Meze 99 Classics Quick Review by mark2410
Thanks to Meze for the loaner.
Brief: All the wow and dazzle Romainia can muster.
Price: US$309 or 309 euro’s. (£232 or £259)
Specification: Transducer size 40mm, Frequency response 15Hz – 25KHz, Sensitivity 103dB at 1KHz, 1mW, Impedance 32Ohm, Rated input power 30mW, Maximum input power 50mW, Cable make and material, Detachable Kevlar OFC cable, Plug 3.5mm gold plated, Weight 260 gr (9.2 ounces) without cables
Accessories: Baggy for the cable and bits, a hard case for everything, a long non phone cable, a shorter phone cable, a 6.25 to 3.5mm adapter and lastly a plane adapter.
Build Quality: Sumptuous. Its looks superb, it feels superb. This is an item of Quality.
Isolation: Pretty fair, you could maybe get away with using these on a bus. Fine for walking out and about if you were so inclined. Not one for Tube or flights though. Oh and as ever you’ll need to look out for wheeled chariots of death because you won’t hear traffic.
Comfort/Fit: Fit was great, on and done. Comfort though, the pads got all around my ears but the cups were shallow enough that the insides rested directly on my ears. This rapidly got oppressive and grew to pain. After an hour I wanted them off and hurled across the room.
Aesthetics: They look stunningly good. I didn’t love the cream but even still, damn they look great don’t they? I can’t imagine anyone not thinking these look impressive even if they may not be to their own personal tastes.
Sound: Wow. Wow again. They are V shaped but with a flat bottom. The bass is elevated, very seriously elevated and loves to come rip roaring out of nowhere at you. Its great quality though so that I don’t mind so much. It’s punchy with a hint of bloom, a pretty spot on blend actually. Though a little less maybe of it. Actually if it would maybe just take a Valium and sit the F down for a bit. It’s like someone just fed it a bag of sugar and fistfuls of blue Smartie’s. The treble is just the same. Too excitable, super impressive for sure, I mean it is seriously impressive but oh good lord please just sit still for a bit, please. Now these certainly make a massively impressive first impression. It’s simply all of the wow, so much wow, it’s off the charts impressive. The mids, they are less wild but have a great breadth to them. Lots of openness and a touch dry, great detail retrieval though and great clarity.
Still the V shaped nature of the bass and treble I find overwhelming. If it were the bass on its own it would be fine but the treble, ahh for me that’s too much. Its Grado esq treble with a spike in there up somewhere high that is just exhausting to my ears.
Value: So long as you want its sound then it quite comfortably beats the Senn Momentum Over-Ears acoustically and detail levels. It also looks fantastic. Overall it’s a high quality item, more than deserving of its price.
Pro’s: WOW, seriously wow. Looks fantastic. Wow bass. Wow treble.
Con’s: Way too much wow. Shallow cups hurt my ears.