AUDEZE LCD-i4 Reference In-Ear heaphone w fluxor magnets + Apple Lightning cable

AD 01 HP LCDI4
NZ$ 3,995.00 ea (incl. GST)
Audeze Headphones

Audeze’s goal is to re-create sound exactly as the artist intended.

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Our goal when designing the LCDi4 was to make the absolute best sounding in-ear experience. We took our award winning LCD-4 design and scaled it down to create an end-game in-ear headphone that is far more portable. 

Designed to give the user a truly wide and accurate soundstage, superior transient response, bass response flat from 900Hz down to 5Hz, the LCDi4s with a single driver deliver a coherency of sound lacking in multi-driver designs. With an impedance of about 35 ohms, it should be used with a high-quality headphone amplifier. 

Exclusive Planar Magnetic Technology

Utilising the same ultra-thin diaphragm that is used in the LCD4s and all our patented technologies like the Fluxor magnets and Uniforce voice coil technology, the LCDi4 ushers in a new benchmark for realism in in-ear headphones. The distortion (THD) is less than 0.1% overall even at high volumes, an amazing achievement for in-ear headphone designs. Weighing 12 grams per side the headphones come with a new magnesium top housing and premium, braided cable made of silver-plated OCC copper with Kevlar threads for additional strength.

Engineered and Handcrafted in our California Factory

Each unit is hand-crafted at our facility in California just for you. The LCDi4s sophisticated driver design features an ultra-thin film that delivers exceptional frequency response and excellent transient behaviour. The thin-film is made using a specialised vacuum deposition process that slowly builds the metal layer that is very malleable. Then each unit is individually assembled with care and matched within +/- 1dB of each other.

Great Sound Comes in Small Packages

To bring the sound of our award-winning LCD Collection to in-ear headphones, we worked closely with our strategic partner Designworks, a BMW Group Company. Every part of the LCDi4 is designed to bring our world-renowned Audeze sound to a global market in a smaller, lighter package.

Great care and attention goes into the production of every one of our LCDi4 headphones, from utilising the finest most comfortable materials that minimise reflections, to the precision hand-craftsmanship in our California facility. The result is a headphone that looks, feels and most importantly sounds like no other.

When you listen to an LCDi4, you are hearing the passion, quality and care we put into every one of our headphones.

Features

Specifications

Reviews

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Features

LCD4 film technology - only 0.5 microns thin
Vibration dampening magnesium housing
Fluxor magnets and Uniforce voice coil design
30mm largest in class planar magnetic driver
Custom silver-plated OCC premium cable
Semi-open design for widest, most accurate soundstage

Audeze Technology
Fluxor magnetic arrays
Uniforce diaphragms

Package Includes
High quality leather travel case
Certificate of authenticity
User guide and warranty
1.2m OCC silver-plated, premium braided cable

Specifications

Style In-ear, universal fit
Transducer type Planar magnetic, semi-open
Magnetic structure Fluxor™ magnetic array
Magnet type Neodymium N50
Diaphragm type Nano-scale Uniforce™
Transducer size 30mm
Sensitivity 105dB/1mW
Maximum power handling 3W
Maximum SPL >120dB
Frequency response 5Hz – 50kHz
THD <0.2%, full spectrum @ 100dB
Impedance 35 Ohms +/-10%
Cable 1.2m OCC silver-plated premium braided cable
Cable connectors 3.5mm stereo plug input, 2-pin plug outputs
Weight 12g (per side)

Reviews

The Audeze LCDi4 Best of the Best - The Audeze LCDi4s are worth every penny asked.
Jeff Dorgay

SUMMARY: Trying to be level headed The Audeze LCDi4s might not be the beginning of your personal audio journey, but they can certainly be the end. Offering such a high degree of tonal neutrality and dynamic range, they can also make for an incredible reference by which to judge any other components you might consider adding or upgrading.
These are certainly this headphone curmudgeon’s favorite headphones, by a considerable margin. Be ready to plunk down your credit card. You won’t be able to un-experience these. The LCDi4s are crazy money, but they are crazy good. Consider yourself warned! 

EXTENDED REVIEW: I must admit, for those of you new to our readership, I’m not a headphone guy. But like the World’s Most Interesting Man, when I do listen to headphones, I listen to Audeze. My journey began with their original LCD-2s, that for me turned my world around and adjusted my attitude. These were finally some headphones that sounded like a great pair of speakers. And they had bass; real bass. Though you’ll never get that punch you in the gut” feel, produced by a big pair of speakers. The extended, defined bass response of the Audeze phones is tough to ignore.

As much as I do not like head - phones, on a boat or a goat, I like inear phones even less. Other than the $4,000 Stereo Pravda’s which is my current favourite, IEMs have been pretty disappointing.

