Audeze LCD-XC Closed Back Headphones

Special Price $1,299.00 Regular Price $1,799.00
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Features the new steel and leather suspension headband.

The LCD-XC headphones are Audeze's first closed-back headphone. Researched and developed for many years, it features exclusive Fazor technology. We recommend this classic headphone with Audeze-quality sound for a more exclusive experience in noisy environments.

Drew recommends the Black Dragon Premium headphone cable V2 for Audeze as his Top Cable Choice for the LCD-XC.

No Travel Case included anymore.

Engineered and handcrafted in the Audeze California factory

The LCD-XC headphone is thoroughly engineered and meticulously hand-built using the finest, most luxurious materials combined with cutting-edge planar magnetic technology. The new LCD steel & leather suspension headband provides comfort for hours of listening pleasure. You can pair the LCD-XC with portable devices, but it sounds best driven by a quality amplifier.

Exclusive LCD-XC planar magnetic technology

Acoustically engineered for accuracy
Audeze’s innovative planar magnetic technology delivers clear and accurate sound that reveals everything on the recording.

Diaphragms thinner than a human hair
We use space-age materials in an ultra-thin diaphragm 4X larger than typical headphones for fast response times, dramatically reduced distortion, higher resolution, and improved imaging.

Near zero distortion
Double-sided magnet arrays deliver a uniform driving force across the entire diaphragm for near zero distortion.

Internal soundguides
Patented Fazor™ elements guide internal headphone soundwaves to avoid resonances for a more accurate waveform.

Industrial Design by Audeze

You’ll be proud of how the LCD-XC looks and sounds; it’s imbued with sophisticated looks and beautiful earcups that are manufactured at our facility. The quality of the entire structure guarantees years of trouble-free listening. Our cutting-edge designs and circuit technologies have created a breathtakingly beautiful sounding headphone.

Why the Black Dragon V2 Premium over the Silver Dragon V3 Premium for the Audeze LCD-X headphones?

The LCD-X and LXD-XC headphones have more treble extension over the LCD-2 and LCD-3. Thus, the smoother characteristics of the Black Dragon V2 Premium makes more sense. The Silver Dragon V3 Premium cable is a great choice as well, but for Drew's genre preferences in music, it really comes down to the end result of the music that you are passionate and listen to most often and which cable provides the best compliment to your music.

The LCD-XC is a planar magnetic design with an optimized diaphragm trace pattern that extracts the maximum volume from lower-powered amplifiers and portable devices. It’s been said the LCD-XC is the most neutral of all our headphones; they’re used by sound engineers and musicians alike to create the most accurate productions. The X and XC are sensitive enough to be driven directly by portable players like iPods, iPhones, and some of the better smartphones. You’ll enjoy a better sonic experience using an external amp, just as with the LCD-2 and LCD-3. Impedance is 20 ohms.

"The Black Dragon V2 Premium Headphone Cable really smooths out the high energy top end while tightening up and controlling the bottom end or bass and it also makes the mid-range more musical," Drew Baird, P.E., President of Moon Audio.

Feel free to contact us if more guidance is needed to make a decision.

Drew recommends the Black Dragon V2 Premium Headphone Cable for Audeze as the best upgrade option for the Audeze LCD-X headphones.

Moon Audio has also created the Silver Dragon V3 Headphone Cable or the Silver Dragon V3 Premium Audeze Headphone Cable as upgrade options for the Audeze LCD-X headphones.

For best quality sound, Drew recommends: the Dragon Inspire IHA-1 Headphone Amplifier or the Pass Labs HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier.

LCD-XC is the most neutral of all the LCD Collection, explaining its popularity with audiophiles, recording engineers and musicians alike, for its clarity and fast, accurate dynamics. The XC is sensitive enough to be driven directly by portable players and smartphones but an external amplifier produces better results. The closed-back design provides very good isolation and full and athoritative bottem end. 

The LCD-XC transducer is specifically designed to work with a wide variety of driving sources. From portable players to studio use, the LCD-XC provides high volume without a headphone amplifier even though all LCD-series products benefit from a high-quality amp.

