The "CNC" process of the Empyrean by Meze Audio

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Empyrean Headphones

MPN: Meze Empyrean

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The "CNC" process of the Empyrean by Meze Audio

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These are nothing short of end-game headphones. The Empyrean from Meze Audio sets a new standard of matching amazing design with jaw-dropping sound. Meze teamed up with Rinaro Isodynamics to create a unique planar magnetic driver design called the Isodynamic Hybrid Array Driver. The hybrid design combines two independently shaped voice coils within the same diaphragm which delivers a more selective acoustic performance to the various areas within the structure of the ear. So how does the Empyrean sound? Well, Meze brings a very unique driver to the table with the Isodynamic Hybrid Array, but the innovations make all the difference over a typical planar magnetic. They are wonderfully lush sounding headphones, and combined with the famous Meze soundstage, the Empyrean headphone deserves a seat at the table with other flagship headphones of the audiophile world.

We highly recommend supplementing the headphones with a Premium Silver Dragon Cable for Meze Headphones to balance out the EQ curve of the stock cable and the natural warmth of the headphone. It will really help the Empyrean become more transparent with added detail and clarity. The Empyrean headphone is good for just about every music genre out there and ergonomic scenario such as the office, travel, and home.

The Meze Empyrean headphones are in a new class of reference headphones as the first Isodynamic Hybrid Array headphones on the market. It can't be overstated how important the ISODYNAMIC® HYBRID ARRAY DRIVER is to the sound dispersion of this headphone. By combining a directional sound with an immersible sound from the 2 different geometric patterns of the planar driver leads to the wonderful sound staging of this headphone. These headphones are truly ear candy at it's finest. 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.

**Vegan option available with special order.  Please contact us if you wish to order the Vegan version.

A Timeless Statement OF HI-FI

“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

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.

Meze Audio
Rinaro Isodynamics

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 1980s. 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.

Architecture of the Isodynamic® Hybrid Array Driver

Hybrid Array Driver Architecture
  • Frame

    Fiberglass 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 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.

Rinaro Driver manufacturing line

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.

Hybrad Array Driver Face

    Total harmonic distortion (THD) measures under 0.1% in the whole frequency range


    Reduced driver weight designed to create a headphone that offers prolonged listening sessions


    Ergonomically shaped driver structure with an increased active area


    Upper-frequency limit of audio reproduction is 110,000 Hz


    [email protected]/1kHz High performance without needing amplification


    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.

comparison diagrams of conventional planar array and hybrid relay in relation to the ear canal
Rinaro Isodynamics Hybrid Driver


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.


The switchback coil is more efficient at reproducing lower frequencies and is positioned in the upper part of the driver.


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

Anatomically designed ovate earcups Anthropometric earpad design

Circular Shape Area: 3413.07 sq mm, Rectangular Shape Area: 2673.43 sq mm
Elliptical Shape Area: 2478.94 sq mm, Ovoid Shape Area: 2258.38 sq mm

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.

What's in the box?

  • 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
    • 1.2m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 3.5 jack connector
    • 2.5m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 4 pin XLR connector

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Technical Features

Driver Type
Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array
Operating Principle
Ear Coupling
≈ 430 g
Black or Copper


Frequency response
4 - 110,000 Hz
31,6 Ω
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
Nominal SPL
100 dB (1 mW/1kHz)
Maximum SPL
>130 dB

MZ3 Driver

Geometrical shape
102 mm x 73 mm
82 g
Fiberglass Infused ABS
75 mm x 49 mm
Magnetic Flux
0,35 T
Active area
4650 mm²
0,16 g
Acoustic mass
10,7 kg/m4
Lower frequency limit
4 Hz
Upper-frequency limit
110.000 Hz

Package Includes

  • Headphones
  • Case: High-strength aluminum suitcase with foam inserts
  • Two sets of earpads: one real leather, one Alcantara
  • Cable: 2.5m OFC cable with choice of XLR or 1/4" jack
  • 2 Year Warranty

    2-year warranty



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