Audeze has lengthy been widespread amongst audiophiles for its planar magnetic-style headphones, and its entry-level LCD-2 mannequin is taken into account one of many high-end headphone firm’s greatest pairs of cans.
However after nearly 10 years in the marketplace (and after an LCD2 Traditional variant was launched final yr that swapped out a few of the handmade picket accents for a decrease $799 worth), the LCD-2 have solely been obtainable in an open-back fashion — not less than, till now, with the discharge of the brand new LCD2 Closed-Again.
The LCD2 Closed-Again share most of their design cues with the cheaper LCD2 Traditional, however with one essential (and apparent) distinction: in contrast to each the usual LCD-2 and LCD2 Traditional, the Closed-Again model is, nicely, a closed-back headphone.
You’re nonetheless getting the identical planar magnetic drivers. Not like regular headphones, they use a skinny, vibrating diagram that’s pushed by magnetic fields to supply sound, as an alternative of a conventional coil system. This has come to be anticipated from Audeze, which created the identical heat sound that made the LCD-2 so widespread within the first place. Now, you’ll be able to take pleasure in it with higher sound isolation, and maybe extra importantly, you received’t irritate all of your co-workers or fellow commuters together with your private jams.
The LCD2 Closed-Again price $899, or $100 greater than the open-back LCD2 Traditional. In comparison with the one different closed-style headphones Audeze affords, the $1,799 LCD-XC, it’s simply the cheaper choice in case you’ve been wishing for a closed pair of Audeze headphones.