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ZMF Debuts New Woods for Every ZMF Dynamic Headphone – AXPONA 2019

By | April 20th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

SE Edition of the ZMF Headphone

As a former student of the ancient Greek theater and film industry, ZMF headphones model names take me back to my younger-youth as an honorary Athenian. Flashing forward to present day, outward consciousness, and after giving many of the ZMF headphones a solid listen at AXPONA 2019, I can say that they all live up to their Hellenic names.

There is plenty of new happenings at ZMF Headphones to be excited about, so let’s get to it. The still-new Verite and Aeolus models still mop-up much of the attention at the ZMF booth with showgoers, but of particular interest to me are the new limited edition wood options now available for all of the Dynamic series of headphones.… Read the full article

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ZMF Headphones Drops A New Series of LE Woods

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , |

ZMF Headphones Verite Ziricote

It’s clear that Zach of ZMF Headphones has a love for both artisanal craftsmanship and fine woods. He has a penchant for some of the earth’s original building material which is usually offered as an alternative choice around each model’s initial lunch. However, the latest crop of limited edition options arrive this week as a full refresh to the entire family of personal audio offerings he currently sells.

The flagship beryllium-coated diaphragm Verite we reviewed is refinished with a darker wood called Ziricote.… Read the full article

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Review: ZMF Pendant

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

ZMF Pendant Review

ZMF Pendant Headphone Amplifier Review

Over the years Zach from ZMF headphones has partnered with a varying companies to bring complimentary products to his consumer base. With the introduction of his own range of dynamic headphones in 2016, ZMF recently took up residence with tube amplifier maker ampsandsound for a partnership that we currently find ourselves staring directly into the warm glowing tubes of. 

The collaboration is an interesting one, bringing together more than one theme for personal audio enthusiasts. There are hints of classic technologies and tried-and-true design elements aligned with more cutting edge design and material work that run through the system like veins of sonic lifeblood. … Read the full article

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Two New Cans From ZMF Headphones, The Verite & Aeolus – RMAF 2018

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

Hot on the heels of the biocellulose-driver Auteur comes a two new cans from Chicago-based ZMF headphones. Borrowing some of the same circular hard wood look as that headphone, the new Verite and Aeolus made a big splash at Rocky Mountain Audiofest in Denver this year.

Both units feature new grill designs and snazzy gloss finishes. According to the specs from the show handout the upcoming Verite boasts the fastest response and the lowest distortion for any ZMF headphone. These heightened figures are no doubt subsidized by a new beryllium coating on the custom driver, a material fast becoming a favorite of many high end of headphones.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: The Expo Hall (Part Two)

By | June 1st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |


Bigger and better than ever, this years Expo Hall at AXPONA was alone worth the cost of admission. Vendors were pulling all the stops with their displays and demo exhibits. Traffic was consistent throughout the weekend, and I imagine the Expo Hall will be a popular destination for both attendee and exhibitor next year.
On with the show!


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Known for the absolutely dominating sound of their Planter Speakers, Intelligent Audio Products is introducing their new Groove Tone Amp and Preamp at Axpona.… Read the full article

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ZMF Auteur Review

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

The definition of Auteur according to dictionary.com is:

“a filmmaker whose personal influence and artistic control over a movie are so great that the filmmaker is regarded as the author of the movie.”

And on Auteur Theory from Brittanica.com:

“The auteur theory, which was derived largely from Astruc’s elucidation of the concept of caméra-stylo (“camera-pen”), holds that the director, who oversees all audio and visual elements of the motion picture, is more to be considered the “author” of the movie than is the writer of the screenplay.Read the full article

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ZMF Headphones – AXPONA 2018

By | May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Zack from ZMF headphones is going for something different. His drivers use a less common biocellulose driver and he sports a unique affinity for wood selection, offering his newest piece the Auteur in basic Teak ($1.6k), but that’s just the start.

There will be a rotation of optional select breeds to pick from, starting with limited edition Blackwood ($1.9k) that’s already close to sunset. There is also new cables and a pair of amplifiers, which ZMF partnered with Amps and Sound to sell.… Read the full article

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ZMF Auteur Pre Order Starts 11/10

By | November 10th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

While quite a few audiophile headphones launch every year, the buildup for ZMF’s latest biocellulose creation has been vetted in an slightly growth-oriented way by its owner Zach for a few months now. On this day (11/9), we now stand on the threshold of a tightly planned launch day release which will include a limited edition blackwood Auteur (100 units) for $1,699, and also a Teak version for $1,399 – both $200 off for the event.

Unusual for the market, orders can be placed starting at exactly 10am central time on the 10th.… Read the full article

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ZMF and Abyss Get Frisky With Two New Headphones – RMAF 2017

By | October 14th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The original Abyss headphone by JPS Labs ($4.5k) has been a bookend of the high-end headphone consortium for a few years now. Priced at the top of the planar magnetic game, the single headphone from the New York-based company was a bit unwieldy if not still an interesting prospect for those in the $4k+ market. At RMAF the company unveiled a new, more compact offering for a slight discount in cost. The Diana will debut for $3k and cuts the weight down to 33o grams but still retains some high end specs with a sensitivity of 91dB, so don’t expect a fully-endorsed portable product from JPS just yet.… Read the full article

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ZMF Headphones – Atticus and Eikon

By | April 14th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

ZMF’s Zack Mehrbach isn’t just another film major turned t50rp modder, he’s breaking into fresh territory with his headphone company and has a new pair of original creations built from the ground up. The new duo is called Atticus and Eikon which will set you back $999 and $1,299 respectively.

Each headphone utilizes a closed, vented design constructed from solid wood. In the case of Atticus, the driver is a TPE (thermo-plastic-elastomer) material, while the Eikon is bio-cellulose. From the company website:

“When searching for the “right driver,” I tried every material I could find. Read the full article

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