The Audeze LCD-5 is the most mature-sounding and cohesive high-end Audeze headphones to date. Importantly, it is their most likable tuning with plenty of verve and character and absolutely excellent levels of detail to go along with it.
LCD-5: Over-ear Open-back Headphones
New planar driver and magnet structure extends frequency response
1/3 less weight than the LCD-4
New sculpted earpad design improves upper midrange response
Improved structural design incorporating magnesium, acetate and carbon-fiber
"These are ridiculous, they're fantastic... they put me in the room with the band."
— Ron Saint Germain,
Recording and Mixing Engineer
"The 4zs sound good to me, but these (LCD-5) mids are way more accurate... that's what I want to hear in a headphone."
— Nate Wood, Drummer,
Multi-instrumentalist, Mastering Engineer
"New things were being revealed to me, especially in the lower end. They're very clear and everything's just right there."
— - Miles Okazaki,
Audeze's Latest Flagship, 1/3 Less Weight! For the past decade, Audeze’s LCD series has set the standard for planar magnetic headphone performance. Starting with the LCD-2 that ushered in a new era of planar technology in 2009, they then introduced the LCD-3 in 2011 and LCD-4 in 2015. With the LCD-5, everything has been improved – drivers, earpads, frame design - to set a new standard for performance and comfort.
Transparency, Resolution, and Speed The LCD-5 sets a new standard for accuracy. Its drivers are engineered with Audeze's award-winning Fluxor magnets and updated Fazor waveguides along with their new Patent-pending Parallel Uniforce voice coils, which employ varying width parallel traces to keep the impedance low and provide increased voltage headroom by altering the current density within each trace. The uniform force created by this optimization lowers distortion and provides better control over diaphragm movement, resulting in improved sonic resolution.
Clarity and Imaging Audeze has optimized every aspect of the LCD-5’s acoustic chamber to achieve pinpoint imaging and an extremely clean and clear soundstage. The new sculpted earpads and acoustically transparent mesh are designed to minimize reflections and resonance, while the Parallel Uniforce voice coil allows increased space between magnets for improved frequency response and a more open soundstage. LCD-5 also features newly designed low-profile Fazor waveguides to further reduce diffractions and interactions with the ear.
Elegant Comfortable Design Weighing in at only 420 grams, the LCD-5 offers hours of listening pleasure. Every part has been re-engineered, using materials such as magnesium, aluminum and acetate which offer light weight and high rigidity. When you put on a pair of LCD-5s, your head and ears are cradled in materials of the finest quality. Supple premium leather and carbon-fiber pull all the elements together into a package of the finest craftsmanship, which we hand-assemble in our California workshop.
Sculpted Earpads Audeze's new sculpted, internally sloped earpad architecture reduces unwanted resonances and interior reflections. The ergonomic design cradles your cranium, and helps naturally place the headphone in the optimal listening position. The pads have less contact surface area than standard designs to reduce fatigue while providing a superior seal for all shapes and sizes.
Ultra High Purity Cable The LCD-5 cable is specially tuned with directional OCC high-purity copper strands that provide a low capacitance and low resistance path for the signal to travel from your amp to the drivers, maintaining unsurpassed clarity and precision.