ZMF Headphones - Official Thread

Was going to plug it into my Chord Hugo TT2 and, ultimately, also, an ampsandsound Kenzie Ovation (still being built), but the Aeolus didn’t even get plugged into any amp. I did all the damage in attaching the cable to the Aeolus.

Glad to hear Zach and Bevin are going to fix you up. I have two pairs of Aeolus. You’ll be in for a treat once you get to listen to them. They pair well with the Kenzie.

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Thanks - they were incredibly kind and accommodating. And I can’t wait to get the Aeolus, get the Kenzie and live happily ever after.

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Simple upgrade of the input tube is a Raytheon 2C52.

Cheers…—Robert

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Norne Audio makes some cable conversion adapters. I have three pairs for different types of cables. One of them is Focal 3.5 to ZMF. The Focal 3.5 is a simple plug and play.

Cheaper than repurchasing high end cables.

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Feb 16th this year I bought myself a 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) hand Chery Eikon. It’s been perfect for me. It could be my end game. However, tonight, curiosity has brought me a Sapele Aeolus.

It’s not as energetic as the Eikon. My first thought on the first song I played was “nope, not better than the Eikon.”

Well, a couple hours later and after a few glasses of Rye Whiskey… I get it. So smooth, such a relaxing sound. I’ve smiled quite a bit tonight. It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to do nothing but listen. Wow!

Eikon still caters to my preferences, but this Aeolus is a damn fine headphone.

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I had a gently used padauk Eikon for 1-2 years: a very pretty headphone. Finally sold it (with regret) because like most closed backs, it could aggravate my migraines & tinnitus. I still have fond memories of the Eikon.

Since then I got a blackwood Aeolus & silkwood VO, two of the finest headphones I’ve ever heard. What one doesn’t do extremely well, the other does. IMO they’re both endgame, but in different ways.

The Aeolus has that smooth, musical & inviting sound. It really casts a spell.

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I totally agree. The Eikon is the more immediately engaging headphone, but the Aeolus (or Atticus), given time, really shine with their reserved flamboyance. Though they can be relaxing, they can also be downright party animals with the right music that takes advantage of that midbass hump. The Atticus/Aeolus are my current favs for Pink Floyd. The Auteur gives them more sparkle and air, which can sound more engaging at times. But man that mid bass punch of the Atticus/Aeolus is intoxicating. Currently listening to Comfortably Numb on the Aeolus and man the drums punch! Perfection for my tastes :slight_smile:

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Great song man! Love me some Pink Floyd, and especially with my ZMF’s and a good tube amp.

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Very well said…couldn’t agree more.

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You know either headphone I listen to, I’m not so much thinking about what the specific headphone is offering as much as I’m enjoying music. However when I bought the Aeolus, I bought it with the intention of just keeping one. One headphone to rule them all! (ok i’ve had some more whiskey.) At least that is what I mentioned to the wife. She said I deserve both, and maybe I do!

There really is a honeymoon phase with a new headphone, and I’m certainly there with the Aeolus. It does sound great on everything from Pink Floyd to 2Pac. I’m going to have to live with both for quite a while before I can make a choice.

Maybe adding the Pendent for sale on the forums will help me make a decision? Or will it simply add to my chain!?!?

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Aeolus is a great headphone. Very enjoyable. An ampsandsound tubed amp will pair well.

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Ha! Neither will go, just accept it now :wink:

No joke, I went through the same progression with ZMF. I started with an Atticus. Added the Auteur thinking I’d keep the winner and sell the loser. That never happened. Added a VC thinking it would replace the other two. Nope! Sold the Auteur to fund a Pendant. Missed it so badly I bought another. Also added an Eikon and Aeolus. Now I sit with 5 ZMFs and one head. I’m an idiot, but damn am I a happy idiot! Join me!

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I only have two sets of ZMF, but I would not think of parting with either of them. I’m going to add a third, but am being a bit particular on the wood choice.

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I hear you, I’m super picky about the woods on my ZMFs. It’s one of the many non-audio aspects of ZMFs that make them so fun to own. What is your 3rd going to be?

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I don’t know yet. It will probably be a VO or an Auteur. I love the VO Blackwood and the VO Desert Ironwood, but the extra weight was a detractor. I’m not ruling out a third Aeolus either. I have Zebrawood and Bubinga.

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My Aeolus is Bubinga, I love it! I thought of going for a more exotic wood but I love woods with a nice golden reddish hue, and Bubinga brings that in spades. It’s not as red as Pauduk, but still has a nice vibrancy to it. I’m jealous of the Blackwood VO if you get it! I love Blackwood, it’s neck and neck with Cocobolo for my favorite wood.

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I am thinking of getting an Eikon again. After buying the Auteur I want that biocellulose driver in a closed back too. My first ZMF was an Eikon, but I sold it after I got my VC, thinking I couldn’t have two closed backs. Stupid, I know.

I had a cherry Eikon, but I would love to have a darker wood this time. Blackwood and all heavier woods are out of the picture, I’d like to stay around 500 grams. I’m looking for rusted Zebrawood, Barnyard Cherry or Ziricote. I wonder what the next LTD wood will be.

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You have to love Zach and Bevin. They had my broken Aeolus back in their hands on Friday evening and it’s on its way back to me today, and will be in my hands on Friday. That’s amazing customer service and care.

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Can you please live stream the cable insertion on Friday?

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