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” 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.
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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
esmneuhof
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Jul 20, 2019
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So is this the same headphone as the Meze Classic?
Jul 20, 2019
arcduck
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Jul 20, 2019
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How well do these work with replacement pads? I want to try zmf protein oval earpads on these but I know some headphones don't like 3rd party pads.
Jul 20, 2019
SaskAudioGuy
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Jun 26, 2019
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Since I buried it in my review, I wanted this out here since I took a soldering iron to mine. I used copper jumper wires and some lovely 62/36/2 RMA solder. To make my resurrected pair live... My repaired pair review! I love the look, and they are comfy. I loathe combo cable and mics so that's still in it's pouch, sorry not sorry. I didn't want to include this because I've modified them beyond something simple by replacing the stock wires on the cup. I decided to give them a fair shakedown. The source is Tidal MQA, the device Samsung Note 9, a MavisModz cable, and a lightly concave EQ, all other audio processing disabled. I listened to a wide range of stuff... These have the pads swapped. Chopin, Queen, Daftpunk, Nirvana, Shaggy, The Raconteurs, Migos, etc... I will say that one thing came to my mind while listening to these, they are fun. The bass is surprisingly clean, but they can boom pretty good. The details are very present, they reproduce things very well, nothing ever feels washed out. Listening to some of the electronic stuff that swings from high to gutter low, they never stumble. On the classical music, they do well on the high notes, not missing a beat to get that thump. These don't disappoint to my ears on Chopin. I will say they definitely flavour the music but it's not bad, in fact they make me want to listen more. At and slightly above my preferred listening volume there's no sibilance, but they have no issues driving those high frequency sounds. I'm incredibly treble sensitive, so I'd be complaining. I'm listening to Migos new track on Tidal and the bass hits so clean. It just goes BOOM, and there's no dithering or wallowing, just clean crisp hits. I like it... heh These have nice pleather pads, especially once you swap them to better pads in the box. I just hate how pleather feels after a bit it gets hot and sweaty. Upgrades... I need to find pads... I like either humane leather or velour. I think I want to try improving the foam damping in behind the drivers a bit. Tinkering is something these things encourage, I love that there is no clips or glue locking them together. Summing it up... a great compliment to the HD6XX, I'd think based off what I've read. Sorry for blithering on about my can't score a franken-pair. Disclaimer: I went through a very stressful situation with multiple bad pairs. I eventually ended up with these heavily discounted and no warranty. This pair suffered from shorted wiring to a driver.
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Jun 26, 2019
Hyde
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Jun 19, 2019
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Anyone know how do these compares to Creative Aurvana Live 1 (not 2)? I'm hearing very different opinions/reviews about both so I'm just wondering if anyone actually have experience with both.
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Jun 19, 2019
almostspilled
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Jul 11, 2019
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CAL 1 sounds a lot better in my experience, but has a mediocre build.
Jul 11, 2019
Hyde
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Jul 11, 2019
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Awesome! That's good to know, it's cheaper too haha.
Jul 11, 2019
hiddenfrem
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Jun 18, 2019
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Hello! I know very little about finer headphones... Do these need to be amp driven?
Jun 18, 2019
Jmunandar
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Jun 19, 2019
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Naw, I use them on my OnePlus 6 and it sounds fantastic.
Jun 19, 2019
ILikeAcid
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Jun 24, 2019
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But definitely sound better amp driven!
Jun 24, 2019
TipsyMacScotchslurpen
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Jun 4, 2019
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God... I just joined this drop since I finally have the money for it while it is active, then I saw the Noble K10 drop and started wondering if I shouldn't just save up for a few months and pull the trigger on those $900 dreams. Having to wait until the end of September for $100 off the Meze store price of the 99 Classics kinda makes me feel like I could just work on putting back the cash for the old Noble flagships. I have an old pair of Noble 3 universals that are my absolute go-to for music listening because any time I am using my computer I'm generally not thinking of listening to music (and I'm always listening when I leave the house, which is when I'm carrying the Noble 3s). My whole motivation to get these (or the K10's) is to find something with a warmer, or more fun, sound signature. Something that I would reach for when I want to pound my ears with electronica (which is one of my favorite genres right now). I can get that by ramping up the low and far high-ends of the audio spectrum with an EQ app (or the built-in function on my Sony NW-A45) using my Noble 3s or Sennheiser HD 650s, but I always feel like it slightly degrades the definition of the music, and I also never feel like I have the EQ exactly right. I guess I have almost a month to decide before they charge my account. Maybe someone here who has tried both could give me a push in one direction or the other. :)
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Jun 4, 2019
JJayJJ
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Jun 6, 2019
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The comparison you're asking for is far too great to be a worthy one. You're comparing a headphone at 5 time lesser price with an IEM.. Finding something "warmer" is easily achieved with a little EQ as you know, so the reasoning that somehow a headphone natively will provide that, is such a massive gamble at the price point you're looking to splurge, it would make far more sense to keep experimenting. Second, finding something "fun" doesn't make any actual sense, I don't understand what "fun" sound is, and "unfun" is, nor their difference.
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TipsyMacScotchslurpen
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Jun 6, 2019
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Sorry, maybe I didn't explain myself well enough. Maybe "fun" isn't the right description for it... I am trying to find a pair of headphones or IEMs that will satisfy my inner basshead while still staying as true to the standards of clarity and soundstage that have been set by my Noble 3 and HD 650 as is possible. I don't mind losing some of those "audiophile" qualities by getting a "cheaper" pair of headphones as long as the difference isn't drastic and the payoff satisfies that hunger for a taste of club-style thump. The only reason I brought up the Noble K10 is because it is also available from Massdrop and because by the time the Meze 99 Noir ships I'll have had time to try to save up enough money to get them, and the K10 ships within the month. Sadly, I have absolutely no way of sampling the Meze nor the Noble options prior to making a purchasing decision. I was hoping someone who had tried one, the other, or both would let me know if they satisfied their "inner basshead" while also satisfying their audiophile tastes. I would also like to know whether the K10 would be so much more impressive that it would be worth saving up for, or if it would just make more sense to save my money and go with the Meze 99 Noir. I guess I should also mention that I still tend to use EQ to boost low and high frequencies (in a "V" shape to varying levels depending on genre) no matter what type of music it is to which I am listening, regardless of whether I am using my Noble 3 or HD 650. Edit: ... and I'm not locking myself into the 99 Noir or the K10 if someone has another recommendation for an audiophile-grade basshead-friendly option that doesn't break that thousand-dollar ceiling.
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Jun 6, 2019
Zac0019
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Jun 3, 2019
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Sooooo if these don't ship til September, I'm going to save my $200 for now because i'd hope these STAY up for pre order.... right? RiGhT?!?!!?
Jun 3, 2019
erickong
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Jun 4, 2019
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What? These are on pre-order status because the original abundance of stock has sold out and more need to be manufactured
Jun 4, 2019
AGuyWithAUniqueName
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Jun 3, 2019
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awww, they came back in stock the day after I bought the 99 classics!
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Jun 3, 2019
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