried these out on a few different occasions, and even plugged into the absolutely phenomenal NAIM DAC V-1, I found the same issue apparent with some very good source files.

That said, the overall sound aside from that is stunningly clear, crisp, and accurate. Bass continues in the vein of the LCD-X. Learn more: Audeze LCD-X Review. It’s ridiculously crisp, tight, controlled, buttery smooth, and has impact while still remaining phenomenally articulate and textured. The bass rumble is probably my single favorite aspect of this headphone, with the mid-range coming in at a close second (aside from that weird bump).

Pros

  • Lively and engaging sound.
  • Phenomenal bass.
  • Built strong like oxen.
  • Great instrument separation.
  • Soundstage wonderful for a closed back. What is Soundstage?

Cons

  • Mid-range can be grating at times.

Video Review!

Coming Soon!

Amp/DAC requirements

You don’t necessarily need an amp, but one is highly recommended if your phones DAC, or PC’s laptop Soundcard isn’t very good. What is a Soundcard?

My recommendations:

Who these headphones benefit?

Everyone. They do well with all types of music. The genres I tested:

  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Indie
  • Pop
  • Hip-Hop
  • Rock

Thoughts from Stu’s notepad

Here are my notes that were jotted down:

  • Headphones are comfortable but very heavy. They feel like they’re going to slide forward off of my head.
  • Built like a tank.
  • Articulate sound. Bass very natural, but slams when called to.
  • A bit shouty (Mid-range).
  • Incredible instrument separation and clarity with a lot of subtle detail.
  • Lively sound.
  • Background atmosphere present. The stuff you rarely hear going on behind the scenes. Adds a lot of depth and layering. Extremely enjoyable to be able to discern.

Graphs

Consensus/Conclusion

The Audeze LCD-XC is a magnificently built headphone that is a bit heavy on your noggin. Sound is incredible, but the rise at 1-2k is a bit overwhelming at times. Astonishing bass response, crisp treble, and an overall very satisfying listening experience. A bit pricey.

Final Word

If you’re in the market for an upper echelon closed back, I would recommend them as long as you EQ that mid-range hump down by a few decibels. Interested in reading a few reviews?

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Until then, all the best and God bless..

 

 

-Stu

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