Published on December 22nd, 2012 | by Kira0
Meze 73 Classics: One Of A Kind
The term ‘music lover’ is only the beginning when describing someone. There are so many different types of music out there, and personalities and styles to go with them. Most people who are really into heavy metal tend towards black, while people who listen to Motown might be dress differently. Personal audio statements are equally dependent on the fashion style and music tendencies. For this reason, it makes sense to have headphones that not only make your favorite tunes sound great, but fit your personality.
This is one of the reasons why I really enjoy the Meze 73 Classics headphones- they have a distinctive style, each set partially hand-crafted and one of a kind. Typically, wooden headphones are rarer and more expensive, and these offer different patterns, with a beautiful grain and a nice fingerprint-resistant satin wood finish. It really does not get more classic than wood! Granted, these may look a bit like a hipster’s dream, but that does not mean the rest of us cannot still enjoy them. One might imagine that a downside to using ebony wood is that they would be heavy, but I found them to be perfectly portable. With the adjustable padded headband and padded cups, these cans are surprisingly comfortable, and offer decent isolation.
Like most medium and high-end headphones, their frequency range is 18Hz-22KHz, the impedance is 40 OHm, all of which means that they’re perfectly acceptable on their own but can benefit from a headphone amp. Overall sound quality is solid, but it definitely better on acoustic tracks, as it tends towards warmer and richer sounds. Electronic, dance, club, hip-hop, and metal sounded a little harsh, a bit lacking in the mids and just a little muddy. The sound stage was great though, broad and deep, meaning that vocals sounded great and live recordings impressive. Of course, I do not think any metal heads will be buying these cans- not really their look. The cord is also detachable, which makes it easy to pack.
Overall, these headphones are beautiful, unique, and sound pretty good, but are they worth $270? We have reviewed a lot of headphones with more features that are more portable or durable, and most will be easier on the wallet. However, if you are smitten with the look, or are looking for an audiophile-quality pair for library listening, the Meze 73 Classics are a great choice.