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It is lacking somewhat in clarity/presence which is caused by the dip around 4kHz. Based on our rating, 99 Classics has a total rating of 7 out of 10 vs 8 out of 10 for Ananda. The slightly cheaper plastic version (still feels high quality) has a similar sound profile. But listening to DSD64 files of our July 2003 Recording of the Month—violinist Rachel Podger and Arte Dei Suonatori performing Vivaldi's 12 violin concertos Op.4, aka La Stravaganza (Channel Classics CCS 19598)—I heard no untoward brightness in the treble. NO SMOOTHING is applied to the shown plots. They are a headphone I've been curious about trying and seeing how they sound, the Meze 99 Classics sounded better than I ever expected. Impedance: 32 Ω The Meze 99 Classics are an overwhelmingly pleasant surprise. Right channel only, driven from 0.2Ω and 120Ω amplifier. This means you can clearly hear it when the cables are touched or rub against clothes. The 99 Classics have a relatively low impedance; they'll need to be driven by an output stage capable of delivering enough current into this load. Pads: pleather (replaceable) When using on portable devices and listening to popular music the described sound is not necesarily a bad thing. (Left channel) On a higher output resistance amplifier the output level will be considerably lower. 30000 range. 0.5% in the bass area is quite good. height: 60mm, width 40mm oval shaped. Elevated bass (the part below 200Hz) and warm mids (downwards slope from 200Hz to 4kHz). Inside each earcup, the 99 Classics use a 40mm Neodymium/Mylar transducer. Meze 99 Classics Review The Meze 99 Classics was sent to me as part of the review tour. This suggests that this is the tuning frequency of the diaphragm. Efficiency: 103dB / 1mW Meze rates the frequency response at 15Hz-25kHz and, at least in the lowest frequencies, you truly hear the depth. An extra amp is not needed. Advantages MEZE 99 Classics over HIFIMAN Ananda The price puts it in the € 300.- range which isn’t cheap but also not very expensive when looking at the headphone market today. The user manual can be found here: Meze 99 Classics User Manual The differences are quite small so in practice it will be hard to tell these apart. 99 Classics entered Top 10 Best closed-back headphones of all time on head-fi forum and received the Wall of Fame on Innerfidelity. A horizontal line shows audible neutral response in the plots on this website. Then come in the 99 Neo. It looks and feels first class and is really nicely made. Distortion in that frequency band is more audible. Therefore, these headphones could be operated using even the most energy-starved devices, but also by using a high-quality music player. Below the frequency response of the Meze 99 classics (Left, Right). The Meze 99 Classics are shipped in an elegant carton package which contains the headphones in a hard carry case. A little extra bass and good isolation is important in these circumstances. Cable entry: dual The Meze 99 Classics has been the benchmark of rich and bright audio in the under Rs. In other words, the 99 Classics come pretty close to nailing what I consider to be the ideal “metal approved” response of a gentle downward arc from bass to mids to highs, as opposed to the typical “U” or “V” shaped response. Below an aid to help determining the sound character of headphones with relation to the frequency response. Below the spectrum plot of the Meze 99 classics (Left channel). Meze headphones are very durable, and even when something breaks, it can be fixed or replaced, which is an option that is so rare in the modern consumerist world. 120dB Weight: 260 g. For a normal listening session, you might not … As can be seen the difference is negligible and the tonal balance of this headphone doesn’t change when the source has a higher output resistance. Demo units courtesy of: Frequency Response measurements and graphs for In-Ear Monitors (IEMs) and earphones. ALL measurements are made with a good SEAL on a flatbed measurement rig. There is no ‘sharpness’ to the sound which many people may find pleasing. The hump in the middle indicates an midbass boost. Distortion in the mids is low (below 0.1%). For those circumstances the 99 classics is a good option. Though most people seem to love the sound of the near-identical Meze 99 Classics, a few people find it to be really off-putting. Inside each earcup, the 99 Classics use a 40mm Neodymium/Mylar transducer. No annoying sharp sounds. The comfort is high and the sound signature is tuned for usage on the go. The electrical phase angle was close to 0° up to 6kHz, suggesting that the drive-unit behaves as a pure resistor up to that frequency; the slightly positive angle that increases above 6kHz is due to the driver's residual inductance. On the box, there is a rather smooth frequency response graph. The wood cups look really nice. This plot too shows small issues. Frequency response: 15Hz - 