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Meze Audio LIRIC (2nd Generation) Closed-back wired Isodynamic® hybrid planar magnetic headphones

Item # 455LIRIC2

Meze's top-of-the-line closed-back headphones now feature striking Macassar ebony wood earcups.

Meze's top-of-the-line closed-back headphones now feature striking Macassar ebony wood earcups.

Item # 455LIRIC2

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Expected: 6/7/2024
$2,000.00

About the Meze Audio LIRIC (2nd Generation)

Jeff Miller

The full Meze experience, designed for more listening environments

It just feels right for Meze to use wooden earcups for the second generation of their flagship closed-back LIRIC headphones. The design-focused company built their stellar reputation with wood headphones — and their homebase remains in the richly forested region of Maramures, Romania. These headphones boast the familiar design, planar drivers, and comfort that made the originals so popular. But Meze's added Macassor ebony — a dense hardwood used to give acoustic guitars projection and punch — along with some design touches and tuning tweaks.

The full Meze experience, designed for more listening environments

Earcups of the Meze LIRIC II headphones

Due to the nature of the Macassor ebony wood, no two sets of the LIRIC II headphones look exactly alike.

It just feels right for Meze to use wooden earcups for the second generation of their flagship closed-back LIRIC headphones. The design-focused company built their stellar reputation with wood headphones — and their homebase remains in the richly forested region of Maramures, Romania. These headphones boast the familiar design, planar drivers, and comfort that made the originals so popular. But Meze's added Macassor ebony — a dense hardwood used to give acoustic guitars projection and punch — along with some design touches and tuning tweaks.

I received a sample right as these headphones launched before CanJam 2024, but I haven't had a chance to audition them. While I'll have full impressions soon, I can report now that the packaging and presentation is all Meze: timeless and instantly memorable.

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Product highlights:

  • closed-back design offers noise isolation and extended bass response
  • earcup housings made from Macassar ebony wood
    • dense hardwood traditionally used in guitar making
    • known for strong projection, top-end clarity, and powerful bass punch
  • planar magnetic drivers tuned to deliver large, lifelike sound with enhanced dynamics
    • driver scaled-down in size and custom-tuned for the closed-back environment
  • "Quarter Wavelength Resonator Mask" helps smooth treble peaks
    • patterned metal component covers certain earcup openings
  • machined and hand-assembled at Meze's headquarters in Romania
MZ24 Isodynamic hybrid array driver details:
  • co-designed and co-developed with Ukrainian research group Rinaro
  • Phase-X linearization system improves phase response for closed-back housings
  • spacious, three-dimensional imaging and realistic transient decay
  • thin, oval-shaped diaphragm increases efficiency and helps lowers mass of drivers
  • separate voice coil traces for accurate sound across a wide frequency range
    • "spiral" coil positioned directly next the ear canal for resolving mids and highs
    • "switchback" coil dedicated to low-end reproduction for authoritative bass
  • strong, symmetrical magnetic array for greater diaphragm efficiency with fluid movement
  • ear pad mounting system sends the magnetic field back into the driver to increase driver output
  • a separate headphone amplifier is required to properly power these headphones for optimum sound quality
Build quality:
  • flexible, shock-resistant magnesium frame with lightweight spring-steel headband
  • leather headband strap uses special suspension system
    • distributes the weight on your head for effortless fit
  • reinforced polymer driver housings can withstand powerful magnetic flux
  • well-cushioned, soft-touch ear pads
    • earcup and pad venting system improves airflow and helps reduce pressure
Accessories and specs:
  • Two detachable cables with braided cloth covering:
    • 4.2-foot balanced cable with 4.4mm Pentaconn headphone plug a
    • 9.84-foot unbalanced cable with 3.5mm stereo miniplug
  • 1/4" adapter
  • airplane adapter
  • rigid plastic carrying case
  • frequency response: 4-92,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 130 dB
  • impedance: 61 ohms
  • weight: 13.7 ounces
  • warranty: 2 years
  • MFR # LIRIC2

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More details on the Meze Audio LIRIC (2nd Generation)

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Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
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Amazon Alexa No
Google Assistant No
Siri No
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1/4" No
Lightning No
4.4mm balanced No
XLR4 balanced No
2.5mm No
Other None
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