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Meze 99 Classics Walnut Gold Headphones (Gold & Black)
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- Two detachable 1.2 m with Mic. and 3 m Kevlar cables
- Frequency range: 15 Hz - 25 KHz, Impedance: 32 Ohm, Sensitivity 103 Db 1kHz/1mW
- Real walnut wood earcups
- Fully serviceable, only screws used in the build of the headphones
- Hard EVA carrying pouch
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The latest in the Classics series, the Meze 99 Classics promises to deliver perfect natural sound even to the pickiest of audio lovers.
Top Customer Reviews
The deal breaker for me was the Meze 99 Classics make my ears sweat. These are supposed to be mobile headphones but I have only been using them in the house and they make my ears sweat like no others and it is only March. I cannot imagine walking around with these on my head outside in August.
The other issue I have is they clamp onto my eyeglasses. While this might not be a fault of the headphones, I do not have this problem with my other headphones and it is uncomfortable.
I purchased the Meze 99 Classics because of the rave reviews for the sound quality. However, none of the reviews said how they sound with orchestral music such as Classical and Opera. It turns out the Meze 99 Classics are missing the upper and lower octaves of the frequency spectrum and it makes orchestra music and opera voices sound boxy.
The sound quality is not as good as other headphones that sell at a lower price. I have the Beyerdynamic DT-990 and Sennheiser HD600. Both sell for less than the Meze 99 Classics and both have superior sound quality to the Meze 99 Classics. However, this is not a fair comparison since DT-990 and HD600 are both open back and sound best with a desktop amp while the Meze 99 Classics is a portable designed to be used with a mobile device.
Overall, I do not feel the sound quality is worthy of $309 compared to my other headphones and the comfort issues make it hard for me to wear for more than a few minutes at a time. None of the other reviews mention these problems so maybe this is an isolated incident but I cannot recommend the Meze 99 Classics.
These headphones stand out in the crowd for their performance, build quality and outstanding looks. They are extremely comfortable and can be worn for hours without fatigue.
They feature a enjoyable sound signature with a slightly boosted low end. While many headphones today boost their lows these don't sound muddy or boomy like most of the other companies. The bass goes deep but never bumps up against the mid's or gets unnatural.
Mid's are well represented and very smooth and accurate. High's sing a very nice song without sibulance or fatigue.
For closed back cans their sound stage is impressive with good width and depth. Instruments are well placed and easy to pick out.
These have become my favorite closed back headphones because they have such an enjoyable sound. I do have a more detailed and technicaly accurate pair of closed back headphones but they reveal every flaw in poorly recorded songs or don't sound good with lower bit rate recordings. The Meze's just shine no matter what the source, bit rate or quality of the recording they just make songs sound better.
In addition they scale well with better sources and amps. Very nice with tube amps.
Wow, beauty, comfort and just plain enjoyable sound. What more can you expect from a headphone.
Everything I've listened to sounds great. Vocals are really clear, Guitar comes through rich and deep. In live tracks you hear the crowd clearly, but very separated from the music, in the background. And the beginning of Giorgio by Moroder by Daft Punk sounds like you're actually sitting in a cafe with Giorgio. Electronic music sounds wonderful, quite vibrant I'd say. The bass on these is very solid. You can really feel it but without it drowning anything else out.
One thing that might be offputting is that drums come through as extremely powerful. It's the first thing I noticed when listening. In songs where I'm used to them sitting in the background (like Intro by the XX) it was a bit of a shock hearing them in the foreground and so pronounced. I absolutely love the expressiveness it brings, but it might be too much for some. I guess that's why they're described as punchy.
Even with that, I don't think you can go wrong with these headphones
My headphones at home are the Oppo PM-1s which are Oppo's flagship planar magnetics. I drive them through a Hegel H160 DAC/Amp in my home office while at work I use a Dragonfly Red DAC/Amp. The Oppo's are very open headphones and pretty much useless at the office. Lots of noise come both in and out.
This led me to a hunt for decent closed back headphones. I didn't want to spend a fortune both because of the attention and risk of damage (ruled out the Audeze LCD-XC and Mr. Speakers Ether Flow C). It came down to the Oppo PM-3s and the Meze 99 Classics. My real complaint with the Oppo line is that they can tend to sound too boring. Everything is so perfectly clear and the soundstage is pretty decent but sometimes you just want them to wake up - at times they are too perfectly behaved. So that ruled out the Oppo PM-3s. I wanted to mix up my headphone collection a bit and I am happy I went this route.
This is a very fun headphone to listen to. Everything plays with attitude. For a headphone they have a lot of punch. They do a wonderful job of taming extreme high frequencies and the mids are beautiful. I have been listening to a lot of electronic, classic metal, classic rock, and indie on these headphones. They all sound incredible.
So why four stars? My only real complaint with the headphone is in the bass. With the volume cranked up a bit it real tends to get out of hand and flutters. One of the reasons I was drawn to this headphone was for the slightly elevated bass but I just wish it was cleaner.
Meze, maybe you should release a high end flagship headphone with perfect bass. I'd buy it :).
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