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Audeze LCD-XC Review (Closed-back Headphone)

Rate this headphone:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 4 2.5%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 11 6.9%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther)

    Votes: 67 42.1%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 77 48.4%

  • Total voters
    159

04gto

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@04gto Wow, I'm happy to hear someone say that the XC is their favorite headphone. So often it is overshadowed by the X. I have less than a month with my new XC and I love it of course! I know it's not fair to compare open backed vs. closed back but I can't help compare it to the X. They have more differences than one might think before hearing them side by side.

I bought mine for the sole purpose of tracking but I was also secretly hoping I'd enjoy them for leisure and mixing/mastering and so far I am going back and forth between my X and XC. I'm finding the XC to be less forgiving than the X of faulty recordings and so therefore a valuable tool in proofing my own drafts.

I'm eqing almost constantly (I think I stirred up a small hornets nest over on Head-fi, Ooops!...I just HAD to add my two cents on EQ though). I've found @Resolve's EQ to be a GREAT place for me to start from. I find myself using most of his filters in my own profile. It's been strange though not having @oratory1990's measurements and resulting profile to work with. (hint, hint Oratory!) Thank you for sharing yours, @04gto, I found it very helpful! You start your bass shelf a bit higher than others I've seen, interesting!

But I'm curious, what makes the XC preferable to your X (I believe I saw you owned an X in your Head-fi "Hardware Profile") in your opinion? Just interested in how someone other than myself compares them.

Thanks,
-J
They really are both amazing headphones. The XC is a little more flatly tuned, for my purposes it is a blank canvas. That is why I love it so much. With EQ it can be just about any headphone I want it to be. I do agree that the XC comes across as a little more technical and unforgiving of some recordings. The X (no matter how EQ'd) seems just a tad warmer. I do generally prefer closed backs though, not only for isolation, but also for a bit more present and impactful bass.

I saw your EQ related posts on Head-fi. I l looked on with a smirk and amusement. I have been at the center of a few 'hornets nests' over there myself regarding EQ. I get really tired of these so called 'audiophiles' (with zero professional audio experience) acting like they are the absolute authority on everything audio. It is perfectly okay to disagree or be someone who prefers no EQ. But it is not okay to make up your own facts about EQ, like these 'audiophiles'. EQ makes nearly everything sound better. I am right there with you, I EQ everything. It is very nice to meet like-minded music and EQ lovers like yourself!
 
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Jonne Haven

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Jonne Haven

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A question for everyone.
Do you have anything to say about the Rupert Neve RNHP or a comparable amp coupled to the LCD-XC or LCD-X? I do some crazy EQing to my LCD-XC that taxes my system for power. In other words certain songs with emphasized sub, sub bass distort my system and my LCD-XC at listenable levels. Also tracking with them really tests the limits of my setup. I’m wondering if an amp like the Rupert Neve could give me like 6dB more of clean/undistorted volume. That would be priceless to me. If it makes everything sound better that’s of course a plus too!
:slight_smile:

Thanks in advance!
Blessings,
-J
 

Ken Tajalli

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Today, I was at CanJam London, and had the opportunity to listen to some gear.
I keep it short! the LCD XC was the one headphone, that blew me away!
The sound was spot on, and I heard it with no EQ, with my own Hugo2 that managed to drive them well, very loudly.
It is true, no distortion at all as you push them, fantastic.
Mind you, they sounded flat and screechy with the amp on the table that Audeze had provided.
I believe it was Burson Funk (Edit: Conductor 3 reference actually, from pictures)!
Otherwise, the headphones were fantastic, saving up for one!
 
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Jonne Haven

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Today, I was at CanJam London, and had the opportunity to listen to some gear.
I keep it short! the LCD XC was the one headphone, that blew me away!
The sound was spot on, and I heard it with no EQ, with my own Hugo2 that managed to drive them well, very loudly.
It is true, no distortion at all as you push them, fantastic.
Mind you, they sounded flat and screechy with the amp on the table that Audeze had provided.
I believe it was Burson Funk (Edit: Conductor 3 reference actually, from pictures)!
Otherwise, the headphones were fantastic, saving up for one!
I think it's awesome that the LCD-XC impressed you so!

I love mine along with my LCD-X which leads me to the question, did you have a chance to try an LCD-X? Trust me I'm not trying to sway your decision I just like to hear the opinions of others when it comes to comparing the two HPs.

My X and XC blast me to the moon!

Blessings,
-J
 

Ken Tajalli

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I love mine along with my LCD-X which leads me to the question, did you have a chance to try an LCD-X?
No, unfortunately .
I heard LCD2, MM500 and XC.
 

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Recently auditioned these at a dealer in Atlanta, they do not sound closed back, very impressed... but I ended up buying a pair of Audeze LCD-2 Closed back, lighter and very close for lot less money.
 
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