Having used the Meze Audio 109 Professional as my every day headphones for nearly a 12 months, I can attest to each their sonic efficiency and great construct high quality and design. Having used them with a variety of each desktop amplifiers and among the extra highly effective Dongle DACs at present accessible, there isn’t a query that they’re a fairly useful a part of my reviewing arsenal.
The Meze 99 Classics additionally reside on my desk and while they don’t provide the identical degree of decision or openness as their dearer sibling, they’ve accompanied me throughout the globe and again quite a lot of occasions over the previous 4 years and are nonetheless a implausible mixture of efficiency and industrial design.
Antonio Meze, nevertheless, doesn’t like to sit down nonetheless as a result of he’s a fairly curious man who likes to bicycle in a few of Jap Europe’s most scenic and elevated areas and he’s at all times seeking to be impressed.
It might seem that he discovered his inspiration in his native Romania.
109 Professional Primal
Meze Audio has unveiled the 109 Professional Primal: a really particular version of its award successful 109 Professional headphones and the most recent addition to the unique Meze Audio Artwork Gallery assortment.
These headphones are handmade by Meze Audio’s expert artisans, drawing from a proud wooden crafting heritage mixed with cutting-edge audio know-how and a sustainable design, for a timeless mix of efficiency and magnificence.
Firm founder and lead designer, Antonio Meze explains: “As locals of Maramures, Romania, our philosophy of life is intertwined with the traditional forests that encompass us, and we’re taught to understand and respect this craft from the youngest age. With Primal, we took up this deep-rooted talent and formed it right into a new perspective on headphone design.”
The walnut earcup frames are chiseled groove by groove and delicately sanded to make sure the smoothest really feel, earlier than having a coat of linseed oil utilized. This last contact infuses the wooden with a pure, matte texture that accentuates the wooden grain and restores its innate, fascinating colour.
Like all Meze Audio headphones, Primal is painstakingly crafted following the precept of “Graba strică treaba” – a Romanian expression translating to “Haste ruins the work” in English. It emphasizes the significance of taking one’s time and paying cautious consideration to element to attain distinctive outcomes.
This new version additionally follows Meze Audio’s dedication to sustainability. The headphones are designed to be taken aside and serviced endlessly if ever wanted, which may prolong the lifetime of the product past restrict. From cables to ear cups and past, each component may be changed and upgraded.
Lastly, you’re not sacrificing efficiency for ideas, both: 109 Professional Primal options the identical know-how as the unique 109 Professional, which have simply been named Greatest Headphones 2023-2024 by the audio specialists within the international EISA Awards.
Worth & Availability
Primal shall be accessible accessible for pre-order beginning September 29, 2023 for $999 at mezeaudio.com and €999 / £899 at mezeaudio.eu.
The unique 109 Professional stay accessible for $799 at headphones.com and Amazon.