Meze Audio LIRIC Isodynamic Hybrid Array Closed-Back Headphone

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Model: LIR-BC UPC: 615517935549 Item: 177391

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When sound meets poetry, something extraordinary comes to life

LIRIC is an expression of emotion. A perfect blend of timeless aesthetics, premium materials, and the very latest in audio engineering from Rinaro Isodynamics, it is an actual harmony of form and function meant to set a new benchmark in high-end portable audio. Designed for high fidelity listening on the go, LIRIC delivers high build quality, excellent comfort, and a life-like, immersive listening experience. 

Meze wanted it to express the very thing that makes them Meze Audio - cutting-edge technology embodied into an artful, almost sculptural frame. While different than anything they've done before, LIRIC preserves the same design language characteristic to them, with new additions in terms of materials and ergonomic approach.

Award-winning Technology in a Portable Frame

LIRIC features the state-of-the-art technology developed by Rinaro, re-engineered for day-to-day use. The MZ4 isodynamic Hybrid Array driver was purposefully scaled down and tuned to deliver a similar audio experience with its larger counterpart found in Empyrean. 

Combined with the closed-back design, it helps preserve the original clarity and emotion of your favorite music through enhanced sound and minimized external noise. Each driver is entirely hand-assembled and tested in Rinaro's industrial facility in Ukraine. 

MZ4 Isodynamic Hybrid Array Driver

LIRIC is the first closed-back headphone to be powered by Rinaro’s Isodynamic Hybrid Array driver. Created exclusively for Meze Audio, the MZ4 driver offers the same dual-shaped voice coil array seen in the Meze Audio Empyrean. Over 30 years of R&D have gone into developing this technology, resulting in one of the lightest and most advanced planar magnetic drivers on the market.

A new innovation to the MZ4 driver developed in-house by Rinaro Isodynamics is the Phase-X TM system, which improves ambiance and spatial sound imaging, often found to be a problem in closed-back headphone designs.

Advantages of a Dual Driven System

The MZ4 driver combines individual switchback and spiral-shaped voice coils within the same diaphragm, allowing sound to be targeted with more accuracy around the natural form of the ear, for a more selective acoustic performance.

Using this combination allows the headphone to achieve an increased exposure of direct sound wave frequencies over the 10kHz range, as well as improved imaging and localization, by decreasing the impact of short-wave time delays caused by diffused field reflections.

Improved Efficiency at Higher Frequencies

At frequencies above 10kHz, where the sound wavelength is smaller than the cushions inner cavity, the sound field becomes diffused with an amount of the direct and reflected sound waves within the ear canal.

A significant increase of direct sound waves was achieved by positioning the most efficient part of the diaphragm in mid-high frequencies directly over the ear canal, resulting in improved 3D imaging and spatial localization.

Phase-X™, a Revolution in Sound Image

An innovation to the MZ4 driver is the Phase-X™ system created by Rinaro as a way to minimize phase distortion issues typically found in closed-back headphone designs. This patent-pending technology helps create immersive spatial sound imaging. The Phase-X™ system improves the accuracy of spatial imaging in-line with its open back counterparts, especially noticeable on binaural recordings.



  • Overview
    • Driver Type: Rinaro Isodynamic Hybrid Array® MZ4
    • Operating Principle: Closed
    • Ear Coupling: Circumaural
    • Frequency Response: 4-92,000 Hz
    • Impedance: 30 Ω
    • Nominal SPL: 100 dB (1 mW / 1 kHz)
    • Maximum SPL: > 130 dB
    • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.15%
    • Weight: 391 g
  • MZ4 Driver Specifications
    • Geometrical Shape: Ovoid
    • Size: 92mm x 63mm
    • Driver Weight: 71 g
    • Casing: Fibreglass reinforced polymer
    • Diaphragm Type: Rinaro Isoplanar® MZ4
    • Active Area: 3507 mm²
    • Diaphragm Weight: 0.08 g
    • Acoustic Mass: 6.5 kg/m^4
    • Lower Frequency Limit: 4 Hz
    • Upper-Frequency Limit: 92,000 Hz

What's in the Box

What's in the Box

  • Case: Hard EVA pouch with velvet lining
  • Two cables included:
    • 1.5m soft TPE cable with 3.5mm jack
    • 3m soft TPE cable with 3.5mm jack
  • Adapters:
    • 6.3mm jack adapter
    • Airplane jack adapter
  • Cables pouch
  • Warranty period: 2 years


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Do these come with a charger?
Thomas H on Jun 17, 2022
  Thanks for your inquiry. The Meze Audio LIRIC Isodynamic Hybrid Array headphones are a passive design, receiving the signal from the headphone jack on the component / device it is plugged into. It has no built-in amplifier and needs no charger.