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AV news has been somewhat thin on the ground since Thanksgiving – as is usually the case – but Audeze has recently announced the arrival of new reference audio headphones, the LCD-5, priced at $4,500. We reviewed the LCD-1 earlier this year, which itself comes in at less than a tenth of the price, but Audeze says the new LCD-5 ‘phones set “a new standard for accuracy”. New driver designs comprise ‘Parallel Uniforce’ voice coils and new magnet assemblies.

With minimal reflections, improved frequency response and a more “open” soundstage, the new cans have an impedence 18 Ohms, sensitivity of 90dB, and weigh in at only 420 grams. Targeted at pros and audiophiles, the new headphones are made in California and engineered to provide “unmatched” audio. Ergonomic and aesthetic features include acoustically designed leather earpads, a carbon fiber suspension headband and an aluminum travel case. The LCD-5 is available on Audeze’s website and through its dealer network.

Accustomed to putting on a splash at CES, LG is planning another extravaganza at the 2022 show in January. A 22,000-square-foot booth gracing the main entrance to the Central Hall at Las Vegas Convention Center will “seamlessly connect” visitors from a physical space to the company’s virtual experience, the latter helped along by augmented reality. The booth will even be made of upcycled, recycled and recyclable materials, we are told.

Using QR codes, visitors will take a self-guided tour through the physical experience, while interacting with the company’s TVs and household products via AR. Some kiosks will feature immersive VR digital art and there will also be the signature curved OLED video wall, as seen in previous years. LG promises that you don’t have to be there to access the same content that attendees will see.

 

 

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