Audeze’s LCD-5s promise to set “a new standard” for headphone accuracy, but they’ll cost you $4,500

Audeze LCD-5
(Image credit: Audeze)

Any set of studio headphones that costs $4,500 better be doing something pretty special, and in the case of the new LCD-5, manufacturer Audeze says that ‘thing’ is setting a whole new standard for accuracy.

These are reference audio headphones that feature Audeze’s own patent-pending Parallel Uniforce voice coils and new magnet assembly. A completely new design, the LCD-5 promises “minimal reflections, improved frequency response, and a more open yet accurate soundstage”.

Of course, these headphones aren’t designed for the consumer market - only industry professionals and obsessive audiophiles are likely to apply - but those who do decide to invest will also get new acoustically designed leather earpads, an improved carbon fibre suspension headband, deep ‘tortoise shell’ acetate rings, an all-new magnesium housing, an audio cable made with high-purity copper and an aluminium travel case.

"Featuring our core technologies while adding some new innovations like our Parallel Uniforce voice coil, the LCD-5 incorporates decades of audio and technology research to deliver all the aspects of a truly reference audio experience," said Audeze CEO Sankar Thiagasamudram.

Check out the Audeze website for more.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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