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Promoted 09-26-2016 by johnny_miller at 11:10 PM View Original Post
Adorama has Audeze LCD-2 Planar Magnetic Headphones (Aluminum) for $699.99. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian

Note: Bamboo version while is temporary out of stock, now can be back ordered and will ship once it's back in stock.

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For an overview of the Audeze LCD-2 Planar Magnetic Headphones, head over to CNET

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few folks I talked to, say that they actually slightly prefer the sound of aluminium$700 + free shipping
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I tested 4 headphones when I was in the market:
1. Audeze LCD-2 Aluminum
2. Sennheiser HD-800
3. Sennheiser HD-800s
4. Fostex TH-900

This guy on YouTube couldn't stop raving about how much bass the Fostex had. Everyone online seemed to love anything Audeze. And when people bring up expensive headphones Sennheiser ALWAYS came up.

The Fostex lacked excitement or brightness. The Audeze seemed muddled compared to the HD-800. The HD-800 could get so shrill and high pitched it would occasionally hurt my ears. The HD-800s was the just right. Extremely clear vocals, really rich and deep bass. (When connected to my bass boosting amp - McIntosh MHA100. If I didn't have bass boost the headphones would be really weak in that department.) It's a setup that works for me.

This is your first step. Next is finding the right amp to pair with the headphone. May God have mercy on your wallet...
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Great sounding headphones and a great price, but:
a) they are very heavy
b) you need a serious amp to drive them.
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Great sounding headphones and a great price, but:
a) they are very heavy
b) you need a serious amp to drive them.
aluminum are a tag lighter Wink ! great deal for not a bundled set !!! TUOP Rock !

btw - own aluminum LCD2 Wink !
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What is the difference between aluminum and bamboo?
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What is the difference between aluminum and bamboo?
Are you asking about difference in how they sound?
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bamboo looks sexier. aluminum not so.
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Sounds great after 100 hours of burn in. Sounded a bit muffled, and was also a little tight at first. Thanks OP!!
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Are you asking about difference in how they sound?
Was asking in general but I see part of the question was already answerd ^^^

Quote from Madanshah16 View Post :
bamboo looks sexier. aluminum not so.
Same here.
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I tested 4 headphones when I was in the market:
1. Audeze LCD-2 Aluminum
2. Sennheiser HD-800
3. Sennheiser HD-800s
4. Fostex TH-900

This guy on YouTube couldn't stop raving about how much bass the Fostex had. Everyone online seemed to love anything Audeze. And when people bring up expensive headphones Sennheiser ALWAYS came up.

The Fostex lacked excitement or brightness. The Audeze seemed muddled compared to the HD-800. The HD-800 could get so shrill and high pitched it would occasionally hurt my ears. The HD-800s was the just right. Extremely clear vocals, really rich and deep bass. (When connected to my bass boosting amp - McIntosh MHA100. If I didn't have bass boost the headphones would be really weak in that department.) It's a setup that works for me.

This is your first step. Next is finding the right amp to pair with the headphone. May God have mercy on your wallet...

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Quote from BBFF View Post :
I tested 4 headphones when I was in the market:
1. Audeze LCD-2 Aluminum
2. Sennheiser HD-800
3. Sennheiser HD-800s
4. Fostex TH-900

This guy on YouTube couldn't stop raving about how much bass the Fostex had. Everyone online seemed to love anything Audeze. And when people bring up expensive headphones Sennheiser ALWAYS came up.

The Fostex lacked excitement or brightness. The Audeze seemed muddled compared to the HD-800. The HD-800 could get so shrill and high pitched it would occasionally hurt my ears. The HD-800s was the just right. Extremely clear vocals, really rich and deep bass. (When connected to my bass boosting amp - McIntosh MHA100. If I didn't have bass boost the headphones would be really weak in that department.) It's a setup that works for me.

This is your first step. Next is finding the right amp to pair with the headphone. May God have mercy on your wallet...
I own all of above except HD800S's, but played w/HD800's for a week or so ! and you are correct - 800s are "penetrating" at some points Wink even moded w/some kind of insert ! still are too overwhelming for me ! have to check out "S's" / LCD2s properly driven do produce an unbelievable lush (as musical) results ! I own an aluminum version and am very happy for two reasons : wood is more maintenance (own LCD3 as well!) and they do sound a tag brighter than bamboo counterpart Wink !

as far as DAC/AMP goes : IFI micro or Centrance M8 is a good pair and are portable (if you like to roam laugh out loud !) / for desktop Fostex makes a few very nice and affordable units Wink / also if you have a good player w/DAC - fostex HP-V1 tube (portable!) gives LCD2s an extra warmth Rock !
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Quote from BBFF View Post :
I tested 4 headphones when I was in the market:
1. Audeze LCD-2 Aluminum
2. Sennheiser HD-800
3. Sennheiser HD-800s
4. Fostex TH-900

This guy on YouTube couldn't stop raving about how much bass the Fostex had. Everyone online seemed to love anything Audeze. And when people bring up expensive headphones Sennheiser ALWAYS came up.

