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Meze 88 Classics Headphones

You may have noticed we are audio junkies and have a strong interest in high-quality sound reproduction, so when we got these Meze headphones sent in, you can  imagine how excited we were. The model featured here is the 88 Classics, Meze´s top of the range headphones created for audiophiles and music enthusiasts. The 88´s are not only good looking but also offer a warm and natural sound due to their stylish ebony wood ear cups. Read our thoughts and check out some pictures below...

The Meze headphones are the creation of award-winning industrial designer, Antonio Meze (Antonio is also the designer of the very cool Freerider Skatecycle...but for now let´s stick to the headphones). Meze have 4 models in their range, starting with the smaller, compact and travel-friendly Meze 55 classics and culminating in the supreme audiophile Meze 88 Classics(featured here).



When we unboxed the 88 Classics the first thing we noticed is that they are visual works of art! They really are a special set of headphones, the main stand out feature are the beautifully finished, hand-carved ebony wood ear cups(yes, real wood!) that are polished and varnished to make them more durable. Inside some leather ear cushions that are really well paded and extremely comfortable, they also block a decent amount of external noise, and after extended wearing, still felt light and good. Another stand out feature is the split dual-sided ergonomic headband, it is shock mounted so you get immediate feedback. As the headband automatically adjusts to your head size, it kind of seems to float, with no clicks or adjusting like on a traditional style headband, giving you a perfect fit and prolonged listening comfort.
 
The cable plugs into the left ear cup with a standard gold-plated 3.5mm jack. Also included is a quarter inch screw-on adapter(6.3mm gold-plated)
 
To test the headphones we listened to a variety of music styles. The sound was crisp and exceptionally clear; the 88´s provided warm, powerful and defined bass plus clear, concise mids and highs. Definition is definitely up there with the very best headphones.



With great distinct features like the floating style headband and the real ebony wood ear cups, plus audiophile quality, there’s not much we can ask from a pair of headphones. They might not be a match in the trendy scale for the Beats headphones, but the Meze headphones are not intended to last for just a season. You will be getting some timeless, classic headphones with a combination of high-end technology and style with quality materials and good craftsmanship. They really are as good as they look...
 
The headphones tested are the gloss wood finish, but if you crave a more sophisticated look, satin-finished 88s are also available.

TECHNICAL DATA:
-Frequency response: 20Hz - 20KHz
-Sensitivity:107+/-3dB at 1KHz,1mW.
-Impedance: 40 Ohm
-R&L balance:<3dB(50Hz-6KHz,1mW)
-Dedicated 50mm Neodymium drivers
-detachable one side cable
-weight: 290gram
-Plug:3.5mm & 6.3mm gold-plated

Check out the Meze website for more stunning contemporary headphones, or follow Meze on Facebook for their latest news and updates.

Photography: blessthisstuff





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