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Meze Audio - Rai Solo | Redefining Premium Audio

by Praveen Kamath November 04, 2019 2 min read

Meze Audio - Rai Solo | Redefining Premium Audio

Fresh on the heels of the successful Meze Rai Penta, Meze just announced an affordable followup, the Rai Solo. Proposed to retail at a competitive price point of ₹19,990, this earphone boasts of some impressive specs and features.

The new earphone brings together Meze’s reputation for quality audio but at an affordable price point. And, while the difference in price might seem staggering to some, clear similarities between the Solo and its progenitor exist.

Utilizing the same ergonomic housing, the Solo appears to sport the same overall dimensions.  It also uses the same detachable MMCX connection found on the Meze Rai Penta, with a 1.3 m silver-plated cable included in the box.

Rai Solo was born from a vision to offer entry-level audiophiles a solid built and great value IEM: Ergonomic design, sturdy stainless-steel shell, refined dynamic driver, all for one purpose: enchanting your senses through a pure listening experience!

In developing the Rai Solo, unlike the 'oh-so-balanced' Penta, Meze looked for a fun-neutral but well refined and controlled sound signature. The strongest correlation between the Rai Solo and the Rai Penta is the similar shape of the IEM albeit the fact that they sound so different, poles apart being a strong word. 

The use of Metal Injection Moulding technology for the body of the Solo made it possible to have a very complex inner shape made in mass production with great accuracy.

For starters, it features a new UPM driver that eliminates this inconvenience by using a totally different approach: the membrane itself is electrically conductive and, therefore, no wires are attached to the diaphragm. The result is a symmetric pistonic motion through its entire movement, without disturbance from the unbalance created by wires. To explain this in layman terms: A traditional electrodynamic driver the voice coil lead wires are glued to the back side of the thin membrane causing unbalanced vibration which isn’t the case in UPM drivers as it eliminates the usage of wires entirely.

What are the benefits of a UPM drivers?

  • Low total harmonic distortion
  • Clear mid-range
  • Outstanding reproduction of low frequencies

The cable as well as each earpiece nozzle features color-coding for left and right channels. As a result, the Meze Rai Solo appears visually appealing, and also easily identifies when in a rush.

Build-wise, each housing uses a stainless steel metal injection process to provide a rugged shell that won’t quit. Inside each housing, a single 9.2 mm UPM dynamic driver dishes out sound. 

The Rai Solo works effortlessly with any device due to its low impedance and high sensitivity but to truly enjoy the full potential and advantages of its special driver we recommend the use of a DAP or a DAC if you want to use your phone as a source.

The Rai Penta too expensive for you? Why not just R(a)id Solo? The Meze Rai Solo now available in India on Pre-order at ₹19,999 on Headphone Zone.

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