99 Classicsby Meze Headphones

  • 99 Classics
  • 99 Classics
  • 99 Classics
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
87%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Although these are closed headphones, Meze manages to offer an expansive soundstage with crisp separation between instruments
  • The bass notes are warm, rich and prominent, with good sub-bass response. The mids are dynamic and well defined, and the highs are sparkly without going over the top,
  • While the product doesn't feature active noise cancellation, the easy fit and soft pads produce a nice set of noise-isolating headphones.

CONS

  • The big and bulky design probably won't work out too well when you're on the go.
  • The remote controls playback only and has no volume control.
  • The ear pads can get warm with extended use.
Each pair of Meze 99 Classics is hand crafted and takes 45 days to create. The over-the-ear headphones feature a choice of maple ear cups with silver accents or walnut ear cups with gold accents. A metallic frame supports the comfortable, self-adjusting imitation-leather headband. Each ear cup contains a 40 mm neodymium/Mylar transducer. The headphones include two detachable braided audio cables that produce individual lines for the left and right ears. The shorter cable incorporates a single-button inline remote control and mic.
Name99 ClassicsQuietComfort 25Momentum 2.0MDR-1AMo-Fi
ManufacturerMeze HeadphonesBoseSennheiserSonyBlue Microphones
Techwalla Score
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List Price$309$300$349$300$350
90%

Despite really, really enjoying the sound, comfort, and build quality, I'm not a fan of the narrow cups. I need just a bit more room, and I'…

Despite really, really enjoying the sound, comfort, and build quality, I'm not a fan of the narrow cups. I need just a bit more room, and I've got smallish ears for a 5' 9" guy. If the ear cups were bigger and the pads a bit deeper, I can see this easily being my pair of "office cans".

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I thought they were just going to be another pretty face, a headphone focusing more on looks than sound, but I was SO wrong, so VERY wrong. …

I thought they were just going to be another pretty face, a headphone focusing more on looks than sound, but I was SO wrong, so VERY wrong. The Meze 99 is now one of my favorite headphones.

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88%

To be spotted, every new company has to offer something unique or at least very, very good. In my opinion 99 Classics are exactly that. They…

To be spotted, every new company has to offer something unique or at least very, very good. In my opinion 99 Classics are exactly that. They look beautiful, sound great and are much more exclusive than other headphones of this type. For me it is one of the most interesting models in this price range. Highly recommended!

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The Maze 99 Classics Gold aren’t perfect, but they just barely miss the mark. They have a great design and though they look otherwise, they’…

The Maze 99 Classics Gold aren’t perfect, but they just barely miss the mark. They have a great design and though they look otherwise, they’re fairly durable as well.

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80%

The Meze 99 Classics are handsomely designed headphones that deliver an exciting audio experience.

The Meze 99 Classics are handsomely designed headphones that deliver an exciting audio experience.

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The Meze 99 Classics features a steel spring headband alongside memory foam earpads covered with PU leather. The ear cups are made from waln…

The Meze 99 Classics features a steel spring headband alongside memory foam earpads covered with PU leather. The ear cups are made from walnut wood, further enhancing the sophisticated, earthy look. There’s both a 99 Classics silver edition with silver components and lighter wood, and the gold edition with the dark wood...

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They sound great. In fact, they punch above their weight in this price point for sound. These have a neutral very PLEASING but “lean on the…

They sound great. In fact, they punch above their weight in this price point for sound. These have a neutral very PLEASING but “lean on the warm side” kind of sound. Meaning you will not put these on and wonder “where is my bass” – “where is my mids” or “where is the treble”.

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As expected at this price, the 99 Classics come in a nice, heavy wall foam lined cardboard box. Inside you’ll find a molded hard shell carry…

As expected at this price, the 99 Classics come in a nice, heavy wall foam lined cardboard box. Inside you’ll find a molded hard shell carrying case, the headphones themselves, and a small zippered pouch containing the 1.2M cable with mic and single button in-line remote, 3M audio only cable, ¼” fullsize headphone jack adapter, and an airline adapter for anybody that still actually uses those things.

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Styling is elegant and simple, luxurious and jewelry-like. A little over-the-top for my taste, but I recognize this is a tasty headphone. Bu…

Styling is elegant and simple, luxurious and jewelry-like. A little over-the-top for my taste, but I recognize this is a tasty headphone. Build quality is very good with lots of cast zinc, steel, and wood.

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Meze: the ear pads are the only thing about 99 Classics that really needs to change. Change them and you’ll have a nearly perfect headphone.

Meze: the ear pads are the only thing about 99 Classics that really needs to change. Change them and you’ll have a nearly perfect headphone.

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Every headphone takes them 45 days to make. They are very thorough in building them, offering high quality design and build quality and inde…

Every headphone takes them 45 days to make. They are very thorough in building them, offering high quality design and build quality and indeed I’ve rarely seen a product like this. It’s a pleasure to look at it.

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The Meze 99 Classics make for a very entertaining listening session. While the word “fun” may not fully elaborate what it is like to hear th…

The Meze 99 Classics make for a very entertaining listening session. While the word “fun” may not fully elaborate what it is like to hear this headphone, it does subtly touch on what helps set it apart from its competition.

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The Meze 99 Classics are just that, a classic offering from Meze Headphones. If you are looking for an easy to drive, fun, dynamic, isolatin…

The Meze 99 Classics are just that, a classic offering from Meze Headphones. If you are looking for an easy to drive, fun, dynamic, isolating you from extraneous sounds, and those nearby from your music (or noise, it’s in the ear of the beholder) headphone, they are an absolute steal.

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The 99 Classics are a stylish and amazingly enjoyable headphone, moreover, they are undeniably beautifully made and the whole build, materia…

The 99 Classics are a stylish and amazingly enjoyable headphone, moreover, they are undeniably beautifully made and the whole build, materials and fixings really please me from an engineering perspective.

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