Combining an exclusive aesthetic with state-of-the-art engineering, ELITE delivers an accurate, authentic listening experience ready to meet the highest expectations of the proficient audiophile.
"With ELITE, we've created something that transcends all barriers of headphone design and engineering and moves to a new, artistic, graceful level. Following in the footsteps of a successful partnership, together with Rinaro Isodynamics we managed to exceed our expectations once again and create something for the ages. It’s not mass production; it’s the craftsmanship that sparks the magic and wonder in ELITE, what makes it exciting, and these are values that we choose over any shortcuts.”
- Antonio Meze, Lead Designer and Founder of Meze Audio
Rinaro originated in the USSR (today’s Ukraine) during the Cold War as part of a state-funded acoustic technology research program. With government backing and access to advanced testing facilities, the team was able to focus all of its efforts on planar magnetics. A field they have continued to innovate in for the last 30 years, since the collapse of the USSR. In the last decade, Rinaro have expanded their capabilities and capacity with the development of state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing facilities in Ukraine and Poland. The new facilities have been a driving force in the creation of the revolutionary Isodynamic Hybrid Array technology found in Meze Empyrean and ELITE headphones.
Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array Driver
With a custom, newly designed driver, created by Rinaro Isodynamics, ELITE is the result of 3 years of research and development through which we strived to create a powerful, lifelike, and immersive experience that awakens the senses of the listener.
The MZ3SE driver builds on the pioneering technology of the flagship MZ3 driver found in the Empyrean headphone. The innovative Isodynamic Hybrid Array technology delivers a more selective acoustic performance to the various areas within the structure of the ear. Advances in diaphragm materials have opened the doors to even higher resolution and accuracy of the sound reproduction, setting a new benchmark in headphone design.
Ultra Low Distortion:
Total harmonic distortion (THD) measures under 0.05% in the whole frequency range.
75g combined driver weight designed to create a headphone that offers prolonged listening sessions.
Ultra High Resolution Audio:
Upper frequency limit of audio reproduction is 112,000 Hz.
RINARO PARUS® Diaphragm:
An innovative low mass acoustic diaphragm constructed on an ultrathin biaxially oriented semi-crystalline film.
Easy To Drive:
101db@1mw/1kHz; 32Ohm; can be driven by almost any source without the need for amplification.
Patented Isodynamic Hybrid Array Technology:
One of the most sophisticated and advanced planar magnetic technologies in the world.
RINARO PARUS® - A New Low Mass Diaphragm Material
The new driver behind ELITE features Rinaro Parus®, an innovative low mass acoustic diaphragm built on an ultra-thin biaxially oriented semi-crystalline polymer film. This, combined with the signature Isodynamic Hybrid Array Driver technology, allows sound waves to be targeted with more accuracy around the shape of the ear, producing natural sound transparency and a wide, articulate soundstage. This results in improved definition and speed over the entire frequency range.
The polymer is produced with bespoke sequential biaxial lengthening technology, a process that involves stretching the polymer in transverse directions at elevated temperatures to improve structural performance. This result is a complex semi-crystalline micro structure developing in the material, which exhibits remarkable strength, stiffness, and stability, combined with an extremely low acoustic mass.
Dual Driven System
The use of different voice coil configurations found in the Isodynamic Hybrid Array creates the opportunity to improve the sound intensity distribution at high frequencies when directed at the auricle and ear canal.
This solves a common problem with conventional planar magnetic arrays whereby reflected signals enter the ear canal with different time delays, thereby worsening the focus of 3D sound imaging.
The use of dual coil arrays not only creates a balanced frequency response around the whole range, it also allows for better frequency targeting within diﬀerent areas of the ear, improving acoustical perception on the upper frequency range.
The switchback coil is more eﬃcient at reproducing lower frequencies and is positioned in the upper part of the driver.
The spiral coil is more eﬃcient at reproducing middle-high frequencies and is positioned directly over the ear canal, enabling more direct sound waves to enter the ear without any time delays.
A core belief of Meze Audio is to create products that last through years and years of industry changes, bringing long-lasting value to the customer. Elite is no different.
From looks to technology, this headphone was designed to surpass all short-living trends and become a true heirloom.
Take a closer look to discover the highly complex geometrical imprint accentuated through the silver finish of the CNC aluminum frame.
A deep black grill with intricate carvings completes the look, turning ELITE into a futuristic take on personal audio design.
Pressure Distribution Wings
The patent-pending suspension wings support system is elongated and curved at both ends, descending further on the side of the head and distributing the weight of the headphone evenly, for an utmost comfortable listening experience.
Patience Makes Perfect
Creating a flagship headphone takes time and patience to do well, and it’s that kind of craftsmanship that separates
the average from the great.
The process of making a single aluminum frame takes about 20 hours. To that, we add days of inspecting each part of the headphone, assembling the parts and making sure the final product rises up to our high standards. This can’t be achieved through mass-production and that means delivery times can be longer, but we guarantee it’s worth it. The ELITE is hand assembled with care and painstaking attention to detail in Baia Mare, Romania.
- Driver Type: Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array®
- Operating Principle: Open
- Ear Coupling: Circumaural
- Frequency Response: 3-112,000 Hz
- Impedance: 32 Ω
- Nominal SPL: 101 dB (1 mW / 1 kHz)
- Maximum SPL: > 130 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.05%
- Weight: ~430 g
MZ3 Driver Specifications...
- Geometrical Shape: Ovoid
- Size: 102 mm x 73 mm
- Driver Weight: 75 g
- Casing: Fibreglass reinforced polymer
- Diaphragm Type: Rinaro Parus® [MZ3SE]
- Active Area: 4650 mm2
- Diaphragm Weight: 0.11 g
- Acoustic Mass: 7.5 kg/m4
- Lower Frequency Limit: 3 Hz
- Upper-Frequency Limit: 112,000 Hz
By default, the Elite ship with a 6.3mm (1/4") jack connection.
A Balanced XLR Connection is available, as well as a 4.4mm balanced connection.