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Meze Liric II Closed-Back Isodynamic Headphone

Closed, isodynamic headphones with elegant Macassar ebony ear cups and hand-woven copper cable.
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Meze Liric II Closed-Back Isodynamic Headphone

Aesthetic design made by Meze and technological expertise from Rinaro create an irresistible product for discerning audiophiles with the LIRIC II. This second iteration promises an even more refined sound with a balanced and warm sound profile.

The art of evolution
Continuous improvement is a craft that few have mastered - an art that requires patience and passion. The LIRIC II, Meze's closed-back, isodynamic headphones, now open a new chapter by being consistently improved while offering a more nuanced sound and refined tuning.

The Macassar ebony-finished earcups invite you to enjoy a warmth that only Mother Nature can provide. This harmonious combination of form and function is also evident in the redesigned ear pads, which now feature a removable magnetic design.

Subtle tuning update
The sound character of the LIRIC has been carefully refined in response to customer feedback. It now treads the fine line between a balanced and at the same time discreetly warm signature. The result is a harmonious blend of clarity and precision, enriched with a subtle hint of warmth for added depth and euphony.

The Quarter Wavelength Resonator Mask (QWRM) is a finely crafted metal component designed with acoustic precision. Strategically placed over specific openings in the driver frame, the QWRM skilfully dampens the high frequency peaks above 7 kHz to ensure a smoother and less fatiguing listening experience.

A feeling of warmth
Rooted in traditional craftsmanship, Meze made a conscious decision to retain the design language of the first LIRIC generation while optimising it with the inviting touch of wood. The choice fell on Makassar ebony - an opulent, dense hardwood known for its deep, rich brown colour, decorated with intertwined golden-brown stripes.

Much like the rings in the grain of a tree, each telling a story of years gone by, the inclusion of this precious wood in the LIRIC signifies a new chapter in the journey of evolution.

The uniqueness of Macassar ebony ensures that each pair of headphones is unique sui generis. This characteristic guarantees that your headphones are not only a tool, but also an unmistakable statement with its own history and character - no two pairs are the same. Every owner of this second generation of LIRIC enjoys the exclusivity and holds a piece of craftsmanship in their hands that is as individual as their taste in music.

Here to stay
In the spirit of natural evolution, the LIRIC II joins the Meze Audio product family and now features removable magnetic ear pads. This innovative design not only reflects the organic evolution of Meze products, but also ensures increased reliability and ease of maintenance - qualities appreciated by audiophiles and music lovers worldwide.

Quality in every respect
The high-quality, hand-braided premium copper cable comes this time as a standard cable and ensures an even better listening experience. The high quality cable with 4.4 mm connector, suitable for most portable headphone amplifiers, comes together with the 3m long, soft TPE cable with 3.5 mm jack, perfect for home headphone systems.

Robust construction, maximum comfort
The introduction of ebony extends the optimum blend of materials and cements LIRIC's status as a refined work of art in terms of material selection alone. A carefully phased development process led to the impressive fusion of leather, wood and metal. In keeping with the uncompromising Meze design philosophy, this new construction remains flexible and resistant to mechanical stress, wear and oxidation.

The effect of this premium material choice is evident in multiple sensory dimensions - a lightweight, tactile, easily adjustable headphone that will stand the test of time for generations.

Award-winning technology
The LIRIC II presents the latest technology developed by Rinaro, reengineered for everyday use. The MZ4 Isodynamic Hybrid Array driver, originally used in the larger Empyrean II and Elite models, has been downsized and tuned to deliver a comparable sound experience.

Combined with the closed-back design, this technology preserves the original clarity and emotion of your favourite music and provides enhanced sound while minimising external noise. Each driver is carefully hand-assembled and tested at Rinaro's industrial facility in Ukraine to ensure a premium and reliable sound experience.

Dual Driven System
The MZ4 driver features an innovative Dual Driven System, where individual switchback and spiral voice coils are integrated into the same cone. This unique configuration enables a more precise alignment of the sound to the natural contours of the ear and improves the acoustic performance of the headphones by increasing selectivity.

By combining these coils, the headphones achieve increased exposure to direct sound wave frequencies over the 10 kHz range. This results in improved imaging and localisation as short-wave time delays caused by diffuse field reflections are minimised. The switchback coil, positioned in the upper part of the driver, is characterised by the reproduction of low frequencies, while the spiral coil, located directly above the ear canal, efficiently reproduces the mid and high frequencies and ensures that the sound waves reach the ear without time delay.

Isoplanar® diaphragm material
The membrane is made from a specially developed isotropic, thermally stabilised polymer with a conductive layer and achieves an ultra-light yet rigid composition through unique processing methods.

Phase-X™, immersive spatial sound imaging
An innovative addition to the MZ4 driver is the Phase-X™ system, developed by Rinaro to reduce phase distortion commonly found in closed-back headphones. This patent-pending technology improves spatial sound imaging and matches the performance of open-back headphones, which is particularly noticeable in binaural recordings.

Like the original
The Phase-X™ system maintains absolute linear phase and reproduces the original spatial image as it was recorded, capturing both instrument details and the recording environment.

Phase-X™ system
The integration of the Phase-X™ system ensures a more linear phase response and a faster decay of the transient behaviour in LIRIC. This leads to a faithful reproduction of transients, improves the atmosphere and spatial imaging and brings the listener closer to the authenticity of the original recording.

Pressure equalisation system
The LIRIC II features a finely tuned pressure equalisation system for optimum pressure in the earcup chamber and improved airflow control. This system has been improved to achieve a smoother transition from the bass range to the lower mids and further enhance the overall sound experience.


Daniel Dimitrov

We have a comprehensive selection of Meze headphones available for demonstration in our studios in Berlin-Kreuzberg. We look forward to your visit!

Model Meze Liric II
Driver type Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array® MZ4
How it works Closed
Ear coupling Circumaural
Frequency response 4-92,000 Hz
Impedance 61 O
Nominal SPL 100 dB (1 mW / 1 kHz)
Maximum sound pressure > 130 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) <0.15%
Weight 427 g
  • Case: Hard EVA case with velvet lining
  • Ear pads: 1 x magnetically attached ear pad set, PU leather + Alcantara hybrid
  • Two cables included: 1.3 m Furukawa PCUHD braided copper cable with 4.4 mm jack, 3 m soft TPE cable with 3.5 mm jack
  • Adapter: 6.3 mm jack adapter, adapter for aircraft plug, cable bag
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