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REVIEWS IN THE MEDIA
Read some of the reviews that our line of products has received
“Are the Meze Empyrean the world’s best headphone? The Romanian company make a strong case in the affirmative... The Empyrean deliver a double shot of detail and dynamics but with a sense of audible refinement that shows compromise the door.”
"If you’re an audiophile with a good set-up at home, and you are looking for a pair of headphones that can match the very best loudspeakers, then you really owe yourself the opportunity to audition these superb headphones."
“I cannot fault their build quality nor the remarkable attention to detail that Meze has applied to these headphones... they have produced one of the most amazing headphones both regarding sound quality and aesthetics."
"We’re pretty spoiled when it comes to good gear and good headphones, but this is one is extra special… What a masterpiece. Double thumbs up. A new King is born. This is a headphone everyone will still be talking about in 20 years."
"The headphone of the year award maybe is the one people are looking forward to most and this year it goes to the Meze Audio Empyrean! What a headphone Meze Audio have come up with! A new King is born and this is a headphone everyone will still be talking about in 20 years."
"Living with the Empyrean proved that it really does marry high style and enviable substance to equal degrees. Whilst photos point at exceptional detailing, it's only in the handling and wearing that sheer build quality registers in full."
"Once I’d received a production model for review here at home, it was déjà vu all over again when I slipped them on with their accuracy, tonal and timbral cloud, 3D-spatial imaging and huge sound stage."
"The exorbitant efficiency of the EMPYREAN enables an almost compression-free gross dynamics with explosive attack. But also the fine dynamic separation of micro details is excellent. Simply great class. As a result, the MEZE EMPYREAN is equally suitable for all music genres."
"From a technical, aesthetic and sound standpoint, Empyrean has convinced us a lot. It represents a very interesting alternative to its competitors, but above all, it is able to deploy a degree of pleasure and unique musical refinement between your ears. Warmly recommended!"
"In particular Meze has done a terrific job in creating a headphone with superlative image placement and supremely musical […] Empyrean ranks among the most satisfying cans money can buy"
"It is so hard to sum up the Empyrean, they are definitely some of the best headphones I have heard in a while. They have a good hi-fi setup type of sound with fullness that doesn’t affect the rest of the sound. They are just enjoyable, airy, effortless and ultimately a pleasure to listen to."
"Empyrean has the charm as a very nicely designed product, as well as the charm from being an audio product that makes you enjoy the music. It is rare to have a headphone to achieve such a high level in both aspects."
"It is impossible to hide that the new flagship of the Romanian company is extremely photogenic. Both sound quality and comfort were prioritized. Technologies improving sound quality go hand in hand with a carefully designed housing that allows long and pleasant listening."
"Empyrean gives you the sound that is full of strong passion underneath the cool appearance. It is one of the models that are the most impressive I met this year. It is a headphone that you should absolutely listen to."
"From the material, assembly, design, I can feel the fined quality achieved only by investing a lot of time with no compromise."
"This headphone has the atmosphere surrounding itself that it seems to be like an out-of-space artifact that came from a far future."
“The Meze 99 is an unexpected joy. It has a sensational musical performance, even when played with very humble audio equipment, and is comfortable enough to allow the listener to spend many hours at a stretch in the company of the Meze 99 without a care.”
"I have a very hard time thinking of a headphone I've had more fun listening to; the urge to bop my head and tap my toes was irresistible at time"
"The 99 Classics sound simply glorious – uncannily spacious, brimming with energy and vivacity and a cranked up sense of performance that’s genuinely surprising and frequently riveting. "
"It’s easy to be distracted by the Meze 99 Classics good looks, but they’re also great-sounding headphones."
"Siding with audiophiles and considering competition in our realm, I view the 99 Classics as very high value. And make no mistake, I'd much rather listen to them than the Focal Spirit One and Aëdle VK-1 in our collection"
"Meze 99 Classics have a pneumatic, even-handed, ear-neutral sound. Highs are crisp and shimmery; their even, laterally wide sound pressure and energy are probably the biggest reason people suggest the 99 Classics have a large sound stage."
"I have a very hard time thinking of a headphone I’ve had more fun listening to; the urge to bop my head and tap my toes was irresistible at time."
"For a sub-£300 pair of headphones to evoke such an emotional response is impressive. And that’s my point: the Meze ‘phones are for those who demand an emotional experience when listening to music."
"The Meze 99 Classics are beautifully crafted headphones that offer a delightful experience in every sense, from their wood and metal construction, aesthetic details up to their excellent fit and comfort."
“There’s something so inviting and addictive about these 99 Classics. I think the biggest surprise for me is its capability of resolving depth in the music … It is an amazingly fluid, articulate, fun, rich, and natural sounding headphone. - Finest Cuts Award”
“Not many headphones know how to exhibit the joyfulness and singing voice of music. With the MEZE 99 Classics you are immediatly seduced by very good rythmic abilities.” (Original review in French)
“I consider the Meze 99 Classics among the best headphones you can buy – hence the high rating. Their peculiar design and sound signature make them stand out from the crowd and affords them a niche where they reign supreme.”
“Exquisite build and solid well thought out design makes the Meze 99 Classic a headphone for the ages.”
“The Meze 99 Classics are a perfect match between the world of audiophile purists and the consumer world, allowing a good portability.” (Original review in Italian)
“The 99 Classics of Meze is the best closed headphones under 1,000 Euros I have heard so far.” (Original review in German)
“Sound quality is by far and away the stand out feature of the Meze 99 Classics. This is a seriously good sounding headphone that leaves you wanting to keep listening to the next track.”
