Meze Audio 109 PRO
Meze Audio announces its first pair of dynamic open-back headphones - the 109 PRO. Made from carefully curated and responsibly sourced materials, including walnut wood, zinc, manganese steel, and vegan leather, the 109 PRO is a comfortable, lightweight, yet highly durable headphone capable of producing a natural, emotionally engaging listening experience. "Our obsession with art, exceptional sound, and timeless design drives us. We only create what we love, and the 109 PRO is no exception to that. We poured our soul into every aspect of its design - from the premium materials used to its intricate engineering. And because we don’t follow trends, nor do we let them influence us, the 109 PRO is built to sound, look and feel great for years to come." - said Antonio Meze, lead designer and founder, Meze Audio.
At the heart of the headphone is the 109 series Dual-Composites diaphragm, featuring a Beryllium-coated semicrystalline polymer torus, a cellulose-carbon fiber composite dome, and a copper-zinc alloy ring stabilizer. The superlight but stiff cellulose composite reinforced with carbon fiber makes it possible for the W-shaped dome to reproduce high frequencies (5 Hz - 30 kHz) with incredible detail, clarity, and definition. This composite is superior to conventional alternatives used in dynamic drivers, and its low mass and stiffness help avoid resonances that may lead to harmonic distortion.
The ultra-thin torus (22 microns) surrounding the dome is constructed out of a Beryllium-coated semicrystalline polymer, which contributes to greater clarity and faster transient response. The high dampening qualities of Beryllium also suppress unwanted resonances, leaving listeners with a more neutral, vivid, and transparent experience. Around the circumference of the membrane, the ring-shaped stabilizer made of copper-zinc alloy improves the absorption of vibrations to reduce distortion even further. In addition, the diaphragm is encased in a high-precision machined aluminum frame that has superior rigidity to typical plastic frames and retains perfect surface flatness, which is essential for the precision assembly with the diaphragm.
The spider-shaped structure and acoustically transparent grill inside the earcup expose the driver from both sides, creating Meze Audio’s most open pattern to date, whilst the driver, placed at a precise angle and distance from the ear, achieves the ideal anatomical fit for the most natural listening experience possible. Soft, breathable velour and memory foam earpads comfortably envelop the ears, providing the optimal seal to create an immersive experience. The self-adjusting, spring steel headband distributes weight evenly to relieve pressure, for a more comfortable experience that allows the listener to be fully present. Meze Audio 109 PRO is retailing for $799/€799/£749. Info and photos by Meze Audio via Starscream Communications.