Meze EMPYREAN - the First Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone
Dec 7, 2018 at 8:38 AM Post #1,711 of 11,688

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ZMF headphones have had this “feature” for years. Both the Auteur and the new Verite ship with two different pads that offer different signatures, with other ZMF pads also usable to change the sound to taste. It’s nothing new. Very useful though.

I think when Meze has the same construction,buildquality and materialquality as Zmf they would have not success lol ....this is my opinion

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I think when Meze has the same construction,buildquality and materialquality as Zmf they would have not success lol ....this is my opinion

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I generally wouldn’t respond to such comments, but it’s just sad that you have to put down other products just to make ‘your favourite’ look better. There’s quite a lot of that going on in this thread it seems. That’s a shame really, a top product like the Empyrean deserves a more respectable audience. Just my opinion.
 
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I agree, no need to do that. Yes the Empyrean is awesome, but so are many other headphones. We're spoiled nowadays to have so many choices of amazing headphones and should cherish that. Every company does it in their own way, but they all deserve the same respect imo.
 
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I think when Meze has the same construction,buildquality and materialquality as Zmf they would have not success lol ....this is my opinion

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Really? Even discounting the language difference, this reads as a put-down of ZMF's construction, build quality & material qualilty. Since I know from experience that all 3 are among the very best currently available, I'm puzzled where you got this from...
 
Dec 7, 2018 at 11:21 AM Post #1,715 of 11,688

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Really? Even discounting the language difference, this reads as a put-down of ZMF's construction, build quality & material qualilty. Since I know from experience that all 3 are among the very best currently available, I'm puzzled where you got this from...
They still look like high end garage headphones. Nothing like Empyrean.
 
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They still look like high end garage headphones. Nothing like Empyrean.
Another quality response. I wonder how many of you guys have actually seen, let alone held a ZMF headphone? Anyway, doesn't matter, that's my last waste of breath on this topic.
 
Dec 7, 2018 at 1:12 PM Post #1,720 of 11,688

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Agree with this. The term 'musical' should not be used to describe sonic quality. It is too subjective and ambiguous. For that purpose, I have extremely musical Airpods.

I agree with part of this, but...

I would generally agree. However for me, musicality does determine quality personally. So long as all the other boxes are ticked, good midrange, decent bass extension and extended treble without being ear piercing then musicality is last on the list to dictate quality and there are so many products that tick everything BUT musicality and I just don't like them.....for me musicality is very closely related to timing btw.

I agree with this: "musical" is a useful word in describing audio equipment. However, it needs a lot of context for the reader to be able to determine what the author considers "musical" as opposed to "analytical" or "dry" or "lush" or "euphonic" or any of the other squishy words we use do describe the things we hear using the words we speak.

Sorry to be off-topic, I will now return to the actual program: wishing I had a pair of Empyreans...
 
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I have my analogy - the Empyreans are like adding a fine DHT (Directly Heated Triode - 300B or 2A3) amplifier to the system: Body, musicality, space and detail. So my next question is how will they sound with a DHT???? I have not used them w/ my 300B. Maybe this weekend:ksc75smile:
 
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They still look like high end garage headphones. Nothing like Empyrean.

I can totally understand that our aesthetic is not for everyone. We craft our headphones using techniques that were used on vintage instruments and they are built to look as such, handcrafted. I know this is rare in a world of machine manufactured and injection molded parts and we just do things differently at ZMF (as does Meze!) and I can fully appreciate that aesthetic is not for everyone.

But I will say our entire staff puts their heart into the craftsmanship of our headphones and we combine the handcrafted nature of our headphone with first rate aural response to combine an old world look with modern sonic fidelity. I'm so proud that we've been able to grow and show more people our work in the last few years and I pledge do so for years to come.

I, alike many other's on this thread hope we can stay on topic about the Empyrean, it's one of my favorite headphones from the last year, truly groundbreaking in many ways - one of the few headphones I always make sure to listen to at each show because I love it so much. Antonio is a master headphone craftsman and inspires me every time I see his new work and his team is full of amazing people. The Empyrean is one of the few headphones that I am looking to add to my collection - it's simply brilliant!
 
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Why are there so many distributors/dealers populating in this thread? Do you guys get a big cut?
So many? I see three dealer/distributors plus Antonio. Is that a lot?

Of course they get a cut — why else would they be in the business. And I expect that a new, hot product like this will be very profitable — no need to discount.
 
Dec 7, 2018 at 11:34 PM Post #1,725 of 11,688

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So many? I see three dealer/distributors plus Antonio. Is that a lot?

Of course they get a cut — why else would they be in the business. And I expect that a new, hot product like this will be very profitable — no need to discount.

IMO, There are too many posts from dealer/distributors. Too much noise for a new product. I would like to hear more real impressions from fellow headfiers, not noise.

I don't know how much a dealer cuts from an individual product. But if a dealer gets a larger cut from a certain product, he would be biased toward that product. For that reason, anything comes from a dealer is noise to me.
 
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