Geek Dad Reviews the Audeze LCD-1

October 14, 2020

"The Audeze LCD-1 headphones are priced at $399. That’s not inexpensive, but it’s also far from the high end of the range—Apple’s Beats Pro over-ear headphones will set you back just as much. So the LCD-1s bring planar technology down to the level where music lovers other than deep-pocketed audiophiles can afford them."

"I was expecting the Audeze LCD-1 headphones to sound good, but the reality really blew me away. First, I want to mention the fact that these headphones are very comfortable. They are quite light and the padded headband puts just enough pressure to keep the headphones in place. In addition, the open back design helps keep your ears from getting sweaty. Add the highly-padded lambskin ear cups, and these headphones are extremely comfortable to wear for extended sessions. I listen to music while I’m working, but usually through speakers. I plugged the Audeze LCD-1 headphones into my laptop and streamed Apple Music, which was a very enjoyable listening experience. The headphones do deliver impressive low-end response but without an overwhelming bass-heavy bias. They aren’t as punchy or energetic as some headphones, but I appreciate the more accurate, flat response. They really proved to be outstanding when I used the included 1/4-inch adapter to plug into my receiver and listen to records. With a decent amplifier in the mix, the audio quality hits a new level."

There are some very nice headphones in the $399 price range, many of them offering the convenience of wireless connectivity and active noise cancellation. Those are great for commuting and isolating yourself from background noise while working from home. Some also offer pretty decent audio. However, the Audeze LCD-1 headphones show just how good music can sound on a pair of $399 headphones when the focus is purely on audio performance. If you want a pair of headphones that make your music sound its best, with the comfort for hours of listening at a time—without spending a fortune—you owe it to yourself to check out the Audeze LCD-1s."