Audiophiles seeking the ultimate sound from in-ear headphones can try this new generation set from Audeze.
The Californian hi-fi manufacturer, which created the world’s first planar magnetic in-ear headphones, has now released the ultimate luxury version, the LCDi4.
At a whopping US$2500 a pair, they’re not going to be on too many people’s shopping lists – but they are unlike anything else on the market in terms of sound performance and portability.
“Planar magnetic” is a means of sound reproduction that uses a thin, clear film printed with a charged circuit that produces sound vibrations as it is pushed and pulled between two magnetic arrays on either side of the film.
The new LCDi4 uses the same technology as the company’s LCD-4 headphones including the material used for the film. But the sound quality is described by the makers as even more real.
As the cutaway image above shows, the LCDi4 uses an ultra-thin diaphragm and Audeze’s patented technologies including the Fluxor magnets and Uniforce voice coil technology.
The distortion (THD) is less than 0.1 per cent overall – even at high volumes – and the ear buds weigh a mere 12 grams each side. They feature a magnesium top housing and premium, braided cable made of silver-plated OCC copper with Kevlar threads for additional strength.