ZMF Vérité - Open-Back Dynamic Headphone - Official Thread

I hooked my verites up to my computer for about a week of nonstop playing and the rest is history. Do you have tidal by chance? They have a burn-in album that supposedly does it in half the time.

As they say in Jamaica, “Soon come!”.

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Thanks, Earmuffs! I do not, but it sounds like you’ve done what I’ve been doing - just nonstop playing for a week. Did you notice a large difference? With some, it just improves a little, but with others like the LSA HP-1 (made for Underwood Hi-Fi by Kennerton) I tried them right out of the box and was ready to send them back - the sound was WRETCHED; I wouldn’t have paid $100 for them! After 150 hours burn-in, they sound delightful…

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Oh boy oh boy oh boy…

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I too had been curious about the burn-in, it is near 300 hours and Zach has confirmed this on a post somewhere. As skeptical as one may be with 300 hours, you will find on the Verite the burn-in is quite real. I tracked my burn-in over the course of two weeks, they sounded great, then odd, then had me scratching my head, and then after 220 hours it began to improve and settle. I didn’t run them continuously, would leave them off overnight, was thinking let them breathe a bit after a 16 hour day.

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I didn’t do a lot of listening before burn in. I listened to them for a few hours when I got them and they sounded fantastic. Then immediately just ran them through the ringers.
I have other zmfs so it was easy to wait a week

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Ask and ye shall receive!!

ZMF1

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Droooooool. How are you liking them?

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I am astonished. If that is what they sound like right out of the box, I’m in for a real treat after a couple hundred hours of running them. Sure, it was missing a lot in sound staging and instrument location and other attributes, but I knew those would reveal themselves in time. And I was just using the stock cord, too! But that’s the first I’ve heard the ZMF sound signature/timbre, and I love it. I’ve got about 6 TOTL headphones here, and after everything is broken in, I’ll do a shootout to see what stays and what gets sold. I know right now these are staying. Still need to do comparisons with HifiMan HE-1000 V2, Empyrean, Abyss Diana V2, and Focal Utopia. The Dianas are showing up tomorrow, so I’ll need to break in those, too, as well as the VO’s. But yeah, those things rocked my world!

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I’d love to hear your impressions using the Quicksilver Headphone Amp with your Verites. I have the Verite Closed myself, and I’ve been very close to buying the Quicksilver on numerous occasions. You’re the first owner of this amp I’ve come across that also has a Verite/VC, so hearing what you think of the pairing would be incredibly helpful to me!

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Hey ckhirnigs113! I actually have the VO’s, the open back ones. But I can still give you an answer - that Quicksilver is a truly beautiful looking and beautiful sounding amp. I don’t mind being an evangelist for it, and I think it’s an absolute steal at under $1000. It couldn’t be simpler to use; all that’s on it are RCA input jacks, an on-off switch, a 1/4 inch jack, and a volume control. No impedance matching or any of that necessary. I’ve been using the Utopias mostly, and they sound wonderful and 3D and holographic through this amp. I tried the VO’s through it last night, and as they’re fresh out of the box, it’s easy to see that there’s a lot of breaking in yet to do, but even so, that sound is GORGEOUS. The timbre or sound quality of the VO’s seem to match perfectly to the Quicksilver, just like the Utopias do. I have not heard Ampsandsound, Feliks, DecWare, those blue ones, or any other of these really great tube headphone amps from small companies; my guess is that they all sound great, and will also all have a different sound quality, which of course is also very dependent on the DAC and what tubes are in the Quicksilver.
Let me know what you end up getting!

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Thanks for that @Lars! I have an SW51+ on order that I might not receive until March or April. It will be my first tube amp. I think my current amp, the JDS Labs EL Amp II, is the bottleneck in my chain right now. Don’t get me wrong, everything sounds great at the moment. I’m just really looking forward to seeing what tubes do for my VC. I can’t really explain why I’m so tempted by the Quicksilver. The few impressions that are out there all seem to universally sing its praises and describe it as punching way above its weight class, namely tube amps under $1K.

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Yeah, when I was looking around for tube amps, I saw Quicksilver mentioned a few times on various forums, and the few who mentioned it were all singing its praises, punching right along with $3K - $4K amps these folks have listened to. Not many people know about them, but this fellow has been building mono tube amplifiers since 1980, and he’s just created this headphone one a relatively short time ago. It’s not even listed on some of the pages on their website. And it’s made right in California! If you’ve got a place where you can try out various tube headphone amps, do try to do so, though I don’t think that kind of thing is going to be happening again anytime soon.

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Its a heck of an amp, from a company that has been making amps a long long time. Had to beat for the price.

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The Verite I just bought have a symbol or writing in the center of their grills. I can’t make out what it is but I was wondering if anyone else has a pair with this or knows what it is.

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Never mind. Bevin says they experimented with cutting their logo there during early development . The prototype of the project yielded a reversed and backwards logo and I guess was abandoned and not used on production models.

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Those look like @antdroid ZMF his VO is a prototype as well!

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They were his! He was nice enough to let me buy them.

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You really do have super powers. How can you recognize the previous owner of a headphone from a close up shot?

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It’s not just a headphone it’s a ZMF!

People talk about double blind tests but @DarthPool can pass a double deaf test with ZMF and still tell you the differences in sound :wink:

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