Audeze provides innovative solutions for accurate sound acquisition and reproduction. Their speakers, packed with some of the latest innovations in material science, produce crystal clear sound and unparalleled sonic performance. The Audeze headphones team includes a diverse set of people including entrepreneurs who have built several successful startups, engineers with years of experience in digital media, audio, material science and noise reduction.
Audeze headphones are manufactured here in the U.S. Their commitment to research and development reflects on the products they make. And we all benefit!
Audeze Headphones Planar Technology
Although speakers have been developed with a number of different technologies, the traditional cone speaker still dominates the commercial market. The Planar Transducers are fundamentally different from conventional cone speakers or dynamic drivers. Planar Magnetic speakers use a flat, lightweight diaphragm suspended in a magnetic field as the driver rather than a cone attached to a voice coil. The diaphragm has a circuit pattern etched into it that, when energized, creates the forces that drive the diaphragm to move in the magnetic field to produce sound. Planar magnetic speakers, when implemented well, have inherent advantages over cone speakers. First, the driver moves in a more piston-like manner due to the even application of force by the magnetic field surrounding the diaphragm, which reduces distortion effects. Second, the diaphragm is mounted on all sides, reducing fatigue points; Planar Magnetic speakers employ a tough polymer as the base material, which makes it much more durable than cone diaphragms. Third, because the diaphragm is very thin, it is also more responsive, leading to more faithful sound reproduction and the crispness of sound that is the hall mark of good quality speakers. And finally, because it is flat, planar magnetic drivers can dissipate heat more quickly using the large surface area of the diaphragm itself, which dramatically reduces the chance of burn-out.
Audeze employs a number of proprietary techniques to improve upon the basic planar magnetic design. Audeze design uses a very thin, proprietary film for the diaphragm. Once etched, the diaphragm is mounted in tension between two layers of opposing magnets. This mounting process requires great precision, and Audeze has designed proprietary methods and tools to effect a very consistent and even mount. This diaphragm manufacturing process has been tuned to ensure a flat frequency response over a wide bandwidth while ensuring a robust diaphragm and maximum efficiency of the driver.
Low Distortion, High Performance
To achieve high sensitivity, very low distortion and excellent sound quality, the Audeze transducers incorporate very strong magnetic structure. Twelve very strong Neodymium magnets are used in each transducer (24 per headphone) to create a very strong Magnetic field. The magnetic field density is very linear between rows of magnets and along the magnetic gap as well. This creates a linear force that moves the diaphragm back and forth with extremely low distortion. The strong magnetic field also results in extremely fast transient response. The mass of the diaphragm is very light and is comparable to the mass of the air it moves during the operation.
Accuracy and Testing
Precision is the hall mark of all Audez’e speakers and headphones. Audeze drivers are one of the most accurate in the current market and this has been confirmed by independent tests. All our manufacturing and assembly processess have been designed with accuracy in mind. The transducers are tested every step of the production process to enforce very strict quality control process. Various test and measurements record each step of the production process. The Audeze drivers are almost like clones because of the manufacturing consistency. Measured frequency response during regular quality control testing shows incredibly narrow spread of curves variations (with less the +/- 0.5dB). If one overlays hundreds of curves on top of each other all those graphs, the result is quite impressive compared to conventional drivers and our competitors.
SINE headphones, with our planar magnetic technology, are the next step up in sound quality for many listeners. Instead of using ordinary dynamic drivers, our planar technology gives you a sound that’s punchy, dynamic, and detailed. In fact, it sounds like a much larger headphone! It’s lightweight, and folds flat for easy travelling. Once again, we’ve called upon our strategic partner Designworks, a BMW group subsidiary for the industrial design, and we manufacture SINE headphones in the USA at our Southern California factory.
The EL-8 is flexible, portable, lightweight and loaded with new technology for extreme performance. It works beautifully with most portable players and phones. Designed by BMWDesignWorks USA and available in open and closed-back models, they’re built with superb craftsmanship, wood veneer accents, and enormous attention to detail. The EL-8 features the world’s most advanced planar magnetic technology with sound quality unheard of in this or any other price category.
EL-8 Open-Back comes with: 2m (6.56 feet) Audeze headphone cable, 3.5mm to 1/4in stereo adapter
The closed-back EL-8 offers all the benefits of the open-back EL-8 — flexible, lightweight and loaded with new technology — while isolating the listener and reducing ambient noise as no sound escapes the earcups. The EL-8 closed-back is also sensitive enough to be driven directly by portable players and smartphones, but an external amplifier produces better results. They’re built with superb craftsmanship, wood veneer accents and enormous attention to detail.
EL-8 Closed-Back comes with: 2m (6.56 feet) Audeze headphone cable, 3.5mm to 1/4in stereo adapter
The LCD-2 is the state of the art Planar Magnetic Headphone from Audeze Inc. Every component of the LCD-2 is precision engineered with one goal in mind: Recreate the sound exactly like the artist intended. LCD-2 combines leading edge technology and development with knowledge, feedback and suggestions from an on-going dialogue with Sound Engineers and Audiophiles.
