Meze Audio Empyrean Planar Magnetic Headphones
The First Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone
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.
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.
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.
ARCHITECTURE OF THE ISODYNAMIC® HYBRID ARRAY DRIVER
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.
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
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
[email protected]/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.
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
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.
- Driver Type
- Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array
- Operating Principle
- Ear Coupling
- Frequency response
- 4 - 110,000 Hz
- 31,6 Ω
- Nominal SPL
- 100 dB (1 mW/1kHz)
- Maximum SPL
- >130 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
- ≈ 430 g
MZ3 DRIVER SPECIFICATIONS
- Geometrical shape
- 102 mm x 73 mm
- 82 g
- Fiberglass Infused ABS
- MAGNET ARRAY Type
- 75 mm x 49 mm
- Magnetic Flux
- 0,35 T
- DIAPHRAGM Type
- Rinaro ISOPLANAR®
- Active area
- 4650 mm²
- 0,16 g
- Acoustic mass
- 10,7 kg/m4
- Lower frequency limit
- 4 Hz
- Upper-frequency limit
- 110.000 Hz
- Case: High-strength aluminum suitcase with foam inserts
- Two sets of earpads: one real leather, one Alcantara
- Choice of Cable:
3m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 6.3 jack
or 1.3m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 3.5 jack