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Meze ELITE Hybrid Array Planar Magnetic Headphones

Meze ELITE Hybrid Array Planar Magnetic Headphones

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THE SOUND OF PURE EMOTION Elite
THE NEW ISODYNAMIC HYBRID ARRAY FLAGSHIP POWERED BY RINARO ISODYNAMICS

PASSION BROUGHT US HERETECHNOLOGY MADE IT HAPPEN

10 years ago we made a commitment to break the barriers of the audio industry. Our products were made to amaze inspire and transform each listening into a multi-sensory experience you can get lost in. With a no-compromise mindset driven by our love for art and sound we are committed to building one of a kind headphones using innovative designs and technologies that perfectly complete each other to create pure emotion.

MEZEXRINAROCOLLABORATION

Meze Audio and Rinaro Isodynamics continue their collaboration for the release of the new ELITE Isodynamic Hybrid Array headphone. Combining the outstanding mechanical design and ergonomics from Meze Audio with the signature technology and acoustic engineering of Rinaro ELITE is here to set a new standard in top-of-the-line headphone performance.

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 Isodynamics

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.

BEAUTIFUL AESTHETICSTAILORED FOR LONG LISTENING SESSIONS

A core belief of Meze Audio is to create products that last through years and years of industry changes bringing long-lasting value to the customer. Elite is no different.

From looks to technology this headphone was designed to surpass all short-living trends and become a true heirloom. Take a closer look to discover the highly complex geometrical imprint accentuated through the silver finish of the CNC aluminum frame.

A deep black grill with intricate carvings completes the look turning ELITE into a futuristic take on personal audio design.

Materials were chosen not just for the exciting sensory experience their raw texture provides but also for comfort and durability.

A carbon fiber headband with a real leather headrest were added to the frame for an ultra-light feel and maximum durability.

PATENT PENDINGPRESSURE DISTRIBUTION WINGS

The patent-pending suspension wings support system is elongated and curved at both ends descending further on the side of the head and distributing the weight of the headphone evenly for an utmost comfortable listening experience.

PATIENCEMAKES PERFECT

Creating a flagship headphone takes time and 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. ELITE is hand assembled with care and painstaking attention to detail in Baia Mare Romania.

THE PROGRESSION OF THE FLAGSHIPRINARO ISODYNAMIC HYBRID ARRAY DRIVER

With a custom newly designed driver created by Rinaro Isodynamics ELITE is the result of 3 years of research and development through which we strived to create a powerful lifelike and immersive experience that awakens the senses of the listener.

ULTRA LOW DISTORTION

Total harmonic distortion (THD) measures under 0.05% in the whole frequency range.

LIGHTWEIGHT

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 112000 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.

ARCHITECTURE OF THEISODYNAMIC HYBRID ARRAY DRIVER

The MZ3SE driver builds on the pioneering technology of the flagship MZ3 driver found in the Empyrean headphone. The innovative Isodynamic Hybrid Array technology delivers a more selective acoustic performance to the various areas within the structure of the ear. Advances in diaphragm materials have opened the doors to even higher resolution and accuracy of the sound reproduction setting a new benchmark in headphone design.

SING

Reinforced polymer housing designed to withstand the demanding 127N load generated by the Hybrid Magnet Array.

RINARO PARUS DIAPHRAGM

Weighing only 0.11g with a large active area of 4650mm2.

HYBRID MAGNET ARRAY

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.

RINARO PARUSA NEW LOW MASS DIAPHRAGM MATERIAL

The new driver behind ELITE features Rinaro Parus an innovative low mass acoustic diaphragm built on an ultra-thin biaxially oriented semi-crystalline polymer film. This combined with the signature Isodynamic Hybrid Array Driver technology allows sound waves to flow freely past the ears and out producing a natural sound transparency and a wide articulate soundstage. This results in improved definition and speed over the entire frequency range.

The polymer is produced with bespoke sequential biaxial lengthening technology a process that involves stretching the polymer in transverse directions at elevated temperatures to improve structural performance. This result is a complex semi-crystalline micro structure developing in the material which exhibits remarkable strength stiffness and stability combined with an extremely low acoustic mass.

DUAL DRIVEN SYSTEMADVANTAGES

The use of different voice coil configurations found in the Isodynamic Hybrid Array creates the opportunity to improve the sound intensity distribution at high frequencies when directed at the auricle and ear canal.

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 dierent areas of the ear improving acoustical perception on the upper frequency range.

SWITCHBACK COIL

The switchback coil is more ecient at reproducing lower frequencies and is positioned in the upper part of the driver.

SPIRAL COIL

The spiral coil is more ecient at reproducing middle-high frequencies and is positioned directly over the ear canal enabling more direct sound waves to entr the ear without any time delays. At frequencies above 10kHz where sound wave length is smaller than the cushions' inner cavity the sound eld becomes diused with an amount of direct and reected sound waves within the ear canal.

A signicant increase of direct sound waves can be achieved by positioning the most ecient part of the diaphragm in mid-high frequencies directly over the ear canal resulting in improved 3D imaging and spatial localization.

REVOLUTIONARYEARPAD TECHNOLOGY

An innovative design feature developed by Rinaro is the Isomagnetic earpad attachment which utilises the demagnetizing field generated by the driver to hold the earpad in place whilst also redirecting the magnetic field back into the driver and improving driver efficiency.

95% Magnetic field shielding

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%

LIBRATEYOUR SOUND

The Meze Elite headphone comes with two uniquely shaped earpads developed by Rinaro to allow for personal calibration of the sound signature.

01. ALNTARA

This is the well known 30mm deep Alcantara ear pad originally developed for the Empyrean headphone in 2018.

02. LEATHER + ALNTARA HYBRID

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.

DESIGNEDFOR LIFE

Taking long-term sustainability to a new level Elite is also fully serviceable: from the replaceable earpads to the high-performance materials used every part on the headphone chassis is available to be easily disassembled and serviced.

UPGRADE WITHBRAIDED FURUKAWA PCUHD CUSTOM BLES

Copper PCUHD Upgrade Cables

Silver Plated PCUHD Upgrade Cables

ACCESSORIES

  • Case: High-strength aluminum suitcase with foam inserts
  • Two sets of earpads included: one Alcantara one Leather+Alcantara Hybrid
  • Cable options:
    • 2.5m OFC cable 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 6.3 jack connector or
    • 1.2m OFC cable 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 3.5 jack connector or
    • 2.5m OFC cable 4pin mini XLR plugs ending with 4 pin XLR connector

*Vegan option available upon request

TECHNIL SPECIFITIONS

OVERVIEW

  • Driver Type Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array
  • Operating Principle Open
  • Ear Coupling Circumaural
  • Frequency Response 3-112000 Hz
  • Impedance 32 ¦¸
  • Nominal SPL 101 dB (1 mW / 1 kHz)
  • Maximum SPL > 130 dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) <0.05%
  • Weight ~ 420 g

MZ3 DRIVER SPECIFITIONS

  • Geometrical Shape Ovoid
  • Size 102 mm x 73 mm
  • Weight 75 g
  • Casing Fibreglass reinforced polymer
  • Type Rinaro ParusMZ3SE
  • Active Area 4650 mm2
  • Weight 0.011 g
  • Acoustic Mass7.5 kg/m4
  • Lower Frequency Limit 3 Hz
  • Upper-Frequency Limit 112000 Hz
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