The Audeze LCD-2 uses a proprietary thin film diaphragm that is housed between a unique super efficient push-pull magnetic structure. Audeze’s manufacturing process combined with the advanced materials and technology produce extremely accurate and incredible sounding headphones. The LCD-2s are made of hand selected Carribean Rosewood. The sloped earpads are made of premium lambskin leather with specially selected foam to offer the right amount of firmness.
LCD-2 comes with: ADZ-6 (single ended) Cable (2.5 meters or 8.2 ft with split), Wood Care kit, Travel Case for storage, Frequency response graph of the particular LCD-2 and Warranty documents
“The best headphones I’ve measured, and not by a small margin” and “my new favorite headphones, not for their measurements but for their sound.” – Tyll Hertensens, Founder Headroom
“The Audeze LCD-2 is a game changer” – Steve Guttenberg, CNET.com The Audiophiliac, November 2010
“If you are in the music business I think this is the perfect reference headphone” – Michael Lockwood, Guitarist, Producer and Songwriter
“Hail the new king!” Audez’e LCD-2 is the first headphone to walk away with the prestegious Blue Moon Awards. – Srajan Ebaen, 6moons.com
“Working as sound designer and engineer on feature film, don’t know what I would do without the LCD-2s!” – Ryan Origin, Electronic Music Producer / Recodring Engineer
The reference-level LCD-X is an exciting addition to Audeze’s LCD planar magnetic headphone collection. The LCD-X features a newly-developed and processed transducer made of a thinner and lighter alternative material with new Fazor technology. These patent-pending Fazor elements are unique to the LCD-X and LCD-XC and help guide and manage the flow of sound in the headphone. The result is improved phase response, greater frequency extension, smoother frequency response, and remarkable 3D holographic imaging.
The LCD-X transducer is specifically designed to work with a wide variety of driving sources. From portable players to studio use, the LCD-X provides high volume without a headphone amplifier even though all LCD-series products benefit from a high-quality amp. The LCD-X earcups are made from polished anodized aluminum with sloped ear pads of either premium lambskin leather or a leather-free super-suede microfiber fabric. The earpads are designed with specially-crafted foam offering the proper firmness and acoustic balance.
Each LCD-X comes with: ADZ6SE Cable (single-ended 1/4″), ADZ6B4 Cable (balanced 4-pin), 1/4″ to 1/8″ adapter, Ruggedized travel case and Warranty documents.
Audeze’s first foray into closed-back design, the LCD-XC has been in research and development for several years. Now featuring exclusive Fazor technology, they are now ready to release the XC, a fully-enclosed headphone with classic Audeze-quality sound for a more exclusive experience in noisy environments.
For the purest, most discerning audiophile listening sessions, open headphones remain the favored choice, but the closed-back LCD-XC is the best enclosed headphone experience you’ll find. The LCD-XC wood cups are available in hand-worked Bubinga. The enclosures are made from precision-crafted anodized aluminum with sloped earpads of either premium lambskin leather or a leather-free super-suede microfiber. The earpads are designed with specially-crafted foam offering the proper firmness and the right acoustic balance.
Each LCD-XC comes with: ADZ6SE Cable (single-ended 1/4″), ADZ6B4 Cable (balanced 4-pin), 1/4″ to 1/8″ adapter, Ruggedized travel case, Wood care kit and Warranty documents.
When they started designing the LCD3 professional reference headphone, Audeze’s goal was very clear: it must be the absolute best. Through uncompromised standards the LCD3 provides the highest level of audio quality, unsurpassed bass extension, exceptional treble and the best mid-range you will find in headphones. The all new LOTUS diaphragm uses a special alloy for conductive traces giving us greater control and lower distortion (translation: audio that sounds like the original studio recording).
The LCD3 earcups are made of precision-crafted, hand-selected Zebra Wood (Zebrano). The sloped ear pads are made of premium lambskin leather, with specially molded foam to offer the right amount of firmness.
LCD-3 comes with: ADZ-6 (single ended) and ADZ-6-B4 (balanced) Cables (2.5 meters or 8.2 ft with split), Wood Care kit, Wood case for storage, Frequency response graph of the particular LCD-2 and Warranty documents
“The Audeze LCD3 is quite possibly the best dynamic headphone ever, to my ears.” – Jude Mansilla, Editor, Founder Headfi.org
“I have never heard a set of headphones that got even remotely close to the sound of live music the way this one does” and “…if you want the very best, get the LCD3s.” – Steve Guttenberg, CNET
The LCD-4, Audeze’s new reference headphone, is the result of dedicated research and development and advancements in materials science. It features our amazingly thin nano-grade diaphragms and unique Double Fluxor magnet arrays for the most powerful magnetic flux density in existence, an incredible 1.5 Tesla! It also features a new comfortable suspension-type carbon fiber and leather headband and delivers breathtaking high resolution sound, imaging and transparency, with exciting dynamics. It sounds incredibly open in the midrange and treble, and coupled with Audeze’s powerful bass removes the boundaries between artist and listener. It outperforms any other in its class like electrostatics or dynamic driver headphones. The LCD-4 is the most advanced planar magnetic technology to date.