The Meze 99 Classics Gold over-ear headphones are the successor to the 88 Classics, a relatively poorly-rated predecessor that failed to convince customer both in terms of the headphone’s sound quality and build. The Meze 99 Classics have a lot to prove, and the manufacturer doesn’t seem to be willing to take any chances.
Build and Design
Due to budgetary constraints, most headphones manufactures are forced to compromise between from and functions. Some produce great-sounding headphones that look like absolute garbage, while others do the exact opposite. So rare it is to find a pair of headphones that avoid this conundrum and does something different, something that’s worth everyone’s attention.
The Meze 99 Classics remind us of aged whiskey enjoyed by a renowned designer with a keen eye for detail and class. They also remind us of vintage instruments and their ability to ignite creative thinking even in people who have never considered learning to play an instrument. The exquisite blend of wood and metal, including CNC-carved wood ear cups and zinc alloy hardware with electroplated coating elevate the look of the headphones to a whole new level.
Despite the unique choice of material, the overall durability of the headphones haven’t been compromised in any way. All parts are put together to last a long time. Especially because only screws were used in the construction of the headphones, making them completely serviceable.
The poly-urethane synthetic leather earpads keep the weight of the headphones at just 260 grams. The earcups are made from real walnut wood. Walnut gives the sound warm overtones and acts as a solid protection against outside noise.
Also part of the deal are two detachable cables—one 1.2m long with an in-line microphone, and the other 3m long, wrapped in Kevlar sleeve, and meant for home listening. Apart from the in-line microphone, the shorter cable also features a one-button remote for portable use.
The Meze 99 have a frequency range between 15 Hz and 25 KHz, impedance of 32 Ohm, and 103 Db sensitivity. The manufacturer wouldn’t stress these specification if they weren’t confident in the headphones’ ability to deliver.
Bass is probably the most exaggerated part of the frequency spectrum. It extends very deep, even though some of the lowest sub-bass frequencies are beyond what these headphones can accomplish. That would be bad if mids weren’t here to save the day. Once you hear your favorite female vocalist, you won’t never look back. The sound is crisp, clear, free from any distortions, and yet somewhat original.
That leaves us with treble, a sound frequency that likes to cause a lot of problems—but not for the Meze 99. These headphones reproduce treble with wonderfully balanced tone that makes every well-mixed track feel organic and moving.
What’s in the Box?
Inside the case you will find the 99 Classics sitting snug and safe along with another small, softer case for the cables. Both 3.5mm to 1/4″ and dual 3.5mm airplane adapters are included. Like the headphone, the travel case is a very handsome and useful item. It is a fully function and well laid out design.