[NEWS] Meze Audio Presenting Empyrean II Headphone



[NEWS] Meze Audio Presenting Empyrean II Headphone


Meze Audio is introducing Empyrean II, which is an innovative planar magnetic headphone that marks the brand’s continuous pursuit of audio perfection. Building on the acclaim of the original Empyrean – already one of the most technologically advanced designs – this new generation emerges as a symphony of artistry, innovation and craftsmanship.

For their second-generation model, Meze Audio’s specialists have further refined the exceptional Isodynamic Hybrid Array driver design from Rinaro Isodynamics, delivering a step-change performance.

Meze Audio’s Managing Director, Mircea Fanatan explains the release of the new Empyrean II, with its following comment, “The main goal was to enhance the headphones ability to reproduce fine details and achieve a more neutral sound signature, all the while preserving the original “easy to listen to” character. With this in mind, our engineers have spend a lot of effort to the driver’s power in order to reveal new possibilities in terms of responsiveness and accuracy and even make the driver more reliable in challenging acoustic environments.”



Design & Comfort:

Crafted with precision via CNC milling, Empyrean II’s frame features a sleek black matte finish with silver accents, and a redesigned aluminum grille inspired by “Art Deco” artistry. With a nod to the past and a vision for the future, the new headphone is a testament to Meze Audio’s passion for blending classic aesthetics with modern Sophistication.

Meze Audio says that “You will want to listen to the Empyrean II for hours”. Following the same comfort standards as the entire Meze portfolio, these headphones are deliberately structured to minimize weight and pressure and instantly adapt to the shape of your head.


Latest Isodynamic Hybrid Array Driver:

The Isodynamic Hybrid Array Driver combines individual switchback and spiral shaped voice coils in one driver, allowing sound to be targeted with more accuracy around the natural form of the ear.


New Duo Ear Pads:

The new Empyrean II also comes with two sets of ear pads included, each designed for a different experience. Its Meze Audio’s most advanced ear pads in the Empyrean series to date, the all-new Duo Ear pads are bespoke to Empyrean II. Crafted from a precise blend of premium leather and Alcantara, they introduce a contemporary look and tone. With leather forming the base half and Alcantara covering the rest, these ear pads deliver a harmonious tonal balance that resonates across all music genres.

For a classic audiophile experience, the Angled Alcantara Earpads excel at rendering intricate details and nuances in your recordings. The angled shape creates more space inside the ear pad, which translates to an airier sound signature, with cleaner bass and improved midrange presence.


Technical Specification: 

  • Driver Type                                   : Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array Driver
  • Enclosure                                     : Open-back
  • Ear Coupling                                : Circumaural
  • Frequency Response                   : 8 – 110,000 Hz
  • Impedance                                   : 32 Ω
  • Sensitivity                                     :105 dB SPL @ 1 kHz, 1 V
  • Maximum SPL                              : > Maximum SPL – >130 dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)  : <0.05% @ 1 kHz, 1 V
  • Weight                                          : 385 g (without earpads)


MZ3SE Driver Specifications:


  • Ovoid                                                  : Geometrical Shape
  • Size                                                     : 102 mm x 73 mm
  • Weight                                                 : 82 g
  • Casing                                                 : Fiberglass infused ABS


  • Type                                                   : Rinaro Isoplanar® [MZ3SE]
  • Active Area                                        : 4650 mm2
  • Weight                                               : 0.16 g
  • Acoustic Mass                                   : Acoustic Mass – 10.7 kg/m4
  • Lower Frequency Limit                      : 8 Hz
  • Upper-Frequency Limit                      : 110,000 Hz


  • Array Type                                        : Isodynamic
  • Size                                                  : 75 mm x 49 mm
  • Magnetic Flux                                  : 0.35 T


Inside the Box:

  • Case: High-strength ABS plastic suitcase with foam inserts and leather handle
  • Two sets of earpads included: Duo + Angled Alcantara
  • Cable type: Premium 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


Price & Availability:

Empyrean II will be available for pre-order starting November 8th, on mezeaudio.com, mezeaudio.eu and in selected dealers’ stores worldwide, with a retail price of $2999 / €2999 / £2749.



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