“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.
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 1980’s. 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.
Symmetrically placed on each side of the diaphragm, the 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.
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.
An innovative feature is the Isomagnetic®ear cup attachment which utilizes the demagnetizing field generated by the driver to hold the ear cup in place whilst also redirecting the magnetic field back into the driver and improving driver efficiency.
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.
An Ergonomic Approach Leads to a New Way of Thinking
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.
A core belief of Meze is to create products that last. The Empyrean is no different: from the replaceable earpads to the high-performance materials used, every part on the headphone chassis is available to be serviced and disassembled.
- Driver Type: Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array
- Operating Principle: Open
- Ear Coupling: Circumaural
- Frequency Response: 4 – 110,000 Hz
- Impedance: 31,6 Ω
- Nominal SPL: 100 dB (1 mW / 1 kHz)
- Maximum SPL: > 130 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): < 0.1%
- Weight: ~430 g
MZ3 DRIVER SPECIFICATIONS
- Geometrical Shape: Ovoid
- Size: 102 mm x 73 mm
- Weight: 82 g
- Casing: Fiberglass Infused ABS
- 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
- Type: Isodynamic
- Size: 75 mm x 49 mm
- Magnetic Flux: 0.35 T
WARRANTY PERIOD: 2 Years
- Case: High-strength ABS plastic suitcase with foam inserts and leather handle
- Two sets of earpads included: one real leather, one angled Alcantara
- Cable type: silver plated or copper PCUHD
- Connector type: 2.5 mm, 3.5 mm (1/8 in), 4.4 mm, 6.3 mm (1/4 in), 4 pin XLR
Check out the manual for more detailed information – Meze Empyrean Manual
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