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Audeze LCD-XC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones Kit with Grace m900 Headphone Amp (Leather)

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Audeze LCD-XC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones Kit with Grace m900 Headphone Amp (Leather)
Key Features
  • Headphones with Portable Amp
  • For Mixing, Mastering, Reference Hi-Fi
  • Closed-Back, Circumaural Design
  • Neodymium Planar Magnetic Transducers
This Audeze LCD-XC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones Kit with Grace m900 Headphone Amp from B&H bundles a pair of closed-backed headphones with a portable headphone amp to create a premium on-the-go listening experience for production, mixing, mastering, or pure hi-fi enjoyment.
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Audeze LCD-XC Overview

This Audeze LCD-XC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones Kit with Grace m900 Headphone Amp from B&H bundles a pair of closed-backed headphones with a portable headphone amp to create a premium on-the-go listening experience for production, mixing, mastering, or pure hi-fi enjoyment.

Audeze LCD-XC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones Creator Package (Leather)

Professional engineers and music aficionados looking for detail and transparency without disturbing their neighbors will be thrilled by the leather Audeze LCD-XC Headphones Creators Package, a pair of high-performance reference planar magnetic headphones designed for professional mixing, mastering, and reference level personal hi-fi listening when connected to a low-powered external headphone amplifier or portable device. The creator package includes a single 1/4" to dual 4-pin mini XLR cable and an economy travel case.

The headphones are sensitive enough to be driven by portable music players such as a smartphone or tablet. Instead of utilizing traditional dynamic cone drivers, the headphones implement a neodymium planar magnetic transducer design to deliver a frequency response of 10 to 50 kHz with a THD of less than 0.1%, an impedance of 20 ohms, an efficiency of 100 dB per 1 mW, and a total output SPL of over 130 dB when driven by 5 watts. The closed-back earcups are made from anodized aluminum rings with open-cell foam that's covered in lambskin leather. The Audeze LCD-XC are handmade in the USA.

Planar Magnetic Technology
Planar magnetic technology differs from traditional dynamic cone designs by suspending a thin lightweight diaphragm within a parallel plane comprised of an array of magnets. The diaphragm is much lighter when compared to a traditional dynamic cone and has a printed circuit spread across a thin film substrate on the surface of the diaphragm as opposed to a cone attached to a voice coil. When the audio signal from the amplifier reaches the circuit, it magnetizes the diaphragm within the field and produces sound.
Performance
The benefits of a planar magnetic design include faster transient response due to the lighter diaphragm, a wide frequency with low distortion, better heat dissipation, fewer moving parts for greater durability without the kind of sonic degradation for which cones are susceptible, and better amplifier compatibility because the circuit functions as an almost entirely restive load.
Neodymium Magnets
The magnetic structure creates a uniform magnetic field across the diaphragm without the need for additional ferromagnetic material traditionally found in other planar headphones to remove magnetic interference, reduce harmonic distortion, and lower overall weight. The headphones also feature Audeze's patent-pending Fazor elements that guide and manage the flow of sound through the earcups for a more enveloping sound stage and improved frequency extension.
UPC: 819343013864
Grace Design m900 Compact, Portable Headphone Amp, DAC, and Preamp

The Grace Design m900 is a compact, portable headphone amplifier, DAC, and preamp, well suited for audio professionals, music enthusiasts, or anyone looking for transparent playback from USB, S/PDIF, or TOSLINK sources. For small DAW setups, the m900 provides the same analog and DAC quality as Grace Design's large monitor controllers, but in a rugged, portable, and surprisingly affordable unit.

The heart of the Grace Design m900 features the latest generation AKM 4490 chip, which includes 32-bit processing and support for sample rates up to 384 kHz or DSD256. The USB interface operates in asynchronous mode allowing the m900 to be the clock master, which makes the system immune to USB bus jitter. S/PDIF and TOSLINK inputs enhance any DAW interface with true reference-quality D/A conversion, headphone monitoring, and stereo speaker control.

The intelligent power supply design allows for two power operation modes, Low and High. Low power mode is derived from USB connection 1, which provides bus power along with data, allowing simple operation from a single connection to a computer. High power mode is available by connecting the included 2A USB DC power supply to USB connector 2, which provides additional power for high-impedance headphones.

The Grace Design m900 utilizes trans-impedance amplifier topology coupled to a zero-ohm output impedance driver for headphone performance that is spacious and transparent with a tight, enveloping low end, while the latest generation cross-feed circuit rounds out the design by emulating an acoustic listening environment in the headphones. The Grace Design m900 ships with a 2A USB power supply and two USB Type-B mini-cables (6' and 10'.)

