Counting us in…
ONE Carbon-reinforced cellulose membrane
TWO Beryllium-coated torus
THREE Copper-zinc alloy stabiliser ring
…and…these are the three core ingredients for the 5cm driver that sits behind an ornately cut grille inside Meze’s new mid-tier headphone, the open-backed 109 Pro (€799). Being a dynamic driver (and not a planar-magnetic), the Romanian company hasn’t outsourced its design and production to Ukraine’s Rinaro – as per the higher-end Empyrean, Elite and Liric – but is handling everything in-house.
That home-based design and assembly M.O. extends to the 109 Pro’s wooden earcups and support structure that effectively supersizes the auto-adjusting frame of the now seven-year-old 99 Classics to risk would-be consumers seeing it as exactly that: a souped-up 99er. It isn’t. Aesthetic similarities aside, Meze’s 109 Pro is very much a different beast from its more affordable brother. How do I know? Meze sent one pair to me and another to Srajan in Ireland for us to double-team a podcast review.
UPDATE: The second, more philosophical half of this podcast is available as a Patreon-only bonus here.
👉🏻 As mentioned in this podcast…
Meze 109 Pro:
🛒 (US) https://howl.me/cirdIUxqzK2
Srajan’s 6moons preview (with photos)
Sennheiser x Drop HD6xx
Dan Clark Aeon Flow Open
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