Probably best known as a manufacturer of full-size headphones that utilise planar magnetic driver technology to create thin and lightweight units with the voice coil printed into them, Audeze recently became the first company to repeat
the trick by including the driver technology on its range of in-ear headphones – most notably in the shape of the iSINE 10. Reviewed on these very pages back in issue 423, we were very impressed and consequently issued a Recommended badge. So expectations are suitably high for the newly released LCDi4.
Described by the maker as: “The end game in-ear headphone for music lovers”, the £2,400 LCD-i4 uses the same 0.5 micron-thick diaphragm as the LCD-4, which is described as being the width of a white blood cell. It’s claimed to offer a wide and accurate soundstage with superior transients, bass response that’s flat down to 5Hz and an impedance of 35ohm, which means that it should be used with a high-quality headphone amplifier – but then at this price would you seriously consider using anything else?
Additional strength has been added to the iSINE-style housing, thanks to a new magnesium outer half, and the design claims to result in a greater degree of bass impact.
Weighing in at just 12g per side, the LCDi4 also comes with a braided cable constructed from silver-plated OFC copper with Kevlar threads for extra strength. Optional extra cables terminated with 4-pin XLR and 2.5mm TRRS-balanced connectors will be available to buy soon. To find out more, click here.
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