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You should upgrade or use an alternative browser. Thread starter amirm Start date May 15, Prev 1 … Go to page. Go to page. First Prev 6 of 15 Go to page. Cahudson42 Major Contributor. Joined Sep 21, Messages 1, Likes 1, Let's start a pool - AudioQuest acquiring Abyss Joined Jul 4, Messages Likes I started out with an obscenely priced original pair of headphones back in the day that people would tell me I was mad, the Stax Lambda's which I still own.
They were big bucks back then but they were necessary because I was living in flats with thin walls and my speakers were necessarily put away and the Stax's were way out ahead of anything available at the time. Since then, over decades I accumulated a number of headphones, all low to mid price, that all had faults and shortfalls in performance. I have listened to them all off and on and slowly banished all but one pair back to their relative boxes at the back of cupboard, including the Stax's.
They have all been replaced by three headphones all recommendations from ASR, the HiFiman i, AKG and Senneheiser 6XX and all three out of the box sound great but with the goading of amirm I discovered PEQ and all three of the headphones above I use with EQ and they provide full satisfaction each in their own way, planar, open back and closed back. I still like the Sony MDR's preferably with Oratory Harman Curve EQ, they have a certain something I very much like and only in comparison to the other three do they fall away but not by much as I would expect and mainly in their presentation, they are a little more enthusiastic, perhaps over enthusiastic.
Andysu Addicted to Fun and Learning. Joined Dec 7, Messages Likes Sheer Daylight Robbery! Sheer Daylight Robbery for some rubbish audiophile headphones. I do hope some have automatic common sense to spend the money on something far cheaper. And these headphones don't even have a range to 90KHz to cater for cat and bat. Joined Sep 17, Messages Likes Click to expand Joined Mar 12, Messages 2, Likes 4, That's gotta be for their "next from the best" cable. There has to be a "signature" upgrade out there.
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Driver housings easily free spin which causes cord twisting. Their over ear model 99 Classics even won my Product of the Year award back in with how much they impressed me. So please allow me to discuss with you my thoughts on the Meze headphones flagship product, Empyrean.
Spoiler: A little about me. I listen to music to enjoy it. Do I prefer a lossless source? Yes, of course. I've worked hard over the last several years to earn this position and now it's time for me to work even harder to keep it. I enjoy fishing and relaxing to audio products and then reviewing them to help others decide on what products would work for them.
Now, the sound signature I personally favor is a relaxing, warm and sensual sound that just drifts me away in the emotional experience of the music being performed. Yes, accuracy is still important but I will happily sacrifice some of that if I'm presented with a clean, warm sound that can wisp me away into an experience that makes me yearn for more.
My ideal signature are that of respectably forward mids and upper bass range with the bass being controlled but with some slight decay. I like my treble to have nice extension and detail reveal with a smooth roll off up top as to not become harsh in the least. Spoiler: Equipment used. Equipment used at least some point during the review -Amp.
Spoiler: Disclaimer. Disclaimer I am by no means sponsored by this company or any of its affiliates. They were kind enough to send me a product for an arranged amount of time in exchange for my honest opinion. I am making no monetary compensation for this review. The following is my take on the product being reviewed. So regardless of my take or view on said product, I highly recommend you listen to it yourself and gauge your own opinion.
Spoiler: Why the unboxing's important. Why I feel so strongly about the initial unboxing experience Please allow me to explain why I feel so strongly about the initial unboxing experience with a product. You greet the other person with a true warm smile, eye contact and a firm handshake.
As a consumer, I take this same belief to when I open a new product. Because think about it this way. How else can a company introduce themselves to their customers? How do they present their products? Are they packaged with pride and presented in such a way that makes the listener eager to listen to them?
How about the box itself? Is it bogged down with jargon that says look at this, look what I can do. Or, is the package clean, simplistic and classy? Please give me a listen and allow me to show you what I can do and allow my actions to speak louder than my words.
