Audeze LCD-4 Headphones: Jonathan Scull interview – Meniscus Magazine

Audeze LCD-4 Headphones: Jonathan Scull interview – Meniscus Magazine


– [Interviewer] Why don’t you tell me a little bit about the four? – Okay, the LCD-4 is
Audeze’s newest headphone, their new reference headphone. And it features a Double Fluxor Magnetic Array. Fluxor Magnets are patent
pending and they’re unique. And they’re set up in a north/south way custom cut at the factory and
they were first introduced in the EL-8 headphone,
which was very successful. But the EL-8 only had them
on one side of the diaphragm. The LCD-4 has Fluxor Magnetic
Arrays, which you can find more about on our website,
along with illustrations, that has a Double Fluxor
Array on either side of a nano-spec diaphragm,
extremely extremely thin. And it develops 1.5 tesla, which is the most magnetic flux available anywhere on
any headphone, therefore controls this ultra-thin
diaphragm very precisely, and it also has the rest of
the phaser elements which help to guide sound waves within the headphone and Uniforce diaphragm. The Uniforce diaphragm
is very unique in that there are gaps between the magnets. So in those gaps between the magnets, when they line like this together,
you have a voice coil that gets a little thicker
and a little thinner. Thinner when it’s under the magnet, a little thicker when it’s
not exactly under the magnet so that you get a very
smooth frequency response, wide bandwidth, terrific
control of the diaphragm gives you a real sense of
space, depth, full range sound, fantastic bass, lovely mid
range, very open highs. And I think today you need that. You need those open highs,
you have things sound real exciting, really, you are there. A lot of that has to do with dynamics and a sense of openness on top. – [Interviewer] Right. – Audeze is a great company to work with. I’m Johnathan Scull from
Scull Communications and Audeze is one of my clients,
and one of my favorite clients I might add,
great company to work for. – [Chan] Most people
would ask the question, the first thing is, how does
it differ from the three? And I think you explained that. – Right, that would be
the Fluxor Magnetic Arrays and a thinner diaphragm. – [Chan] Exactly, and
the second question I see a lot of people raise was,
why is it so expensive? – A lot of development went into it. The Fluxor Magnets, cutting
them, it’s all hand assembled, the super thin nano
diaphragms, it all costs money. And don’t forget, the Abyss is 5000, the HE1000’s are 3500,
so it’s like a trend of trying to make statement products. This is Audeze’s attempt at
it, the LCD-3 with phaser is a fabulous headphone, the
LCD-X and X3 are terrific. But for someone who’s looking
for absolutely top of the line that Audeze can make, it
makes a fabulous combination with the King headphone
amp that we debuted at the Rocky Mountain audio fest and that was a hybrid designed by Bascom King, thus the name. And that has a tube input
E88CC, I think, 6922’s, Mosfet Drivers and a Mosfet output stage. And together, think about
it, let’s say you drop 8000 US on a King and an LCD-4. What’s it gonna cost to produce that same sound with speakers in a room? Cables, room treatment,
front end components, a rack, I mean, it’s ten to one. Space is getting smaller since
it’s getting more expensive. Life is getting more
expensive, and in a way, headphones offer a very valid alternative to speakers in a room these days anyway. You can play Mallard at
three in the morning, or the Ramones, if you have a mind. – [Chan] Very loudly, yes, right. – So, the expense is
all in the development. Audeze is not a huge
company so it has to devote a lot of resources to coming
out with a new headphone. Our EL-8’s are selling
really well, that’s 699. And of course 3995 for the LCD-4. – [Chan] We noticed that companies such as OPO and HiFiMan
and so on are heading to what they call, lighter type headphones. What is the stand with
Audeze on this issue? – The stand is sound
and we’ve come out with a new carbon fiber type
headband on the new LCD-4 to make it much more comfortable for longer periods of
listening comfortably. And the other thing with the weight is the Double Fluxor Magnetic Arrays. You just can’t get 1.5 tesla
of control if it’s lighter. So I think devotees who
are looking for that sound, who wanna feel it, touch it, get into it, fall into the music, feel that connection that most audiophiles are looking for, it’s gotta be a little
heavier to get there. So that’s why we don’t, it’s
easy enough to make it lighter. We can have a less technologically advanced diaphragm, less magnets. I mean other headphones are using standard, off the shelf magnets. Audeze cuts them a certain particular way, that you can find ut about online, all that takes time, it takes research, development, and finally,
that’s what winds up weighing as much as it does
and why it costs as much, but if it’s the sound you want? Those are the headphones. – [Chan] Well I’ve heard it just now and I must say it’s a
beautiful sounding headphone. – [Scull] On behalf of Audeze, thank you! – [Chan] Okay, thank you very much, I appreciate it Jonathan. – Of course.

5 thoughts on “Audeze LCD-4 Headphones: Jonathan Scull interview – Meniscus Magazine

  • still $4k is bullcrap 2.5-3k would've made a lot more sense. I can't even say it's hands down better than the 3 when i tried the 4

  • The X remains my favorite planar magnetic, and even that was overpriced – I had them for ~10 months and spent far more time listening with the Fidelio X1 : nothing beats the fun factor for me.

  • Former Stereophile journalist Jonathan Scull talks to Meniscus Magazine at Stereo Exchange in New York about the Audeze LCD-4 Headphones. Full transcript: http://www.meniscuszine.com/articles/2018073145817/audeze-lcd-4-headphones-jonathan-scull-interview/

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