  • USB, S/PDIF and TOSLINK digital inputs, supports up to 192 kHz (TOSLINK up to 96 kHz)
  • Asynchronous USB interface for jitter free computer audio playback, supports up to 384 kHz PCM and DSD256
  • Dual zero-ohm output impedance headphone outputs
  • Unbalanced level controlled outputs via RCA for connecting to a stereo monitor system
  • Compact, portable chassis perfect for travel, desktop or studio
  • Low power mode via USB Bus power
  • High power mode via included USB 2A power supply
  • Four different DAC filter settings to tailor playback performance to personal preference
  • Simple user setup menu for setup and calibration
  • Display: 7-segment LED displays level and setup menu information
  • Large rotary encoder for volume control and setup menu navigation
  • Made in the USA
  • 5-year transferable warranty
UPC: 823821009003

Audeze LCD-XC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones Creator Package (Leather) Specs

Headphone
Earpiece DesignOver-Ear (Circumaural), Closed-Back
Earpiece SwivelNot Specified by Manufacturer
Earpiece Connection / Wearing StyleHeadband
FoldableNo
Driver TypePlanar
Driver Size4.2" / 106 mm
Magnet TypeNeodymium
Impedance20 Ohms
Active Noise CancellationNo
Performance
Frequency Response10 Hz to 50 kHz (Wired)
Sensitivity100 dB
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)130 dB
Maximum Power Handling5000 mW
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)0.1%
Wired Connectivity
Audio Connector to Source1 x 1/4" TRS Male Straight
Cable DesignY-Type, Braided
Audio Connector to Earpiece2 x Mini XLR 4-Pin Female
Cable Length6.2' / 1.9 m
Physical
ColorBlack
Water ResistanceNone
Weight1.5 lb / 677 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.555 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.3 x 11.4 x 9.4"

Grace Design m900 Compact, Portable Headphone Amp, DAC, and Preamp Specs

ConnectorsInputs
Digital Inputs: S/PDIF and TOSLINK
USB Power: Micro-USB 5 V, 2 A (high power input)
USB Data: Micro-USB 2.0 (for data, signal, bus power input)

Output
Stereo Line Outputs: RCA (L/R)
Headphone: 2 x 1/4" / 6.35 mm
Display7-segment LED
THD + NTHD+N 1 kHz, 22 Hz - 22 kHz BW
@1.0 V Out, No Load: <0.002%
@1.0 V Out, 32 Ohms Load: <0.010%
Intermodulation DistortionIntermodulation Distortion SMTPE/DIN 4:1 50 Hz, 7 kHz
@1.0 V Out, No Load: <0.008%
@1.0 V Out, 32 Ohms load: <0.009%
Frequency Response ± 3dBFs=96 kHz: 0.5 Hz to 45.9 kHz
Dynamic Range20 Hz to 22 kHz Bandwidth: 112 dB
20 Hz to 22 kHz Bandwidth and A-Weighting Filter: 115 dB
Output Noise20 Hz to 22 kHz, Volume = 0-90: -106 dBV
A-Weighting Filter, Volume = 0-90: -109 dBV
20 Hz to 22 kHz, Volume = 90.5-99.5: -96 dBV
A-Weighting Filter, Volume = 90.5-99.5: -98 dBV
Crosstalk100 Hz: <107 dB
1 kHz: <98 dB
20 kHz: <72 dB
AttenuationAttenuation Range: 0 to -99 dB, 0.5 dB steps
AccuracyChannel Tracking Accuracy: ±0.05 dB
Maximum Output LevelMaximum Output Level, No load
Low Power Mode: +14.1 dBV (5.1 V)
High Power Mode: +15.5 dBV (6.0 V)
ImpedanceHeadphone Output: 0.08 Ohms
Line Output: 47.5 Ohms
Lock RangeS/PDIF
44.1 kHz: 43870-45420 Hz
48 kHz: 46590-49220 Hz
88.2 kHz: 87760-90830 Hz
96 kHz: 93520-98430 Hz
176.4 kHz: 175700-181640 Hz
192 kHz: 187050-196380 Hz

TOSLINK
44.1 kHz: 43900-45410 Hz
48 kHz: 46590-49190 Hz
88.2 kHz: 87840-90830 Hz
96 kHz: 93520-97530 Hz

USB Supported Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384 kHz
Power ConsumptionMax, High Power Mode: 8.0 W
Max, Low Power Mode: 2.5 W
Power ModeHeadphone Output Power
Low Power Mode

1 Channel Driven
4 Ohms: 80 mW
8 Ohms: 140 mW
16 Ohms: 310 mW
20 Ohms: 350 mW
32 Ohms: 600 mW
50 Ohms: 560 mW
300 Ohms: 83 mW
600 Ohms: 40 mW

2-Channels Driven
4 Ohms: 22 mW
8 Ohms: 45 mW
16 Ohms: 90 mW
20 Ohms: 100 mW
32 Ohms: 175 mW
50 Ohms: 280 mW
300 Ohms: 83 mW
600 Ohms: 40 mW

