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Meze Audio EMPYREAN Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone

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A blend of premium materials, exquisite craftsmanship and detailing that’s unmistakably Meze, Empyrean is one of the most technologically innovative planar magnetic headphones in the world.

“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

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REVIEWS
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.” Ken Kessler, HiFi News

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.” Darko Audio

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.Marcus Downey, Headfonics

 

DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED IN BAIA MARE, ROMANIA
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-centered 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.

 

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ARCHITECTURE OF THE ISODYNAMIC® HYBRID ARRAY DRIVER

  • 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.
  • RINARO ISOPLANAR® DIAPHRAGM
    Weighing only 0.16 g while having 4650 mm² of active area.
  • FRAME
    Fiberglass infused ABS

 

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

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.

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.

  • 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
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 shielding – The ferromagnetic ear pads decrease the magnetic stray field affecting the listeners 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.

 

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.

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*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

Additional information

Weight 5 kg
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