Massdrop x Meze 99 Noir Closed-Back Headphones
Massdrop x Meze 99 Noir Closed-Back Headphones
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A regular fixture on InnerFidelity’s Wall of Fame, PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice section, and award lists around the world, the 99 Classics get a dark new look in the 99 Noir. Made in collaboration with Meze Audio, these headphones update the original medium-brown finish with a deep matte espresso and swap the gold hardware for more understated black ... Read More

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CEE_TEE
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Oct 5, 2018
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Some gear crosses boundaries. Audiophiles might buy “professional” studio monitors, for example.   Pros get impressed by “audiophile” headphones today. “Consumers” can discover and love “enthusiast” niche products with a little research. The Meze 99 Classics headphone are enjoyed by the greatest range of people we have yet seen for an “enthusiast audiophile” product.
The Meze 99 Classics were created with an emphasis on beautiful design, materials, and craftsmanship. It’s a great-looking headphone that also sounds wonderful. What pushes this headphone into “unicorn status” is that it also happens to be very comfortable and quick-to-fit (auto-adjusts to your size and distributes evenly).
This intersection of design, sound, comfort, materials/build quality, and price point has arguably not been seen since the Denon AHD2000 was discontinued in 2012.  And that had plastic ear cups.
This is a “go-to” closed back headphone that we can recommend to everyone.  
In the office, for looks/comfort…I’ve been getting requests from co-workers for a pair of these since I passed them around during the product launch meeting. In forums and online reviews- people from every background seem to connect with this headphone and to the music…
More Classic(-er) Takes a lot of confidence to call your headphone the “99 Classics” right out of the gate. But we have to agree...Meze Audio created an instant classic.
Community feedback demanded we keep the “Classics” sound. Meze worked with us. We tested different drivers, reductions of -3dB bass, -5dB bass... But Community Feedback & over a year of sentiment analysis boiled down to: “Don’t take away what makes the sound of this headphone special, don’t make it into something it is not.” So, this is a warm, bassy headphone with a lush enjoyable sound. This headphone aims at making music sound good, rather than to highlight flaws. The reviews you read share impressions of the sound that you will receive. No tuning changes have been made with the 99 Noir.
What did we do to refine a classic? -Combined the short and long cables into one 6 foot microphone cable with controls. -Switched carry case outer material from pleather to woven nylon. -Removed the airplane two-prong adapter. -Removed the cable zipper pouch. -Requested all of the hardware in black, worked through various woods and finishes to find a deep, dark, smoky finish that shows the walnut grain and is a bit antiqued. Still looks great on your coffee table or desk, but more understated for greater use out and about.
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We have been extremely selective in bringing you the very best closed back headphone at $199.99 shipped to your door in the US.
Oct 5, 2018
Speids01
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Apr 24, 2019
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Hey, do you build/sell custom cables for other types of headphones?
Apr 24, 2019
Mavismodz
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Apr 30, 2019
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Hi, yeah I've got around 70 listings on eBay UK for cables and adaptors etc, if you search for seller 'mavismodz6' you should find all my listings, if you don't see exactly what you want I can probably custom build something to your exact specs, drop me a message on eBay for fastest response times. I apologise for the 6 day wait, I'm not very often on here........I tend to spend a fortune every time I am!!
Apr 30, 2019
JaleesaG
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Mar 22, 2019
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Hello everyone! There is some exciting news to share about the Massdrop x Meze 99 Noir closed back headphones. Some of you asked about pad differences between the very first original 99 Classics and today’s stock earpads.  Meze worked to make a new ear pad for everyone purchasing the Massdrop x Meze 99 Noir that emulates the original ear pads with additional damping foam that covers the driver. Everyone who purchases Massdrop x Meze 99 Noir headphones will receive (2) pairs of ear pads in the box.  The default ear pads installed on the headphone will be the usual stock ear pads (exactly the same as the 99 Classics). Additionally, there will be an extra set of new ear pads that are softer and more comfortable than the very first ear pads but include the foam damping of the original. Physical Differences:

Stock 99 (Noir & Classics) Meze Pad: Outer dims: 96.24mm, 85mm, 25mm (H,W,D) Inner dims: 60mm, 50mm (H,W,) Backing Material: Black Mesh New “Original” Meze Pad: Outer dims: 104mm, 85mm, 24mm (H,W,D) Inner dims: 67.5mm, 50mm (H,W,) Backing Material: Black Mesh with foam   Here are comparison graphs of the New “Original” Pads vs. Current Stock Pads:
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We’re excited to get these out to all of you soon!
