The original high-performance planar magnetic headphone


"A game-changer. Redefines the state of the art."
– Steve Guttenberg, CNET - The Audiophiliac

The Audeze LCD-2 is a state-of-the-art planar magnetic headphone with every component engineered with one goal in mind: to recreate sound precisely as the artist intended. The LCD-2 uses our proprietary thin-film diaphragm housed between a push-pull magnetic structure producing incredibly accurate and detailed sound.

The ear cups of the LCD-2 are made from either environmentally sustainable Bamboo Composite or Caribbean Rosewood. The sloped ear pads are dual purpose and are designed for aesthetics and functionality.

Available in either soft lambskin leather or a leather-free microsuede, the ear pads have been handcrafted to look great and offer the right amount of firmness for a comfortable fit that provides the proper amount of isolation and seal.  Additionally, the sloped design provides a more stable fit while positioning the driver more directly towards your ear to ensure correct imaging and sound signature.

Each LCD-2 comes with:

Audeze headphones are meticulously designed from input by sound engineers and audiophiles from around the globe resulting in products that deliver unparalleled sonic performance.  The technical specifications of the LCD-2 are as follows:  

  • Style:  Circumaural - open
  • Transducer type:  Planar magnetic
  • Magnetic structure:  Proprietary self-closing design, acoustically transparent
  • Magnet type:  High-grade Neodymium  
  • Diaphragm excursion:  2.5 mm peak to peak
  • Transducer active diaphragm area:  6.17 sq in
  • Sound pressure level (SPL):  130 db (maximum)
  • Housing:  Renewable Bamboo composite or Caribbean Rosewood
  • Ear pads:  Specially designed acoustically shaped foam inserts with premium lambskin or super suede cover
  • Frequency response:  5 Hz - 20 KHz, usable high-frequency extension of 50 KHz
  • Total harmonic distortion (THD):  Less than 1% throughout entire frequency range
  • Impedance:  60 Ohms, purely resistive
  • Efficiency:  90 dB/1 mW
  • Maximum power handling:  15 W (for 200 ms)
  • Optimal power requirement:  1-4 W
  • ADZ6SE Cable (single-ended):  ¼” TRS to 2x4-pin mini XLR
  • Cable length:  2.5 m or 8.2 ft
  • Weight:  490 g (without cable - Bamboo Composite)
  • Weight:  522 g (without cable - Rosewood)


“This headphone somehow produces extraordinary clarity, openness, and articulation, but without exaggerated detail or annoyingly overdone treble ... The LCD-2's vivid presentation can only be matched by the very best, and vastly more expensive speaker systems.”
– Steve Guttenberg, CNET
“The LCD-2's are a champion of low-level detail ... The mono recordings have such an abundance of depth; they feel like stereo ... I will be using them as my main reference standard against which I'll judge all other headphones.”
– Jeff Dorgay, TONE Audio
“Spectacularly yummy ... The bass on these headphones is as good as it gets ... In a number of ways the LCD-2 was the best headphone I'd ever measured.”
– Tyll Hertsens, InnerFidelity.com
“They present the music to you rather than shoving it at you, and their way of handling ambience creates a deeply immersive listening experience ... They also rendered much of the ambience that’s captured on the best recordings.”
– Andrea Sundaram, SoundStageExperience.com