Audeze LCD-3 Headphones

Planar magnetics in UK

Audeze (pronounced Odyssey) headphones feature planar magnetic drive units, an advanced and highly beneficial departure from the traditional cone or dome systems used in the majority of loudspeakers and headphones. Planar magnetic drive units use ultra-thin uniformly driven diaphragms to produce outstanding levels of transparency, detail and power.
High-end distributor Decent Audio is delighted to add the state-of-the-art Audeze LCD-3 planar magnetic headphone to its portfolio. 

Advanced materials science, superior technology and superb craftsmanship combined with hundreds of hours of critical listening, extensive technical measurement and user feedback have gone into developing the Audeze LCD-3, unashamedly created to outperform the already renowned LCD-2 and become the best headphone in the world.

Audeze headphones are manufactured in the USA to ensure exceptional quality control throughout the production process.  Every Audeze headphone is individually tested, burned-in and measured. The written results are included with each headphone to ensure that every owner receives the same exceptional quality.

Planar magnetic technology
Drive units typically consist of three main components: a diaphragm, a voice-coil and magnet arrays. In planar magnetic drive units, the magnetic field is created by an array of magnets distributed evenly across the entire surface of the diaphragm. The magnetic field is arranged in the same plane as the diaphragm, hence the term ‘planar magnetic’.

Planar magnetic diaphragms are extremely thin and lightweight compared to the much heavier cones or domes used in conventional drive units.

Unlike a conventional drive unit in which the diaphragm is attached to a voice coil (either at its centre in the case of a cone, or at its edge in the case of a dome), a planar magnetic diaphragm has a printed voice-coil spread across its entire surface. When the voice coil is energised with an audio signal, it interacts with the magnetic field and produces an electromagnetic force that moves the diaphragm, thus creating sound.

Planar magnetic drivers offer numerous benefits:

Responsiveness: The extremely lightweight diaphragm is able to respond with more immediacy than in conventional drive units. 

Low distortion:  A planar magnetic drive unit is driven equally across its entire surface, rather than just at the middle or the edge as in the case of conventional cone or dome drive units. Consequently a planar magnetic drive unit moves with far more accuracy and control leading to less distortion of the sound.

Durability: The fact that the voice-coil is spread flat across the entire diaphragm surface enables it to more quickly dissipate heat generated by the amplified current passing through it. Additionally, the planar magnetic drive unit is a simple and stable system with a single moving part: the highly-tensioned diaphragm, which maintains its performance without sonic degradation. Conventional drive units, in contrast, progressively degrade in performance over their working life due to a multitude of moving parts and glue joints.

Amplifier-friendly: The circuits found in planar magnetic diaphragms present an almost purely resistive load to power amplifiers, making them an easy load to drive.

Audeze employs a number of proprietary techniques deigned to improve on basic planar magnetic design. These include the integration of unique, ultra-thin diaphragms and stronger, more optimised magnetic fields and circuit patterns.

Audeze’s goal is to deliver the best in planar magnetic design and to continue to improve the personal audio experience.

The Audeze LCD-3:

·      Is designed to be the best headphone ever created.
·      Has a thinner planar magnetic diaphragm and more efficient magnetic structure than the renowned Audeze LCD-2.
·      Features beautifully hand-crafted zebrano wood ear cups.
·      Comes with supremely comfortable premium lambskin or artificial suede ear pads.
·      Delivers outstanding sound quality, musicality and long-term comfort.

Technical specification  Audeze LCD-3

Circumaural open

Transducer type
Planar magnetic
Magnetic structure
Proprietary self-closing design, acoustically transparent

Magnet type
High grade neodymium
Diaphragm excursion
2.5mm peak to peak

Sound pressure level (maximum)
Ear pads
Specially designed acoustically shaped foam inserts with premium lambskin or artificial suede effect cover

Frequency response
5Hz – 20kHz – useable high frequency extension to 50kHz

Total harmonic distortion
Less than 1% throughout entire frequency range

45Ω – purely resistive
Maximum power handling
Optimal power requirement
Cable length
Cable types
ADZ6SE (single ended) ¼” TRS to 2 x 4pin mini XLR
ADZ6B4 (balanced) 4 pin XLR to 2 x 4pin mini XLR

UK selling price (inc.  VAT)

Audeze LCD-3                                                                                              £1,725


Consumer contact

Decent Audio
Unit 11, Castlegate Mill,
Co Durham
TS18 1BZ

Tel:                                         01252 702705


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