Audeze LCD-3 Headphones

Audeze LCD-3 Headphones

Not many American high-end start-ups have made such a splash as Audeze. Founded a mere ten years ago, the decade has cemented Audeze's place among the very best, brightest and innovative of headphone manufacturers.

Audeze arrived on the scene at just the right time—at the genesis of mass market smartphones, mobile music, streaming, and headphones/earphones in general. Musical kismet. 

The LCD-3 is the natural development from Audeze's original headphone, the legendary LCD-1.  The back story from Audeze's About page reads as follows: Audeze’s origins go back to 2008 when founders Sankar Thiagasamudram and Alexander Rosson met engineer Pete Uka who developed specialized flexible circuit materials for NASA. They quickly realized the material might be perfect for headphones. That’s when Dragoslav Colich, who has 30+ years’ experience in designing planar drivers, joined the team as CTO to create the LCD-1 headphone.

Audiophilia reports on the VPI: I’m NOT Going to CES, NJ Party!

Audiophilia reports on the VPI: I’m NOT Going to CES, NJ Party!

Displeasure at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has been building over the years by those involved in high-end audio. High-end's presence has dwindled to about 1 floor, while at the same time the show has been expanded to include everything ‘consumer’ from gaming to self-driving cars and robots. When one peruses the ‘About’ section on the 2018 CES website, there is not one mention of high-end audio (e.g. speakers, amplifiers, turntables, DACs, etc.).

The cost for a manufacturer to display its wares has skyrocketed—I have heard of room prices as high as $500 per night! Distributors and dealers of high-end audio have for the most part abandoned CES, and thus, so have most high-end audio companies. Even the high-end audio media has pulled back its participation. For example, in a January 9 article in Stereophile, written by Jon Iverson, it is stated that this year, ‘we are running a skeleton crew ....Where in the past we’ve focused mainly on new product announcements, this year we’ll try to cover everyone who made the effort to show up.’