Meze Audio celebrates Romanian heritage with high-end ADVAR wired earbuds

Meze Audio Advar
(Image credit: Meze Audio)

Dedicated headphone specialist Meze Audio (see our Liric and 99 Classics reviews for the most recent examples) and has announced the launch of ADVAR, the newest addition to the company's wired earphone lineup.

Powered by a 10.2 mm single dynamic driver, ADVAR promises a "powerful, smooth, velvet-like sound that matches a variety of listening preferences." 

ADVAR's makers say that no detail was sacrificed; these headphones were made for those looking to enjoy effortless sound, day after day. They should also be easy to drive and pair well with any device, thanks to their high sensitivity and low impedance – Meze Audio ADVAR promise accuracy and fidelity from 10Hz to 30kHz (which far exceeds frequencies a human ear can detect).

Meze Audio Advar

(Image credit: Meze Audio)

“When we developed ADVAR, our goal was to create something meaningful – piece of audio that’s artful, spiritual, and timeless”, said Antonio Meze, lead designer and founder of Meze Audio.

And the name? The company explains that for the archaic civilisations of Romania, an ADVAR was similar to a talisman or amulet – believed to be all powerful; a symbol of the absolute meant to bring blessings to those who wear it.

On the outside, the solid stainless steel chassis design was inspired by various raw shapes found in nature, including the rounded surface of hematite. Meze Audio promises that ADVAR's sinuous, ergonomically contoured shape will allow the earphones to be removed with ease and ensure comfort during long listening sessions.

Meze Audio’s ADVAR will be available worldwide starting 15th April, retailing for £649 / $699 / €699 (around AU$1019). 


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Becky has been a full-time staff writer at What Hi-Fi? since March 2019. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, she freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 20-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance is of course tethered to a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo, This is Cabaret and The Stage. When not writing, she dances, spins in the air, drinks coffee, watches football or surfs in Cornwall with her other half – a football writer whose talent knows no bounds. 

  • Moree Spingato
    Bought it based on this advert style stoop-id writeup. Bass heavy V-shaped sound for the Sony/Bose crowd, just charging a lot more for fancy packaging. Not at all "high end".