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Meze Empyrean Phoenix | Limited

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Introducing Empyrean Phoenix - a rare collector's item, the first from the Meze Art Gallery collection.

Empyrean Phoenix celebrates the rebirth of the world's first isodynamic hybrid array headphone by fusing a passion for art with high-end audio technology.

This exclusive pair includes two sets of earpads - one leather, one Alcantara - and an upgrade copper Empyrean cable of your choice.

 


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“Empyrean Phoenix is an artistic take on Empyrean that carries the same unique audio qualities as the original. We wanted to celebrate the first decade of Meze Audio in a truly remarkable way, one that matches our love for great aesthetics, good craftsmanship and innovative engineering. What we achieved can only be described as a work of contemporary art.”

– Antonio Meze, Lead Designer and Founder of Meze Audio

Our Take

Empyrean Phoenix features the same breakthrough technology of its predecessor, encompassed by an artfully re-imagined frame with that same wide impressive airy sound-stage and rich midrange presentation.

Description

With a name inspired by the myth of the Phoenix, this fiery red and black Empyrean features CNC sculpted aluminum chassis finished with irregular patterns that create contrast and play of light and shadows. It utilizes a blend of premium materials, exquisite craftsmanship and detailing that’s unmistakably Meze. Being entirely hand-painted, passion-infused and carefully assembled, each of the Phoenix pairs is truly unique. This limited edition has been designed for the love of sound and artistry, as a celebration of self-expression and

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.

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.

What's Included

  • Case: High-strength aluminum suitcase with foam inserts
  • Two sets of earpads included: one real leather, one Alcantara
  • Your choice of upgraded copper headphone cable (balanced 2.5mm, 4.4mm or 4-pin XLR or single-ended 6.3mm)

Specifications

  • Driver: Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array
  • Type: Open-Back
  • Size: Circumaural
  • Frequency Response: 4Hz - 110KHz
  • Impedance: 31.6 Ω
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB/mW @ 1KHz
  • Maximum SPL: >130 dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) – <0.1%
  • Weight: 430g
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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.