World's First Isodynamic Hybrid-Array Headphones Feature Patent-Pending Drivers: Handmade, Ultra-Luxe Meze Empyrean Play with Premium Imaging, Focus, and Accuracy
Addictive comfort, prestigious looks, groundbreaking engineering, bespoke craftsmanship, intoxicating sound, super-low 0.95-pound weight: The handmade Meze Empyrean headphones bring all the desired traits together in a breakthrough design that has no high-end equal in terms of sum-total design, sonics, and feel. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
Such exclusivity pertains to the fact The Absolute Sound Product of the Year Award-winning Empyrean debuts as the world's first isodynamic hybrid array headphones – an innovation that features a hybrid magnet array that creates an efficient isodynamic magnetic field required for uniform activation across the entire diaphragm surface. Weighing just 0.16 grams yet covering 4650 square millimeters of active area, its Rinaro-developed isoplanar diaphragm stems from a custom-developed isotropic, thermally stabilized polymer complete with a conductive layer, leading to extreme lightness and rigidity.
Equally pioneering, Empyrean's patent-pending, human-assembled driver combines individual switchback and spiral-shaped voice coils within the aforementioned diaphragm. The unique shapes allowing sound to be targeted with more accuracy around the natural form of the ear – as well as generating an increased exposure of direct sound-wave frequencies exceeding 10kHz and improving imaging, focus, and localization by decreasing the impact of shortwave time delays caused by diffused field reflections. Other immediate advantages that solve or improve upon longstanding issues with conventional planar-magnetic arrays: Essentially infinitesimal total harmonic distortion across the entire spectrum, ultra-high-resolution reproduction with an upper limit of 110,000Hz, ridiculously good efficiency (100dB@1mW/1kHz without need for amplification).
Empyrean also steps out into the limelight by way of its fresh approach to ergonomics. By opting for anatomically designed ovate ear cups, Empyrean maximizes power output via a bespoke coil-and-magnet array that optimizes the useable area of the driver as it concurrently keeps weight to a minimum by way of the ovoid shape and internal magnet structure. What's more, an isomagnetic ear cup attachment utilizes a demagnetizing field generated by the driver to hold the ear cup in place while redirecting the magnetic field back into the driver – improving efficiency by 1db and deflecting 95% of stray fields away from the head.
As expected, Empyrean can be worn for hours and hours without fatigue. Patented suspension wings increase the leather head rest's contact surface area with your head and relieve uncomfortable pressure points. A carbon-fiber headband, sculpted aluminum skeleton requiring 20 hours of milling time, and high-precision CNC-sculpted chassis formed from a single piece of aluminum work in concert with a CNC-milled aluminum grill that delivers wondrously natural transparency and looks as if it belongs in a modern-art exhibit. A solid aluminum suitcase with foam inserts, two sets of ear pads, 4-pin mini XLR plugs, and your choice of cable also comes standard.
If you're ready to hear the culmination of decades of headphone advances and enjoy intimate listening on your own terms, we encourage you to audition Empyrean risk-free. It will be an experience like no other.
"If you give the Empyrean time to become all it can be, it will reward you with a rare combination of balance, finesse, and all-around expressiveness."
—The Absolute Sound, Product of the Year Award
"[The] Empyrean offers neutral (yet never austere) tonal balance, extremely fine levels of resolution for both textural and transient sounds, expressive dynamics, and an almost causal-sounding, offhand quality of sonic naturalness."
—Hi-Fi+, 2019 High-End Headphone of the Year Award
"This is the kind of performance that usually comes from high-end headphones which require careful pairing with hardware and treated with kid gloves; not the Empyrean. True, if you have a top-flight head-amp it will really help the flagship Mezes perform at their best; however, even the lowliest amps will produce music that is engaging, entertaining and, at times, awe-inspiring."
—Stereonet, Applause Award
Operating Principle: Open
Ear Coupling: Circumaural
Frequency response: 4 - 110.000 Hz
Impedance: 31.6 Ω
Nominal SPL: 100 dB (1 mW/1kHz)
Maximum SPL: >130 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.1%
Driver shape: Ovoid
Driver Size: 102 mm x 73 mm
Driver Weight: 82 g
Driver Casing: Fiberglass Infused ABS
Diaphragm Type: Rinaro ISOPLANAR
Diaphragm Active area: 4650 mm²
Diaphragm Weight: 0.16 g
Diaphragm Acoustic mass: 10.7 kg/m4
Lower frequency limit: 4 Hz
Upper-frequency limit: 110.000 Hz
Magnet Type: Isodynamic
Magnet Size: 75 mm x 49 mm
Magnetic Flux: 0.35 T
Weight: 15.2 oz.
User Manual (PDF, 8.1 MB)