Meze Liric 2 Headphones Review: Ultimate Portable Powerhouse? | Moon Audio

Liric II Planar Magnetic Headphones

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Meze Liric 2 Headphones Review: Ultimate Portable Powerhouse? | Moon Audio

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The Meze Audio Liric II Headphone is a pinnacle of audio craftsmanship from Meze Audio. The Liric II is a premium closed-back headphone designed for audiophiles and music enthusiasts seeking uncompromising sound quality and a stunning design. Featuring a revised driver design with the new QWRM and meticulously tuned acoustic chambers with brand new wooden ear cups, these headphones deliver a natural and balanced sound signature with a touch of warmth. The ergonomic and luxurious design ensures long-lasting comfort, while the high-quality materials used in construction provide durability and style. With its wide soundstage, precise imaging, and rich bass response, the Meze Audio Liric II Headphone invites you to rediscover your favorite music with newfound clarity and detail.

Dragon Cable Recommendation: We recommend pairing the Meze Audio Liric II Headphone with the Black Dragon Premium Headphone Cable for the Meze Liric. You'll find beefier lows, and even more low-end rumble when paired with the Black Dragon Premium headphone cable for Meze. It's still controlled and articulate, but it's a great pairing for most genres. The Black Dragon Premium cable offers a natural, immersive sound that will make you think you're right there in the recording studio or concert hall. The Black Dragon will add body and weight to the neutral-warm Liric while warming the bass and midrange tones for a more musical sound. It will also smooth out the higher frequencies without sacrificing detail. A versatile cable that complements most genres, the Black Dragon pairs especially well with Rock and Roll, Electronica, R&B, Pop, and other music where a big, bold presentation is desired.


  • Driver type: Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array® MZ4
  • Closed-back, circumaural headphones
  • Detachable magnetic ear pads
  • Lightweight magnesium frame
  • Stainless steel headband with padded cushions with optimal airflow control
  • PES System
  • Macassar ebony wood earcups


Combining the innovative design prowess of Meze Audio with Rinaro's cutting-edge technological advancements, the LIRIC II (2nd Generation) headphones introduce a fresh perspective for active audiophiles who crave music on the go. This new iteration offers a refined sound signature that strikes a delicate balance between a balanced and warm profile, catering to discerning ears seeking an engaging yet non-fatiguing listening experience. At the heart of this achievement is the Quarter Wavelength Resonator Mask (QWRM), a meticulously crafted metal component strategically placed to cover select openings in the driver frame. This ingenious design element effectively attenuates high-frequency peaks above 7kHz, resulting in a smoother and more enjoyable listening journey. With the LIRIC II, Meze Audio and Rinaro have created a headphone that not only delivers exceptional sound quality but also prioritizes listener comfort and long-term enjoyment.


Rooted in the tradition of Maramures craftsmanship, Meze Audio's decision to uphold the design ethos of the original LIRIC headphones led them on a journey to infuse warmth into their aesthetic by incorporating wood for the ear cups. After careful exploration, Meze discovered that Macassar ebony offered the most compelling fit – a luxurious and dense hardwood renowned for its striking appearance. With a deep, rich brown hue interwoven with intricate golden-brown stripes, Macassar ebony imparts a sense of timeless elegance to each pair of headphones. The inherent uniqueness of this wood ensures that every headphone is one-of-a-kind, embodying its own story and character. Beyond being a tool for experiencing music, the Liric II headphones are a personal statement piece, allowing each music lover to showcase their individuality and appreciation for exquisite craftsmanship.


Elevating the listening experience, the Liric II (2nd Generation) now comes equipped with Meze Audio's premium hand-braided copper cable as the stock option. This meticulously crafted cable has been designed to deliver uncompromising audio quality, ensuring a pure and immersive sound experience. In response to the diverse needs of audiophiles, the Liric offers two cable terminations: a 4.4 mm termination for compatibility with most portable headphone amplifiers, providing a seamless connection for on-the-go listening; and a 3-meter soft TPE cable with a 3.5 mm jack, perfect for creating an ideal setup in the comfort of your home. Whether you're enjoying music on-the-go or settling in for an extended listening session at home, the Liric II's premium cables offer versatility, durability, and exceptional performance.


Continuing the natural evolution of improvement, the Liric II (2nd Generation) headphones proudly join the esteemed Meze Audio family of products, now featuring detachable magnetic ear pads. This thoughtful addition not only reflects Meze Audio's commitment to innovation but also enhances the headphones' reliability and serviceability. Audiophiles and music enthusiasts worldwide have come to appreciate these characteristics, which now offer added convenience and versatility. With the ability to easily detach and replace the ear pads, users can personalize their listening experience and maintain the headphones with ease. This evolution in design ensures that the Liric II headphones continue to meet the high standards of quality and functionality that have become synonymous with the Meze Audio brand.

What's in the Box?

  • Premium PU leather box with foam inserts
  • Hard EVA pouch with velvet lining
  • Included adapters: - 6.3 mm gold-plated jack - Airplane jack
  • Two cables included: - mono 3.5 mm to 4.4 mm, 1.3 m (4.2 ft) balanced copper PCUHD premium cable, - mono 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm (1/8 in), 3 m (9.8 ft) soft TPE cable with copper aluminium casings

About Meze Audio

For the past 10 years, Meze Audio has been developing audiophile headphones and earphones renowned for their timeless design, pure comfort, and engaging, vivid sound. From looks to technology, Meze Audio products are designed to surpass all short-living trends and become heirlooms, rather than just headphones. Today, founder Antonio Meze and his skilled team design and develop their products in Baia Mare, Romania, in the spirit of their original ‘no-compromise’ vision.

About Rinaro Isodynamics

Rinaro originated in the USSR (today’s Ukraine) during the Cold War, as part of a state-funded acoustic technology research program. With government backing and access to advanced testing facilities, the team was able to focus all of its efforts on planar magnetics. A field they have continued to innovate in for the last 30 years, since the collapse of the USSR. In the last decade, Rinaro has expanded its capabilities and capacity with the development of state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing facilities in Ukraine and Poland. The new facilities have been a driving force in the creation of the revolutionary Isodynamic Hybrid Array technology found in Meze Audio EMPYREAN, ELITE, and LIRIC headphones.


Is the Liric 2 a replacement for the original headphone?

Yes, the Liric 2 is the official replacement for the original Liric headphone. Meze Audio has named it the same to reflect this change, denoting that it is meant to completely take over as the (new) Liric. Sometimes you might see it called the Liric II, Liric 2, or Liric (2nd Generation) for specificity.

What is new on the Liric II (2nd Generation) headphone?

You'll find an entirely new sound profile on the latest generation Liric, providing more bass, clarity, better soundstage, and more. You'll also notice that the new Liric model sports a unique wooden earcup design for added sonic benefits as well as an upgraded luxurious design aesthetic.


Diaphragm type:
Rinaro Isoplanar®[MZ4]
Frequency response:
4 - 92,000 Hz
61 Ohm
Nominal SPL:
100 dB (1mW/1kHz)
Maximum SPL:
> 130 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):
< 0.15%
Headphone termination:
3.5 mm TRS jack
~427 gr