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Meze Audio

Meze Elite


Meze Audio announces the launch of their newest flagship headphone – ELITE.

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Our Take

With ELITE, we've created something that transcends all barriers of headphone design and engineering and moves to a new, artistic, graceful level. Following in the footsteps of a successful partnership, together with Rinaro Isodynamics we managed to exceed our expectations once again and create something for the ages. It’s not mass production; it’s the craftsmanship that sparks the magic and wonder in ELITE, what makes it exciting, and these are values that we choose over any shortcuts.

Antonio Meze, Lead Designer and Founder of Meze Audio

PASSION BROUGHT US HERE TECHNOLOGY MADE IT HAPPEN

MEZE X RINARO COLLABORATION

For the past 10 years, Meze Audio has been developing audiophile headphones and earphones renowned for their timeless design, pure comfort and engaging, vivid sound. From looks to technology, Meze Audio products are designed to surpass all short-living trends and become heirlooms, rather than just headphones. Today, founder Antonio Meze and his skilled team design and develop their products in Baia Mare, Romania, in the spirit of their original ‘no-compromise’ vision.

Rinaro originated in the USSR (today’s Ukraine) during the Cold War as part of a state-funded acoustic technology research program. With government backing and access to advanced testing facilities, the team was able to focus all of its efforts on planar magnetics. A field they have continued to innovate in for the last 30 years, since the collapse of the USSR. In the last decade, Rinaro have expanded their capabilities and capacity with the development of state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing facilities in Ukraine and Poland. The new facilities have been a driving force in the creation of the revolutionary Isodynamic Hybrid Array technology found in Meze Empyrean and ELITE headphones.

BEAUTIFUL AESTHETICS

Tailored for long listening sessions!

A core belief of Meze Audio is to create products that last through years and years of industry changes, bringing long-lasting value to the customer. Elite is no different. From looks to technology, this headphone was designed to surpass all short-living trends and become a true heirloom. Take a closer look to discover the highly complex geometrical imprint accentuated through the silver finish of the CNC aluminum frame. A deep black grill with intricate carvings completes the look, turning ELITE into a futuristic take on personal audio design.

Materials were chosen not just for the exciting sensory experience their raw texture provides, but also for comfort and durability. A carbon fiber headband with a real leather headrest were added to the frame, for an ultra-light feel and maximum durability.

The patent-pending suspension wings support system is elongated and curved at both ends, descending further on the side of the head and distributing the weight of the headphone evenly, for an utmost comfortable listening experience.

PATIENCE MAKES PERFECT

Creating a flagship headphone takes time and patience to do well, and it’s that kind of craftsmanship that separates the average from the great. The process of making a single aluminum frame takes about 20 hours. To that, we add days of inspecting each part of the headphone, assembling the parts and making sure the final product rises up to our high standards. This can’t be achieved through mass-production and that means delivery times can be longer, but we guarantee it’s worth it.

ELITE is hand assembled with care and painstaking attention to detail in Baia Mare, Romania.

THE PROGRESSION OF THE FLAGSHIP

With a custom, newly designed driver, created by Rinaro Isodynamics, ELITE is the result of 3 years of research and development through which we strived to create a powerful, lifelike, and immersive experience that awakens the senses of the listener.

  • ULTRA LOW DISTORTION: Total harmonic distortion (THD) measures under 0.05% in the whole frequency range.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT: 75g combined driver weight designed to create a headphone that offers prolonged listening sessions.
  • ULTRA HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO: Upper frequency limit of audio reproduction is 112,000 Hz.
  • RINARO PARUS® DIAPHRAGM: An innovative low mass acoustic diaphragm constructed on an ultrathin biaxially oriented semi-crystalline film.
  • EASY TO DRIVE: 101db@1mw/1kHz; 32Ohm; can be driven by almost any source without the need for amplification.
  • PATENTED ISODYNAMIC HYBRID ARRAY TECHNOLOGY: One of the most sophisticated and advanced planar magnetic technologies in the world.

