The Audeze LCD-2 Classic (LCD-2C) offers the iconic bass response associated with the brand while incorporating the features users of the original LCD-2 know and love.
Maximum volume: greater than 130 dB
Frequency response: 10Hz to 50kHz
Impedance; 70 ohms
Weight: 544 grams
Comes with 1.9m 1/4 inches to dual 4-pin mini-XLR cable
Hardy travel case for protection while in transit
Has the iconic Audeze sound
Audeze has made a name in the industry for its bespoke, high-quality headphones. Their earliest offering in the headphones department was LCD-2, which was then improved upon and superseded by the LCD-2C.
In the LCD-2Cs, Audeze removed the Fazor Wave Guidance technology deployed in modern LCD-2s, which brings the Classic much closer to the original sound and pairs well with rock and more contemporary genres.
These open-back headphones come in a sturdy design, thanks to their stainless steel and aluminum body.
As can be expected with robust headphones, they can be pretty weighty at a little more than 500 grams. “Are they comfortable though?”, I hear you say.
The short answer is yes – the company’s patented over-head suspension design has been engineered (and engineered again) with an emphasis on providing maximum comfort to the listener.
If you are looking for high-end headphones, then the Susvara should be at the top of your list with its $6,000+ price tag.
Maximum volume: 83 dB
Frequency response: 6 Hz to 75 kHz
Impedance: 60 ohms
Weight: 450 grams
Window Shade system
Attractive and functional Window Shade design
Hybrid earpads for comfort
Extremely steep price tag
Similar to HiFiMAN Arya, the Susvara has the Window Shade system that seeks to prevent boominess while creating a clear and accurate reproduction of sound.
The asymmetric cups combined with the leather-fabric hybrid earpads make for an extremely comfortable experience despite the weight.
One of the most notable things about this pair is that they offer a very neutral and flat sound. The Susvara is a great upgrade from the more affordable 400SE in terms of design, material, and overall performance.
Because of their similar sound signature, you can expect that these cans can provide a satisfying experience for all genres of music.
While the price tag is up there, with the Susvara you get what you pay for – premium feel, comfort, style, and a premium auditory experience.
Mr. Speakers’ Aeon is a great choice for individuals who want easy options, thanks to its open-back and closed-back variants.
Maximum volume: 93 dB
Frequency response: 10 Hz to 20 kHz
Impedance: 13 ohms
Weight: 340 grams
Open- and closed-back variants
Options for closed or open-back cups
Respectable bass on both
Less compact compared to foldable builds
The Aeon is Mr. Speakers’ effort to fill the sub-$1,000 market after it phased outs previous similarly priced models. The notable thing about Aeon is it comes in two variants: the closed-back and the open-back models.
On both types, the lows are relatively tight and clear, but as expected with planar headphones, the bass is often slightly reduced (more on the open-back model, naturally).
Another difference between the two is that the open variant presents midrange with more body, and also offers more ‘air’ in the top end.
This slight difference can be quite recognizable when listening to music with more vocals and guitars – which predominantly occupy the 3kHz range, give or take.
Not all headphones are built the same, whether they are your regular dynamic cans, electrostatics ones, or planar pairs.
When it comes to build quality, many audio product manufacturers use durable materials such as hard plastics and even metals that can prolong the life of your cans.
However, you need to remember that improper use of amplifiers can result in irreversible damage to your drivers’ diaphragm, especially dynamic ones.
This is not an issue with planars as they handle power a lot better despite having thin diaphragms, so they are more durable in this regard.
How are planar magnetic headphones different from regular headphones?
There are three common types of drivers in the market namely dynamic, electrostatic, and planar magnetic drivers. Dynamic speakers are cheaper, so they are more common.
They work through moving coils and magnets, which when activated, generate an electromagnetic force, causing the voice coil to emit a sound, but only in a limited space.
Electrostatic drivers receive power and apply it to the diaphragm itself to cause movement and create sound. Planar drivers are less common but are now widely used.
They work similarly with dynamic speakers, but with one major difference: it moves a larger portion of the driver.
This is possible through bigger or more magnets than dynamic ones.
What To Look For In Planar Headphones?
If you are looking for planar headphones, you already have one aspect of your search sorted out.
What you need to do is to look for options that offer the sound quality you prefer. Are you fond of brighter sound signatures with a wider sound stage? Or do you prefer darker sounds with more precise imaging?
These aspects can help you decide. Research and auditions are always key to finding the best cans for you, but reviews and guides will definitely work as well to help you get the sound you are looking for.