We had a small local meet last weekend at which we had three LCD-2s being present. One was calico’s, who’s the master of wood housing headphones. The other was my friend Mike’s LCD-2. And lastly is the Audeze LCD-2 at my possession, which belongs to Peter. We were mainly testing how the Burson HA-160 pairs with the LCD-2, and there was also a DAC-less HA-160 in addition to the HA-160D. Quite a good synergy, and I think Mike liked the Burson so much with Rock that he’s considering of buying a HA-160D. I would agree too. One of the best amps for Rock, paired with one of the best headphones for Rock.
Here are the photos of the three LCD-2 versions. Enjoy.
The newer grill have an “A” letter design embedded. The wood finishing has a light clear coat for a more maintenance-free use.
The older style grill. The wood housing is free from clear-coat. Requires polishing every once in a while, but classier looking.
Differences also include headband foam and the Grado-style rod.
Pads differences. Probably due to the pads being hand-built. Also notice the different connectors used. The newest one had a connector that sticks out of the housing.
This one has a slightly different left/right thickness of the pads.
This is the earliest version, and had the best built pads.
Different cable connectors. This is the older style.
This is the newer style.
The newer headband pads from up close. Also notice the smoother, more rounded metal block holding the housing rods.
The older style.
This one is quite unfortunate. Different left/right pad thickness, and the steel band that holds the headphone cup has finishing defects (the right side — corossion behind the paint, perhaps?).
The older style has a hole in the housing. Not sure what it’s for.
Different mini-XLR connectors. The newer style on the right is better looking and has a better spring-locking mechanism.