ARCHITECTURE OF THE ISODYNAMIC HYBRID ARRAY DRIVER®

The MZ3SE driver builds on the pioneering technology of the flagship MZ3 driver found in the Empyrean headphone. The innovative Isodynamic Hybrid Array technology delivers a more selective acoustic performance to the various areas within the structure of the ear. Advances in diaphragm materials have opened the doors to even higher resolution and accuracy of the sound reproduction, setting a new benchmark in headphone design.

  • CASING: Reinforced polymer housing designed to withstand the demanding 12,7N load generated by the Hybrid Magnet Array.
  • RINARO PARUS® DIAPHRAGM: Weighing only 0.11g with a large active area of 4650mm2.
  • HYBRID MAGNET ARRAY: Symmetrically placed on either side of the diaphragm our neodymium magnets are arranged into a Hybrid Array to create a 0.35 Tesla Isodynamic magnetic field required for a uniform activation across the whole diaphragm surface.

RINARO PARUS® a new low mass diaphragm material.

The new driver behind ELITE features Rinaro Parus®, an innovative low mass acoustic diaphragm built on an ultra-thin biaxially oriented semi-crystalline polymer film. This, combined with the signature Isodynamic Hybrid Array Driver technology, allows sound waves to flow freely past the ears and out, producing a natural sound transparency and a wide, articulate sound-stage. This results in improved definition and speed over the entire frequency range.

The polymer is produced with bespoke sequential biaxial lengthening technology, a process that involves stretching the polymer in transverse directions at elevated temperatures to improve structural performance. This result is a complex semi-crystalline micro structure developing in the material, which exhibits remarkable strength, stiffness, and stability, combined with an extremely low acoustic mass.

DUAL DRIVEN SYSTEM ADVANTAGES

The use of different voice coil configurations found in the Isodynamic Hybrid Array creates the opportunity to improve the sound intensity distribution at high frequencies when directed at the auricle and ear canal. This solves a common problem with conventional planar magnetic arrays whereby reflected signals enter the ear canal with different time delays, thereby worsening the focus of 3D sound imaging. The use of dual coil arrays not only creates a balanced frequency response around the whole range, it also allows for better frequency targeting within different areas of the ear, improving acoustical perception on the upper frequency range.

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.

At frequencies above 10kHz, where sound wave length is smaller than the cushions' inner cavity, the sound field becomes diffused with an amount of direct and reflected sound waves within the ear canal. A significant increase of direct sound waves can be achieved by positioning the most efficient part of the diaphragm in mid-high frequencies directly over the ear canal, resulting in improved 3D imaging and spatial localization.

CALIBRATE YOUR SOUND

The Meze Elite headphone comes with two uniquely shaped earpads developed by Rinaro to allow for personal calibration of the sound signature.

ALCANTARA®:This is the well known 30mm deep Alcantara ear pad originally developed for the Empyrean headphone in 2018.

LEATHER + ALCANTARA® HYBRID:With a soft, yet durable outer finish, the HYBRID ear cushions are a new addition to our earpad family that perfectly balances the qualities of Alcantara and leather into a single design. Besides the high wearing comfort, this unique combo lowers the bass pressure and delivers an airy sound signature, in which sound waves appear to trancend the space around you to create an immersive experience.

What's in the Box

• Meze Elite

• Case: High-strength aluminum suitcase with foam inserts

• One Pair Alcantara® EarPads

• One Pair Leather+Alcantara® Hybrid Pads

• Vegan option available upon request

Cable Options

• 2.5m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 6.3 jack connector/p>

• 1.2m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 3.5 jack connector

• 2.5m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 4 pin XLR connector

Technical Specs

• Driver Type: Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array®

• Frequency Response: 3-112,000 Hz

• Impedance 32Ω

• Nominal SPL 101 dB (1 mW / 1 kHz)

• Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) <0.05%

• Weight: ~420 g

MZ3 DRIVER SPECIFICATIONS

• Geometrical Shape Ovoid

• Size: 102 x 73mm / Weight: 75g

• Casing: Fibreglass reinforced polymer

• Active Area 4650mm2 / Weight 0.011g / Acoustic Mass 7.5kg/m4

About Meze Audio

Antonio Meze and his company have taken the headphone world by storm with their flagship Empyrean, one of the most anticipated headphones in years, and their walnut 99 Classic series are appreciated even by casual listeners.