HIFIMAN Arya vs Audeze LCD-X

HIFIMAN Arya review
vs
Audeze LCD-X review

I have a chance to compare two decent models of open back over hear headphones HiFiMan Arya vs Audeze LCD X of wired design. If you are looking for a quality sound for casual listening, let’s go further.

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Features

With the impedance of 35 Ohm vs 20 Ohm HiFiMan Arya concedes a bit vs Audeze LCD X in the quality of sound with mobile and MP3 players. But the frequency response of Arya is a bit wider vs LCD X with 8Hz-65KHz vs 10Hz-50KHz. When it comes to sensitivity here Arya is again weaker vs LCD X with 90 vs 130 dB.

Sound

I really enjoy the broad soundstage of HiFiMan Arya with an engaging sound, bright and just right at each range. The imaging is clear with an airy effect created by placing the vocals and instruments along the stage to emphasize each one brightly and harmoniously at the same time.

Very tight and thick bass is the bright feature of Audeze LCD X. The mids and highs are also crisp, but the nailed bass and low end is something. Still they are not overwhelming, but very deep and clean. The soundstage is very spacious and at the same time you feel like the sound is in your head.

Comfort and design

HiFiMan Arya is much lighter vs Audeze LCD X with 404 vs 635 g. Still they are very comfortable for long wearing for their large well padded cups with some airflow that prevents warming up your ears. They are unfoldable, bulky, but that is not a surprise for open back over ear headphones that are to be used in a recording studio or at home. The headbands are adjustable. It is thicker padded for Audeze, but both feel nice on the head.

HIFIMAN Arya pros and cons

HIFIMAN Arya pros and cons

Pros

  • Interesting, bright sound reproduction with a broad soundstage and detailed imaging
  • Safe connections with a detachable cable plus an audio cable in a set
  • Comfortable fit with large and well padded cups and lightly padded headband

Cons

  • Look and feel plasticky and unstable

Audeze LCD-X pros and cons

Audeze LCD-X pros and cons

Pros

  • Engaging sound with pumping bass without overwhelming other ranges
  • Not fatiguing for long wear in spite of its heavy weight and bulky design
  • Quality materials and robust design
  • Balanced connection of cables gives more safety and comfort in use

Cons

  • Cumbersome design
  • Leaky sound and no noise isolation for the open back cups

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
HIFIMAN Arya
8
Audeze LCD-X
8.5
7
7
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Common

Product

HIFIMAN Arya
Audeze LCD-X

Model

Arya
LCD-X

Brand

HIFIMAN
Audeze

Reviews

11
40

General

Wearing style

over ear
over ear

Enclosure

open back
open back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

planar magnetic
planar magnetic

Driver size, mm/inches

106/4.1

Impedance, Ohm

35
20

Frequency response, Hz

8Hz-65KHz
10Hz-50KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

0.1

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

90
130

Magnet type

neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

404/14.3
635/22.3

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

150/4.9
190/6.2

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5
3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

App control

Control functions

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

has not
has not

Bluetooth version

has not
has not

aptX

has not
has not

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

has not
has not

Bluetooth profiles

has not
has not

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

has not
has not

Battery life, hrs

has not
has not

Charging time, hrs

has not
has not

Charging port

has not
has not

Charging cable

has not
has not

Speed charge

has not
has not

Battery free listening mode

has not
has not

Battery level indicator

has not
has not

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

has not
has not

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

HIFIMAN Arya
Audeze LCD-X
HIFIMAN Arya
Audeze LCD-X

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8
  • 8.5
  • 8HIFIMAN Arya
  • 8.5Audeze LCD-X

The Audeze LCD-X is better headphones in this comparison. Check Audeze LCD-X price