25KHz; Sensitivity: 103dB at 1KHz, 1mW; Impedance: 32 Ohm; Rated input power: 30mW; Maximum input power: 50mW; Detachable Kevlar OFC cable; Plug: 3.5mm gold plated; Weight: 260 gr (9.2 ounces) without cables; Ear-cups: walnut wood Most measurement sites have some smoothing applied which ‘irons flat’ sharp peaks and ‘wiggles’. Driver type: dynamic The walnut wood earcups, soft earpads, and the spring steel headband make the 99 Classics an heirloom, rather than just a pair of headphones. My usual sources will soon be joined by another item, the aforementioned FiiO M11 Pro. Meze 99 Classics review ... Meze 99 Classic delivered in a large box, made of thick and dense cardboard and a side magnetic lock for easy and quick opening, this gives the box an additional feeling of high qualities. Speaking of frequency response, Sennheiser HD 600 works in a range of 12 Hz - 40 kHz which is incredibly wide compared to the range of MEZE 99 Classics — 15 Hz - … The treble is subdued compared to the bass but not of poor quality. Enjoy music through headphones on a low budget, Subjectivist, Objectivist or Inbetweenivist ? The bigger the deviation the stronger the effect. The first thing I noticed was that the headband produced a metallic ringing sound when I moved my head quickly or the cable rubbed against my clothes. Meze 99 Classics Technical Specifications. The difference could even be down to driver variations. Meze 99 Classics is a closed-back dynamic headphone that uses 40mm bio-cellulose drivers. However, I measured the 99 Classics' impedance and electrical phase with the headphones mounted on my head (fig.1. Touching the metal parts of the headband is quite audible. Deviations in different severities at different frequency bands have an effect on the sound character. However, the double basses and cellos on this album sounded much richer than I'd expected, as did the bass guitar in "Heart Like a Drum," from Beck's Morning Phase (24/96 ALAC file, Capitol/HDtracks). Meze have outlived the first stage of the headphone world where I would consider the “new boys” to be, they have shown they are here to stay and their latest headphone, the 99 Classics that we have here are certainly a reinforcement of that! Sensitivity ... Had these Meze Audio 99 Classics around three weeks now, had them through a Hi Rez player, a Samsung tablet, a Brennan B1 and a Denon PMA-60. Below the frequency response of the Meze 99 classics (Left, Right) And this is what it sounds like as well. Cable: Kevlar 3m with 3.5mm TRS plug and a 1.2m cable with inline mic/remote I could hear a slight mid-treble emphasis with the pink-noise track from Editor's Choice (16/44.1 ALAC file, Stereophile STPH016-2) and with Robert Silverman's album of 23 Beethoven piano sonatas (nondecoded MQA-encoded 24/88.2 FLAC files, Silver Lining/Audio High). Pop recordings actually do not sound poor on this headphone and can see why many people are liking the sound. The electrical phase angle was close to 0° up to 6kHz, suggesting that the drive-unit behaves as a pure resistor up to that frequency; the slightly positive angle that increases above 6kHz is due to the driver's residual inductance. Measurements for all the headphones mentioned in this review, including Meze 99 Classics are available on Inner/Fidelity website :-) ......... Fig.1 Meze Audio 99 Classic, electrical impedance (solid) and phase (dashed) (5 ohms/vertical div. Below the Right channel. The 99 neo has slightly more lows and is even slightly warmer sounding. Smooth would be a good description. A ton of awards started to roll in for this premium headphone, and everyone knew that the incredible build quality, exceptional comfort, and warm punchy sound, made it an instant classic.. (0.2 Ω and 120 Ω of the right channel are superimposed). Below the CSD of the Meze 99 classics (Left and Right channel are superimposed), The 8kHz peak is a resonance, just like the peak around 16kHz. Below the distortion plots of the Meze 99 classics: (only right channel shown) What an incredible feeling it must have been for Meze Audio in 2015, after years of development, the 99 Classics were finally on the market. A ‘horizontal‘ frequency response curve on the shown frequency response plots on this website thus indicates a perceived ‘flat’ tonal signature. Aside from a small correction of the microphone itself also some correction in the lowest frequencies is applied to the plots to compensate for the perceived loss of bass when using headphones. That’s right, 99 Classics are not linear, there isn’t a straight line over the frequency response, bass has some blossom, midrange some sweetness, treble is more or less untouched by the muddiness. The Meze 99 Classics are an overwhelmingly pleasant surprise. Let's check out how the two brothers turn out when compared. No audiophile has ever said 'NO' to these cans. Frequency response (tonal balance) is the most sound-determining aspect of headphones. The mids also have a ‘thick’ signature, as