ZMF Auteur - An open back ZMF

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  1. I_want_all_the_tacos

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    I think I go through phases on which pads I prefer. Sometimes after using the Auteur pads for a while I feel like I am missing some extra bass warmth so I switch to Eikon pads and am immediately pleased. But then after using those for a while I will sort of miss that clean and airy treble. So I switch back to Auteur pads and then am immediately pleased with how clear they sound. I really like that Auteur gives you that option and I think it is nice being able to just easily tweak the sound like that.
     
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    That's one of my favorite aspects of ZMF headphones. It's not the end of the road if someone is not content with the sound from a certain pair of pads because all of the ZMF originals have at least 2 or 3 good pad options that might help tune the sound to one's liking.
     
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    Thank you @zach915m for the awesome customer service. Loving my Teak pair so far. If they're being held back in some way by the Lyr 3, can only imagine how much better they'll be out of a TOTL tube amp.

    Still running through different genres of music to get a feel of strengths/weaknesses, but I haven't found a need to reach for my trusty HD600 - these really take things up a considerable notch. If there's bass to be heard in a decently mastered track, you will hear it. I would not compare it to planar low frequency performance, but I hardly ever feel it's lacking (if it is present in the track to begin with).

    Very musical, as has already been written about by reviewers better equipped to express it than I, and is balanced from low to mid to high frequencies with a nice full-bodied sound, with a slightly warmish tint.

    There may be some qualities in which the HD6X0 are slightly better, maybe with Classical music, but I haven't really gotten around to that part of my catalog to judge for myself.

    I haven't gotten a chance to try the Clear or HD800, so no comment on those comparisons. But from what I've heard so far with these, I'm no longer interested in trying either of them. Nice primary complement to my LCD-X w/vegan pads, and makes the LCD2C redundant for my purposes.

    Using CD/Eitr -> Gumby -> Lyr 3 w/Tungsol

    I will say that the OFC upgraded cable seems to make a difference in that it t provides a slightly more refined sound compared to the stock cable. Subtle, but noticeable in higher frequencies. For me worth the $60.

    Cool that it's a custom handmade product, awesome that it fulfills what's promised.
     
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    Do they smell kind of like roses?
     
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    Yeah, roses kind of, but definitely there is a mild non-offensive odor. The wood itself or maybe some kind of varnish/treatment coating?

    Forgot to add they are very comfortable, I appreciate the adjustability of the headband, and I've only used the Auteur pads.
     
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    B623F565-5FB4-4AD4-BAB6-C41049C1DC62.jpeg C4DE6934-08CE-48FD-8AB0-9D947A088333.jpeg My auteurs arrived today. Well balanced and seems to do everything right. Can’t wait for my tube amp to arrive to give these a proper listen.
     
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    What tube amp do ya have in play Ray?
     
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    It will be a ecp amplifier
     
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    It's like he is expecting his room to flood at any moment, but his gear will be safe because of the life rafts he built for them.
     
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    ... and putting the pc on vibration damping somehow works around the fact that the case is open and spewing all its noise right at him?

    :drunk:
     
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    Price is interesting, bordering on the deadzone between 1kish and bigboy tube amps.

    12A** tube is an automatic dislike from our purring overlord I believe :D
     
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    I've been waiting for that amp to be announced. I'll probably jump on the pre-order if funds allow and then throw up a review/impressions asap.
     
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    I think Zach will be following up with more info shortly. That said, if not I can expand on it Friday.
    I will disclose that it required all 100% new iron specific to the Pendant.
    Single ended, moderate feedback, ultralenear, huge power supply even for us, high and low z set to make it compatible with low impedance headphones all the way up to the 300ohm family.
    2 inputs, 1 preamp out.
    We sent multiple prototypes which had only 1 variation and evaluations were done by ZMF to select the sound and performance they wanted.
     
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    You can't imagine my face when i read that Zach was working with Justin Bieber...took me seconds to close and reopen my eyes to read it right.

    I can't say i am particularly interested (i dislike some of ZMF's policies) but i am curious to see how it will play out.
     
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