Nowadays, a huge number of personal listening accessories such as earphones and headsets continue to thrive in this BYOD (bring your own device) era. As such, manufacturers, especially those who are just starting to make a name for themselves, scramble to come up with unique features and bang-for-your-buck bundles to help carve up marketshare for their products.
Enter Meze. A fairly new player in the headphone industry, the company differentiates themselves by designing and creating wood headphones that are not only beautiful to look at, but a pleasant to listen to as well. Fortunately for us, the folks at Meze were kind enough to send us a review sample of their latest creation: the Meze 11 Classics. From the company’s website, the Meze 11 Classics is touted as having “elegant handcrafted ebony wood enclosure reproducing crisp but warm, natural sound and a microphone on the braided textile cord make this an ideal sound system and gadget for today’s big city lifestyle.”
Quite a description! Well, will these babies stand up to their namesake? Will they be a worthy competitor in this already crowded market? We will be finding out here. But first, let us have a quick specs rundown:
- Speaker size: 8mm Neodymium
- Frequency response:16Hz-24KHz
- Sensitivity: 101+/-2dB At 1KHz1mW
- Impedance: 14 Ohm
- Rated input power: 3mW.
- Plug: 3.5mm gold-plated
After unpacking the Meze 11 Classics, you will readily see and feel the build quality of the headphones. Made from ebony wood, a very rare earphone component even by today’s standards, you will undoubtedly feel the solidness of the device and the amount of work and effort poured into manufacturing the cans. Truly an engineering and design marvel perfect for those looking for a one-of-a-kind listening accessory.
Build quality is great for this in-ear monitor, with the design sturdy and rigid enough to withstand the wear and tear of regular daily usage. And it’s notably light, that when you leave it for awhile or you wear it for quite sometimes you’ll almost forget that it’s in your ear –the wood component might be the key factor.
The cables used for the earphones are wrapped by a cloth-like material for better durability but you might find it tangle-prone in the beginning when the cord isn’t that used.
The Meze 11 Classics provide good enough sound isolation, giving just the right feel and fit inside your ear. It is also comfortable enough for use for long periods of time, something that can’t be said with other in-ear earphones in the market today.
It also comes with a built-in microphone, pretty standard with almost all similar products today.But you’d not find the volume adjustment button.
The Meze 11 Classics also comes with a traveling case for added protection when not in use and it’s one of the great perks to have this headphones.
Overall, sound quality of the Meze 11 Classics is bassy to the point that could be a bit overwhelming, especially for those true-blooded audiophiles out there. A mid-bass hump is present, typical of bigger headphones. Midrange tones are okay and clear enough, while the treble is a bit relaxed than expected. Instrument separation is average and generally okay for the price range.
For $79, the Meze 11 Classics is a great bargain for those looking for unique, unusual and midrange earphones that isolates quite well and reproduces bass more than the competition. Its built-in microphone is also handy, as well as the travelling case for better protection. And of course, there’s the ebony wood.