in lacking clarity/presence, and is way too ‘laid back’ for me. Also the cable is quite microphonic. I gave the Meze 99 Classics a listen using my PonoPlayer as source. Very little and reasonable short lived ringing. Type: Over ear, closed The driver is mechanically fully damped and thus does not need electrical damping. I didn't measure the Meze Audio 99 Classics' frequency response; I lack the necessary simulated head and torso, and estimating the optimal response of headphones is far from simple. The fact that the rising edge does not reach the 0dB line is evidence of the ‘dark’ sound signature. This is described HERE in more detail. The 5kHz peak is really there though and not caused by ambient sounds. To me this is at a level that would annoy me. At the end of the story, you get: – A hard carrying pouch – The Meze 99 Classics headphones – Two cables: 1 x 3m cable without microphone and 1 x 1.2m cable with microphone and remote control – A 6.3mm gold-plated jack adapter Usage: Home/office/portable (not for sport activities) The 99 Classics look great, and not just as a whole. The Meze 99 Classics has a sensitivity of 103 dB at 1 kHz for 1 mW, 32 Ohms impedance and a frequency response ranging from 15 Hz to 25 kHz. Interestingly enough, you don’t have to adjust the headphones for differently sized heads. To compensate for this the amplifier is cranked up to the same level (at 1kHz) as the low impedance amplifier. Only around 5kHz the distortion becomes higher and reaches audible levels (almost 1%). This isn’t a bad thing though as many people prefer a headphone with a ‘warm’ and bassy character over ‘neutral’ sound. Elevated bass (the part below 200Hz) and warm mids (downwards slope from 200Hz to 4kHz). Usually this indicates somewhat reduced treble quality. The distortion products are shown in dB. By lack of oscilloscope shots (not enough time to measure that) below a step response plot of the Meze 99 classics. A lot of attention has obviously also been given to the finer details — for example, the cables are made from kevlar, not plastic, and as such are much stronger than your typical headphone cable. These headphones boast an impressive 103 dB sensitivity, an impedance of 32 Ohms. The measurements of the Meze 99 classics indicate it is anything but a ‘reference’ sound quality headphone. These headphones are mostly intended for music listening and much less for analyzing it, this was clear from the first listen. back to Meze Audio Meze did not skimp on accessories in the slightest. Don’t expect the finest nuances to come through. As this is a low impedance dynamic headphone the frequency response could be output resistance dependent when certain higher output resistance amplifiers are used. Frequency Response 15 - 25,000Hz. The Meze 99 Classics sound overly bassy and ‘fat’. And this is what it sounds like as well. In view of the quality of manufacturing, as well as the quality of the sound, Meze 99 Classic deserves our highest praise. Frequency range: 15 Hz - 25 KHz, Impedance: 32 Ohm, Sensitivity 103 Db 1kHz/1mW POWER EFFICIENT WITH ANY DEVICE due to low impedance (32 Ohm). Impressions of the headphone are based on a week of use. Inner pad dimensions: depth: 18mm. When driven from a 120 Ω output resistance amplifier nothing changes. Nearly the same, yet they appeal to you differently. Some lingering/coloration at around 1kHz (probably the sealed enclosure) and some small resonances around 4kHz, 8kHz and 16kHz. (the one pictured/tested here has silver colored metal parts) Below the 99 classics and 99 neo overlayed. Frequency response: 15Hz - 25KHz; Sensitivity: 103dB at 1KHz, 1mW; Impedance: 26 Ohm; Rated input power: 30mW; Maximum input power: 50mW; Detachable Kevlar OFC cable; Plug: 3.5mm gold plated; Weight: 260 gr (9.2 ounces) without cables; Ear-cups: ABS Plastic Ken Micallef reported that "even at loud volumes the 99s kept their cool, never sounding shouty, edgy, boxy, or otherwise criminal in the treble." To test this the headphone is measured via a low impedance amplifier (0.2Ω) and a high impedance amplifier (120Ω). Meze 99 Classics. For an affordable headphones, MEZE 99 Classics and HIFIMAN Ananda are two comparable choices. It can be driven directly from portable sources such as phones, tablets and DAPs. There are cheaper alternatives that sound equally well or even better but do not have this build quality and feel. Driver size: 40mm Not everyone wants to hear all warts of the recordings. Treble is smooth and a little subdued compared to the bass/lower mids but still present enough to not get the feeling of it sounding rolled-off in the treble. Janine Elliot takes a listen to their £256 Meze Classic 99 headphones. Treble quality itself is quite good. Max power rating: 50mW So, I've just replaced the 'standard' pads on my new 99 Classics with the Meze 'small' pads and it's significantly changed the presentation. There I said it now excuse me while I sit in a dark cupboard for a while. Accessories: 6.3mm adapter, airline adapter, carrying case In that sense, the Meze and AudioQuest headphones aren't as neutral as the Sennheiser HD 650s—but there is a general preference among headphone users for more bass than is strictly appropriate.