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Meze Audio Empyrean

$2,999.00
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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
  • 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

    [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.

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

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

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.


Awards

Headfonia.com 2018 Award Winner
Inner Fidelity 2018 Editor's Choice Award
Hi-Fi News Outstanding Product Award
Major HiFi Gold Award
VGP 2020 Gold Metal Award
SoundStage Network 2019 Products of the Year
Hifi Plus 2019 Headphone of the Year Award
2019 Headphone Guru Product of the Year Award
2019 Headphonics Best Headphone Award
Fair Audio Favorite Award 2019

Press and Reviews

Moon Audio Review
Moon Audio

by Ricky Kovacs
Oct. 2019

Inner Fidelity Review
Inner Fidelity

by Rafe Arnott
Dec. 2018

Headfonia Review
Headfonia

by Lieven
Nov. 2018

Hi-Fi News Review
HiFi News

by Ken Kessler
Nov. 2018

Six Moons Review
6Moons

by Staff
Nov. 2018

Headfonics Review
Headfonics

by Marcus
Mar. 2019

Sounstage Solo Review
Soundstage!Solo

by Brent Butterworth
Apr. 2019

Major Hifi Review
Major HiFi

by Steph Durwin
Apr. 2019

Audiophile Style Review
Audiophile Style

by Austinpop
Apr. 2019

Inner Fidelity Review
Inner Fidelity

by Rafe Arnott
Jul. 2019

HiFi Plus Review
HiFi+

by Chris Martens
Oct. 2019

Fair Audio Review
Fair Audio

by Fritz Schwertfeger
May 2019

Specs

Technical Features

Driver Type
Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array
Operating Principle
Open
Ear Coupling
Circumaural
Weight
≈ 430 g
Color
Gunmetal* or Copper
(*Dark Grey with a Green Tint)

Performance

Frequency response
4 - 110,000 Hz
Impedance
31,6 Ω
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
>0.1%
Nominal SPL
100 dB (1 mW/1kHz)
Maximum SPL
>130 dB

MZ3 Driver

Geometrical shape
Ovoid
Size
102 mm x 73 mm
Weight
82 g
Casing
Fiberglass Infused ABS
MAGNET ARRAY Type
Isodynamic
Size
75 mm x 49 mm
Magnetic Flux
0,35 T
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

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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