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Meze Audio LIRIC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones

Meze Audio LIRIC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones

Regular price $2,000
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Cup style More information
Open-back headphone designs are often higher-performance but have poor noise isolation and leak sound. Closed-back designs provide better noise isolation and leak less sound.

Closed-Back

Wearing style More information
Over-ear headphones sit over your ear and surround your ear with a ring of padding. On-ear headphones are padded but rest on top of your ear. In-ear monitors are worn inside your ear canal.

Over-ear

Driver type More information
Speakers and headphones use a device called a 'driver' to create sound. Different types of drivers have different strengths and weaknesses, but can all produce great sound. Common varieties include dynamic, planar magnetic, and electrostatic.

Planar Magnetic

Amp required More information
Some headphones require the power of an amplifier to reach comfortable listening volumes.

Yes

Connectivity More information
Connectivity refers to the method in which the headphones connect to the audio source. Headphones can be either wired or wireless.

Wired

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Meze Audio LIRIC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones

Regular price $2,000
Sale price $2,000 Regular price $2,000.00

Liric – the portable isodynamic hybrid array headphone

Powered by Rinaro Isodynamics

Features

  • Driver type: Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array® MZ4
  • Closed-back, circumaural headphones
  • Lightweight magnesium frame
  • Stainless steel headband with padded cushions
  • Ergonomic ovoid shape
  • Genuine leather headband

Tech Specs:

  • Diaphragm Type – Rinaro Isoplanar® MZ4
  • Frequency response 4 - 92,000 Hz
  • Impedance 30 Ω
  • Nominal SPL 100 dB (1mW/1kHz)
  • Maximum SPL >130dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.15% (in the whole frequency range
  • Weight: ~ 390g

Accessories:

  • Case: Gift box with foam inserts - EVA pouch with soft plush interior
  • Included cables: 1.5m soft TPE cable, with aluminum casings, ending with 3.5 mm jack 3m soft TPE cable, with aluminum casings, ending with 3.5 mm jack
  • Headphone termination: 3.5 mm TRS jack
  • Included adapters: 6.3mm gold-plated jack Airplane jack

Meze Audio LIRIC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones - Liric headphones laid horizontally | Headphones.com

Award-Winning Technology In A Portable Frame

LIRIC features the state-of-the-art technology developed by Rinaro, re-engineered for day-to-day use. The MZ4 Isodynamic Hybrid Array driver was purposefully scaled down and tuned to deliver a similar audio experience with its larger counterpart found in the Empyrean.

Combined with the closed-back design, it helps preserve the original clarity and emotion of your favorite music through enhanced sound and minimized external noise. Each driver is entirely hand assembled and tested in Rinaro's industrial facility in Ukraine.

Meze Audio LIRIC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones - Diagram of driver layers: casings, isoplanar layer plus hybrid magnet array | Headphones.com

MZ4 Casing

Reinforced polymer housing designed to withstand the demanding 10,7N load generated by the Hybrid Magnet Array.

MZ4 Isoplanar® Diaphragm

Weighing only 0.08g with a large active area of 3507mm.

MZ4 Hybrid Magnet Array

Symmetrically placed on either side of the diaphragm our neodymium magnets are arranged into a Hybrid Array to create a 0.3 Tesla Isodynamic magnetic field required for a uniform activation across the whole diaphragm surface.

MZ4 Isodynamic Hybrid Array Driver

We have continued our collaboration with Rinaro Isodynamics to create the MZ4 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 Audio 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 Isodynamics is the Phase-XTM system, which improves ambience and spatial sound imaging, often found to be a problem in closed back headphone designs.

MZ4 Isodynamic Hybrid Array Driver

We have continued our collaboration with Rinaro Isodynamics to create the MZ4 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 Audio 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 Isodynamics is the Phase-XTM 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.

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.

Meze Audio LIRIC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones - Isolated driver unit areas | Headphones.com

Improved Efficiency at Higher Frequencies

Meze Audio LIRIC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones - Comparison between conventional planar array and isodynamic hybrid array | Headphones.com

At frequencies above 10kHz, where sound wave length is smaller than the cushions inner cavity, the sound field becomes diffused with an amount of the 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.


Meze Audio LIRIC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones - Dramatic image of Lirics on case | Headphones.com

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 create 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.

Meze Audio LIRIC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones - Diagram of sound imaging with original source recording | Headphones.com

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.


Meze Audio LIRIC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones - Diagram of conventional sound imaging | Headphones.com

Nonlinear Phasing

Nonlinearities in phase response noticeably affect the reproduction of the spatial image of the original recording. (illustration)


Meze Audio LIRIC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones - Diagram of Phase-X™ linearization system sound imaging | Headphones.com

Phase-X™ Linearization System

With the addition of the Phase-X™, Liric achieves a more linear 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.


Meze Audio LIRIC Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones - Headband, closeup of air flow channels | Headphones.com

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.

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