Audeze LCD-1 Lightweight Over Ear Launched

It seems that the headphone market, like the two-channel hi-fi market, is starting to resemble the computer market: A rapid release cycle for new product launches. Look no further than Audeze with news today that they are releasing the $399 USD LCD-1, a lightweight, foldable, planar-magnetic in a compact design.

Meant to be a “…travel friendly package perfect for industry professionals and audiophiles.” The LCD-1 is “meticulously engineered to provide unmatched audio.” If the newest LCD model is anything like its larger siblings then this could be a new benchmark headphone in the sub-$500 USD over-ear, planar-magnetic category.

Featuring ultra-thin Uniforce diaphragms with Audeze Fluxor Magnets, 90mm over-ear planar drivers, Fazor Wave Guides, 3.5mm premium braided cable (with 1/4-inch adaptor) the LCD-1 weighs in at a svelte 250g.

“With the LCD-1, we’ve created our best sounding headphone in a compact design that’s easy to use and convenient for travel,” said Sankar Thiagasamudram, CEO of Audeze. “Whether you’re a veteran sound engineer that quickly needs to check audio with reference quality headphones or an audiophile, you’ll find the portability and sound quality of the LCD-1 to be incredibly versatile.”

I’ll be looking to get a review pair in as soon as possible.


  • Style: Over-ear, open-circumaural
  • Transducer type: Planar Magnetic
  • Magnetic structure: Single-sided FluxorTM magnet array
  • Phase management: Fazor
  • Magnet type: Neodymium N50
  • Diaphragm type: Ultra-thin UniforceTM
  • Transducer size: 90 mm
  • Maximum power handling: 5W RMS
  • Maximum SPL: >120dB
  • Frequency response: 10Hz - 20KHz
  • THD: <0.1% @ 100dB
  • Impedance: 13.5 ohms
  • Ear Pads and Headband: Genuine Lambskin Leather
  • Carrying case: Nylon Semi hard Case
  • Weight: 250g

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