Bargain headphones at a luxury technology show?
I met Antonio Meze, founder and chief designer of the company that bears his name, while attending the NY Luxury Technology Show, in Manhattan. The distinctive gold tone, stylish wooden ear cups, and obvious build quality of the Meze 99 Classics headphones caught my eye as I wandered the crowded show floor. I decided to give them a short audition.
Antonio had the 99 Classics connected to the superb-sounding Questyle QP1R hi-res music player, which I had just finished reviewing. While a show like that is a horrible environment to audition audio equipment, the 99 Classics passive noise isolation was surprisingly good. Certain audio cues hinted that these headphones were worth a serious, extended listen. I asked Antonio if I could request a pair for review, and he obliged.