Loaner: ZMF Caldera

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  1. futbutts

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    @StandUp713 please get in contact with @zach915m. We'd actually like to swap out the pair for one that isn't pre production.
     
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    Will get a production set out immediately so there's no hold up.
     
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    Email sent to [email protected] per ChaChaRealSmooth's directions.
     
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    Out of curiosity did something change between this one and the production version? @zach915m
     
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    The original few reviewer sets that @purr1n and @ChaChaRealSmooth were sent were the last of the first pre-pro batch of 30 drivers that we got. With planar drivers and the delicate issue of tensioning and the Caldera magnet design I realized before mass production that we really needed to have a larger batch of drivers to match them really well, not just for frequency response but also for ultimate phase/impulse response connectivity. This can be seen/heard mostly in the bass and treble - and doesn't always show up in frequency response.

    So basically/TLDR - we didn't have a large batch of drivers to match from for all aspects in pre-pro - but we did for production, so as such the headphones are just more coherent sounding and less hashy and disjointed etc. It's subtle but I can immediately notice it, so I just want to make sure we have a production worthy set here.

    To those that already participated in the tour - I'm happy to send out a second unit to you guys to keep things going as planned as well - I'm sorry I didn't think of this sooner.
     
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    I for one would love to hear a production unit as well. The Caldera is already amazing, any little improvement is only a cherry on top.
     
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    Everyone who has already heard the loaner Caldera and want to hear the production one; please PM me and/or tag me here with a new post. I will work you back into the tour later so you will get the opportunity to hear the production one.
     
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    @ChaChaRealSmooth, @zach915m I would love to hear the production model, since it seems to address the one issue I had with the loaner :)
     
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    In an effort to not make more work and cost for you guys - I believe three or four people had the pre-production model so far - if you guys all email me when you are ready to ship to the next person I will get you a ship label for fedex so that there's not a lot of extra cost/work here.

    Also I am not saying you're going to like the production model better by any means, but ofcourse I want to make sure I have the most accurate representation of our headphone going around.
     
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    I've worked @Clemmaster and @futbutts back into the tour to hear the production version. @StandUp713 send it back to @Clemmaster after your turn is done and we'll get the ball re-rolling.

    To people later in the tour, apologies for the slight hiccup in schedule. Both @zach915m and I would like for the tour unit to be as representative of the product as possible. Unfortunately there was no easy solution to this and I chose to have the unit doubleback for the few who contacted me wanting to hear the production one.
     
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    Thanks for that!
    Actually, can you swap @sfoclt and me since I'm gone for work next week (returning Friday)?
     
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    I appreciate you dealing with this awkward situation so transparently. There was no solution which could satisfy all of us equally.
    Apparently, my estimate was slightly optimistic :)

    I’m still very much looking forward to the audition!
     
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    initial loaner unit sent back to @zach915m
     
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    I realize I am late to this one, but would really appreciate getting added on the end if possible. Located in Tacoma, WA. I have heard/owned just about every ZMF model, big fan of Zach's work, but had skipped this as I never got into planars. But, I just purchased an Enleum AMP-23r for my living room setup to drive Klipsch Forte IV, and would love to hear some planars with it due to people raving about that amp for that use. Thanks!
     
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    Mighty quiet 'round here -- things still moving?
     
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    Just got back from canjam, it's my first priority right now. I'll talk with @ChaChaRealSmooth about where to go.
     
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    Sorry for the wait guys. Sent out a set with all the pads and mantle mesh {titan mesh} to @StandUp713 today. Should be there early next week.

    Sorry sorry and thank you for listening to them.
     
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    Considering your HUGE generosity towards us both for loaners and as customers in general, I’m pretty sure you’re forgiven. ;)

    Looking forward to hearing these! This hobby is lucky to have your awesome talents. :punk:
     
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