Review: Meze Audio 99 Classics vs. 99 Neo Headphones
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Meze Audio was founded in 2011 in Baia Mare, Romania by Antonia Meze, who was searching for a pair of headphones that he could relate to in the same way he felt connected to his Fender Stratocaster guitar. After a few years of experimentation, research, and development, the 99 Classics were launched in 2015.
The 99 Classics feature solid walnut ear cups, a design choice that takes a long time to perfect - the process of shaping just a single pair of ear cups takes up to 8 hours and the whole process of sanding, lacquering, and finishing lasts 45 days. Additionally, all of the wood used in the headphones is strictly harvested from sources with a certificate of origin and is from mature trees that have reached the end of their life cycle.
Both the 99 Classics and the 99 Neo have 40mm dynamic drivers, memory foam earpads, and zinc alloy hardware. They're also 100% user-serviceable, meaning every piece of the headphones can be replaced. That's right - no glue. Just nuts and bolts!
The big differentiator between both styles of the Meze 99 Headphones is the ear cups; while the 99 Classics use solid walnut wood, the 99 Neo ear cups are made with ABS Plastic. Despite their differences, both styles of 99 Headphones produce crisp and clear sound - making them an excellent, everyday headphone for even the pickiest of audio lovers.