Meze Audio Elite Epoque
This limited-edition Meze Audio Elite Epoque pays homage to Art Nouveau – an inspirational philosophy that changed the way we perceive arts forever. An ideal synthesis of art and technology, this headphone is our timeless reminder of “La Belle Epoque”.
This exclusive pair comes with two sets of earpads – one Hybrid, one angled Alcantara – and a cable of your choice.
With industrial production gaining popularity and decorative arts losing their aesthetic value to convenience and efficiency, artists of all mediums were seeking to revive creativity and workmanship. A frontier between traditional expression and technical expansion, Art Nouveau became a revolution.
In many ways, our values correspond with what Art Nouveau stood for. When we first started making headphones, we set out to change the paradigm in an industry where technology often comes first and artistry surrenders to mass production.
Much like the artists of that time, we are inspired by shapes, textures and patterns from nature. We try to revive creativity and bring genuine artistic value to a world of mass production. We work against fast-changing trends to find the perfect harmony of careful craftsmanship and technological advance, in order to create a “total work of art”.
Shapes that resemble stems and flowers were hand-applied with precision on the CNC aluminum cups, as well as on the carbon fiber headband, giving the impression of an infinite flow of sinuous lines. The painting process is meticulous and unrushed, with each frame taking more than a day to complete, before final assembly.
“This particular style of art had a significant importance throughout my creative journey, and I wanted to express my admiration for it through my own craft. A perfect reflection of our artistic sensibilities and personal likings, La Belle Epoque, as we so aptly named it, blows my mind. I get soft knees for it.”
– Antonio Meze, Lead Designer and Founder of Meze Audio.
About the Meze Audio Elite Epoque
Combining an exclusive aesthetic with state-of-the-art engineering, The Meze Audio Elite Epoque delivers an accurate, authentic listening experience ready to meet the highest expectations of the proficient audiophile.
10 years ago, Meze Audio made a commitment to break the barriers of the audio industry. Their products were made to amaze, inspire and transform each listening into a multi-sensory experience you can get lost in. With a “no-compromise” mindset, driven by their love for art and sound, they are committed to building one of a kind headphones using innovative designs and technologies that perfectly complete each other to create pure emotion.
“With Elite, we’ve created something that transcends all barriers of headphone design and engineering and moves to a new, artistic, graceful level. Following in the footsteps of a successful partnership, together with Rinaro Isodynamics we managed to exceed our expectations once again and create something for the ages. It’s not mass production; it’s the craftsmanship that sparks the magic and wonder in Elite, what makes it exciting, and these are values that we choose over any shortcuts.” – Antonio Meze, Lead Designer and Founder of Meze Audio
Meze Audio and Rinaro Isodynamics continue their collaboration for the release of the new Meze Audio Elite Isodynamic Hybrid Array headphone. Combining the outstanding mechanical design and ergonomics from Meze Audio with the signature technology and acoustic engineering of Rinaro, Elite is here to set a new standard in top-of-the-line headphone performance.
For the past 10 years, Meze Audio has been developing audiophile headphones and earphones renowned for their timeless design, pure comfort and engaging, vivid sound. From looks to technology, Meze Audio products are designed to surpass all short-living trends and become heirlooms, rather than just headphones. Today, founder Antonio Meze and his skilled team design and develop their products in Baia Mare, Romania, in the spirit of their original ‘no-compromise’ vision.
Rinaro originated in the USSR (today’s Ukraine) during the Cold War as part of a state-funded acoustic technology research program. With government backing and access to advanced testing facilities, the team was able to focus all of its efforts on planar magnetics. A field they have continued to innovate in for the last 30 years, since the collapse of the USSR. In the last decade, Rinaro have expanded their capabilities and capacity with the development of state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing facilities in Ukraine and Poland. The new facilities have been a driving force in the creation of the revolutionary Isodynamic Hybrid Array technology found in Meze Empyrean and ELITE headphones.
A core belief of Meze Audio is to create products that last through years and years of industry changes, bringing long-lasting value to the customer. Elite is no different.
From looks to technology, this headphone was designed to surpass all short-living trends and become a true heirloom.
- Planar Magnetic Headphones
- First Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone
- Dual Driven System
- Open-back Circumaural Headphones
- Ultra High-Resolution Audio
- Ultra Efficient
- Lightweight & Supremely Comfortable
- Hand Assembled & Fully Serviceable