This is the place to discuss all things to do with the Meze Empyrean 2.
Here’s the review:
Here are the measurements:
Note - I will be adding GRAS measurements once we have the DFHRTF for the KB5000 (we have the data, the calculation for it is still being worked on though).
B&K 5128 - Raw
B&K 5128 - Calibrated
Somewhat V-shaped tonality, kind of like an HD 800 S with added bass warmth. Overall its actually quite good with the hybrid pads, my only real complaint is that there’s a noticeable 6khz peak, and the upper bass tends to be a bit on the thick side of things.
Suede pads (B&K 5128 - calibrated)
With the suede pads, the bass lift is gone and its a brighter presentation in general. So for folks who want a somewhat leaner tuning, this is the way to go, but the suede pads may also be easier to EQ with just shelf filters since it also eliminates any muddiness in the upper bass from the hybrid pads.
Air gap (B&K 5128 - Calibrated)
Harmonic Distortion (90dB)
Harmonic Distortion (110dB)
Harmonic distortion is very good, showing only 2nd and 3rd order harmonic distortion at 110dB, and still below .2% for most of it. This is one where you will go deaf before you hear any harmonic distortion, and you can have all kinds of fun with bass boosts should you desire it.
Based on Hybrid pads
Make sure you adjust pre-gain to -6dB for this to avoid clipping! Or reduce digital volume.
Measurements after EQ:
Based on hybrid pads
The Empyrean 2 is a massive improvement over the previous models, but its also far more ‘normal’ for the tuning. It’s still V-shaped with extra bass and extra treble, but it’s less of a headphone that does things to your music compared to the original - its a lot more normal in a good way, depending on your preferences for the previous ones.
Subjective qualities are also good, its more about image separation and spaciousness than dynamics and contrast. Its still a step behind the ultra high end but I find it to be good enough, and in general the extra ear gain gives it much more clarity compared to the originals.
Overall, the Empyrean 2 is far more competitive as a product than the previous ones, and Meze should be commended for making these improvements!