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Meze Audio

Empyrean Headphones

£2,799.00

A blend of premium materials, exquisite craftsmanship and detailing that’s unmistakably Meze, Empyrean is one of the most technologically innovative planar magnetic headphones in the world.

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Description

HYBRID ARRAY DRIVER ADVANTAGES

Combines two independently shaped voice coils within the same diaphragm delivering more selective acoustic performance to the various areas within the structure of the ear.

ACCURATE REPRODUCTION

Total harmonic distortion (THD) measures under 0.1% in the whole frequency range

LIGHTWEIGHT

Reduced driver weight designed to create a headphone that offers prolonged listening sessions

ERGONOMIC SHAPE

Ergonomically shaped driver structure with an increased active area

ULTRA-HIGH-RESOLUTION AUDIO

Upper-frequency limit of audio reproduction is 110,000 Hz

ULTRA EFFICIENT

[email protected]/1kHz High performance without needing amplification

PATENT PENDING ISODYNAMIC HYBRID ARRAY DRIVER

World’s first in planar magnetic headphones

Over 30 years of research and development have led to the creation of the first Isodynamic Hybrid Array driver. Meze Audio have collaborated with Rinaro to create a new standard in planar magnetic audio, the resulting technology being one of the lightest and most advanced planar magnetic drivers on the market.

The Empyrean Driver combines individual switchback and spiral-shaped voice coils, their unique shapes allowing sound to be targeted with more accuracy around the natural form of the ear. This unique combination generates an increased exposure of direct sound wave frequencies over the 10kHz range and improves imaging and localization by decreasing the impact of shortwave time delays caused by diffused field reflections.

AUDIBLE BENEFITS OF A DUAL DRIVEN SYSTEM

One of the problems with conventional planar magnetic arrays is coming from reflected signals entering the ear canal with different time delays, thereby worsening the focus of 3D sound imaging.
Combining different voice coil configurations makes it possible to create a better sound intensity distribution across the sound wavefront at high frequencies when directed at the auricle and ear canal.

ISOPLANAR® DIAPHRAGM MATERIAL

The diaphragm is manufactured from a custom developed isotropic thermally stabilized polymer with a conductive layer. Through unique processing methods, an ultralight yet rigid diaphragm has been achieved.

SWITCHBACK COIL

The switchback coil is more efficient at reproducing lower frequencies and is positioned in the upper part of the driver.

SPIRAL COIL

The spiral coil is more efficient at reproducing middle-high frequencies and is positioned directly over the ear canal enabling more direct sound waves to enter the ear without any time delays.

AN ERGONOMIC APPROACH LEADS TO A NEW WAY OF THINKING

To create an audiophile headphone that is powerful yet light the driver needed to maximize power output while reducing weight as much as possible.

Weight was minimized by optimizing a magnet structure around an ovoid shape that fits the ear more closely. Power output was increased through the use of a completely bespoke coil and magnet array design that optimized the active usable area of the driver within its ovoid shape.

ISOMAGNETIC® EARCUP TO EARPAD COUPLING TECHNOLOGY

An innovative feature is the Isomagnetic® ear cup attachment which utilizes the demagnetizing field generated by the driver to hold the ear cup in place whilst also redirecting the magnetic field back into the driver and improving driver efficiency.

Magnetic field shielding

The ferromagnetic ear pads decrease the magnetic stray field affecting the listeners head.

Increase in driver efficiency

Patented ferromagnetic plates channel the magnetic field back into the driver, increasing output.

Invisible locking system

Innovative use of the magnetic field of the drivers to fix the earcups in place.

STRAY FIELD REDUCTION FROM ISOMAGNETIC® PLATE COUPLING

Patented ferromagnetic plates channel the demagnetizing field back into the driver increasing efficiency by 1db or 12% and deflect 95% of stray fields away from the head.

ISODYNAMIC DRIVER MANUFACTURED BY RINARO

Each driver has been hand assembled and tested in an industrial facility in Ukraine.

ACCESSORIES

• Case: High-strength aluminum suitcase with foam inserts
• Two sets of earpads included: one real leather, one Alcantara
• Cable options:
– 3m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 6.3 jack connector
or
– 1.3m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 3.5 jack connector
or
– 3m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 4 pin XLR connector

*Vegan option available upon request.

EMPYREAN TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Driver Type – Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array
  • Operating Principle – Open
  • Ear Coupling – Circumaural
  • Frequency Response – 4 – 110,000 Hz
  • Impedance – 31,6 Ω
  • Nominal SPL – 100 dB (1 mW / 1 kHz)
  • Maximum SPL – > 130 dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) – < 0.1%
  • Weight ~ 430 g

MZ3 DRIVER SPECIFICATIONS

PHYSICAL

  • Geometrical Shape – Ovoid
  • Size – 102 mm x 73 mm
  • Weight – 82 g
  • Casing – Fiberglass Infused ABS
  • DIAPHRAGM
  • Type – Rinaro ISOPLANAR®
  • Active Area – 4650 mm2
  • Weight – 0.16 g
  • Acoustic Mass – 10.7 kg/m4
  • Lower Frequency Limit – 4 Hz
  • Upper-Frequency Limit – 110.000 Hz

MAGNET ARRAY

  • Type – Isodynamic
  • Size – 75 mm x 49 mm
  • Magnetic Flux – 0.35 T
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Meze Audio

It all started when Antonio was searching for a pair of headphones that he could relate to, in the same way he felt connected to his Fender Stratocaster guitar. An object to pour his passion for music in. An object full of personality and life, which also incorporates the attributes of a high-end technology.

Meze Audio was founded in 2011 in Baia Mare, Romania. We started small, acquiring knowledge by experimenting with parts already on the market, searching and researching for the right materials and engineering solutions in the quest for the perfect sound and feel. Our breakthrough year was 2015, when, after many years of development, the 99 Classics were launched. They keep receiving awards and nominations that are beyond anyone’s expectations and are placing the 99 at the top of its category. Today all our models, headphones and earphones, are developed in-house from the ground up, in the spirit of our original ‘no-compromise’ vision.

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