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Barton Perreira, Audeze and London Bridge Trading Company Collaboration

Barton Perreira celebrates a symphony of sight and sound with the launch of the limited edition Barton Perreira x Audeze x London Bridge Trading Company. The collaboration features a custom set of Audeze LCD-XC headphones, matching Barton Perreira sunglasses, custom silver-plated 1/8-inch headphone cable, and all in a custom London Bridge Trading Company carrying bag: the perfect marriage of inspired design, music and artisanship. Read more here.

 

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Inside Audeze #1

Massimo, a customer in Italy, emailed us a few weeks ago asking for pictures of the Audeze offices. We’ve had a few similar requests and so we decided to show you what we love doing here at Audeze. Here is a first in the series of Inside Audeze posts.

Our first design was the LCD-1. We used an off-the-shelf headphone and installed our own drivers, then showed the hybrid at CanJam 2009. The response was amazing and many Head-Fi enthusiasts encouraged us to make an even better headphone.

We started designing the LCD-2 in late 2009. Our initial driver and enclosure design for the LCD-2 was rectangular. After a number of renderings we showed the design to our trusted woodworker Jesse. Unfortunately he thought it would be too difficult to make.

We also wanted to make a simple headband that would be very comfortable and settled on a one-piece bent steel spring.

But that also proved too difficult to manufacture so it was back to the drawing board. Finally we came up with the current and comfortable design.

  Renderings of the revised design.

 

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Audeze, Butterscotch Records, Touch Vinyl and UCLA Radio Host Event in LA

Audeze, Butterscotch Records, Touch Vinyl and UCLA Radio Host Event in LA

Mikael Jorgensen and Graph Rabbit perform live on February 22nd at 7pm

 

Audeze is teaming up with Butterscotch Records, and UCLA Radio  for a special event at Touch Vinyl in LA on Saturday, February 22nd.

 

The event centers around special high-end turntable listening stations organized for the event by Audeze. It’s an opportunity to hear LPs expertly cut by vinyl prodigy Alex Deturk (read the CNET article here).

 

At 7pm the dreamy, ambient-acoustic duo Graph Rabbit will play along with the electronic synth-jams of Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco.

 

“In the era of compressed MP3s and horrible earbuds dangling from phones, I’m thrilled that people will get a chance to hear our records in analog on some of the best turntables and headphones available,” said Allen Farmelo of Butterscotch Records.

 

“We’re vinyl junkies at Audeze,” said Alex Rosson, CEO of Audeze. “We love what Butterscotch Records and Touch Vinyl are doing and we’re honored to be a part of this.”

 

Join us Saturday, February 22nd, 1646 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025, telephone (310) 933-5540.

 

 

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Balanced Cables for LCD-X and LCD-XC

At the end of January we had to ship some LCD-X and XC units without balanced cables due to supply issues. Our sincere apologies to those who found the cable missing. If you’re a customer who didn’t receive a balanced cable and would like one, please write to support@audeze.com and include your serial number and proof of purchase.  We’ll work to ship you a free cable as quickly as possible.

The LCD-X and XC will once again ship with both sets of cables (single-ended and balanced) in the beginning of March.  We appreciate your patience and support.

 

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Audeze at NAMM - Guide to Partnering Manufacturers

Audeze will be in several booths exhibiting at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show, Thursday, Jan. 23rd through Sunday, Jan. 26.

 

NAMM is where the world's most important buyers and decision makers converge at the music product industry's premier event. The NAMM Show is where brands are built, legends are created and deals are made.

 

Here’s where you can find Audeze:

 

MXL Microphones/Marshall Electronics - Booth 6990 Hall A

SPL Sound Performance Lab - Booth 6847 Hall A

Benchmark Media Systems - Booth 6928 Hall A

Antelope Audio - Booth 7118 Arena

Gobbler - Booth 6921 Hall A

G-Technology - Booth 5499 Hall B

 

The NAMM Show takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Avenue in Anaheim, California.

 

Enjoy the show!