“The Meze 99 Classics are simply superb. The body of the sound they transmit covers the frequency band in an almost magical way.” (Original review in Spanish)
"Here the soundstage superiority found with the Meze 99 Classics steals the show, capturing his percussion on "I'm an Old Cowhand," making me remove the headphone to see who was delivering "more" cowbell behind me."
"The Meze 99 Classic is a really easy to drive be it a reasonable smartphone, DAP or efficient portable amp, the choice is yours. This is also one of those few headphones that I can have no complaints about with regard to smartphone amping performance ..."
"They actually make me think of a smaller and closed version of Sennheiser HD800. Yes, I liked them that much"
"I genuinely appreciate how these look, they ooze the notion that they are expensive and many will love that! The wood is gorgeous too, I have a soft spot for good craftsmanship!"
"They look beautiful, sound great and are much more exclusive than other headphones of this type. For me it is one of the most interesting models in this price range. Highly recommended!"
"Here we get color variants, increased serviceability, and great build quality wrapped up in one with the Meze 99 Classics"
"These headphones are for those that appreciate excellent sound quality and design, not for those who need a pair of cans for the bus ride to work or who want some headphones to watch their favorite TV shows on."
"The 99 Classics organic and natural sound is truly special. It’s admittedly relaxed at first listen, but as soon as you stop thinking about what you might be missing, you’ll start hearing just how immersive it is."
"To conclude, seductive in its classical presentation, the Meze 99 Classics helmet enjoys a very serious realization..."
"I also achieved very good results with the Audioquest Dragonfly V1.2 , which supports the lively sound of the Meze headphone. Nice side effect: The mobile D / A converter fits perfectly into the small accessory pocket of the headphone."
"And, of course, the dynamics: 99 Classics sound very lively on moments even raw, without sounding flat and compressed."
"The new Meze 99 Classics should not only delight the eye, but the design described above also ensures that the headphone is extremely sturdy and robust and therefore a long life should be guaranteed."
“The Meze 99 Neo is more than just a good sounding headphone. The look and feel of it combined with the sound provided all add up to make it an experience that’s quite unique.”
“Overall, the differences aren’t huge. Meze 99 NEO is as much, if not more, 99 Classic as a twenty times washed Van Halen t-shirt is a Van Halen t-shirt. It should please those looking for a rougher, more tumbly listen that follows the original as closely as possible.”
“Blessedly, Neo is just as capable in the soundstage as the 99C, being one of the widest and deepest closed-back headphones on the market.”
“What really impressed me is the sound stage, considering that the 99 Neo are closed headphones. The soundstage is ample and deep.” (Original review in Italian)
“The 99 Neo is a great addition to Meze’s lineup. As Meze’s “entry-level” headphones, I find it to have a pretty great value, especially for those who don’t particularly want the extra luxury of wooden ear cups or fully-Kevlar cables. All in all, I can say I recommend the Meze 99 Neo.”
“Once again, I fully recommend giving 99 Neo a chance, especially if you are looking for a headphone in this price bracket, as it is one of the most interesting entries you can find and you might fall in love with the sound!”
“But perhaps, most pertinent to this review, Meze have provided us with a great, natural, organic sound that demonstrates how linearity is just as impressive as neutrality.”
“I had them on by choice even more than the classics based on those reasons. Drums and percussion on the Neo’s sound engaging to me and when I go on my road trip I have a strong feeling the Classics will be the ones left in the trunk while I take another set with me besides the classics for other music.”
“The 99 Neo’s sound is clear and richly balanced, and these closed-back over-the ear headphones do a good job hushing external noise.”
“We are talking about a handsome, absurdly well-finished, beautifully built, spectacularly comfortable handset that has some of the most musical midtones and treble that I have ever heard in the world of headphones."
"Meze Audio 99 Neo headphones represent the combination of breathtaking design, spectacular build quality, and exciting sound signature... Unique and attractive design, remarkable construction quality, great comfort, and a joyful sound signature at an affordable price – that’s what Meze Audio 99 Neo is all about."
“It really sounds like the 99 Classics, though understandably on on a smaller scale. It is 79$, and so is not going to break the bank.”
“Everything from the excellent packaging, build quality, incredibly life-like bass and overall sound quality really impressed me with the 12 Classics by Meze; and all for under $100!”
“They make a good complimentary pair, each offering something a little different but retaining a similar sound signature from their parent company.”
“Eventually Meze 12 Classics are musical, with a very pure and dynamic sound, to enjoy the wonderful sound of vocals and instruments.” (Original review in Bulgarian)
“The 12 Classics has a smooth organic sound that ensures a fatigue-free listening whilst still retaining crisp at the top end.”
“The 12 Classics model is a solution for those smartphone users who care about good sound quality as well as good design.” (Original review in Polish)
“Had this review been done early enough, I’d have wholeheartedly recommended these phones for Christmas stockings. They’re better built than 99% of similarly priced earphones, and they push more detail into the mids and upper mids than is typical at this price range.”
“I’ve nothing negative to say about these, but then again…that’s Meze products for you. They seem to be on point no matter what they put out.”
“The Meze Neo 11 is well designed and constructed earphone. Proving once again you can have quality design and sound at an affordable price.”
“The Meze Audio 11 Neo is above its direct competitors and the mention ‘Hi Rez Sound’ on the box is not usurped. That said we get used to it very quickly and it is the comparative listening that shows what is missing from other earphones.” (Original review in French)