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Meze Liric Portable Headphone
  • Meze Liric Portable Headphone

    MZ4 ISODYNAMIC HYBRID ARRAY DRIVER

    LIRIC is the first closed-back headphone to be powered by Rinaro’s Isodynamic Hybrid Array driver. Created exclusively for Meze Audio, the MZ4 driver offers the same dual shaped voice coil array seen in the Meze Empyrean. Over 30 years of R&D have gone into developing this technology, resulting in one of the lightest and most advanced planar magnetic drivers on the market.


    A new innovation to the MZ4 driver developed in-house by Rinaro is the Phase-X™ system, which improves ambience and spatial sound imaging, often found to be a problem in closed back headphone designs.
     

    ULTRA LOW DISTORTION
    Total harmonic distortion (THD) measures under 0.15% in the whole frequency range.

    LIGHTWEIGHT
    71g combined driver weight designed to create a headphone that offers comfortable listening on the go.

    Phase-X™ SYSTEM
    Improved ambience and spatial sound imaging through innovative technology.
    Patent pending

    ULTRA HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO
    Upper frequency limit of audio reproduction is 92,000 Hz.

    EASY-TO-DRIVE
    100dB@1mw/1kHz; 30Ω
    Can be driven by almost any portable source without needing amplification.

    SCALED FLAGSHIP ISODYNAMIC HYBRID ARRAY TECHNOLOGY
    One of the most sophisticated and advanced planar magnetic technologies in the world has been scaled down for portable use.
    Patented in US, EU, China and other countries.
     

    ADVANTAGES OF A DUAL DRIVEN SYSTEM

    The MZ4 driver combines individual switchback and spiral shaped voice coils within the same diaphragm, allowing sound to be targeted with more accuracy around the natural form of the ear, for a more selective acoustic performance.


    Using this combination allows the headphone to achieve an increased exposure of direct sound wave frequencies over the 10kHz range, as well as improved imaging and localization, by decreasing the impact of short-wave time delays caused by diffused field reflections.

    SWITCHBACK COIL
    The switchback coil is more efficient at reproducing lower frequencies and is positioned in the upper part of the driver.

    SPIRAL COIL
    The spiral coil is more efficient at reproducing middle-high frequencies and is positioned directly over the ear canal, enabling more direct sound waves to enter the ear without any time delays.
     

    ISOPLANAR DIAPHRAGM MATERIAL
    The diaphragm is manufactured from a custom developed isotropic thermally stabilized polymer, with a conductive layer. Through unique processing methods, an ultralight yet rigid diaphragm has been achieved.

     

    IMPROVED EFFICIENCY AT HIGHER FREQUENCIES

    At frequencies above 10kHz, where sound wave length is smaller than the cushions inner cavity, the sound field becomes diffused with an amount of direct and reflected sound waves within the ear canal.


    A significant increase of direct sound waves was achieved by positioning the most efficient part of the diaphragm in mid-high frequencies directly over the ear canal, resulting in improved 3D imaging and spatial localization.
     

    Phase-X™, A REVOLUTION IN SOUND IMAGING

    An innovation to the MZ4 driver is the Phase-X™ system created by Rinaro as a way to minimize phase distortion issues, typically found in closed-back headphone designs. This patent-pending technology helps deliver an immersive spatial sound imaging.

    The Phase-X™ system improves the accuracy of spatial imaging, in-line with its open back counterparts, especially noticeable on binaural recordings.

     

    ORIGINAL SOURCE RECORDING
    Absolute linear phasing offers the listener the original spatial image as it was recorded. This includes information from the instrumentation as well as the recording environment itself.

    NONLINEAR PHASING
    Phase distortions, typically found in the conventional closed-back headphone designs, noticeably affect the reproduction of the spatial image of the original recording.

    Phase-X™ SYSTEM
    With the addition of the Phase-X™, LIRIC achieves a correct phase response and a faster transient response decay. This allows for a more faithful reproduction of transient sounds and improves ambience and spatial imaging for the listener, taking them closer to the environment of the original source recording.
     

