Meze Audio 99 Classics (Walnut/Gold)

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Meze Audio 99 Classics (Walnut/Gold)

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”Simply more enjoyable than headphones usually sound. A gem of a pair.” ‘Hi-Fi Choice – 5-stars – Group Test Winner’.

Simply stunning design

Instead of using plastic, the 99 Classics feature solid walnut ear-cups. These hand-finished ear-cups not only look luxurious but are also hardwearing and improve the sound quality. Matched to a steel headband with gold accents the style is premium luxury all the way.

Sound quality that’s anything but wooden
With a string of sensational reviews, the 99 Classics are amongst the best-sounding headphones in their class. The walnut ear-cups promote a natural, neutral sound that’s perfectly balanced. With generous 40mm drivers the sound drops right down to 15Hz – giving these headphones deep, powerful bass.

Over ear comfort
Wrapping around your ear, the 99 Classics are not only comfortable but isolate you from the outside world – letting you hear even more detail. The memory foam ear pads supply just the right amount of pressure and are finished with PU leather for a luxury feel. The headband is self-adjusting and broad enough for a comfortable fit.

Supplied with a full range of accessories
Not content with award-winning sound and style, the 99 Classics come with a class-leading range of accessories. Two, Kevlar reinforced, cables are supplied – including one with a remote and mic for smartphone calls and control. A 6.35mm adaptor makes these headphones ideal for use with your home hi-fi, while the airline jack means you can listen in luxury when flying, too. A zipped case keeps them well protected when not in use.

