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Headphone deals

Discussion in 'Speakers, Headphones and Room Acoustics' started by tili, Feb 13, 2018 at 7:59 AM.

  1. tili

    tili Member

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    Meze should pay me for this but they don’t unfortunately. I know this looks like an infomercial and still not sure if I should post this but I just couldn’t keep it to myself.

    The deal isn’t even huge, but I got excited nonetheless when I woke up today to a deal I’ve been waiting for on amazon Europe and I wanted to share it with my favorite audio forum. Meze 99 classics is down to €252 from €296. They never had a discount before if amazon price tracker isn’t lying. 99 Neo is €162 from €249. To be fair 99 Neo has always sold for $200 in amazon US but when you have to shop from EU it wasn’t a good value.

    I should warn you that I have not tried them before so I cannot guarantee they will satisfy you. However after months of research I concluded they have the best design especially maintainability-wise. It’s assembled with bolts and nuts, no glue used so it can be repaired easily. The replacement parts are said to be sold or sent to you if you mail them, I haven’t seen them on their website so needs to be double checked. They might last for a lifetime passed to my kids if that is true. Headband and earpads are sold for $20, pretty cheap compared to B&O H6 proprietary pads selling for €181 in my country or $150 for Sony MDR1A. And no other headphone has spare headbands sold to my knowledge.
    here’s the video that impressed me by the designer, modeling of the Classics in Solidworks:


    Looks is subjective but to me they look beautiful. Sound character should always be EQ’d to your preference so that’s not what I look for in a headphone. They are told to have excellent drivers. There is a controversy about the earpads you should know. At the first debut of Classics the earpads were smaller, shallower. That version was the one Tyll from Innerfidelity reviewed and praised so much that he put them on his Wall of Fame.
    I have to say, I don’t trust his personal opinions anymore after regretting all 3 purchases I made according to his Wall of Fame, which were V-moda m80(too uncomfortable), Philips Fidelio X2(tonal inaccuracy can’t even be fixed using EQ, harsh upper mids and an unnatural sound, reviewers call it grainy I guess that was what’s wrong) and B&W P7 Wireless(I told my cousin to buy this instead of Bose Qc35 and he regrets it).
    Customers complained a lot about the pads being shallow and uncomfortable so Meze released new deeper pads. As long as you don’t buy them used they should come with new pads. With the new pads the bass became too much emphasized and the sound started to depend too much on a good fit. measurements with both pads: https://www.innerfidelity.com/images/Meze99SeriesAndPads.pdf
    I have emailed Meze asking if they are planning to release new pads due to the latest reviews being negative about the sound and they confirmed that they were working on it. I like bass so I might like them as is, if not I’m plannig to EQ them.

    And that concludes my research on Meze 99. Mine will arrive on February 21. I might do a comprehensive review then. Moderators might want to make this into a Headphone/Speaker hot deals thread if that’s not something that doesn’t fit the theme of this forum too much. In my opinion it doesn’t fit actually so...
     
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  2. amirm

    amirm Founder/Admin CFO (Chief Fun Officer) Staff Member

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    Well, keep us posted when you get it. :) Your post certainly fits the charter of the forum so no worries there.
     
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    I tried the Meze 99 at an audio show last year. Never heard of the brand so didn't know what to expect. It sounded terrific to my ears. Looked classy too. Was surprised how affordable they were when I looked up the price.
     
  4. tili

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    it turns out the deal was actually unintentional so the price went up when they realised. or i might have misinterpreted the emails from Meze customer service.
     
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