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Audeze’s new $4,500 headphones are perfect for people with too much money

If you take your audio seriously and have the cash, these look amazing.

audeze lcd-5 reference planar headphones on mixing desk

We’re big Audeze fans here at KnowTechie, with their ever-dependable planar magnetic drivers and signature sound. Now there’s a new flagship in the range, the $4,500 LCD-5. Yes, that’s the price, it’s not a typo. Prepare your wallets, because your ears will want this.

While new changes to the planar driver and magnet design bring an extended frequency response, the real thing you’re going to want to know is that they’re lighter than the last flagship, the LCD-4, weighing a third less. Audeze’s over-ears have long been considered by many to be heavy for long listening periods, so the 420g that the LCD-5 weighs in at should silence some of the detractors.

That weight reduction was thanks to new materials used in the construction, from magnesium to acetate, and carbon fiber. Personally, I’ve never found the weight to be an issue with my LCD-3’s, but the change to carbon fiber from steel for the headband will be a nice change for comfort.

audeze lcd-5 headphones
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Newly sculpted leather earpads improve the upper midrange frequency response, along with Audeze’s Fluxor magnets, updated Fazor waveguides, and the new Parallel Uniforce voice coils which all add up to what the company calls its most accurate drivers ever.

Audeze also includes an “ultra-high purity cable” and you now get an aluminum carrying case to keep them safe if you travel. That’s a nice upgrade from the pelican-style case that Audeze usually ships with its high-end headphones.

You can order them from Audeze starting today, with shipping starting “early October.”

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