The LCD-XC earcups are made from polished anodized aluminum with sloped ear pads of either premium lambskin leather or a leather-free super-suede microfiber fabric. The earpads are designed with specially-crafted foam offering the proper firmness and acoustic balance.

Each LCD-X includes

  • 2.5m 1/4in to dual 4-pin mini-XLR cable
  • 3.5mm to 1/4in stereo adapter

  • White box headphone case or Pelican Travel Case for an additional $125 (if added)

  • Warranty documents 


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The technical specifications of the LCD-XC are as follows:

  • Style: Circumaural - closed
  • Transducer type: Planar magnetic
  • Magnetic structure: Proprietary self-closing design, acoustically transparent
  • Magnet type: High-grade Neodymium
  • Transducer active diaphragm area: 39.8 sq cm(6.17 sq in)
  • Maximum power handling: 15 W (for 200 ms)
  • Sound pressure level (SPL): >130 db with 15 W
  • Frequency response: 5 Hz - 20 KHz, usable high-frequency extension of 50 KHz
  • Total harmonic distortion (THD): Less than 1% throughout entire frequency range
  • Impedance: 22ohms, purely resistive
  • Efficiency: 95dB/1 mW
  • Optimal power requirement: 1-4 W
  • Cable length (both): 2.5 m (8.2 ft)

Warranty is 1 year for parts, 3 years for drivers from date of purchase.

Warranty is ONLY valid if product is purchased from an authorized dealer.

Moon Audio is an Authorized Dealer for Audeze headphones.

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Audeze LCD-XC a fine upgrade to LCD-2
I chose this model to replace my LCD-2. The sound is excellent and the closed back design blocks outside noise as expected. The lower price is greatly appreciated.
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May 31, 2019
4 months ago
Everything you could want in a closed-back headphone!
If you're looking for a closed-back headphone to block out external noise and deliver amazing sound, this is the one! I'm hearing things I've never heard before in music I've been listening to for decades! The bass is powerful, but controlled. The midrange is analytical and clear. The high-end is sweet and airy!
2 notes:
* They are heavy, but it's not noticeable when wearing them.
* Get the BLACK DRAGON cable! It will remove the brightness from the high end, punch up the bass even more, and warm up what can otherwise be a very bright sounding headphone.
May 28, 2019
Awesome headphones! Great deal great sound
May 31, 2018
Excellent customer service!
Martin provided excellent customer service, found me the product, and kept me posted with status updates the whole time! Very happy about the purchase!
December 26, 2017
I just love this headphone. Little heavier but that feels like great build quality. Surrounds my skull with beautiful music. Leather pads are so thick it's wonderful. If you're interested in the bass. Its lush.
December 15, 2017
So nice, I bought them twice!
This is my second pair of LCD-XC (gave my beloved first pair to a fellow music devotee) as closed-format headphones don�t get any better than these. Of course, I bought the second LCD-XC�s (along with many favorite accessories) through Moon Audio and would highly recommend both to anyone passionate about music!
November 11, 2017
Silver Dragon Premium - "A cable that REALLY makes a difference!"
I was never a big believer in the big improvements that upgrade cables supposedly made. Sure, I heard differences but they were basically steps sideways as opposed to upward. However, the Silver Dragon V3 has made a significant improvement in the sound of my Audeze LCD-XC. Imaging and clarity are better, and everything is in more clear focus than with the stock cable. Music sounds more open and "breathes" more freely. A special thanks to Drew for helping me select a cable best suited to my needs and musical tastes.
June 4, 2014
BEST with the Silver Dragon V3 headphone cable
OMG...all I can say is the Audeze LCD-XC w/ the Silver Dragon V3 headphone cable, the AK100 and the RSA71B is an absolutely astounding rig. My favorite portable one... for now.

Thanks for all your help. I am already anticipating the return of the stuff I just sent you, all cabled up.
- David
February 15, 2014
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