Audeze has announced the LCD-1 reference headphones for mixing and mastering. And here’s the kicker: they’re only USD 399! Considering that you can easily spend several thousands on a pair of Audeze headphones, that makes the LCD-1 a real bargain. Do they deliver Audeze quality at an affordable price?
Audeze LCD-1 reference headphones
Audeze headphones enjoy an excellent reputation among audio professionals and audiophile enthusiasts alike. Sadly, most of them cost way more than most of us are willing or able to spend on a pair of headphones. There are some exceptions, like the Mobius. But a pair of mixing- and mastering-grade Audeze headphones used to cost in the thousands until now.
That means that the new LCD-1, which Audeze has unveiled at the AES NY convention, are exciting news. The company says that they combine reference sound quality with portability. Much of their technology, like Uniforce diaphragms and Fluxor magnets, comes from their much more expensive siblings. They are equipped with 90 mm over-ear planar drivers, which ensures a wide dynamic range, according to Audeze.
The company also says that the headphones’ open circumaural design and Fazor wave guides deliver a transparent, spacious sound and deep bass with no audible distortion. Whether the LCD-1 can hold up to the standard set by their high-end siblings, will have to be seen. But Audeze has a reputation to lose, and I’m sure that we can expect the LCD-1 to be excellent-sounding cans.
The LCD-1 are designed to be portable, so you can easily take them with you, no matter where your next mixing session is taking place. They fold into the included carrying case and weigh just 250 grams. A premium braided 1/8-inch cable with a 1/4-inch adapter is included. Audeze claims that their memory foam pads and headband ensure comfort during long listening sessions.
Price and availability
The Audeze LCD-1 headphones will start shipping in the last week of October. You can order them now for USD 399.