Audeze LCD-4Z Headphone ReviewAudeze keeps going from strength to strength (the strength of our bank managers, that is). Ever more glitzy offerings are produced which are sure to exceed the last model at least in terms of price, but does the performance match up? We're sure the folks at Audeze HQ realise that expectations go up along with the levels of cash we're asked to part with, so they'd better have the trousers to go along with the proverbial mouth they're exhibiting..
- Sturdy construction
- Great looks
- Smooth sound for those who want it
- Sub bass is impressive
- Single-ended cable only
- Some may require greater treble presence
Durability and Build QualityThe LCD-4z is built to last, with an all-metal construction. It's weighty, coming in at 610 grams without the cable attached; so along with your brass, it demands a good neck. The cable itself is strong and well constructed. It's a single-ended design ; it would have been good to see a balanced option in there too. The carry case is quite large; much bigger, and we'd have been looking for wheels and a slide out handle for lugging it around. However it's fitting for such a premium model and offers adequate protection should you wish to take it anywhere.
ComfortAs mentioned above, some may be affected by the weight of the LCD-4z during longer listening sessions. Clamping pressure is fairly high, but mitigated by the leather earpads which are soft and comfortable.
Sound CharacteristicsThe Audeze LCD-4z was tested with a Chord Hugo mk.1 as DAC and amp; it's ironic that this is far cheaper than the headphones themselves! A more substantial setup may affect the LCD4z's response somewhat. Overall the LCD-4z has a warm feel to its output, with a sound which is comfortable and luxurious.
- Soundstage and Separation