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Meze 12 Classics review: Premium build, solid sound, reasonable price

Meze 12 Classics

Meze’s sound is a very balanced one with just a slight tweaking to the low-end giving the music a natural and full atmosphere.

I’ve been reviewing audio products here on the site for awhile now and it always amazes me when I discover new companies. The audio space is just so full of product that it really does get hard to choose which one to buy. We’re hopefully providing our readers with some sort of guiding light when it comes to audio products and today we’re taking a look at the Meze 12 Classics. Meze is a small audio company who seems to care a lot about building beautiful headphones that produce solid sound at a reasonable price.

Read on to find out my thoughts on the Meze 12 Classics cause these could be your next in-ear headphones.


  • Frequency response: 16Hz – 24KHz
  • Impedance: 16Ohm
  • Sensitivity: 101dB (+/- 3db)
  • Total harmonic distortion: < 0.5%
  • Noise attenuation: up to 26dB
  • Titanium coated 8mm mylar driver
  • Copper-clad aluminum voice coil
  • 3.5mm gold-plated jack plug
  • 7N OFC cable, length: 1.2m

What’s In The Box

  • Meze 12 Classics headphones
  • Carrying Case
  • Assorted silicon ear tips
  • Comply ear tips
Meze 12 Classics

Very nice carrying case included.


I don’t compare opposing companies very often but in the case of the Meze 12 Classics the design struck me as competition to what House of Marley does with their headphones. This is actually a great comparison as we’ve reviewed HoM headphones and have been impressed by what they offer. The 12 Classics are amazingly light and made from walnut and aluminum with copper cabling. The walnut wood gives the 12 Classics a natural and organic feel while the gun metal aluminum lends a bit of modern elegance to the look.

The copper cabling is wrapped in a coated rubber that seems to do well against tangling, though I am sure if you try hard enough it will eventually tangle. Keeping these wrapped and stored in the included carrying case should, for the most part, prevent tangles. The inline mic and remote are compatible with all smartphones and it’s built pretty solid. Overall these little guys are well built and offer great quality materials for the price.


Meze’s sound is very balanced with just a slight tweaking to the low-end giving the music a natural and full atmosphere. I really love companies who try and stick with a neutral sound signature but give me just a little extra bass to bump to. I found the sound here to be better than average for this price-point and on par with even some other brands that may cost a little bit more than the Meze 12 Classics. Overall these are brilliant and really great if you want a nice rich full and balanced sound. I prefer over ear headphones but I could deal with these in a pinch.

Meze 12 Classics

Walnut and gun metal aluminum.

Call Quality

I always emphasize that I don’t particularly like using headphones for voice calls, however, I do test them.  The Meze 12 Classics perform on par with most other in-ear headphones, they’re not super for voice calls, they will work but it’s just my opinion headphones in general, don’t perform well enough to be used for quality voice calls. There are exceptions, though.


These will set you back a mere $79USD which is a perfectly more than reasonable price for what you’re getting here. On top of that, Techaeris readers can enjoy an extra 10% off when ordering from Meze’s website by using the code techaeris10 at checkout, this is good until April 30, 2017, and will expire after that day.

Meze 12 Classics

Inline mic and controls

Wrap Up

These are a solid buy, great design, great sound, easy on the wallet. For those who don’t like spending exorbitant amounts of money on high-end headphones, these deliver beyond their price point and are a great value.

Meze 12 Classics
4.7 Out of 5
Nailed It
Solid build quality, solid sound for this price point, love the included carrying case.
Needs Work
The only real complaint is call quality, which is really a problem for most earbud headphones IMO.
Bottom Line
These are real solid performers for their price point and the build quality is super, these are real contenders for their price point.
Call Quality4.50
*We were sent a sample of the Meze 12 Classics for the purposes of this review.

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