 

 

 

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Audeze Partners with Chris Milk at Sundance Film Festival

Famed Audio Visual designer Chris Milk debuts his groundbreaking Virtual Reality system at the Sundance Film Festival with audio partner Audeze. The ongoing Festival runs through January 26th.

The revolutionary virtual reality system, the first of its kind, opens the floodgates for VR technology that will forever change the way people experience music, film and live performance. The project was realized in conjunction with Oculus VR, 3d-io and automobile manufacturer Lincoln.

Alex Rosson, Audeze CEO, said: “We’re honored to provide the headphones that are part of this breathtaking virtual reality experience. Our participation reaffirms Audeze's commitment to dissolving the barrier between performer and audience by advancing the way art and media are perceived by the user."

Oculus Rift’s Virtual Reality system makes it possible to be onstage with Beck, immersed in exciting sound and vision, making it easy to suspend disbelief and be one with the music. You can choose to leave the stage and roam around the audience… VR technology radically transforms the concert experience.

Milk captured the reimagined 1977 David Bowie song “Sound and Vision” using newly-patented technologies like full spherical image capture and 360-degree binaural/multi-aural audio recording. Reengineered for a virtual reality platform, the user can experience the first live-action film for the Oculus Rift VR headset as never before.

About Chris Milk
Chris Milk is an artist, director, and photographer who has created music videos for Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Johnny Cash, Norah Jones, Jack White, U2, Gnarls Barkley, Green Day, and many more. Known for his artistically and technologically innovative approach to cross-media storytelling, Milk’s acclaimed interactive projects include The Johnny Cash Project and Wilderness Downtown with Arcade Fire. His interactive installation artworks have been shown around the world including New York City's MoMA and London's Tate Modern.

 

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Black Anodized Aluminum Rings

For various reasons, including overwhelming demand for our black anodized aluminum option, we no longer offer gunmetal gray aluminum rings on the LCD-X and LCD-XC.

 

 

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Headphone Comfort Guide

The key to hours of comfortable listening to your LCD headphone is proper placement on your head. We want you to experience the best sound possible so we’re happy to announce that we’ve published the Audeze Headphone Comfort Guide here. Correct positioning of the headphones uses both the top of your head and your ears to evenly distribute the headphone’s weight. Read the illustrated Comfort Guide for precise instructions on finding your Audeze comfort zone.

 

 

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LCD Earpad Update

When we created the LCD-3 we tested dozens of earpad foam products for comfort and a tight seal for our flagship headphone. We decided on an open-cell polyurethane that gives the LCD-3 earpads that incredibly soft feel and a perfect seal.

We’re happy to announce that now all three LCD earpads (the black lambskin of the LCD-2, the brown lambskin of the LCD-3, and the leather-free microsuede) benefit from the same superior foam product.  

The brown LCD earpads are a bit more expensive because the leather comes from a different source and is slightly thinner giving it an even softer feel.  

Our earpads aren’t just comfortable and luxurious, they also isolate against ambient noise with a tight seal that improves sound quality and delivers our famous Audeze bass.

Enjoy these earpads on all headphones found in the LCD collection.

 

 

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The Closed Back is Here!

We’re proud to announce new products joining the existing LCD collection, the closed-back LCD-XC and open LCD-X. Both headphones benefit from a newly-developed and processed transducer made of a thinner and lighter alternative material featuring exclusive new Fazor technology.

Our patent-pending Fazor elements are unique to the LCD-XC and LCD-X 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 new transducer is specifically designed to work with a wide variety of sources. From portable players to studio use, their greater efficiency provides higher volume without a headphone amplifier, even though all LCD-series products benefit from a quality amp.

The LCD-XC and LCD-X enclosures are made from polished anodized aluminum with sloped earpads of either premium lambskin leather or a leather-free microsuede. The earpads are designed with specially-crafted foam offering the proper firmness and acoustic balance. The LCD-XC wood cups are available in hand-worked Bubinga, Purple Heart, Iroki or Walnut.

LCD-X headphones begin shipping October 25th and the LCD-XC in early November.

 

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