ZMF Compendium

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  1. M3NTAL

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    Zach,

    Thank you so-very-much for taking the time to explain everything and being very awesome at the same time! Much love and respect for what you do.

    I can't wait to see some of the new shop and some of the equipment. Your improvements HAVE NOT gone unnoticed. Every headphone of yours that I've experienced has gotten better each time, and not just sound. The headband, wood finish, ear pads. Trust me, your efforts are appreciated.

    Cheers - stay safe and healthy, my dude!
     
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  2. Ruined

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    Am considering the ZMF Aeolus LE.

    On most headphones I use 2nd to last band setting (big head)

    On order page it mentions lambskin strap vs padded suede, and says padded suede might be an issue for big heads. But this headphone weighs 500g. Anyone have experience on lambskin vs padded suede comfort on the more heavy ZMFs?
     
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    ogodei Headphone Heaven Gatekeeper

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    Both are very good and acceptable for longer periods of usage, and I'm a lightweight.

    Padded suede is 'more good', but honestly both work.
     
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    Taverius Smells like sausages

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    Sweaty suede is :( though.

    To me the choice is between leather strap and a co-pilot pad.

    YMMV, my Ae Ltd is light enough that just the strap is plenty comfortable, but it also has the lighter (magnesium?) baffle from a VO.
     
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    Ruined HD700 ruined my ear holes

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    Yeh thats the other question whether magnesium is worth $250.
     
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    The Mg chassis reduces the weight by less than 10%. Headband padding and adjustments would be much more important, or even different pads. I’d put money towards those accessories rather than upgrading to Mg. That’s just me, I’m a bigger guy with a big head so...
     
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    I have had to replace the lambskin for the suede due to comfort on my cocobolo Auteurs. I have a big head and went from the second to last notch to the very last notch and it's close to being too small. I am happy to hear the Verite has longer rods so when I get that it should be fine. For reference, on HD 6XX I use 10 clicks on each side.
     
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    Sounds like the smart thing would be to try the suede and hope for the best.

    also having probs deciding stainless vs brass, lots o choices! Leaning brass though seems to be better match for cocobolo.
     
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    If you are worried about weight the grill choices can effect it as well, but just go for aesthetics.
     
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    If it makes a difference I got the brass with my cocobolo and it's a very nice combo. I would highly recommend it.
     
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    I found the reduced weight worth it for my Aeolus and Atticus. I'm also a fan of the suede strap but I think head shape is a big factor so take it with a grain of salt.
     
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    I've a pretty big head (or so I'm told), and use the Pilot on my Cocbolo Auteur and the Co-pilot on my Cherry Eikon. I find both headphones more comfortable with the co-pilot, but I ended up putting it on the heavier Eikons. I'm probably going to get another co-pilot for the Auteur at some point (maybe with my next pad purchase). Both are lambskin.

    For me... Co-pilot >> Pilot >>> Leather Strap
     
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    @Ruined I would not recommend padded suede for large heads. It is also slightly smaller than the leather strap so you may have issues with adjustment. I have the suede strap on my Atticus and have it adjust to the max. Luckily that it ends up being perfect. I also have he suede strap on my Ironwood Verite Closed (the heaviest headphone zmf has made at 640 grams) and I wish I would have got the leather strap because it has a couple hot spots. So I ended up wrapping the suede strap with a pilot pad and it is probably my most comfortable ZMF now. I played with a Sapele Aeolus for a short time with a leather pad and had no trouble at all.
     
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    This, this right here is why I'm going to give up and spend the money that I've been hesitating to spend.

    On that note, has anyone here heard the Atticus on Schiit gear? (specifically Bifrost multibit and an Asgard of some sort) Currently listening to Aeon closed and was recommended the Atticus for the metal and hard rock that I usually listen to. I don't have anywhere within a reasonable drive where I could hear any of the ZMF offerings even if times were something they aren't.

    I also have to ask as a machinist, "it will help us "work against gravity" some form of 5th axis machine?
     
  15. zach915m

    zach915m MOT: ZMF Headphones

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    Ha - yes I definitely should clarify what I meant since to a machinist that definitely will make no sense.

    We were using a 3 axis machine before with 6 - 15 jigs to hold the cup in place, all the side slots on the cup needed their own jig. With all the use the machine got the tools wouldn't always be zero'd out correctly or fall out of tolerance from general use, and with all those factors we ended up with more wasted wood and parts than we'd like. It also didn't always allow us to cut in the direction of the wood grain as we'd like.

    Now that were getting our 5 axis machine up and running, we can be more efficient and run up against the issues of a 3 axis machine much less, as there will be less jigs and all that and less human error hopefully.
     
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    ZMF tour of their new workarea and the plans for ZMF November, among other things:

     

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