Meze 55 Classics Headphone Reviews

Manufacturer Meze Model 55 Classics
Headphone Type Closed Supraaural Headband Type Single
Weight (g) 90 Driver Type Dynamic
Enclosure Material Wood Isolation (dB) 10
Impedance (ohms) 32 Cable Length (cm) 120
Frequency Response (Hz) 20 - 20000  
Connector 3.5mm Street Price US$219
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Average reviewer scores
Bass Extension 7.0 Bass Impact 7.0
Bass Quality 4.0 Mids Quality 6.0
Highs Quality 5.0 Soundstage 5.0
Detail 5.0 Portability 8.0
Isolation 5.0 Comfort 4.0
Durability 5.0 Improvement With Amplification 4.0
Value for Money 4.0    
Overall Score 5.2 Total Reviews 1

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Review by Lead Reviewer commando on 14 Nov 15  15:00
Individual review
Bass Extension7
Bass Impact7
Bass Quality4
Mids Quality6
Highs Quality5

The Meze 66 classics are difficult headphones to review. They're not great, but they're not awful either. They're not super comfortable, but they're not uncomfortable either. They're not super well built, but they're not flimsy either. The sound isn't great, but it's not bad either.

They are a good looking headphone, though the wood looks a bit like a veneer. Other than the thin wood cups they're almost entirely plastic, though the plastic seems reasonable and a little flexible, which might prevent cracks.

The ear pads are soft and comfortable, though they're a little thin. I've never liked supra-aural headphones, headphones that sit on your ears, and these are no exception. I find I can't wear then for more than half an hour without discomfort. If I'm wearing reading glasses I can tolerate them for about 20 minutes, significantly less than full sized headphones.

Bass is low, and strong. Quality isn't bad, though it can be a bit boomy and can overwhelm the rest of the music. It's not always as defined as I'd like.

The mids quite prominent, which can be good for vocals, but I think they're also a little too strong. Clarity isn't bad, though for a headphone in this price range I'd expect a little better.

The highs are slightly recessed or rolled off. Cymbals are there, and are pleasing enough, but there's just something missing.

Dance music sounds a little bass heavy, a little treble shy, with the mids doing ok. Male vocals (Josh Groban) the lack of treble clarity and recessed highs are more obvious. With jazz (Joss Stone) the recessed mids work ok, and overall these headphones do ok with that. With rap (Eminim) the low, strong bass works quite well, though the bass overwhilems a little, and the veiled mids and recessed highs are obvious.

Overall they're not bad headphones, especially for portable headphones. Comfort isn't great, but I've never found a headphone in this style I found comfortable. They do an ok job at most things, though I feel they're a little overpriced given the overall sound and quality.

Meze sent headphones for review.