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Meze Empyrean Hybrid Array Headphones

 
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Meze Audio Empyrean

A blend of premium materials, exquisite craftsmanship, and detailing that’s unmistakably Meze, the Meze Empyrean is one of the most technologically innovative planar magnetic headphones in the world with a build quality that's second to none.

Manufacturers Details:

“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 Meze Audio

The Meze Empyrean is the product of two passionate companies coming together to explore what is possible beyond their individual capabilities. The result is a no-compromise headphone embodying Meze’s daring aesthetic and user-centred design approach and Rinaro’s experience in research and development within the field of planar magnetics.

Rinaro, a progressive audio company, has at the heart of its technology an R&D team that has been at the forefront of planar magnetic development since the 1980’s. What originally started as a state-funded initiative with a focus on innovation has now entered into a new chapter of audio progression with the opening of a cutting-edge industrial facility in Ukraine.

Engineered With Care:

Over 30 years of research and development 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 headphones drivers on the market.

The Meze 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.

AUDIBLE BENEFITS OF A DUAL DRIVEN SYSTEM

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.

AN ERGONOMIC APPROACH LEADS TO A NEW WAY OF THINKING

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.

DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED IN BAIA MARE, ROMANIA

For the audiophiles who want to hear how 30 years of progression sound like, Empyrean pairs the advances in audio reproduction with a headphone chassis that delivers extended hours of listening pleasure. Sound and performance that unmistakably Meze Empyrean.

HAND ASSEMBLED

We carefully hand assemble each headphone in our facilities in Baia Mare, Romania.

FULLY SERVICEABLE

A core belief of Meze Audio 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.

 

Key Features:

  • FRAME
    Fibreglass infused ABS
  • HYBRID MAGNET ARRAY
    Symmetrically placed on each side of the diaphragm, our neodymium magnets are specifically arranged into a Hybrid Array to create an efficient Isodynamic magnetic field required for a uniform activation across the whole diaphragm surface.
  • RINARO ISOPLANAR® DIAPHRAGM
    Weighing only 0.16 g while having 4650 mm² of active area.
  • HYBRID ARRAY DRIVER ADVANTAGES
    Combines two independently shaped voice coils within the same diaphragm delivering more selective acoustic performance to the various areas within the structure of the ear.
  • ACCURATE REPRODUCTION
    Total harmonic distortion (THD) measures under 0.1% in the whole frequency range
  • LIGHTWEIGHT
    Reduced driver weight designed to create a headphone that offers prolonged listening sessions
  • ERGONOMIC SHAPE
    Ergonomically shaped driver structure with an increased active area
  • ULTRA-HIGH-RESOLUTION AUDIO
    Upper-frequency limit of audio reproduction is 110,000 Hz
  • ULTRA EFFICIENT
    100db@1mw/1kHz High performance without needing amplification
  • PATENT PENDING ISODYNAMIC HYBRID ARRAY DRIVER
    World's first in planar magnetic headphones
  • ISOPLANAR® DIAPHRAGM MATERIAL
    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.
  • SWITCHBACK COIL
    The switchback coil is more efficient at reproducing lower frequencies and is positioned in the upper part of the driver.
  • SPIRAL COIL
    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.
  • 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 SHIELDING
    The ferromagnetic ear pads decrease the magnetic stray field affecting the listener's head.
  • INCREASE IN DRIVER EFFICIENCY
    Patented ferromagnetic plates channel the magnetic field back into the driver, increasing output.
  • INVISIBLE LOCKING SYSTEM
    Innovative use of the magnetic field of the drivers to fix the earcups in place.
  • STRAY FIELD REDUCTION FROM ISOMAGNETIC® PLATE COUPLING
    Patented 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
    Each driver has been hand-assembled and tested in an industrial facility in Ukraine.
  • PRESSURE DISTRIBUTION WINGS
    Patented suspension wings increase the leather headrest’s contact surface area with your head and relieve uncomfortable pressure points.

 

Accessories:

Case: High-strength aluminum suitcase with foam inserts
Two sets of earpads included: one real leather, one Alcantara
Cable options:

3m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 6.3 jack connector
or
1.3m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 3.5 jack connector
or
3m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 4 pin XLR connector

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
PHYSICAL
Geometrical Shape: Ovoid
Size: 102 mm x 73 mm
Weight: 82 g
Casing: Fiberglass Infused ABS
DIAPHRAGM
Type: Rinaro ISOPLANAR®
Active Area: 4650 mm2
Weight: 0.16 g
Accoustic Mass: 10.7 kg/m4
Lower Frequency Limit: 4 Hz
Upper-Frequency Limit: 110.000 Hz
MAGNET ARRAY
Type: Isodynamic
Size: 75 mm x 49 mm
Magnetic Flux: 0.35 T