Audeze LCD-5 Speculation

Discussion in 'Headphones' started by roshambo123, Sep 20, 2021.

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If SBAF can swing it, what should we splurge on?

  1. Audeze LCD-5

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  2. Abyss Diana-Phi

    20.9%
  3. No one here has good enough gear for such awesome headphones

    6.4%
  4. Let's spend it on hookers and blow

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  1. deafenears

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    ^ This. Not just weight, but size, children? The LCD-4z weighs 560g with a magnesium chassis, so replacing the chassis with the acetone one would probably get it to ~480 keeping the larger driver and cup size as well. I'm probably one of the few that prefers the non-LCD5 headbands and larger cup size (blame my large ears).
     
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    Not sure if you’ve tried an LCD-5 but the tapered pads are a blessing for large ears like ours.
     
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    No more speculation

    [​IMG]

    I feel I shouldn't really say much because I'm modding Audeze headphones. But I will say a few positive things.

    Best stock Audeze I've heard as far as clarity and resolution
    No midrange recession
    More open sounding than previous Audeze's

    Smaller than other Audeze headphones as far as cup size. I'm guessing these are 105mm vs 113mm
    No more thick dust cover, they've figured out that this kills resolution. There's one or hopefully for my sake two fine metal mesh pieces, one over the front Fazor and I am hoping one behind the Fazor. So there's way less between you and the diaphragm than with previous Audeze's

    Headband clamp is no issue for me.
     
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  4. roshambo123

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    People like me with screwed up necks from years of bad posture / cellphone and computer use?

    And Ether 2 is only 290g.
     
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    It'll be so light like it wasn't there. But that smell though...

    Anyways, taking out half of the magnet array to make it only single-sided tends lighten the load.
     
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    That is surely one good looking headphone.

    Does the smaller driver lessen the macrodynamic and slam? Compared to LCD-X.
     
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  7. rhythmdevils

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    And how does it sound? ;)

    First impression is not at all, but I've literally only listened to one test track... a telling one, but still
     
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    No argument. Just pointing out LCD-5 gets "Most Improved Student" not "Lightest Planar Evar"
     
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    Did some more listening, and not at all. They've got tons of slam, they're very musical and engaging.
     
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    I've always had a weak spot for Audeze. Look forward for more impressions!

    I'm one of those that isn't bothered much by weight. I do wish they kept the size of the cup/driver, but I understand Audeze wants to target broader audience.
     
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    Because we have at least two real user impressions, I feel like we should change the thread title to impression or discussion rather than speculation.
     
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    or let the speculation thread die and start a fresh impressions thread. Reading thru 4+ pgs of guessing to get to the impressions is kind of a slog...
     
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    The Audeze "Heft" or weight is gone as well. They feel smaller than my OG Focal Clears.
    The clamp is there for 5 mins, but goes away.

    Having trouble with the headband, the yolk keeps slipping a few notches when I pick up the headphones. Then have to re-adjust each time I put them on.
     
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    Not sure I agree. Based on Seinfeld's assertion that the best time in product ownership is the period between paying for it and actually getting it, I think we should just stay in speculation mode, maybe on everything going forward, to avoid disappointment. Like we can go one step beyond Amir by just measuring things but then not even listening to them at all, just offering speculation on how they might sound. That way, whatever headphone someone buys next will be their end-game, because it will always be perfect in their mind.

    No, I agree, new thread.
     
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    you mean someone over there listens to things? I thought they just measurbated and, as long as it wasn't noisy, didn't care about how it actually sounded...
     
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    Just curious. Is that your own pair or a review/demo pair sent from Audeze? Or loaner pair from someone else?
     
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    LCD-5 Initial Impressions
    • They fixed the uneven mids!
    • The most mid-forward planar I've heard yet.
    • The hefty thump of the LCD-4 has been replaced by a softer presentation similar to modern Hifiman. Susvara punches harder.
    • They're tiny. Much lighter than their other models. Very comfortable, and they don't look ridiculous.
    • Thirsty for current.
    In this price bracket, there's some extremely tough competition from Abyss and Hifiman.

    [​IMG]

    Listening done with Pi2AES / Holo Audio Spring 2 / McIntosh MHA150
     
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  18. Vtory

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    Great. concise but very easily understandable statements!

    Btw with your rig and preference, what do you think LCD-5's (sonic) advantages over Sus? And how would you compare lcd5 vs sus in terms of comfort? (I'm assuming yours have 'less clampy' headband applied but please correct me if I'm wrong)
     
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    LCD-5 has less intensity in the treble, which some might prefer. For my sonic tastes, Susvara, Diana Phi, and AB-1266 Phi TC are superior on all fronts. LCD-5 is more cohesive than HE1000se. They're all very comfortable.
     
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    I got to compare the LCD-5 and Susvara for a number of days and generally agree. The LCD-5 was a bit too mid-forward for my taste but took EQ very well. I did find the LCD-5 to punch harder, especially in bass - but found the Susvara much better in both tonality and technicals everywhere else.
     
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