The company's previous flagship product, the LCD-4, were no slouches (as they were praised by numerous hi-fi blogs and publications as some of the best-sounding headphones you could buy), but they were several years old and the new LCD-5 are miles better in just about every way. The most important thing is that Audeze gave them newly redesigned drivers that, in addition to delivering unparalleled accuracy and sound quality, are also surprisingly easy to drive (although you're still going to want a nice amp to pair with these bad boys).
The new cans also feature sloped leather earpads that actually improved the midrange. The headband is now made of carbon fiber, which makes them significantly lighter and more comfortable to wear. And there's even a new "high-purity" copper cable to ensure you're getting the cleanest possible signal."