Mar 22, 2019
LostOne
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Apr 17, 2019
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Hi there, aside from just visual confirmation, I also took a caliper to measure dimensions. The earpads with the larger inner and outer diameter are the ones with backing material of "black mesh" only. the earpads with the smaller inner and outer diameter are the ones with backing material of "black mesh with foam". So something is wrong with the way the earpads are listed, can you confirm again which is which?
Apr 17, 2019
Woutoud
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Apr 24, 2019
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You guys picked very confusing names for the pads. What the heck does "new "original"" mean in relation to "stock"? The last one is the pre-installed one I guess? And how do they relate to the names used in the graphs? Last, how do both of these pads compare to the original "original" (or original "stock") pads?
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Apr 24, 2019
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May 24, 2019
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i swapped out the bigger pads and installed the smaller one with foam. the bass now have more texture to it and sounds better. no idea why you guys come up with confusing names for the pads such as "stock" "new 'original' " . what does new 'original' mean??? if its original why is it new in the first place. so frustrating to read through your pinned message.
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May 24, 2019
AGuyWithAUniqueName
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May 23, 2019
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when are these coming back into stock? I was planning on getting them very soon
May 23, 2019
GuyintheWhiteTShirt
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May 23, 2019
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Did anyone else's headphones arrive with a white substance on it? Mine came with white stuff (looks like mold) going all the way around one of the ear cups in the crevice where the pad connects to the wooden cup.
May 23, 2019
GabbyGraboid
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May 25, 2019
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Looked mine all over & removed the earpads. No white gunk anywhere.
May 25, 2019
Raggs
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May 22, 2019
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Massdrop won't publish my account of a very negative experience with them. "Raggs" short for Raggity Man
May 22, 2019
GuyintheWhiteTShirt
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May 22, 2019
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What was your negative experience out of curiosity?
May 22, 2019
GuyintheWhiteTShirt
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May 14, 2019
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Can anyone tell me if their 99 Noir's came from California warehouse or Edison, NJ warehouse? Perhaps it said on the shipping label...? Thanks!
May 14, 2019
Esunger
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May 22, 2019
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Mine come from Edison, NJ
May 22, 2019
BattlePants
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May 9, 2019
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when you make $200 headphones but still have your old brand name on them monkaS
May 9, 2019
Jmunandar
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May 9, 2019
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@CEE_TEE If I were to ever need replacements for the wooden cups, how would I go about getting it?
May 9, 2019
CEE_TEE
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May 9, 2019
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Hi Jmunandar, I'm not sure if Meze sells any wood cup replacement parts, but we don't stock cups by themselves. I'll keep an eye out to see if they are available.
May 9, 2019
Jmunandar
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May 12, 2019
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Awesome. Thank you.
May 12, 2019
GuyintheWhiteTShirt
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May 8, 2019
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Does anyone know if the Meze 99 Noir's have plastic parts at all? I don't see anything that looks like it would be plastic in the images of all it's components completely taken apart but hard to tell for sure (specifically the thumbnail for the youtube video "Design Evolution by Antonio Meze" under the Overview Section).
May 8, 2019
Alacard
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May 5, 2019
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How do I start a return on these ? Does Drop do returns ? Also the metal band on these are so hollow at low volumes you hear this creacking just moving around at the desk
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May 5, 2019
Dalailalama
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May 3, 2019
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For those looking to buy a pair of the additional small “original” pads that come with the Meze 99 Noir: the Meze website is selling ear pads that are designated as size “small”. I contacted Meze customer support and they stated that these are in fact the same as the smaller pads that come with the Noir.
