Meze Audio’s Flagship ELITE Headphones: Art for the Ears

Regular readers know I’m not a headphone kinda guy, but the press release for the Meze Audio ELITE Isodynamic Hybrid Array headphones grabbed my attention.

And it did so, artfully:

With Elite we’ve created something that transcends all barriers of headphone design and engineering and moves to a new, artistic, graceful level. Following in the footsteps of a successful partnership with Rinaro Isodynamics, we managed to exceed our expectations once again and create something for the ages. This is not mass production; it’s the craftsmanship that sparks the magic and wonder in Elite, what makes it exciting, and these are values that we choose over any shortcuts”  Antonio Meze, Lead Designer and Founder of Meze Audio

To my mind, its more important than ever to expound on the importance of design, beauty, and craftsmanship as an important ingredient in the hifi experience.

That being said, every piece of hifi gear also embodies science:

Rinaro Parus® is the result of 3 years of exploration into material sciences by the team at Rinaro. The semi-crystalline micro structure exhibits remarkable strength, stiffness, and stability, combined with an extremely low acoustic mass. This brings a new level of performance to Isodynamic Hybrid Array drivers” Pavlo Shymanovych, Founder of Rinaro Isodynamics

The marriage of the two, art & science, is what makes hifi grand, because people, us humans, need both for a rich and rewarding life.

At least that’s the way I see it.

The Meze Audio ELITE is available for pre-order, retailing for $4,000 / £3,699 / €4,000.

Specifications

Driver Type: Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array®
Operating Principle: Open Ear Coupling Circumaural
Frequency Response: 3-112,000 Hz
Impedance: 32 Ω
Nominal SPL: 101 dB (1 mW / 1 kHz)
Maximum SPL: > 130 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.05%
Weight: ~ 420 g

MZ3 Driver Specifications

Geometrical Shape: Ovoid
Size: 102 mm x 73 mm
Weight: 75 g
Casing: Fibreglass reinforced polymer
Type: Rinaro Parus® [MZ3SE]
Active Area: 4650 mm2
Weight: 0.011 g
Acoustic Mass: 7.5 kg/m4
Lower Frequency Limit: 3 Hz
Upper-Frequency Limit: 112,000 Hz

Company Website: Meze Audio