First for sound, style and comfort – the Meze Audio 99 Classics take luxury headphones to a whole new level.
Overview
Type
Closed Back, Over Ear
Plug size
3.5mm with airline and 6.35mm adaptors
Audio
Sensitivity
103dB
Features
Closed back
Yes
Over Ear
Yes
Weight
Weight (KG)
260g
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bang for your Buck! I bought my first pair of Meze 99 Classics over two years ago - using them with the Dragonfly Red and the Apple camera connector. Amazing performance. This pair I bought at the end of June bundled with the Dragonfly Cobalt - an excellent deal from Richer Sounds, saving about £160. This combination is even better!
Date published: 2020-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sound This was bought for my birthday, great present and a good choice.
Date published: 2020-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic headphones! Had these Meze Audio 99 Classics around three weeks now, had them through a Hi Rez player, a Samsung tablet, a Brennan B1 and a Denon PMA-60. They sound fantastic on all four. Great to be able to hear everything clear through low, mid to high frequency's. These 99 Classics are over the ear headphones and they are really comfy and light, I hardly notice them on, and they are very easy to adjust. At over £200 they are expensive I guess, but I guarantee worth the money if you want great sounding headphones that are very comfortable.
Date published: 2020-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional quality Choose these over the Sony WH-1000XM3 'phones and do not regret it. Hearing stuff in music I know well that I have never heard before. Really nice build quality.
Date published: 2020-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Nice Set of Headphones I was looking for comfortable, closed-back headphones to listen to music, TV and YouTube without disturbing the rest of the lock-down household. I liked the classy wooden cups and the promise of an easy listen, not too critical of source. I'm sure Grado 325es et al would be more "revealing,"-the Meze Audio 99's exhibit a slight rounding of treble, but for my purposes they ticked more boxes. I liked the choice of quality cables, to suit "armchair" and mobile listening (a shorter four pole cable with microphone is included) One small gripe, the bare metal head bands produce a ringing sound upon striking, which some might find annoying. Overall a comfortable and relaxing "Sunday morning" listening experience.
Date published: 2020-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meze 99 Classics with Dragonfly Cobalt I’ve had this combination for a week and it’s blowing me away. The Mezes bring huge warmth, clarity and bass to all my music played from Tidal in CD quality. My PX7s relay music with clarity, but in comparison, these Meze are much more comfortable, bring much more fun with depth of sound, ‘musicality’ and pleasure. Fantastic. Very highly recommended and no regrets whatsoever !!
Date published: 2020-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice headphones, but not for Skype. Ordered the Meze 99 Classics (to replace my old Logic headphones, which were used for Skype and listening to YouTube videos). Unfortunately, It would appear that Mezze 99's are for use with proper hi-fi systems and not desktop computers. Whilst the 99's did work with the computer, the sound (from the YouTube videos) wasn't as loud as the volume provided by my old Logitech set. In addition, the bass provided by the 99's, seemed a bit on the strong side - and tended to slightly overpower all other instrumentals. Perhaps this was because they were not being used with proper hi-fi equipment. Pleasing to the eye and extremely comfortable, but sadly, I had to return the 99's and make do with a cheaper set of USB headphones, which are more suited for use with a PC. As for the service provided by Richer Sounds, this was, as always, impressive. Top marks!
Date published: 2020-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable quality Needing a replacement pair of headphones should generally be a normal exercise, but during the Coronavirus lockdown this seemed an impossible task. However, putting my trust in Richer Sounds, because of the help, patience and knowledge when I replaced my hifi system a few years ago, I contacted them by email with exactly what I was looking for in headphones - back came a shortlist of 4, 3 names being new to me. After reading various reviews of the 4, I settled on the Meze Audio 99's. Ordered them, hoping I hadn't made an expensive mistake as I was basically trusting the word of another. But on delivery of the headphones, just how good are they?? I definitely made the right choice, both in trusting Richer Sounds and in The Meze 99's, they are the real deal, and definitely recommended. The sound is crystal clear, both treble and bass comes through as they were intended to. And the wood finish just tops off a quality solid product.
Date published: 2020-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best headphones I have heard for a long time. Bought these after trying several pairs in store...very happy and pleased with purchase. Lovely detailed sound!
Date published: 2020-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A joy to use. Wasn't 100% sure when I first listened with them but found after 5 minutes I didn't want to take them off. Very comfortable even after a couple of hours and the clarity of sound especially in the vocal range is better than my hifi system by a long way.
Date published: 2020-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I wanted ! I wanted some old fashioned Hi Fi type headphones reminiscent slightly of the type we had back in the 70's and was guided to the Meze 99 classics. They are just what I was after and sound wonderful to my slightly deteriorating old ears ! I have an extremely wide musical taste but this set of phones can handle the lot with real panache indeed whatever I throw at them .
Date published: 2019-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The sound of bliss Excellent pair of headphones. The sound is ever so natural and the definition is excellent. I have also never written headphones so comfortable. You can barely feel them on your head because they are light and self adjusting to your head. These headphones are quite frankly pure bliss.
Date published: 2019-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The pick of the bunch but not quite flawless I recently decided to invest in a new pair of quality headphones and decided to visit my local Richer Sounds as I knew I could listen and compare the different models they had in stock. I listened to all the models available, each time listening to the same song on the same equipment in order to get a good comparison. The first thing to mention is how comfortable and light these headphones are. It is important to note that these are wired headphones, but even if that's not really your thing you may not want to write these off straight away. The lack of batteries really makes a difference to the weight and comfort of the headphones if you intend to use these for extended periods of time. So first the pro's: It's been written before elsewhere online but I'll say it again the first time you put these headphones on you will be WOW!! Honestly I have never heard a better pair of headphones. Now I am NOT a professional reviewer or audiophile, neither am I especially wealthy. In fact this is the most expensive pair of headphones I have ever bought, so I am sure that there are more expensive headphones out there that sound even better, however when compared to the other similarly priced headphones these stood out as the best overall sound quality (to my ears) by far. First off what do you get? well a very high quality outer card box with foam padding, inside which you will find a hard case to protect your headphones whilst travelling. Inside that you will find your brand new headphones that just scream high quality at you. Made of wood and metal it feels very upmarket compared to your usual plastic frames. Also inside you will find a soft zip up case containing all