Audeze recently revealed the newest member of their LCD series – the Audeze LCD-GX Audiophile Gaming Headphone. Well you weren’t expecting that it would be a “gaming headphone” right? Me neither. Audeze has the Mobius, and it’s a really good multimedia / 3D surround / gaming headphone as well. But there are gamers who are audio enthusiasts as well that may want something more from the company. Something that is not only good for gaming, but it is also really good for listening to music as well. Audeze dubs the LCD-GX as the “world’s first audiophile gaming headphone”. Well, honestly, there are tons of “gaming headphones” in the market today. And I am quite interested to find out what makes the LCD-GX a “gaming headphone” and how does it separate itself from the rest of the gaming headphones currently available in the market. The Audeze LCD-GX will be available starting July 2019 and it will be priced at $899 USD. Check out more details below.
UPDATE: Audeze LCD-GX now available on Amazon.com here and Amazon UK here.
Meet the Audeze LCD-GX Audiophile Gaming Headphone
Just like most of the headphones in the LCD series, the Audeze LCD-GX features Planar magnetic drivers; offering better dynamics and frequency response. It features a 103mm driver that is 4x larger compared to other headphones. Audeze is using their Fluxor Neodymium N50 magnet array paired with the ultra-thin Uniforce diaphragm to deliver “astonishing sound quality and immersion”. I definitely would like to hear its sound quality.
The Audeze LCD-GX features a magnesium housing, paired with memory foam ear pads for comfort and a suspension headband designed to reduce weight and for extended comfort. I personally find it more comfortable with this kind of design, rather than a headband-type. The LCD-GX is also handcrafted in Audeze’s factory in California.
The LCD-GX also features a new single-sided Fluxor magnetic structure that provides high sensitivity and low distortion (100 db /1 mW @ 1Khz), allowing the LCD-GX to work with a wide variety of devices. Since this is basically an audiophile-grade headphone, it is recommended that you pair the LCD-GX with a good DAC and amplifier. You won’t be able to maximize its potential if you just source from a standard headphone out or directly from the PC’s motherboard.
The Audeze LCD-GX includes a detachable cable with a built-in directional, noise-attenuating boom microphone. Perhaps this is what makes this headphone a gaming headphone? We’ll find out soon (hopefully). The microphone cable includes a mute button and flexible gooseneck arm. This allows you to customize or move the microphone freely.
Included in the box are 2 exchangeable cables: the boom mic cable and a standard LCD series cable (for those who don’t always need the boom mic). The boom mic cable terminates with a 1/8” TRRS 4 conductor plug for use with virtually all PCs, Macs, cellphones, etc. There is also a dual 1/8” inch splitter for separate headphone and microphone inputs and a ¼” stereo plug adapter.
Audeze LCD-GX Price and Availability
Audeze announced that the LCD-GX will be available starting July 2019, but it’s still an estimated date. If all goes well, perhaps it may be released early to mid-July. It comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $899 USD. Considering that this is an LCD series and it’s considered to be an audiophile headphone, I am not surprised at how it is priced. I mean there are (way) more expensive audiophile headphones in the market. I just hope sound quality will not be disappointing. Hopefully we’ll be able to audition or perhaps review one in the near future.
Audeze LCD-GX Specifications
- Style: Over-ear, open-back
- Transducer type: Planar magnetic
- Magnetic structure: Single Fluxor magnet array
- Magnet type: Neodymium N50
- Diaphragm type: Ultra-thin Uniforce
- Transducer size: 106 mm
- Maximum power handling: 500mW RMS
- Maximum SPL: >130dB
- Frequency response: 10Hz – 50kHz
- THD: <0.1% @ 100dB Impedance: 20 ohms Sensitivity: 100 dB/1mW (at Drum Reference Point) Minimum power requirement: >100mW
- Recommended power level: >250mW
- Compatible with PC, PS4, Xbox One*, Mac, Mobile**, Nintendo Switch using the 3.5mm connector