Head Gear Reviews by pataburd
NOTE: I had previously owned, and subsequently sold, the Empyrean prior to being inducted into the Northeast US Tour. The second time around proved a reprieve, not a reprise, for these headphones. Without reciting my already itemized pros and cons verbatim, I will simply state that at some point in all of my headphone listening sessions, I cannot help but become a critical listener. And that ultimately signals the downfall of the Meze Empyrean in my ears. . . . luxurious tonality, incredibly large soundstage [but without airiness--go figure]...
Bass: solid, balanced and extended with excellent pitch. Can be Stygian and prodigious with the right recordings. May lack mid-bass warmth/emphasis for some listeners. Midrange: open, clear, coherent, tonally saturated and complex. Vocals are rendered with breath-taking realism. Highs: clear, detailed and extended with no glare. Excellent sparkle and finish on tambourine, rider cymbal and high brass. Soundstage: recording- and equipment-dependent. Can assume strikingly large 3-D proportions. The music floats free in space with no sense of...
See a full discussion on the following thread: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/497596/t1-v-dt880-600-round-1. Like The Monkey, I tried gallantly to like these headphones but, for me, they fell short. While they do lots of things very well, for me there was no synergy among the parts working as a whole. I ended up preferring the DT880/600 and have since sold the T1 with no regrets.