High Power Mode

1 Channel Driven
4 Ohms: 925 mW
8 Ohms: 1800 mW
16 Ohms: 1900 mW
20 Ohms: 1575 mW
32 Ohms: 1020 mW
50 Ohms: 680 mW
300 Ohms: 115 mW
600 Ohms: 57 mW

2-Channels Driven
4 Ohms: 240 mW
8 Ohms: 490 mW
16 Ohms: 940 mW
20 Ohms: 1030 mW
32 Ohms: 950 mW
50 Ohms: 650 mW
300 Ohms: 115 mW
600 Ohms: 57 mW

Dimensions4.0 x 5.3 x 1.8" / 101.6 x 133.4 x 45.7 mm
WeightNot specified by manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.325 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.35 x 10.3 x 4.5"

Audeze LCD-XC Reviews

Outperforms all of my closed back headphones.

By Clarence
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-23

Outperforms my other closed backs--Ether C Flows, Aeons and Fostex. Not as wide a soundstage as my open backs, for obvious reasons, but still are spacious. They're heavy but not uncomfortable, and I replaced the pads with Dekoni Fenestrated Sheepskins. They require a lot of power to drive. I have headphone amps including tubes, but I test drove them on simply the Audioquest Dragonfly Cobalt, and they sounded great!

Simply The Finest

By Charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-07-11

Wow what a good sound and the attention to detail on these hp's is very good, just got them I've been looking for a really good closed back headphone and to my ears these are the best sounding, the level of quality, tonal balance and transparency of these hp's are second to none. They come with a new cable not that old Audeze ribbon type cable, and this new cable is much more attractive. Also the headband has changed these are weighty hp's for sure but very balanced. The sq of these hp's are something you really need to hear simply amazing sounding, I'm very pleased with this purchase and feel the LCD-XC's are a must have for anyone who enjoys their music..enjoy

Stunning!!!!!!!!

By GhostlyFour
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-02-14

Used to have the best Stax phones, twice!, and the Audeze beats them hands down!

It’s ok

By Tim
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-24

I like fast B&H shipping. But it took 5weeks to get it after order. I think Audeze didn’t ship it to the B&H for a while. Compare to sennheiser hd 800s: I own it, I like the hd 800s way better than this product with the sound quality. The reason I ordered this product was I don’t like open back for hd800s. This product is ok to listen to all music, but it’s not that surprised with the price.

It’s ok this headphone

By Tim
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-24

I like fast B&H shipping. But it took 5weeks to get it after order. I think Audeze didn’t ship it to the B&H for a while. Compare to sennheiser hd 800s: I own it, I like the hd 800s way better than this product with the sound quality. The reason I ordered this product was I don’t like open back for hd800s. This product is ok to listen to all music, but it’s not that surprised with the price.

Great Sounding Headphones

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-27

I have had these for a week or so and they are great sounding headphones. I am using a Burson conductor V2+ to power it and it does a great job. Listening to Cat Stevens Tea for a Tillerman on Vinyl sounds great, as does other music I am listening to . Still testing and trying different music, in which I am hearing things that I never heard before. These headphone are a must!!!

Fantastic!!!

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-07

I've owned dozens of headphones. My favorite setup prior to these was my Sony MDR-z7 paired with the PHA-3 amp, run with balanced cables. To me, that was the best combination of excellent sound and separation while still being flat out fun to listen to. I was in a bind and had to sell it. I am so stinkin' glad I did. I was in a position to go back to my audio-crack (headphone addict...you know who you are) and was able to pick these up. I have to have closed back due to my living situation and 5 kids. Besides the presentation and amazing build quality, these were impressive out of the box and even plugged directly in. Better separation and detail than the Sony's, truer soundstage, and still bass body enough to keep fun. In fact, the accuracy (without the harshness) made these even more fun as I just got lost in the music again. I knew I had to pair with an amp, but budget would be tight (I mean, these are cheap). The Aune x1s did a very good job, and is probably the better budget option. I did venture to get a Jotunheim, for balanced, and I liked it, but something in the signature just didn't sound as smooth and natural as these should sound. Then, I tried the Fostex HPA4BL. I am so glad I did! Great build and, to me, the better pairing than the Jot. It just sounded more natural and smoother. I've said enough, but regardless of your amp choice (or not...I do use a USB-C adapter straight into my iPad Pro 11 when not at my desk, and sound fantastic), I just can't imagine being disappointed with these cans. There is a weight, but it's distributed well. Plus, you should feel like something substantial is embracing your cranium if you're gonna have a mental glitch (wife speak) enough to spend this kind of money. P.S. - They do sound fantastic with movies on my upgraded iMac and mixing. Out.

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Is this the 2021 version with 6 magnets instead of 8?
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The Audeze LCD-XC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones Creator Package that we have in stock is the most recent version available from the manufacturer.
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