"The Empyrean is a beautiful looking headphone with an endearing tuning quality that I think will appeal to both the hardcore and casual alike… Mighty oaks from little acorns grow as they say."
"If you’re in the market for a top-flight pair of headphones that sound BIG and clean for many hours at a time, I strongly recommend you give the Meze Empyrean a strong audition…you will not be disappointed!"
"In addition to looking and feeling incredible, the Meze Audio Empyrean
has engineering details I’ve not seen before it."
“Having thoroughly enjoyed my time with the original Meze 99 Classic I was quite excited to hear of Meze's latest endeavor to make a flagship planar magnetic headphone. After a good hard look... I'm more excited than ever.”
“In a very real sense, the two-year process of developing the Empyrean was as much art project as it was a journey into proprietary technology. By extension, owners will acquire not just a headphone but a wearable piece of art.”
“The Empyrean can without exaggeration be called a work of industrial art; it is extremely comfortable, well made, and lovely to behold.”
"We’re pretty spoiled when it comes to good gear and good headphones, but this is one is extra special… What a masterpiece. Double thumbs up. A new King is born. This is a headphone everyone will still be talking about in 20 years."
"In particular Meze has done a terrific job in creating a headphone with superlative image placement and supremely musical […] Empyrean ranks among the most satisfying cans money can buy."
"Are the Meze Empyrean the world’s best headphone? The Romanian company make a strong case in the affirmative... The Empyrean deliver a double shot of detail and dynamics but with a sense of audible refinement that shows compromise the door."
A TIMELESS STATEMENT OF HI-FI
Antonio Meze, Lead designer and Founder Meze Audio
ARCHITECTURE OF THE ISODYNAMIC® HYBRID ARRAY DRIVER
Fiberglass infused ABS
Weighing only 0.16 g while
having 4650 mm² of active area.
Symmetrically placed on each side of the diaphragm, our neodymium magnets are specifically arranged into a Hybrid Array to create efficient Isodynamic magnetic field required for a uniform activation across the whole diaphragm surface.
HYBRID ARRAY DRIVER ADVANTAGES
Total harmonic distortion (THD) measures under 0.1% in the whole frequency range
Reduced driver weight designed to create a headphone that offers prolonged listening sessions
Ergonomically shaped driver structure with an increased active area
Upper-frequency limit of audio reproduction is 110,000 Hz
100db@1mw/1kHz High performance without needing amplification
World's first in planar magnetic headphones
AUDIBLE BENEFITS OF A DUAL DRIVEN SYSTEM
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.
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.
The switchback coil is more efficient at reproducing lower frequencies and is positioned in the upper part of the driver.
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
Anthropometric earpad design
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 shieldingThe ferromagnetic ear pads decrease the magnetic stray field affecting the listeners head.
Increase in driver efficiencyPatented ferromagnetic plates channel the magnetic field back into the driver, increasing output.
Invisible locking systemInnovative use of the magnetic field of the drivers to fix the earcups in place.
STRAY FIELD REDUCTION FROM ISOMAGNETIC® PLATE COUPLINGPatented 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
Paul Șteț, Product Development
PRESSURE DISTRIBUTION WINGS
Suspension wings increase the leather headrest’s contact surface area with your head and relieve uncomfortable pressure points.
LIGHTWEIGHT CARBON / ALUMINIUM SKELETON
CNC milling time: ≈20 hours.
milled from a single piece of
solid aluminum. Weight: ≈ 430 g
ensures a natural sound transparency
and is a work of art in its own right.
DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED
IN BAIA MARE, ROMANIA
We carefully hand assemble each headphone in our facilities in Baia Mare, Romania.
• Case: High-strength aluminum suitcase with foam inserts
• Two sets of earpads included: one real leather, one Alcantara
• Cable options:
- 2.5m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 6.3 jack connector
- 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
*Vegan option available upon request.
EMPYREAN TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
- Driver Type
- Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array
- Operating Principle
- Ear Coupling
- Frequency Response
- 4 - 110,000 Hz
- 31,6 Ω
- Nominal SPL
- 100 dB (1 mW / 1 kHz)
- Maximum SPL
- > 130 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
- < 0.1%
- ~ 430 g
MZ3 DRIVER SPECIFICATIONS
• PHYSICAL •
- Geometrical Shape
- 102 mm x 73 mm
- 82 g
- Fiberglass Infused ABS
• DIAPHRAGM •
- Rinaro ISOPLANAR®
- Active Area
- 4650 mm2
- 0.16 g
- Acoustic Mass
- 10.7 kg/m4
- Lower Frequency Limit
- 4 Hz
- Upper-Frequency Limit
- 110.000 Hz
• MAGNET ARRAY •
- 75 mm x 49 mm
- Magnetic Flux
- 0.35 T
WARRANTY PERIOD: 2 YEARS