    EAR PAD AIR FLOW SYSTEM

    New for the Liric is the introduction of an Ear pad Air Flow (EAF) system, developed by Rinaro, which reduces the weight and size of the Liric headphone through optimizing it’s acoustic volume.

    Precision cut air vents which run from the Liric ear cup chamber into the ear pads allow the MZ4 driver to utilise acoustic volume from the ear pads as well as the ear cup chamber.

    This significantly reduces the required size of the ear cup chamber allowing Liric to keep a compact and truly portable closed-back headphone profile without compromising on the acoustic performance.

     

    AN AUDIOPHILE-WORTHY EXPERIENCE ON THE GO

    Combining high-end materials with an ergonomic design approach and a sleek, modern finish, LIRIC is made for the audiophiles who want to enjoy their passion in and outside the house, for hours on end.

     

    LIGHTWEIGHT MAGNESIUM SKELETON

    A lightweight magnesium skeleton ensures the headphones stay flexible, shock-resistant and oxidation free, while maintaining an ideal fit for long listening sessions.
     

    OPTIMAL AIRFLOW CONTROL

    Padded headband cushions are symmetrically placed in a “+” shape to allow proper air flow, and lowers the heat and humidity buildup. Covered in genuine leather, the headband is perfectly tuned for optimal pressure distribution - it follows the structure of the head, creating firm and even contact.

    Just like all Meze Audio headphones, LIRIC is easily adjustable for a sturdy, yet comfortable feel that fits most head shapes.

     

    ERGONOMIC OVOID SHAPE

    The choice of an angled ovoid ear cup shape was best for surrounding your ears closely without adding unnecessary pressure or weight, at the same time offering a deeper sound and a better passive sound isolation.

     

    PRESSURE EQUALIZATION SYSTEM

    A precisely tuned air vent hole can make a world of difference in how you perceive the sound around you, that is why we’ve learned and adapted from our previous experiences and decided to add our Pressure Equalization System in LIRIC’s ear cups as well. The result: better controlled airflow, improved ear cup chamber pressure, and a sound that is airy, transparent, detailed and flows naturally, enveloping you into a whole new world of music.
     

    LOVE AT FIRST TOUCH

    No detail is left to chance when creating a multisensory experience. With the LIRIC, each texture was carefully selected to complete the other, creating a tactile spectacle distinguishable at first contact. Referencing the textures found on magnesium parts of professional photo cameras, this headphone preserves the same softness to the touch, while demonstrating an outstanding wear resistance.
     

    STRIKING DETAILS

    Achieving the highly-refined finish was definitely a challenging process. The union of black leather, gloss-matte spatters on magnesium, and metallic copper accents were the perfect addition to this contemporary aesthetic, completing its portable personality.
     

    ACCESSORIES

    • Case: Hard EVA pouch with velvet lining
    • Two cables included:
    - 1.5m soft TPE cable with 3.5mm jack
    - 3m soft TPE cable with 3.5mm jack
    • Adapters:
    - 6.3mm jack adapter
    - Airplane jack adapter
    • Cables pouch
    - Warranty period: 2 years

    • Tech Specs

      Driver Type : Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array® MZ4

      Operating Principle : Closed

      Ear Coupling : Circumaural

      Frequency Response : 4-92,000 Hz

      Impedance : 30 Ω

      Nominal SPL : 100 dB (1 mW / 1 kHz)

      Maximum SPL : > 130 dB

      Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) : <0.15%

      Weight : 391 g

      MZ4 DRIVER SPECIFICATIONS

      Geometrical Shape : Ovoid

      Size : 92mm x 63mm

      Driver Weight : 71 g

      Casing : Fibreglass reinforced polymer

      Diaphragm Type : Rinaro Isoplanar® MZ4

      Active Area : 3507 mm2

      Diaphragm Weight : 0.08 g

      Acoustic Mass : 6.5 kg/m4

      Lower Frequency Limit : 4 Hz

      Upper-Frequency Limit : 92,000 Hz

    Rp32.000.000,00Price
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