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May 3, 2019
PopZeus
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May 1, 2019
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If you've been excited to run your brand new headphones balanced, the Meze 99 balanced cable is now in stock on amazon, in limited quantities. Personally, I'm super stoked to get the most out of them. Not that they need a lot of power, but some pieces of gear just sound better out of their balanced ports.
May 1, 2019
SYSTEM-GLITCH
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Apr 30, 2019
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So I just got mine, and they are great. Sound nice and are comfortable to wear. That said, I have one complaint and I am hoping someone can offer a solution: The left cord coming from the left ear cup has this box thing on it... for voice I think? I have no use for this function, so all it's doing is acting as a distraction. Is there a replacement cord I can get so all the wire is uniform? It's probably not a bog deal for most people, but this will end up driving me crazy... each time I turn my head to the left I can feel it. Thanks!
Apr 30, 2019
ILikeAcid
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May 1, 2019
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I bought a 3 meter long Meze 99 cable from Amazon for $20. No mic, no volume/track control--just a regular cable. Brand new and supplied by Meze. You can also choose gold or silver connectors.
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GuyintheWhiteTShirt
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Apr 30, 2019
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Amazon states that the Meze 99 Classics has a California Proposition 65 warning. Do these Meze 99 Noir's have a Proposition 65 warning?
Apr 30, 2019
DarrylG
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May 3, 2019
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At this point, it might be better to ask what doesn't have that warning.
May 3, 2019
GabbyGraboid
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May 25, 2019
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Prop 65 is slapped on anything, regardless of whether or not the material or substance is within a "safe" limit or even in a position where it could possibly cause harm. If you see it, just use your common sense or, better yet, take a moment to do a bit of research.
May 25, 2019
MLSensai
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Apr 29, 2019
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I just received the 99 Noir.
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So now I own the 99 Noir, 99 Classics Maple and the 99 Neo. I listened all the day at work with Noir and thought "why did'nt I listen to the 99 Classics in the last months, sounds great" and today evening I took the 99 maple and they really sound different. I put on both the same pads. Here are the measurements of all threr headphones.
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Black=Noir, yellow=Classics, red=Neo As you see the Noir seems to be an improved Classics to my ears. Second the Noir remebers me on an other great headphone, the Audio-Technica MSR7b=blue, measurement as following.
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For my taste the Noir is an upgrade to my Meze 99 Classics. In conclusion I disagree that the Noir is a dark Classics. Tonality is different, not much but enough to be superior to the Classics.
Apr 29, 2019
GabbyGraboid
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May 25, 2019
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Where'd you get those white 99's? Those look amazing!
May 25, 2019
MLSensai
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May 25, 2019
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In the very first beginning of the Classics they were for a short time available in maplewhite. If I could know that they now are so rare I had bought a couple more of them. 😎😉
May 25, 2019
TylerTHere
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Apr 29, 2019
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These or beyerdynamic dt770? Looking for the best closed back under 250$
Apr 29, 2019
Sicras
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Apr 26, 2019
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Would anyone know how to put a cup back into place? The one on the left side came loose. Looks like it was detached from the band and I don't know how to put it back together.
Apr 26, 2019
Sicras
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Apr 28, 2019
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I just tried it, and the screw was as tight as could be. I think the swivel might be off a joint or broken.
Apr 28, 2019
cheaplad
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Apr 28, 2019
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Oh no 🤦🏻‍♂️.
Apr 28, 2019
letsfixitinpost
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Apr 24, 2019
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I can never truly figure out the massdrop return policy on "massdrop made " stuff. Trying these tonight, but think there is no return option on this unfortunately.
Apr 24, 2019
SweetPrince
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Apr 24, 2019
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I received my pair today, however unfortunately received 3x of the 'stock' earpad, and only 1x of the newer earpad. Ticket has been lodged with Massdrop Support, hopefully will be sent an extra earpad in the mail!
