Wednesday, 22 September 2021 22:23

Audeze announces its new LCD-5 flagship reference headphones for the ultimate audio aficionado

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Audeze bills itself as the leading audio technology brand and premium headphone manufacturer, and has announced its new reference audio headphone, the Audeze LCD-5.

At AUD $6799, which yes, is nearly $7000, we're told the LCD-5 sets "a new standard for accuracy using a new driver design with Audeze’s own patent-pending 'Parallel Uniforce' voice coils and new magnet assembly."

Audeze says LCD-5 represents "a completely new design made specifically for minimal reflections, improved frequency response, and a more open yet accurate soundstage."

LCD-5’s impedance is 14 Ohms, sensitivity is 90dB, and it weighs just 420 grams, which is 1/3 less than the previous LCD-4 model.

Handcrafted in California, USA, Audeze says the LCD-5 has been "meticulously engineered to provide unmatched audio for industry professionals and audiophiles alike."

Available now through the Audeze website, it is also available through select dealers, with the Australian distributor being BusiSoft AV.

Should you be reading this in the US, Audeze will be demoing the new LCD-5 at CANJAM SOCAL on September 25th-26th at Irvine Marriott, and also at the Capital Audio Fest in November.

So, what makes the Audeze LCD-5 different?

The LCD-5 features Audeze’s patented core technologies, and comes with new acoustically designed leather earpads, an improved and luxurious carbon fiber suspension headband, deep “tortoise shell” acetate rings, all-new magnesium housing, plus our latest premium audio cable made with high-purity copper, and an aluminium travel case.

Audeze LCD-5 Key Features:

  • New Parallel Uniforce diaphragms and Fluxor Magnets provide powerful sound, unparalleled sonic detail, and incredible accuracy without increasing the impedance
  • New internally sloped earpads that help to reduce unwanted resonances and interior reflections
  • Newly designed Fazors that are optimised to reduce diffractions
  • The LCD-5 cable is specially tuned with directional OCC high-purity copper strands that provide a low capacitance and low resistance path to maintain unsurpassed clarity and precision.
  • The LCD-5’s fully re-designed magnesium frame provides rigidity and ultra-light weight, while the acetate rings offer just the right touch of richness

"Featuring our core technologies while adding some new innovations like our Parallel Uniforce voice coil, the LCD-5 incorporates decades of audio and technology research to deliver all the aspects of a truly reference audio experience," stated Audeze CEO, Sankar Thiagasamudram, adding, "Our long term commitment to delivering reference products has led us to the LCD-5."

Specs are below this video:

LCD-5 Specifications:

Style: Over-ear, open-back
Transducer type: Planar Magnetic
Magnetic structure: Fluxor magnet array
Phase management: Fazor
Magnet type: Neodymium N50
Diaphragm type: Nano-Scale Parallel Uniforce
Transducer size: 90 mm
Maximum power handling: 5W RMS
Maximum SPL: >130dB
Frequency response: 5Hz - 50kHz
THD: <0.1% @ 100dB
Impedance: 14 ohms
Sensitivity: 90 dB/1mW (at Drum Reference Point)
Minimum power requirement: >100mW
Recommended power level: >250mW
Weight: 420g

The Audeze LCD-5 AUD $6,799 is available for pre-order now exclusively via BusiSoft AV and select dealers across Australia and New Zealand.

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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