Meze Audio Empyrean Headphones


Color: Black Copper
Cable: 1.2m OFC 3.5mm
Price:
Sale price$2,999.00

Description

This is how the world was meant to sound.

ARCHITECTURE OF THE ISODYNAMIC® HYBRID ARRAY DRIVER

FRAME

Fiberglass infused ABS

RINARO ISOPLANAR® DIAPHRAGM

Weighing only 0.16 g while
having 4650 mm² of active area.

HYBRID MAGNET ARRAY

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.

Meze audio empyrean drivers laid out

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.

Meze audio empyean open driver

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

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.

Meze audio empyrean showing cup design

Meze audio empyrean driver components laying out on table

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.

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.

Meze audio empyrean drivers showing how the sound gets to the ear

Meze audio empyrean driver material and structure

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.

AN ERGONOMIC APPROACH LEADS TO A NEW WAY OF THINKING

Meze audio empyrean laying flat


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.

Meze audio empyrean showing pad magnet system

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.

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Magnetic field shielding

The ferromagnetic ear pads decrease the magnetic stray field affecting the listeners head.

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Increase in driver efficiency

Patented ferromagnetic plates channel the magnetic field back into the driver, increasing output.

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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.

Meze empyrean magnet array showing how it effects audio

ISODYNAMIC DRIVER MANUFACTURED BY RINARO

Each driver has been hand assembled and tested in an industrial facility in Ukraine.

Scientist at rinaro working on empyrean headphone drivers

DESIGN DETAILS

Meze audio empyrean headphone and headband design up close

PRESSURE DISTRIBUTION WINGS

Suspension wings increase the leather headrest’s contact surface area with your head and relieve uncomfortable pressure points, offering additional comfort, even when used for a longer period of time.

This revolutionary patent pending concept sets a new standard in combining
true natural sound with the enjoyment of wearing
your favorite headphone for hours on end.

Meze audio empyrean showing weight distribution headband

Meze empyrean showing weight distribution and wing headband system

LIGHTWEIGHT CARBON / ALUMINIUM SKELETON

Meze empyreand showing light weight carbon shell

CARBON FIBER HEADBAND

LEATHER HEADREST

SCULPTED ALUMINIUM SKELETON

CNC milling time: ≈20 hours.

High precision CNC sculpted chassis,
milled from a single piece of
solid aluminum.

Weight: ≈ 430 g

 

AIRFLOW CONTROL

Close up of cup on meze empyrean

CNC MILLED ALUMINUM GRILL

Ensures a natural sound transparency and is a work of art in its own right.

DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED IN BAIA MARE, ROMANIA

Design process of empyrean headphones

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.

Empyrean headphones laying on LT mz3 amp

 

HAND ASSEMBLED

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

Meze empyrean all parts of headphone laid out

 

FULLY SERVICEABLE

A core belief of Meze 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.

Meze audio empyrean case and cable

ACCESSORIES

• 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
or
- 1.2m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 3.5 jack connector
or
- 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
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
Acoustic 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

WARRANTY PERIOD: 2 YEARS

Rinaro, Isoplanar, Isomagnetic are the registered trademarks of Rinaro Isodynamics Limited.


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