Spoiler: Common sense disclaimer Before I start this section. Last edited: Jul 6, Reactions: , Thorbee , gancanjam and 5 others. Agree with your observation on the Treble, to me.. Fantastic headphones all around. I have quite a selection of flagships and these are incredible. Cons : Cost, unforgiving of poor sources. JPG Last edited: Jun 19, Reactions: Chris Kaoss , Cat Music , cangle and 6 others.
Both fabulous cans. Pros : Design, build quality, mature and detailed sound, driver tech, and musical delivery. Cons : Not the most resolving headphone. So many thanks to Andy. With that said, all opinions and views are my own. They were formed through hours of listening and comparisons. Once you get pass the cardboard outer boxes you are greeted with what I think is an aluminum, briefcase style, headphone carrying case.
The carrying case is compartmentalized and nicely laid out. There is a spot for the cables, the headphone, the extra set of earpads and pamphlets. Last edited: May 28, Reactions: UniqueMelody , Arcamera , vladpetric and 11 others. Audiosolace Great review - the Meze Empyrean in copper is a beauty. Simply outstanding cans!
Pros : beautiful design, durable build, natural balanced sound with a resolving tonality, unique dual voice coil design. Cons : price, source dependent sound quality. The product was provided to me on loan for the review purpose in exchange for my honest opinion.
The review was originally published on my blog , and now I would like to share it with my readers on head-fi. Manufacturer website: Meze. Last year, that room was busy with reps from Meze Romania and Rinaro Ukraine doing official unveiling of their new Empyrean flagship.
This year, final production model of Empyrean was still the highlight, and I got the urge to try it considering all the positive coverage from consumers and reviewers. As I started listening to Empyrean and switched between different desktop and DAP sources, I quickly realized of how different they can sound depending on pair up.
Here, the source selection contributed quite a noticeable change. I was very impressed with the sound of Empyrean and was curious how it will pair up with my collection of portable sources. Unboxing and Accessories. The unboxing experience of full-size premium headphones is quite different from small IEMs. While IEMs can fit into any generic universal case, full size headphones will benefit from a custom enclosure. With Empyrean, Meze includes a high-strength aluminum briefcase with foam inserts to keep these headphones secure during transportation and storage.
Other included accessories were two sets of earpads, the real leather and the one made from Alcantara material. Also, included is a removable cable with mini-XLR headphone connectors and your choice of termination plug.
More about earpads and cables in the next section. Selection of earpads and cables. There is a noticeable difference in sound using either leather or Alcantara earpads. With leather pads I'm hearing mid-bass to have a more pronounced punch, mids having a fuller body and more natural tonality with a more intimate presentation, and treble being more natural and smoother.
With Alcantara, bass is a little more neutral, mids are more transparent and a little brighter with slightly more out-of-your head presentation, and treble has more sparkle and airiness. For my own personal taste, I preferred a more natural balanced tonality of leather pads, giving the sound a more intimate organic feeling while bringing you closer to the stage. But since both are included, you can decide for yourself which one you prefer better. When placing the order, you also have a choice of cables with either of 3 plug terminations 6.
Considering 6. You can never go wrong with a pure copper! It has standard mini-XLR headphone connectors, Pentaconn 4. Each wire has x 0. When comparing stock OFC cable to Furukawa pure Copper replacement cable, I found the ergonomics of braided copper cable to be superior, with a better overall look and noticeably less microphonics.
Balanced termination was also a plus since stock cable is not offered with 4. But despite a difference in wire material, the tonality of sound was actually very close, though I found a stock OFC cable soundstage to have more intimacy and being not as expanded soundstage width as the upgraded copper wire cable which gave the sound a perception of a wider expansion. While I noticed that many full-size headphones have a similar design with round earcups pivoting and attached to a yoke extended from a headband, Meze took a different approach with Empyrean.
The yoke portion is attached to the back of the earcup, while the yoke rod is connected using a unique spring-loaded mechanism. The earcup itself can freely rotate degrees around the rod and have mini-XLR cable connector at the bottom. The spring headband is lightweight and made from carbon fiber, while the leather headband strap underneath has a unique shape to sit more comfortable on top of the head.
