The crème de la crème in the world of planar magnetic headphones, the Elite is Meze Audio’s flagship model. The drivers in these headphones were designed and developed in partnership with Rinaro, a research firm that has been responsible for innovative discoveries surrounding planar drivers for more than 30 years. Handcrafted to be a longstanding heirloom, the Elite headphones are a pinnacle in acoustic achievement and listener comfort, a listening experience that simply must be on the bucket list of every audiophile.
A driver like no other
Meze has implemented a brand new Rinaro Isodynamic driver design in the Elite called Parus®, featuring an ultra-thin crystalline polymer film, weighing in at 0.11g despite its sizable active speaker area. This stiff driver array also features a dual-coil design, with a bass transducer coil dedicated to lower frequencies, and a mid to high-frequency range coil located at ear canal level – designed to achieve optimal clarity directly to the listener’s ear. This physics-defying planar driver is the motivating force behind the Elite’s mesmerizing sonic performance, and makes it easy to see why Meze has developed their crown jewel with much love and care.
Comfort and beauty together
Of course, great acoustics must be paired with comfortable ergonomics, and fortunately, these headphones deliver. Meze has carefully considered the distribution of pressure across the headband, and uses compliant leather that self-adjusts to maximize the amount of contact it has with the top of the listeners head, relieving pressure and improving comfort. This thoughtful design in combination with the Elites’ lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum frame ensure that every long listening session will be rewarded comfortably.
Elite design review and unboxing
- Product Specifications Compatibility | 3.5mm headphone cable Headphone Interconnect | 2.5mm Driver | Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array® MZ3SE Earcup design | Open back Frequency range | 3Hz - 113KHz Impedance | 32Ω Sensitivity | 101dB/1mW THD | <0.05% at 1kHz Materials | Black leather, magnesium frame Weight | 0 lbs 15.1oz - What's in the box 1 x Empyrean 1 x High-strength aluminum suitcase with foam inserts 2 x Earpads sets included: one Alcantara®, one HYBRID (Perforated Alcantara® Interior + Real Leather Exterior) Cable options | Mini XLR to 3.5mm jack OFC standard cable, 1.2m | or | Mini XLR to 6.3mm jack OFC standard cable, 2.5m | or | Mini XLR to 4 pin XLR connector standard cable, 2.5 m - Warranty The Elite is covered by a two-year warranty effective from the date of purchase.