New updates for 2018 include slowwww release memory foam pads - very plush - & new suspended headband, for improved comfort. Also includes the new braided cable, which is more durable than the previous flat cable.
The Audeze LCD-XC incorporate the new LCD-X driver technology and higher efficiency into a design that provides good isolation, both of outside noise and for listening without disturbing those nearby. The headphones have a large ear opening and are fairly heavy, but the weight is well distributed, with plenty of contact area on the headband and on the plush, lambskin pads. The leather / Bubinga wood finish looks sweet.
These are one of the best sounding closed headphones available. With high efficiency, they are an excellent reference you can use with a huge variety of sources.
From Audeze: Our patent-pending Fazor elements help guide and manage the flow of sound in the headphone. The result is improved phase response, greater frequency extension, smoother frequency response, and remarkable 3D holographic imaging.
The LCD-XC wood cups are available in hand-worked Bubinga.