Meze Empyrean Sunset Boulevard
The Meze Empyrean Sunset Boulevard headphones in the exclusive “Sunset Boulevard” edition represent the latest masterpiece from Antonio Meze and his team at Meze Audio. Each headphone is carefully crafted by hand and limited to a limited edition of 50.
In the footsteps of the stars on Sunset Boulevard
The name “Sunset Boulevard” is derived from the legendary street in Los Angeles. This edition is a tribute to the “City of Angels”, which is regarded as the heartbeat and meeting place of Hollywood stars. In this connection between East and West, it roams through all cultures, musical styles and colors to finally celebrate the breathtaking sunset in the Pacific.
Al di Meola’s guitar as inspiration
The “Sunset Boulevard” edition, inspired by Al di Meola’s Prisma guitar, is available in both Elite and Empyrean models. Both variants are limited to 50 numbered copies each, with only 10 headphones being produced per month.
The Meze – Empyrean is distilled from technologies of two dedicated companies collaborating to see what further is feasible beyond their own capabilities. The result? A no-compromise design that combines Meze’s audacious aesthetic and user-centred aesthetics comes hand in hand with Rinaro’s expertise in planar magnetics designs research and development.
Rinaro, an audio company with a long history, has a well-seasoned R&D team that has been at the forefront of planar magnetic development since the 80s at the heart of its technology. Their new cutting-edge industrial facility in Ukraine is state-funded with a focus on sonic evolution and innovations.
Unique Design and marvelous sound
Every time we put on the Empyrean we could not stop listening. Probably can’t stop looking at the beautiful design every time you take it off either.
Sounding perfect with almost any genre, the Meze – Empyrean is a masterpiece of technology and design that combines the innovation of two companies. The extremely musical performance and smooth vocals will put you in the mood in no second. No matter whether you are using a portable source or putting it on more capable amps the output will all be enjoyable while revealing the source’s character.
There is no way you can resist its beauty and tuning qualities. Hear it to believe it.
Isodynamic Hybrid Array Driver Technology on Meze – Empyrean
Inside the artistic fiberglass-infused ABS framework you will find two Isodynamic Hybrid Array Drivers symmetrically installed on either side. Strong neodymium magnets are positioned in a unique Hybrid Array to generate a powerful isodynamic magnetic field, creating uniform sonic impulses from all over the entire surface of the membrane. Producing 4650 mm² of the active area, the membrane weighs only 0.16 grams. The fiberglass-infused ABS frame ensures its durability.
What makes it even more special… Within the same diaphragm, two independently formed voice coils are combined to give a more selective acoustic performance to specific locations within the ear structure. Independently shaped voice coils are implemented in the Empyrean Driver, allowing sound to be custom-tuned with the highest accuracy in correspondence to the structure of the ear.
This unique combination maximizes direct sound wave frequency exposure over the 10kHz range, enhancing imaging and positioning by reducing the effects of dispersed field reflections’ shortwave time delays.
Each driver is handmade and carefully tested in an industrial facility in Ukraine.
Enhanced sound intensity and phase performance with unique multiple-coil technologies
Traditional planar magnetic arrays always distort the 3D sound image when reflecting signals with variable time delays. When directed toward the auricle and ear canal, the waveform corrected by the combination of multiple voice coils enables superior sound intensity distribution across the audible spectrum. And especially in the higher frequencies, which are often softened or distorting.
A design with Anthropometric measures in mind
The Meze – Empyrean comes with ergonomically designed, oval shape earcups with an anatomical design. Like a sports car, the weight and material are light but extremely sturdy to optimize not only useability and sonic reproduction qualities.
The formula for an F1 racing car, or a high-end audiophile headphone, is to optimize its output power. And fine-tune to give it the best control, not to forget minimizing the weight as much as possible. With an ovoid-shaped design, the framework is weight-reduced to the highest extent and it will match all ears with top-level comfort.
The driver’s power output was maximized thanks to a wholly custom coil and special magnet array which has maxed out the driver’s active useable area within its ovoid physique.
Innovative Isomagnetic technologies on Meze – Empyrean
The Isomagnetic® ear cup attachment is a unique creation that uses the demagnetizing field created by the driver to keep the ear cup in place, while simultaneously redirecting the magnetic field back into the driver and enhancing driver efficiency.
Furthermore, the magnetic stray field that affects the listener’s head is reduced by using ferromagnetic ear cushions. The patented ferromagnetic plates return the magnetic field to the driver, enhancing output power as well as the driver’s overall efficiency.
The result? This could be the sound in your audiophile dreams, or Magneto’s.
Meze – 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
- Geometrical Shape: Ovoid
- Size: 102 mm x 73 mm
- Weight: 82 g
- Casing: Fiberglass Infused ABS
- 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
- Type: Isodynamic
- Size: 75 mm x 49 mm
- Magnetic Flux: 0.35 T