Meze wanted the Liric to express the very thing that makes them Meze Audio – cutting-edge technology embodied into an artful, almost sculptural frame. While different than anything they’ve done before, Liric preserves the same design language characteristic, with new additions in terms of materials and ergonomic approach.
Designed for high-fidelity listening on the go, Liric delivers high build quality and excellent comfort, and a life-like, immersive listening experience.
A blend of high build quality, excellent comfort, and a life-like, immersive sound, LIRIC is the first closed-back headphone powered by Rinaro’s Isodynamic Hybrid Array Driver, re-engineered for portable use.
MEZE X RINARO Collaboration
Time flies when you’re having fun! Together with Rinaro Isodynamics, Meze are adding a third model in their collaborative lineup. Liric raised a true challenge for both companies; how can they create a planar closed-back headphone that will change all standards in the audiophile world? Fusing Meze Audio’s industrial design capabilities with Rinaro’s technological development, Liric brings a new flavor for all the active audiophiles that like to take their music on the go.
For the past 10 years, Meze Audio has been developing audiophile headphones and earphones renowned for their timeless design, pure comfort and engaging, vivid sound. From looks to technology, Meze Audio products are designed to surpass all short-living trends and become heirlooms, rather than just headphones. Today, founder Antonio Meze and his skilled team design and develop their products in Baia Mare, Romania, in the spirit of their original ‘no-compromise’ vision.
Rinaro originated in the USSR (today’s Ukraine) during the Cold War, as part of a state-funded acoustic technology research program. With government backing and access to advanced testing facilities, the team was able to focus all of its efforts on planar magnetics. A field they have continued to innovate in for the last 30 years, since the collapse of the USSR. In the last decade, Rinaro have expanded their capabilities and capacity with the development of state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing facilities in Ukraine and Poland. The new facilities have been a driving force in the creation of the revolutionary Isodynamic Hybrid Array technology found in Meze Audio Empyrean, Elite and Liric headphones.
Award Winning Technology in a Portable Frame
Liric features the state-of-the-art technology developed by Rinaro, re-engineered for day-to-day use. The MZ4 Isodynamic Hybrid Array driver was scaled down and tuned to deliver an audio experience in-line with it’s larger counterparts found in Empyrean and Elite.
Combined with the closed-back design, it helps preserve the original clarity and emotion of your favorite music through enhanced sound and minimized external noise. Each driver is entirely hand assembled and tested in Rinaro’s industrial facility in Ukraine.
Mz4 Isodynamic Hybrid Array Driver
Liric is the first closed-back headphone to be powered by Rinaro’s Isodynamic Hybrid Array driver. Created exclusively for Meze Audio, the MZ4 driver offers the same dual shaped voice coil array seen in the Meze Empyrean. Over 30 years of R&D have gone into developing this technology, resulting in one of the lightest and most advanced planar magnetic drivers on the market.
A new innovation to the MZ4 driver developed in-house by Rinaro is the Phase-X system, which improves ambience and spatial sound imaging, often found to be a problem in closed back headphone designs.
Reinforced polymer housing designed to withstand the demanding 10,7N load generated by the Hybrid Magnet Array.
[MZ4] Isoplanar Diaphragm
Weighing only 0.08g with a large active area of 3507mm2.
[MZ4] HYBRID MAGNET Array
Symmetrically placed on either side of the diaphragm our neodymium magnets are arranged into a Hybrid Array to create a 0.3 Tesla Isodynamic magnetic field required for a uniform activation across the whole diaphragm surface.
Advantages of a Dual Driven System
The MZ4 driver combines individual switchback and spiral shaped voice coils within the same diaphragm, allowing sound to be targeted with more accuracy around the natural form of the ear, for a more selective acoustic performance. Using this combination allows the headphone to achieve an increased exposure of direct sound wave frequencies over the 10kHz range, as well as improved imaging and localization, by decreasing the impact of short-wave time delays caused by diffused field reflections.
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.
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.
Improved Efficiency At Higher Frequencies
At frequencies above 10kHz, where sound wave length is smaller than the cushions inner cavity, the sound field becomes diffused with an amount of direct and reflected sound waves within the ear canal. A significant increase of direct sound waves was achieved by positioning the most efficient part of the diaphragm in mid-high frequencies directly over the ear canal, resulting in improved 3D imaging and spatial localization.
Phase-X – A Revolution In Sound Imaging
An innovation to the MZ4 driver is the Phase-X™ system created by Rinaro as a way to minimize phase distortion issues, typically found in closed-back headphone designs. This patent-pending technology helps deliver an immersive spatial sound imaging.
The Phase-X™ system improves the accuracy of spatial imaging, in-line with its open back counterparts, especially noticeable on binaural recordings.
Original Source Recording
Absolute linear phasing offers the listener the original spatial image as it was recorded. This includes information from the instrumentation as well as the recording environment itself.
Phase distortions, typically found in the conventional closed-back headphone designs, noticeably affect the reproduction of the spatial image of the original recording.
With the addition of the Phase-X™, Liric achieves a correct phase response and a faster transient response decay. This allows for a more faithful reproduction of transient sounds and improves ambience and spatial imaging for the listener, taking them closer to the environment of the original source recording.
- Driver Type: Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array® MZ4
- Operating Principle: Closed
- Ear Coupling: Circumaural
- Frequency Response: 4-92,000 Hz
- Impedance: 30 Ω
- Nominal SPL: 100 dB (1 mW / 1 kHz)
- Maximum SPL: > 130 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.15%
- Weight: 391 g
MZ4 Driver Specifications…
- Geometrical Shape: Ovoid
- Size: 92mm x 63mm
- Driver Weight: 71 g
- Casing: Fibreglass reinforced polymer
- Diaphragm Type: Rinaro Isoplanar® MZ4
- Active Area: 3507 mm2
- Diaphragm Weight: 0.08 g
- Acoustic Mass: 6.5 kg/m4
- Lower Frequency Limit: 4 Hz
- Upper-Frequency Limit: 92,000 Hz
- Case: Hard EVA pouch with velvet lining
- Two cables included:
- 1.5m soft TPE cable with 3.5mm jack
- 3m soft TPE cable with 3.5mm jack
- 6.3mm jack adapter
- Airplane jack adapter
- Cables pouch
- Warranty period: 2 years
Check out the manual for more details – Meze Liric Brochure