Actually, referred to as pressure distribution wings, these patented suspension wings increase the leather headrest contact surface, literally hugging the shape of the top of the head to relief pressure points. The back of the earcups has a grill with a mesmerizing pattern artwork, CNC milled from a single piece of solid aluminum, which also controls the airflow of these open-back sculpted chassis. According to Meze, the CNC milling time takes almost 20hrs to sculpt this aluminum skeleton.
Despite its g weight, Empyrean felt very light with an even weight distribution on my head. The unique shape of a leather headband strap, carbon fiber spring headband, cushy earpads, and the spring-loaded attachment to earcups made these headphones feel very comfortable and non-fatigue even during extended use. Earpads, which feel like a marshmallow memory foam, are deep enough for my ears not to touch the inner part of earcups and spacious enough for my ears to fit in comfortably with room to breathe.
The choice of ovoid shape was not coincidental. The switchback coil, positioned in the upper part of the driver, is designed to reproduce lower frequencies, while the spiral coil, positioned in the lower part directly at the ear-canal level, is designed to reproduce middle and high frequencies. So, all this is new and fascinating to me. But after reading about the technology behind Empyrean and then comparing it to other planar magnetic headphones, you can certainly appreciate the unique nature of Meze design and how much work went into it.
Sound analysis. Also, prior to listening, I let Empyrean burn in for hrs playing in the loop. From the first second of listening, I hear a holographic soundstage expansion width with a little more intimate depth which brings you closer to the stage, putting you a few rows in front of it.
The soundstage has an oval shape which wraps around you, and at the same time puts you right in the middle of the sound. I usually refer to holographic 3D staging when it comes to both width and depth. Also, excellent imaging with a very convincing placement of instruments and vocals where I can accurately pin-point every element of the song.
The sound signature of Empyrean is very evenly balanced. I wouldn't call it w-shaped because the coherency of tuning is in such linear even-flow way where you don't feel like there is a separate emphasis on lows, mids, highs, instead the entire spectrum is evenly balanced and emphasized.
The tonality is very natural, highlighting a rich organic timbre of instruments and vocals. Despite these headphones being not exactly analytically tuned, the retrieval of details is on a high level with a clarity where I can pick up every nuance in the sound. The tuning is very natural, with a very good layering and separation of instruments and vocals where you literally feel a layer of air in-between, expanding it to give a sense of open vertical sound dynamics.
Bass has a deep textured extension with a powerful sub-bass rumble, you can definitely hear how deep it goes, but it's not the kind of rumble you going to feel. That's when you realize a difference between dynamic driver headphones pushing the air where you can feel it vs planar magnetic where you hear it instead.
Mid-bass has an average speed attack and decay, not too fast or too slow. It punches well through the mix, but not as fast as I would expect from a planar magnetic driver. Bass is very articulate and layered, and also well controlled. Mids are natural, detailed, layered, with slightly north of neutral lower mids that add more organic body to the sound and clear and detailed upper mids that give vocals a slightly more forward presentation.
The tuning is balanced, not mid-forward, but it felt like vocals always had this extra focus and attention when listening with Empyrean. Treble is well extended, airy, crisp, and very natural and well controlled. Not a single harsh peak, even with some of my poorly recorded test tracks where harshness and sibilance usually shows its ugly side. The tuning is quite forgiving, natural, but it's not smooth or warm. It's crisp and detailed, but it's not bright or analytical.
I do have a few full-size headphones but feel like they are not in the same league. Something like Beyerdynamic T5p 2nd gen has thinner mids with a brighter treble, or Audeze EL8C has a more neutral and less natural tonality with a slightly metallic sheen. Some of my other favorite flagship IEMs, like 64 Audio U18t and Fourte Noir have more emphasis on either mids or lows, but overall not as natural or balanced tuned. I do enjoy the headphones and IEMs above, but it felt like Empyrean added an extra layer of naturalness without compromising the resolution or retrieval of details.
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