Two years may seem like a long period to devote to developing a product, but for the designers at Meze, the results speak for themselves. Within the first two days of their indiegogo campaign, Meze has already raised 85% of their goal to fund the production of their 99 Classics Wood Headphone design. Combining the quality of handcrafted products with formidable modern technology, they have reinvented the wheel in the pursuit of the perfect headphone. Each element of the product has been engineered to improve on conventions, from a more comfortable headband to a sound system tuned to deliver balanced and natural frequencies (unlike those bass boosting atrocities that slap a lowercase “b” on cheap plastic ware). The quality is perhaps most apparent in the wood crafted ear cups, which are harvested from sustainable sources of Walnut and Maple (for the Gold and Silver models respectively) before being CNC routed and then hand finished and polished. The headphones sit comfortably on ones ear thanks to the use of soft memory foam in the ear-pad design, covered in PU leather. The assembly utilizes just nuts and bolts to ensure that the headphones will stand the test of time, with none of the adhesives typical in cheaper designs that degrade after a while. But to get a true sense of the heart going into these products, just simply bear in mind that it takes around 45 days to make each one perfect. Like a finely tailored suit, these headphones are built to last.