With Riders on the Storm, you notice the thundering of the thunder and bass notes more with the Empyrean. Indeed, even while not as unmistakable in volume, I found at first I saw the exactness of the cymbals all the more along these lines, just as the surface of drum hits. This leads me to feel that the Empyrean makes a superior showing in general of conveying the substance of the music, while the Utopia improves at displaying a feeling of room.
The Indian Summer by The Doors (HDTracks 24/96) comes through as vaporous and open with the Utopia, direct out of my Chord Hugo 2/Soundaware D300REF set-up. The track is 2:35 of marvelous power with the guitars never easing up the entire time. The Empyrean appears to move the focal point of that power an octave or so down.
It was a comparative story with From Your Favorite Sky by I Am Kloot. Aside from for this situation, maybe the vocals and guitar were given more body and had a more full solid with the Empyrean. This helped me a lot to remember how some cylinder amps give a feeling of that there is a whole other world to the music.
Being anything but difficult to drive, with 31.6 Ohms of impedance and 100 db (1mW/1kHz) of affectability, they drove promptly effectively out of the majority of the versatile players and amps I had close by. On the top of the line, Cayin’s new N8 furnished a rich sound with its inherent Korg Nutube. On the low end, FiiO’s M9 was listenable at very to direct volumes, however immediately demonstrated that, even out of the fair yield, it comes up short on the power required for planar earphones.
Sound gd’s Master 9, similar to its forerunners, is an incredible enhancer for planar earphones. Escaping the method for the music altogether, to the point that it just appears to vanish, I utilized it to contrast the Empyrean and HiFiMan’s Susvara, which was connected to the Master 10 amp.
In a comparable vein, I occurred in an indirect method to wind up conversing with Tim of Kitsune Audio, whom I hadn’t bantered with since he had quite recently begun dispersing the Holo Audio items. He sent over a whole apparatus, comprising of a Holo Spring 2 KTE DAC and Azure earphone enhancer, alongside a lot of XLR links.
In any case, I felt that the general tuning was somewhat dull to be perfect, and at first wanted a couple less decibels in the bass, and a couple more up top. I exchanged over to an ALO Audio Reference 16, at that point after that an old SPC Reign from Norne Audio. Both had been made for use with Audeze earphones and improved things over the stock link. After hearing this, Trevor at Norne Audio demanded sending me his most recent Silvergarde link, which ended up being an ideal counterpart for the Empyrean.
The tuning doesn’t veil brutality brought about by the pressure of tracks, and in tuning in to Massive Attack legitimately out of the Hugo 2, for instance, I wanted to switch the channel setting to the less exact orange or red channels.
Nonetheless, a long way from making them sound moderate, the one of a kind structure of the driver results, where the gear is proficient, in an awesome level of detail and exactness. They keep up total coherency, regardless of how complex the music, even with the volume turned up, something I do just quickly.
The more drawn out depiction is the place things get all the more fascinating. Like the 99 Classic, the Empyrean has what I’ve named a “shopper tuning”, somewhat warm of nonpartisan, the recurrence reaction in general even, yet with the treble to some degree quieted contrasted with different earphones like the HiFiMan Susvara or Focal Utopia.
The driver itself is made by Rinaro in the Ukraine. Exceptionally, while most planar drivers either utilize a weaving level follow, (for example, Audeze and HiFiMan) or a round follow, (for example, great Yamaha models or the ceased Oppo models) the Empyrean uses a blend of both. The round follow is planned to be generally perfect for higher frequencies, while the bended follows above it are intended for the lower frequencies. The magnet exhibit, which resembles the spreading swells brought about by a drop in water, flawlessly coordinate the holes between the driver follows.
The head-cushion is another territory where Meze have been shrewd. As opposed to simply have an ordinary head-cushion suspended between the two sides, the contact closes are solidified and have been bowed backward in order to expand the contact region over one’s head for comfort. This can be balanced as required with a touch of finger pressure.
The two arrangements of ear-cushions join attractively, with a limited quantity of rubbing included, which holds them set up very well. Remarkably, it utilizes the cluster magnets to do this. The ear-cushions themselves are over 30mm profound and have a shape proposed to limit the size of the acoustic load around the ear while keeping up a shape that is near the state of an ear.
Suspended from a solitary piece carbon fiber curve, suggestive of that on the 99 Classic, accuracy CNC-machined parts, from burden to cup, give the instrument. As opposed to cleaned totally smooth, unpretentious machining marks have been left on the cups themselves, giving them a novel, extremely slight surface.
It is quickly clear upon first dealing with the Empyrean that Meze and Rinaro have put it all on the line to consummate the structure. While, state, my Focal Utopias are delightfully made, they don’t look another $2.5k more costly than the Clear. Nor the HiFiMan Susvara, which doesn’t look $3k more than a HE1000 V2.
The Empyrean landed in what might most effectively be depicted as a bag inside a cardboard box. Inside, alongside the earphones there is a genuinely standard link, which I’d portray as being “Sony-like” — up to the splitter is fabric, at that point an elastic covering up to the attachments. Earphone end connectors, rather helpfully, are 4-pin smaller than normal XLR in the way of Audeze.
A short guide, with particulars, a notice not to push outwardly barbecues and manual for not listening excessively uproarious, accompany a card marked by Antony Meze with a short note, just as a card with the sequential number. A couple of Alcantra earpads are likewise included.
The Empyrean, then again, in both structure and scrupulousness truly looks like what you’d expect a $3000 pair of earphones to resemble, regardless of whether spending that sum on a couple of earphones would be insane to many individuals.
Vertical fit is overseen through two concealed springs behind the Meze logo, and the two cups swivel on a Grado-like post by means of a very firm elastic bearing. Modifying fit requires two hands and some firm pulling, pushing and squirming. Subsequently the elastic holds them adequately immovably that I could hold them sideways, turn a cup, and it would remain in the position I left it. That additionally implies that it is conceivable to give the drivers an intentional point while they are your responsibility, and they will remain where they are put.
Another one of a kind component is that the rear of the ear-cushions have metal barbecues intended to diminish stray attractive fields, reflecting them back. Meze claims that this builds the yield by around 1dB.
Altogether, this outcomes in what I would depict as “superior to Sony” levels of solace.