The LCD-XC takes the LCD-X's robust low-end and analytical nature, and adds the isolation of closed-back headphones. If you want the excellent bass, incredible detail in the mids, and smooth highs of the LCD-X, but with a bit more privacy, the LCD-XC is just what the doctor ordered.
The LCD-XC Closed-Back Headphone is incredibly dynamic, nimble, neutral and transparent, accurately revealing everything on the recording. It quickly became the ultimate tool for recording engineers, musicians and audiophiles alike for its clean, accurate sound. The closed-back design offers all the benefits of a planar magnetic headphone with increased isolation and greatly reduced ambient noise for a private and powerful listening experience. Your favorite music erupts from a silent background taking on a life of its own. The sense of space is enormous, the midrange and high frequencies offer fantastic detail so you can hear further into the recording with more air and separation between performers.
Designed, Engineered and Handcrafted in the USA
The LCD-XC headphone is thoroughly engineered and meticulously hand-built using the finest, most luxurious materials combined with cutting-edge planar magnetic technology. We closely match the transducers within +/- 1dB (just like the other LCD series models), then match the gorgeous African Bubinga wood earcups. The new LCD steel & leather suspension headband provides comfort for hours of listening pleasure. Choose between genuine leather or leather-free earpads that are filled with carefully selected acoustical foam for best fit and sound. You can pair the LCD-XC with portable devices, but it sounds best driven by a quality amplifier.
You’ll be proud of how the LCD-XC looks and sounds; it’s imbued with sophisticated looks and beautiful earcups that are manufactured at our facility. The quality of the entire structure guarantees years of trouble-free listening. Our cutting-edge designs and circuit technologies have created a breathtakingly beautiful sounding headphone.
|Transducer type||Planar magnetic|
|Magnetic structure||Proprietary magnet array|
|Magnet type||Neodymium N50|
|Transducer size||106 mm|
|Maximum power handling||5W RMS|
|Frequency response||10Hz – 50kHz|
|THD||<0.1% @ 100dB|
|Sensitivity||100dB/1mw (at Drum Reference Point)|
|Minimum power requirement||>100mW|
|Recommended power level||>250mW|
In the Box
- LCD-XC planar magnetic headphone
- 1.9m Single-ended 1/4'' to dual 4-pin mini-XLR cable
- Economy travel case
- User guide and warranty card
LOVE everything about this headphone--build, tuning, and how impressive it sounds right out of the box and how well it takes to EQ. Sound isolation is great for those needing it, but also the Audeze's sound treatment inside the earcups is an understated aspect of this headphone. Yes, this is still in the heavier side but as long as you know what you're signing up for, this is a 5 star headphone. And last but not least, Bloom Audio (and especially Andrew) provide THE BEST customer service ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Well...they DO NOT sound like a closed back LCD-X. The tonality is quite a bit different. These are punchy and detailed. They have a peak around 5.8k it sounds like, and that makes them extremely detailed sounding. Even when I pull that back a tad - they still quite easily hold their own with a Stellia when it comes to detail and slam. Actually, if you boost the 20-34 hz range, you get what might be the most bass slam I've ever felt from any headphone- and doing that to a Stellia will get you Focal Farts (the drivers rattle against the cup protector. These hit me right out of the gate as being very much not the typical Audeze sound. They aren't dark or veiled...quite the contrary. They take eq unbelievably well, but that isn't really required unless you want to tame the highs and bring the bass up a bit. They are remarkably balanced overall, and they strike me as the big brother "I can do it better" DCA Aeon 2 Noire. Those are still fun, but these are very likely the best closed back I've ever heard by quite a large margin. As beautiful and balanced as the Stellia is....it isn't anywhere close to this punchy, and it doesn't have this much "smack you in the face with details" going on. Honestly, they are fantastic! I'm listening to a lot of different genres on them, and really it is shocking how great everything sounds - I'm impressed on a level I've not been before. The LCD-X doesn't sound this good.. and I like those a lot. If someone was wondering if they should go for a Focal Celestee or an LCD-XC....I would say, no contest, the LCD-XC wipes the floor with the Celestee. EDM, Classical, Pop, Country, Rock...Jazz, Blues, Gospel... vocals are SO present, and acoustic guitars and pianos have a plucky realism that is phenomenal. Just WOW. Drums....especially cymbals and snares are poppy and clear, but not etched - no sibilance. You can't NOT hear everything with these...I'm not sure it is fair to consider these mid-fi...this is TOTL End Game performance for a closed back.
Shout out to Andrew and Stephen for the best customer service around. Thanks for working with me to get these!
Having tried the Focal Celestee and DC Aeon 2s, I much prefer the overall sound quality of the 2021 rev. LCD XC. Overall good tonality with an easy-to-EQ peak between 5-6k, but much better resolution and transient response than the competition, IMO. The one downside is that they’re heavy. I find that the leather headband stretches quickly, but it’s VERY easy to modify with new screw holes to give it more suspension and resolve the hotspot that forms when the leather touches the metal band. I find them pretty comfy for 2-3 hours, but they can get tiring for any longer. Overall, highly recommended.