—John Atkinson. (website links), Foobar 2000 for Dummies (Part 1) – General Setup, Foobar 2000 for Dummies (Part 2) – Playing DSD – New SACD plugin (0.9.x and 1.x.x Series), power, efficiency, levels, balanced, impedance. The Meze 99 classics is a closed dynamic headphone. However, a kink in the impedance-magnitude trace at 1.5kHz and a couple of discontinuities in the mid-treble imply the presence of some resonances. However, I measured the 99 Classics' impedance and electrical phase with the headphones mounted on my head (fig.1. The 99 classics are certainly comfortable even for extended listening sessions, but a set of deep velour or leatherette pads would elevate comfort levels to supremely comfortable status. This ringing was at a lower frequency than the wrinkles in the impedance traces, and was more audible than the similar headband ringing of the AudioQuest NightHawks. The Meze 99 Classics are an overwhelmingly pleasant surprise. Clamping force: Medium. The bass is definitely less boomy (but still BIG), the mids are slightly more forward and it feels like the treble might be just a little softer/smoother, though I'd have to swap pads back and forth to be sure about that. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Meze is an interesting newcomer to the headphone and IEM market, a company set up in London in 2009 that wants to change the opinion that you have to spend a fortune to get a good sound. Foldable: No The distortion is quite low for a medium sized dynamic driver. Meze rates the frequency response at 15Hz-25kHz and, at least in … Instead, they adjust automati… To me it sounds fatty, bassy, hollow and lacks ‘bite’ which are all negative words but many others may find it pleasantly bassy, warm, laid back with pleasant soft highs. It's the Meze 99 Classics vs the Meze 99 Neo. Even the packaging and carrying case look amazing. Max. Do note that some of the distortion ‘spikes’ may well have been caused by ambient sounds in the demo room from ears unlimited when it was measured there. S.P.L. On paper, these headphones can be powered by anything, from the least powerful smartphone, to an excellent handheld player or DAC. Transducer size: 40mm; Frequency response: 15Hz – 25KHz; Sensitivity: 103dB at 1KHz, 1mW For those that prefer a ‘neutral’ and natural sound it is not the perfect headphone. They sound fantastic on all four. The manual contains only the necessary information: description of headset, control and frequency response graph. This player is capable of wonders, but what really surprised me is that Meze was able to achieve a fantastic audio quality even with worse sources: the 99 Classics don’t need dedicated amplification or crazy expensive DACs to offer an amazing sound quality. For € 250.- you can buy the Meze 99 neo but the nice wood is black plastic instead. Distortion levels and spectrum plot performance may thus be better in reality than shown on the plots. The impedance magnitude was a fairly constant 21 ohms through most of the audioband, but with a slight bump in the midbass centered on 60Hz. Frequency response: 15 – 25,000 Hz: Impedance: 32 Ω: Sensitivity: 103 dB . I hate getting carried away with hype but I will admit I do enjoy the 99 Classics more than my conservative values should really allow me. It is quite colored in sound (as in opposed to realistic/neutral). As the treble is subdued compared to the bass the treble still sounds smooth. Performance and Conclusions On tracks with powerful sub-bass content, like The Knife's "Silent Shout," the 99 Classics deliver a perfect balance of bass depth and high frequency definition. The tonal balance (boosted lows) is actually preferable when commuting. This is the latest version which has thicker pads. Everything is screwed and can easily be (dis)assembled. The shape of your head, bone structure, pad size, pad ‘softness,  (compliance), hair or no hair and or wearing glasses may (drastically) change the frequency response of some headphones, so… your personal experience may differ substantially from these plots. back to measurements Although KM noted that the Meze headphones didn't have "too rich bass fundamentals," I do think that, like the NightHawks, these headphones have a somewhat exaggerated low-frequency balance. Before any serious listening the 99 Classics were given more than the Meze recommended 60 hours of burn in time. For those looking for a warm and bassy (not basshead) type of sound with subdued and pleasant/soft treble this may be a viable option. Headphone connector: 3.5mm TS in each cup Meze rates the frequency response at 15Hz-25kHz and, at least in the lowest frequencies, you truly hear the depth. 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