"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, together with Rinaro Isodynamics we managed to exceed our expectations once again and create something for the ages. It’s 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.”
Lead Designer and Founder of Meze Audio
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 Empyrean and ELITE headphones.
From looks to technology, this headphone was designed to surpass all short-living trends and become a true heirloom.
A deep black grill with intricate carvings completes the look, turning ELITE into a futuristic take on personal audio design.
A carbon fiber headband with a real leather headrest were added to the frame, for an ultra-light feel and maximum durability.
patience to do well, and it’s that kind of craftsmanship that separates
the average from the great.
The process of making a single aluminum frame takes about 20 hours. To that, we add days of inspecting each part of the headphone, assembling the parts and making sure the final product rises up to our high standards. This can’t be achieved through mass-production and that means delivery times can be longer, but we guarantee it’s worth it.
Total harmonic distortion (THD) measures under 0.05% in the whole frequency range.
75g combined driver weight designed to create a headphone that offers prolonged listening sessions.
ULTRA HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO
Upper frequency limit of audio reproduction is 112,000 Hz.
RINARO PARUS® DIAPHRAGM
An innovative low mass acoustic diaphragm constructed on an ultrathin biaxially oriented semi-crystalline film.
EASY TO DRIVE
101db@1mw/1kHz; 32Ohm; can be driven by almost any source without the need for amplification.
PATENTED ISODYNAMIC HYBRID ARRAY TECHNOLOGY
One of the most sophisticated and advanced planar magnetic technologies in the world.
Reinforced polymer housing designed to withstand the demanding 12,7N load generated by the Hybrid Magnet Array.
Weighing only 0.11g with a large active area of 4650mm2.
Symmetrically placed on either side of the diaphragm our neodymium magnets are arranged into a Hybrid Array to create a 0.35 Tesla Isodynamic magnetic field required for a uniform activation across the whole diaphragm surface.
This solves a common problem with conventional planar magnetic arrays whereby reflected signals enter the ear canal with different time delays, thereby worsening the focus of 3D sound imaging.
The use of dual coil arrays not only creates a balanced frequency response around the whole range, it also allows for better frequency targeting within diﬀerent areas of the ear, improving acoustical perception on the upper frequency range.
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.
A signiﬁcant increase of direct sound waves can be 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.
Ferromagnetic earpads decrease the magnetic stray field affecting the listeners head by 95%
Invisible locking system
Innovative use of the magnetic field of the drivers to keep the earpads in place
12% Increase in driver power
Patented ferromagnetic plates channel the magnetic field back into the driver increasing output by 1db or 12%
This is the well known 30mm deep Alcantara® ear pad originally developed for the Empyrean headphone in 2018.
02. HYBRID (Perforated Alcantara® Interior + Real Leather Exterior )
With a soft, yet durable outer finish, the HYBRID ear cushions are a new addition to our earpad family that perfectly balances the qualities of Alcantara® and leather into a single design. Besides the high wearing comfort, this unique combo lowers the bass pressure and delivers an airy sound signature, in which sound waves appear to trancend the space around you to create an immersive experience.
• Two sets of earpads included: one Alcantara®,
one HYBRID (Perforated Alcantara® Interior + Real Leather Exterior)
• Cable options:
- 2.5m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 6.3 jack connector
- 1.2m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 3.5 jack connector
- 2.5m OFC cable, 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 4 pin XLR connector
- Warranty period: 2 years
*Vegan option available upon request
- Driver Type
- Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array®
- Operating Principle
- Ear Coupling
- Frequency Response
- 3-112,000 Hz
- 32 Ω
- Nominal SPL
- 101 dB (1 mW / 1 kHz)
- Maximum SPL
- > 130 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
- ~430 g
MZ3 DRIVER SPECIFICATIONS
- Geometrical Shape
- 102 mm x 73 mm
- Driver Weight
- 75 g
- Fibreglass reinforced polymer
- Diaphragm Type
- Rinaro Parus® [MZ3SE]
- Active Area
- 4650 mm2
- Diaphragm Weight
- 0.11 g
- Acoustic Mass
- 7.5 kg/m4
- Lower Frequency Limit
- 3 Hz
- Upper-Frequency Limit
- 112,000 Hz