your accessories. These include a large adapter, airplane adapter, and two cables one long for home use and one short for when your on the go. Another nice point is the headphones are symmetrical so it doesn't matter which cable you plug into each headphone as left and right are determined by the cables. The left ear cable has a ridge around the end so you can easily feel which is left in a darkened room So where to start? the range? the clarity? Both are incredible! You will hear the nuances in vocals that you have never heard before. Drums are sharp and crisp, Guitars are punchy and powerful. (I am a big fan of Rock and Metal) and the bass...oh the bass.....I can virtually guarantee that you will have heard nothing like it from a pair of headphones before. Now whilst the bass is tremendous, deep and full without being overpowering it is still the dominant sound that you will hear. The use of a graphic equaliser (I just use windows media) can really help you get the most out of these headphones as you can adjust the sound to suit what your listening too. However even with no equaliser the balance of frequencies is pretty much spot on. I feel it is also important to compare different sources. Whilst these headphones really show their strength when listening to CD quality sources how do they compare if you just want to plug them in your phone or mp3 player and listen to songs at 320mps? Well you do lose a lot of the depth and fullness that unfortunately is inherent with compression but quite frankly they still sound absolutely incredible and you will not be disappointed. Which is a good thing as these headphones are so easy to drive that the sound booms out of the speakers even on a low volume setting of a low powered device. If you have ever had trouble hearing the volume of a 3ds or Wii U through headphones before for example then worry no longer. When I say these are loud I mean LOUD!! However whilst this is mostly a good thing I have found that I have had to turn the volume down on most music when I use them. After decades of listening to tinny headphones at high volume turning down the volume feels a little strange to me, however it is impossible to listen to these at a high volume for an extended period of time. The volume is just overpowering. A strange gripe maybe but I thought I would mention it. Really the only other gripe with these headphones is whilst the passive isolation is very good it is not quite as good as some of the other headphones So be sure to try some others if this is very important to you. To be honest though it is very difficult to find any real problems with these headphones. Excellent build quality coupled with awesome natural sound make these headphones a pleasure to own and listen too. It really is like having a couple of high quality speakers strapped to your ears. Put on a live album close your eyes and you will feel like you're actually there. I kid you not these are an essential purchase whether your listening at home or on the go.
Date published: 2019-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great looking, great sounding Beautifully crafted and well-build, terrific sound, outstanding value for money. Solid bass presence without being overbearing, smooth mids and reasonably detailed highs - but warm and fun, rather than analytical. Suitable for most any genre I've thrown at it. My only niggle is they're slightly tight on my plus-sized head - but only slightly. All-in-all: highly recommended.
Date published: 2019-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful quality and sound Bought about a month ago, they really look stunning, have lots of lovely little design features, comfortable, doesn't even feel like you're wearing them. Nicely packaged too, no styrofoam or pellets, just the case in a nice box. Would infinitely recommend.
Date published: 2018-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic pair of headphones Purchased over a week ago, well run in. I have to say these cans sound fantastic whatever you throw at them. Listening from a Meridian DAC and a Hi Res player(portable). I am 're-listening' to music that just sounds like nothing I have heard before, and I know some of my albums inside out whether 16/24 bit or DSD. Compared them to Grado's and Shure's. Packing/presentation too notch. And if you're quick, you can get a pair of Neo 11 in ears free to boot.
Date published: 2018-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning Box Bought as a Christmas present so not yet opened, but the box looks great! Will do a proper review after the day!
Date published: 2018-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good looks, great sound, one drawback These Meze headphones were not on my radar when I was looking to buy a pair for home use. I was looking for Grado, or Shure. As usual the advice and help in Richer Sounds (Exeter) was second to none. I was given a bunch to listen to, and even hooked up with the amp I have at home. The Meze phones stood out with their solid walnut cups and gold detailing. They blocked external noise excellently and sounded awesome. Full of detail from the warm bass right up to crisp high-hat. The are self adjusting and very comfy. They also came in £100 less than the nearest Shure and Grado ‘phones. The only drawback came when I arrived home. When worn for long periods, it’s natural to want to readjust their position. It’s then I discovered that the metal frame is microphonic. Ie, it transfers a huge amount of noise into the cans when even brushed against. This is a design flaw I’m surprised made it onto the market. Even still, a great sounding and looking ‘phone for a very reasonable price.
Date published: 2018-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected sonics and comfort Only had these a few weeks and have not run them in yet, so am looking forward to great things to come. Purchased these via the online shop, just like to say thank you richer sounds for a trouble free and helpful service. The attention to detail was so unexpected, from packaging to headphones Meze have not cut corners. As I have to use headphones most of the time for listen, I needed the headphones to be comfortable and these don't disapoint, this and the rich, balanced sound have put a smile on my face.
Date published: 2018-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can not believe that these headphones are so cheap. They are perfectly made. Very comfortably. Well equipped. Awesome sound quality !!!
Date published: 2018-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just fantastic! As above. These headphones are suberb to listen to and look great as well.
Date published: 2018-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great sound great headphones better than the usual suspects sennheiser hg650 for example nice rich sounds use for vinyl; works great dpes not sound like digital warm sound best phones under 500 pounds by far
Date published: 2018-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Build And Sound Quality Set The 99 Classics Apart I would choose these headphones alone for their sound character; soundstage, natural presentation and absorbing qualities alone, but their exquisite build and serviceability in the portable headphone market really sets them apart. It feels like a rare find, to come across a small company making such fine headphones in this price bracket; I wonder how long it will be before they appear everywhere?
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable, fantastic sounding headphones I had first intended to purchase headphones that are winners of What HiFi awards, as a comparison I also tried another similarly priced headphones.....I realise it's down to a personal preference, but both headphones I tested appeared shallow in their musical deliverance - like they were missing the point. I was advised to try out the Meze Audio 99 Classics, straight away these headphones had brilliant musical presence, I have tried them with various music genres, and in all instances they sound magic, and very comfortable to wear.
Date published: 2018-01-21
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