The Fostex lacked excitement or brightness. The Audeze seemed muddled compared to the HD-800. The HD-800 could get so shrill and high pitched it would occasionally hurt my ears. The HD-800s was the just right. Extremely clear vocals, really rich and deep bass. (When connected to my bass boosting amp - McIntosh MHA100. If I didn't have bass boost the headphones would be really weak in that department.) It's a setup that works for me.

This is your first step. Next is finding the right amp to pair with the headphone. May God have mercy on your wallet...
With the exception of the Fostex, I've heard/owned the others and currently own the bamboo LCD-2 F and HD800S. I agree with the assessment and it's pretty much where I am at right now.
The LCD-2 had been my go-to at home for a couple of years and I still love them, but their achilles heel and probably a deal-breaker for many is the weight/comfort. Mine sits on the shelve often because I can't listen to them for long periods of time without physical/neck fatigue.
I tried the HD800 but the treble spike is obvious (and I didn't want to void the warranty by modding them). The imaging and soundstage is amazing on the HD800 but overall sounded thin and just not very musical (on my setup at least). The HD800S was definitely the Goldilocks baby bear of the bunch, including HD600/650. The soundstage is reduced compared to the HD800 but still pretty amazing, incredible resolution, overall sounded more balanced without the treble peak and more bass response. I can listen to them for hours and this for me is the keeper. I am in the process of upgrading my Schiit Lyr, which is very powerful to drive the orthos like LCD-2, but isn't quiet enough for the HD800S.

I plan to hang on to my LCD-2 for a while and still absolutely recommend them especially at 1/2 price of something like the HD800S. If the aluminum version is lighter, that may be the way to go.
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What is the difference between aluminum and bamboo?
sound-wise they are the same HPs w/tad of brightness going to aluminum version (I kind of like - but it's very individual ?! to the point of that owner of bamboo version couldn't tell the difference Wink !) + aluminum version is a bit lighter in weight ! Smilie

Quote from spyder1720 View Post :
With the exception of the Fostex, I've heard/owned the others and currently own the bamboo LCD-2 F and HD800S. I agree with the assessment and it's pretty much where I am at right now.
The LCD-2 had been my go-to at home for a couple of years and I still love them, but their achilles heel and probably a deal-breaker for many is the weight/comfort. Mine sits on the shelve often because I can't listen to them for long periods of time without physical/neck fatigue.
I tried the HD800 but the treble spike is obvious (and I didn't want to void the warranty by modding them). The imaging and soundstage is amazing on the HD800 but overall sounded thin and just not very musical (on my setup at least). The HD800S was definitely the Goldilocks baby bear of the bunch, including HD600/650. The soundstage is reduced compared to the HD800 but still pretty amazing, incredible resolution, overall sounded more balanced without the treble peak and more bass response. I can listen to them for hours and this for me is the keeper. I am in the process of upgrading my Schiit Lyr, which is very powerful to drive the orthos like LCD-2, but isn't quiet enough for the HD800S.

I plan to hang on to my LCD-2 for a while and still absolutely recommend them especially at 1/2 price of something like the HD800S. If the aluminum version is lighter, that may be the way to go.
as a planar headphones - I always try as much as possible ! not to compare two different technologies (planar verses dynamic) ! IMHO planar HPs do produce a more natural (pleasing and musical!) sound - yes ! - harder to drive, usually heavier, best w/hi res music, less fatiguing at moderate volumes (that's where details come in Wink !), etc. I own LCD3 (which is a former flagship of audeze and rumors say, maybe, still is ?! ) anyway - LCD2s are still a keeper cause of performance - some music I listen (especially HI RES) preference goes to LCD2s some to LCD3s some to my other HPs, planar or dynamic ! as I'm writing this Wink am thinking : I'm screwed up (not the word I would like to use Wink !) dude ! I have a tendency to remember which track (or album) sounds better on particular headphone set ! definitely need to see a professional laugh out loud !

bottom line : great cans and deal ! believe I paid a little more but my enjoyment paid back many times over laugh out loud ! highly recommend ! Rock
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I would hold off on buying one of these. Monoprice is releasing their first high end headphones at the end of October based on a similar design and they may prove to be on par while being hundreds of dollars cheaper.

http://www.monoprice.com/product?...1&format=2
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Will this be good sound for iPhone 7+?
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