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Audeze launches its new LCD-GX planar magnetic gaming headphones

By Kenneth Ang - on 8 Oct 2019, 7:57pm

Audeze launches its new LCD-GX planar magnetic gaming headphones

Most of us have probably done a lot of questionable things in life, like trying to balance the light switch between ON and OFF, or waving your hand in front of an automatic door and pretending you were a magician.

But forking out S$1,399 for a pair of gaming headphones makes all that look tame by comparison. Well, that's how much Audeze's new LCD-GX gaming headphones cost. Granted, that's not much by audiophile, and especially Audeze, standards but these may just be among the most expensive gaming headphones out there. 

The set first debuted at High End Munich 2019 earlier in May, but it has since gone on sale at AV One and Lazada.

The LCD-GX is the spiritual successor to Audeze's previous award-winning Mobius, delivering better resolution and clarity "for the serious audiophile gamer", or so they claim. It features their trademark magnesium construction with Fluxor magnets and Uniforce diaphragms, allowing for unparalled immersion and transient responses. 

The headphones also pack advanced LCD planar magnetic drivers that are supposedly 2-4 times the size of those found in other sets, making it ideal not just for gaming but for listening, creating and editing audio as well. Planar magnetic drivers still aren't that common in gaming headphones, and other than the Audeze Mobius, there's probably only the Cloud Orbit and Orbit S from HyperX, which Audeze also collaborated on. 

Comfort hasn't been sacrificed either and the headset comes with memory foam ear cups, a lightweight magnesium frame, a weight-reducing suspension headband, and a detachable microphone with a flexible gooseneck cable and mute button. To be entirely honest, if it was priced anything under three big ones, I might have given it some serious thought, but hey, don't let my opinions stop you from snagging a pair!

Gaming headphones aren't traditionally associated with sound quality, since many of them tend to prioritise the booming bass of explosions over everything else. The LCD-GX is one of the few exceptions to that, and it also features an open-back design for a wider soundstage.

The LCD-GX ships with its own travel case and a choice of two different types of cable. You can use the 1/8" TRRS connector with any device with a 3.5mm jack, but there's also a dual 1/8" splitter if you need separate inputs for the headphone and microphone.

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