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Meze 99 Classics Discussion + Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by MezeTeam, Jan 13, 2016.
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  1. superuser1
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2019
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  2. gringod
    Can anyone comment how the Meze 99`s sound with the dragonfly red dac amp.
     
  3. koover
    That's exactly how I run these. I personally think this combo is pretty solid. These headphones are so easy to drive so the amp section of the DFR doesn't do a whole heck of a lot for it's performance (still sounds good and gives it a boost) but the DAC is excellent. It just smooths out the sound, gives it tighter bass with a nice treble extension.....better then straight from the phone/home set up or however you run these. I've been using this combo now for a few years but only for portable. Never tried it with my home rig. I'm now running the 99's with the AQ cobalt and personally like the DFR better even though the cobalt is a better unit. The cobalt transforms the sound to a more neutral signature so if that's what you're looking for, that may impact your decision if you're in the market for one of these guys. The Cobalt is a lot more expensive though. It's really up to you but IMO, the DFR is a nice little solution with the 99 classics.
     
  4. Lurk650
    Haven't listened to these in a while. Yaxi pads albeit maybe not the absolute best for comfort are still really good and sound very good. Listening to some Smooth Jazz on Spotify, LDAC to my ES100 balanced.
     
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  5. liampanto
    Thanks for the nice review.
     
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2019
  6. iFi audio
    Looking good though, and affordable. Pity.
     
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  7. vodanhkhack
    [​IMG]The gold, the silver, the black and the wood..
     
  8. magicalmouse
    i have had the 99 classics for a few weeks and am amazed how differently they sound depending upon the source, the sound fine form the fiio x7/am2 and ibasso dx120 (with adapter cable on short cable) and even better from the mojo and arcam rdac2 - no bloat which was what i was concerned about as i do not like headphones that emphasise the bass too much, however they sounded dreadful from my hybrid x-cans v2 (highly modded) with very loose and prominent bass, whereas the hd650 sound superb with the x-cans.

    All this leads me to think the 99 classics do not like valves.
     
  9. PaganDL

    @magicalmouse,

    Subjectively & personally, 99 Classics sound good with valves too, it all depends on source, source quality & tubes involved.

    Hope you have a great day !
     
  10. iFi audio
    Our hobby in a nuthsell :ksc75smile:
     
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  11. PaganDL

    Very true... @iFi audio ...very true !

    Hope you have a great day !
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2019
  12. magicalmouse
    Absolutely, i agree it is subjective which is probably why so many dac/amps and headphones exist - i was just giving my opinion in my own limited experience.

    all the best

    d
     
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  13. cjc
    Just pulled the trigger on the Massdrop X Meze 99 Noire. This is headphone #9...gotta keep under 10 at a time.
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2019
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  14. PinkyPowers
    It's a challenge, I know. :D
     
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  15. Shane D
    Just checking back in on one of my favourite headphones. STILL with the pad stuff?
    There is 399 pages and I would bet a minimum of 250 pages is by "pad people". Wow. I have been on here for about a decade and have never seen another so dominated by pad talk. Even my beloved Grado's have almost no pad talk, which is impressive considering the dreaded L cushions are actually painful.

    Maybe a mod could strip out all the pads nonsense to a separate thread so that us 99 Classic lovers could re-subscribe?

    Shane D
     
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