Apr 24, 2019
ILikeAcid
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Apr 23, 2019
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Mine just arrived. Yay! Anyway, my one-man listening party isn't happening until tonight, but I just wanted to share an observation: The product overview states that they come with a woven nylon carrying case. I took this to mean that the case was going to be a downgrade from the 99 Classic's hard case. To my delight, the Noir's case is still "hard"--just has woven nylon covering the shell. Aside from that, the build seems to be very sturdy, and the cans felt as soft as kitten angels on my ears for the short moment I had them on.
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Apr 23, 2019
mphonic
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Apr 23, 2019
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I already had a pair of 99 Classics, but I like them so much that I bought these, as well (one for home, one for work). My 99 Classics have the newer earpad, and, while they still sound great, it's true that the smaller, "original" earpad has much to offer in terms of frequency response. So, since "new original" earpads obviously exist, can we expect to be able to purchase them separately? I've got two babies to take care of now...
Apr 23, 2019
Zenon
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Apr 23, 2019
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How big was this production run? I'd like to get a pair, and it would be helpful to know what the number sold means relative to how many are left.
Apr 23, 2019
Zenon
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Apr 24, 2019
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Alright. I'll keep an eye out for a reply in case someone who knows would be willing to answer. It's definitely happened before on some of these Massdrop-made products. The first that comes to mind is the 6XX with 10,000-unit runs being announced: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-sennheiser-hd6xx/talk/1887965
Apr 24, 2019
Kevin
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May 17, 2019
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This current batch in stock has fewer than 100 left. Then it will be on presales for a couple months.
May 17, 2019
letsfixitinpost
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Apr 21, 2019
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Im traveling for like 2 months, so I decided to take the write off and get these to work with. I can report back when its all done how they handled it!
Apr 21, 2019
TwoSquare
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Apr 19, 2019
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Does anyone know how long Massdrop will keep producing these? I plan to get a pair next month
Apr 19, 2019
TipsyMacScotchslurpen
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Apr 19, 2019
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Say you have a trusty pair of Sennheiser HD 650s and you absolutely love the clarity and soundstage, but you've kinda gotten tired of having to EQ the crap out of the low end to get the thump and every once in a while a bit of low rumble in some of the genre's you enjoy... Would you drop $200 on these to satisfy your inner basshead, or would you go over to the HIFIMAN HE4XX? Would either one stand out as a good option for more bass without losing too much soundstage or clarity? Would you instead recommend something else?
Apr 19, 2019
thms
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May 12, 2019
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Did you find out ? Personally I love the 58x's bass. Versus HD650. (own both.)
May 12, 2019
freepeopleofrussia
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Apr 19, 2019
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Hello friends. Paid for the order on April 16. Today I look at the order status - canceled. what does that even mean ???? the order was not sent, the money was not returned !!!!
Apr 19, 2019
freepeopleofrussia
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Apr 21, 2019
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Friends. Technical support is silent. They do not want to return the money? Do not have a business with them.
Apr 21, 2019
erickong
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Apr 24, 2019
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Have you checked the account you used to pay for these to see if a refund was issued? They might have canceled it because they don't ship to your location.
Apr 24, 2019
lastzero
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Apr 19, 2019
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Do shorter cables exist for the meze 99? I'm looking for a 1m cable or shorter cable.
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Apr 19, 2019
Jmunandar
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Apr 19, 2019
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I would like to know as well. The stock cable feels really nice, but might to be long for when I take them on the go.
Apr 19, 2019
zep483
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Apr 18, 2019
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I really the new pads... I wish they were angled though...
Apr 18, 2019
PatrickVincent
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Apr 18, 2019
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A passion purchase that I first started to regret, because too many headphones at home, until it is broken in (rodé) and plugged directly into my "Shozy alien" ballad. And there big surprise, it's just happiness !!! Everything pleases me, from bass to treble and I feel that (it was not planned) I'm going out for a walk with. It is sublime.
Apr 18, 2019
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