ONE OF A KIND HEADPHONES
Woodgrain is as unique as fingerprints, making each pair of 99Classics a one of a kind.
The Meze 99 Classics are fully and endlessly serviceable if any parts would ever need to be replaced because it was designed and built to last. The whole assembly is held together by high quality torx screws.
No glue, just nuts and bolts.
No plastic here for you to see or touch: It was a real challenge to produce the headphones just the way it was designed and without any compromises!
We did exhaustive research in order to find the right material and technology for each component and to get a precise and durable assembly between the CNC carved wood ear cups, cast zinc alloy hardware with electroplated coating, stamped manganese spring steel headband, memory foam, soft PU leather. These are the materials your hands and eyes will get to enjoy.
PREMIUM SOUND DESIGNED FOR THOSE WHO KNOW
The headphones combine modern with hand crafted design, using natural materials and focusing on delivering the best premium sound.
The aim is to change the perception of headphones as technical devices or as cheap plastic accessories and create a mature product to fall in love with.
Headphones with a technical hint that are very elegant and wearable at the same time.
Headphones for those who already have a good sense of self, know what they want and expect to be treated accordingly.
CRAFTED WITH LOVE
Each wooden ear-cup of the 99 Classics is precision carved on a CNC machine and then hand finished and polished.
It takes about 45 days to get each earcup perfect including all the wood treatment processes.
PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS
In terms of functionality, I identified the top 3 issues users face with headphones in the long term:
Discomfort: the solution - A headband that delivers even pressure for any head size.
Artificially tweaked frequencies: the solution - Tuning a balanced natural sound.
Sound isolation: the solution - using soft memory foam in ear-pads.
DESIGNED TO LAST
The sturdy build and precise assembly feels great as you hold them.
There are no parts in this assembly that serve as decoration only. They are all functional structural elements that are then styled. So I did our own headphones teardown for you to see:
The soft parts that come in contact with you are memory foam covered in soft PU leather.
The metal hardware is cast zinc and manganese spring steel.
Internal components are made of durable ABS and silicone parts.
The ear cups have a satin finished wood grain.
Precious items handed down from generation to generation are the objects you fall in love with. Why should electronics be any different? They can also be high quality, beautifully crafted objects that acquire personal meaning for the user over time.
RISKS AND CHALLENGES
This project has been in the works for 2 years now and most details and manufacturing issues have already been sorted out. Launching November 2015.