Meze’s first entrant into the realm of flagship headphones, the Meze Empyrean is an incredibly impressive effort, featuring stunning build quality and luxurious comfort. The sound impresses too, of course, with a wide and airy soundstage, and rich midrange presentation.
“The Meze Empyrean was born from passion, curiosity and innovation. As a business, we have allowed ourselves the freedom to experiment and take risks in search of the perfect sound. To generate something truly remarkable, one must dare to explore, and that’s what we did with Empyrean. We pushed and refined industry standards and achieved a true game changer for audiophiles.”
– Antonio Meze, Lead Designer and Founder of Meze Audio
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.
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.
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.
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.
High precision CNC sculpted chassis, milled from a single piece of solid aluminum, results in a sturdy but light weight headphone weighing only 430g. This combined with suspension wings which increase the leather headrest’s contact surface area with your head and relieve uncomfortable pressure points offer additional comfort even when used for longer periods of time.
A core belief of Meze is to create products that last. The Empyrean is no different: from the replaceable earpads to the high-performance materials used, every part on the headphone chassis is available to be serviced and disassembled by our skilled team.
• Meze Empyrean
• Case: High-strength aluminum suitcase with foam inserts
• One Pair Alcantara EarPads
• One Pair Leather Pads
• Vegan option available upon request
• 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
• Driver Type: Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array®
• Frequency Response: 4-110,000 Hz
• Impedance 31.6Ω
• Nominal SPL 100 dB (1 mW / 1 kHz)
• Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) <0.1%
• Weight: ~430 g
• Geometrical Shape Ovoid
• Size: 102 x 73mm / Weight: 82g
• Casing: Fiberglass Infused ABS
• Active Area 4650mm2 / Weight 0.016g / Acoustic Mass 10.7kg/m4