Meze – Empyrean
The Meze Empyrean is the masterpiece from the Romanian shooting-stars. It sets a new standard in terms of sound, workmanship, comfort and design. It is clear like a creek in the Scottish Highlands and at the same time emotional like a raging bull. Meze paid attention to every little detail and the result is nothing less than sensational! Certainly one of the 3-4 best headphones in the world!
We ship the Empyrean with a standard cable either 3,5/6,3mm or XLR. Or upgrade the Empyrean – and get a great discount on upgrade cables (balanced and unbalanced).
Delivery time: on stock
The king of the kings
The 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 marvellous 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 Empyrean is a masterpiece of technology and design that combines the innovation from two companies. The extremely musical performance and smooth vocal will put you in the mood in no second, no matter 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 resists its beauty and tuning qualities. Hear it to believe it.
Isodynamic Hybrid Array Driver Technology
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 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 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 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 the audible spectrum especially in the higher frequencies, which is often softened or distorting.
A design with Anthropometric measures in mind
The Empyrean comes with an 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 to a F1 racing car, or a high-end audiophile headphone, is to optimize its output power, and fine tune to gives 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 max out the driver’s active useable area within its ovoid physique.
Innovative Isomagnetic technologies
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.
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
Size: 75 mm x 49 mm
Magnetic Flux: 0.35 T
If you want to get the most out of your over-ears, you should consider better cables – and even more the option of having a balanced cable (especially when you have a balanced amplifier or DAP audio player from Astell & Kern etc.). At the headphone.shop, you get a great discount on selected upgrade cables when bundled with high-class headphones. Find upgrade cables here.
Meze Audio a brand that stands for utmost clarity, tonal balance and harmony
Meze is not a conventional brand which allows no external factors to affect the audio quality or their original design and aesthetics. Every piece of their creation is handcrafted to be everlasting and unique, as a result of meticulous crafting and ergonomically designs that promises lengthy product life, outlasting seasonal styles.
Meze Audio headphones exemplify ideologies in sound design, built to be timeless classics to endure seasons. Behind every pair of headphones are skilled workmanship and 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 Meze Audio
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