Doing some background reading on the LCDi4 headphones you see here; I noticed that Audeze works with Design - works, who just happen to work with BMW (and I’m a big fan of BMW) and they also have a financing option for the LCDi4s. I’m paying less than that to lease my new BMW i3. That there were high expectations going in, would be putting it mildly. 

Minor grousing 

While the LCDi4s come in a lovely, luxurious case, the USB stick owners’ manual doesn’t clearly explain to someone uninitiated with headphones just how to use those damn ear things, that help hold these relatively large IEMs on your ears. The cable supplied looks to be of high quality, but it’s way too short and presumptuous that you’d want to use headphones this awesome (letting the cat out of the bag here) only with an amplifier limited to a mini jack output. A quick video would be helpful, and a 1/8" to ¼" adapter should be in the box, along with another six feet of cable.

Resisting the urge to sneak a quick listen during the break-in period, the LCDi4s were plugged into an iPhone 5 and looped on a long Tidal playlist to make sure they were broken in. Rustling a proper adapter out of the toolbox, serious listening began in earnest with the Pass HPA-1, the PrimaLuna HP Integrated and a freshly re-capped Marantz 2245 just for giggles. 

Beep beep, yeah! 

The best part of my job is when, after nearly 40 years of being a hi-fi enthusiast and the last 15 listening for a living, is to have my world turned upside down completely. The Audeze LCDi4s are worth every penny asked. Where my other favourites, the Stereo Pravda phones sound like someone put my Focal Sopra no.3s in a shrink machine, the LCDi4s sound like someone put a brand new pair of original Quad 57s and put them in a shrink machine, so you can insert them in your ears. Should you have the chance to audition these phones, make sure you are relaxed, centred and in your happy place. Make sure they are plugged into a fantastic source and headphone amplifier too. Yes, they sound good with a laptop, phone, pad or modest amp, but if you want to fully experience what the LCDi4s are capable of, they need an exceptional source

These phones are the pinnacle of personal listening. If you have a mega two channel hi-fi system that you’d like to take with you wherever you go, the Audeze LCDi4 phones are your ticket to ride. The key word is refinement. These phones offer refinement across the entire audio spectrum that is unmatched anywhere else in the world of portable listening. These phones offer a level of refinement I’ve only heard through few great two channel systems

Where so many headphones produce an overblown, overextended sonic field between your ears, which usually has way too much sonic contrast and saturation, the LCDi4s merely unfold the music as a great two channel system does. Imaging is spot on, and eyes closed, if not for the lack of pants rattling that goes with speakers, the spatial relationships are correct, feeling like there are a pair of large, high-quality speakers in front of me. The longer I listen, the more I swear I hear stuff bounce off the walls in my listening room, but I’m not.

The level of minute detail revealed by the LCDi4s is so enthralling, you will be going back to your favourite recordings to give your ears a tune up. Should you not have a mega two channel system to listen to sans phones, the LCDi4s will open up a new world of listening pleasure. Think of them as a six figure hi-fi system that fits in your pocket.

Further listening While numerous examples of tracks can be listed, the key here is that music sounds correct through the LCDi4s. Tonal, dynamic and spatial cues are so good, within 15 seconds of listening, you completely forget you are listening to headphones. The level of distortion is so low, as it is in a great planar magnetic or ESL speaker, whether you are listening to acoustic instruments, vocalists or crunchy guitars through a wall of Marshall amps, it sounds like music, not like music through electronics, scrunched into some tiny earpieces. This is the way music sounds through a great hifi system.

You simply must hear these to believe them. If like me, the only thing that’s put you off about your full sized, over ear Audeze phones is their size and weight, this is the variation on the theme you’ve been waiting for. Much as I love my LCD-2s, I can only keep those big things on my head for so long. Good as they are, they still lack the ultimate level of refinement and transparency that the LCDi4 does.

Like a pair of fine loudspeakers, the better your system, the better the LCDi4s will render your music collection. Jacked into my reference system, they were not out of place using the dCS Rossini DAC and clock for digital tracks and the Grand Prix Audio Monaco 2.0 turntable we recently re - viewed, via the Pass XS Phono. Chan - netting nearly $150,000 worth of source components through the Pass HPA-1 is a visceral experience, to say the least. 

Trying to be level headed The Audeze LCDi4s might not be the beginning of your personal audio journey, but they can certainly be the end. Offering such a high degree of tonal neutrality and dynamic range, they can also make for an incredible reference by which to judge any other components you might consider adding or upgrading.

These are certainly this headphone curmudgeon’s favorite headphones, by a considerable margin. Be ready to plunk down your credit card. You won’t be able to un-experience these. The LCDi4s are crazy money, but they are crazy good. Consider yourself warned.

Videos

LCDi4 from Start to Finsh