ZMF Auteur Impressions and Measurements

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  1. dubharmonic

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    I'd love to see measurements from the different pads.
     
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    I found these quite interesting.

    Waterfall plots for Teak Auteur (Eikon Lambskin), Blackwood Auteur (Eikon Lambskin), and Blackwood Auteur (Universe Suede).

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    Assuming no significant difference in damping stuffs between Teak and ABW models, the difference would be largely attributed to wood (hardness, density, and other characters). Also note suede pads equated decay in a more linear way.
     
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    For convenience, I'm pasting from what I posted in other threads.

    Comparison conditioned by same pads, similar-ish hard woods, but different housing/drivers:

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    Thoughts
    • Auteur behaves well not only in frequency domain but in time domain -- very linear! (I remember @zach915m emphasized this word over and over in describing auteur lol)
    • Verite shows the fastest initial decay (down to 10-15 db off from t=0), attributable to tighter controls (due to magnet, be, etc etc) and more open earcup designs. By contrast, it has the most lasting release.
    • Aeolus is close to auteur but not as linear as its brother.
     
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    Suddenly, and kinda on a whim, I measured how external sound was attenuated by headphones. While detailed methods and rigs are different, this approach would conceptually resemble (Tyll-era) Inner Fidelity(IF)'s isolation test and Rting's noise isolation test.

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    Log-sweep signal played by speakers (L+R) was used as external sound.
    Three curves above were obtained by taking relative gains between baseline EARS (left-ear) response and attenuated one (1/3 oct).

    No wonder, among these three headphones, ether 2 is the most open. 1000XM3 (anc off) is the most closed. Auteur is closer to ether 2, but not as open as ether 2.

    Below is Rting's WH-1000XM3 result. Interesting to see a good consistency despite of overly simplified my method.

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    It also seems that IF and Rting's results are fairly consistent. See below (both HD650):

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    So, from these (very rough) indirect comparisons, my isolation result would be pretty similar with IF, which is 5db less reduced than Rtings.

    That said, it will be interesting compare my Auteur result with IF's Eikon result (see below).

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    Auteur is way opener than Eikon, which mirrors my experience.

    PS. Eikon Suede pads equipped on Auteur
     

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    I had just received a loan of Auteur and Atticus from the local dealer.
    The thread https://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?posts/299093/ made me very curious on trying it out for monitoring purpose.
    The Auteur's pad was the perforated lambskin (Eikon pads)
    The Atticus' pad was the leather (not sure if it's protein or genuine).

    I am more interested in the Auteur. My other headphone is Neumann NDH 20 and LCD4.

    The Auteur sounded so organic and natural on the mids. I checked my current work with it and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the mid frequency.

    While the treble sounded very natural and smooth, it lacks a little excitement in comparison to the NDH20 and LCD4.

    The bass is tight and natural but for my purpose, it lacks the density and dynamic movement.

    I am on the verge of returning the demo units back but just read about the different qualities of the pads. I would like to try the Auteur again but with the U pads. I hope it would help the dynamic low end and the treble qualities.

    The content on SBAF is so helpful since there are measurements, and the right helpful information.
     

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