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  1. ckhirnigs113

    MEZE AUDIO ELITE - The New Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone - official thread

    I saw Zach from ZMF mention in passing a while back that he owned a Meze Elite, but I never thought I’d see him publicly praise them. It just shows how cool a guy he is to go on record about how much he likes a competitor’s product. He really is a headphone enthusiast just like the rest of us...
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    NITSCH x Schiit Magni Piety - Impressions Thread

    My Piety arrived today, and I’m using it right now with my BF2 and Meze Elite in high gain. So far this thing is impressing me greatly considering the price. I’ll need more time with it to see if there are any trade offs vs my more expensive tube amps, but so for it’s definitely exceeding my...
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    MEZE AUDIO ELITE - The New Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone - official thread

    I think the perfect pad as far as comfort is concerned would be version of the Hybrid that retained the larger inner dimensions (80mm x 50mm) while adding 10mm to the depth to make it 35mm like the Alcantara/Empyrean pads. The Alcantara/Empyrean pads have slightly smaller inner dimensions...
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    MEZE AUDIO ELITE - The New Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone - official thread

    With the magnet system, it only takes a few seconds to swap the pads. It only took me one or two songs to realize I definitely preferred the hybrid pads. They would be perfect for me if they were just a little bit thicker, as I am blessed with large ears as well.
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    MEZE AUDIO ELITE - The New Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone - official thread

    @devilboy I can’t compare to any high-end SS amps, but I have been totally satisfied with my Quicksilver Headphone Amp driving the Elite. Once I switched to tube amps a few years ago, I haven’t really looked back. That being said, I’ll admit that when Nitsch eventually releases their version...
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    ZMF Caldera - New Planar Magnetic from ZMF!

    Makes sense, adding hybrid options on top of the Thin, Thick, and Cowhide options would definitely start to complicate things. That being said, we ZMF fans don't really shy away from having too many options on our headphones!
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    ZMF Caldera - New Planar Magnetic from ZMF!

    @zach915m Are there any hybrid pads in the works for the Caldera?
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    ZMF November 2022 is here!!!

    I heartily recommend the Quicksilver Headphone Amp. It’s right there at the top of your price range, but it’s been an excellent pairing with every ZMF I’ve owned (Aeolus, VC, Auteur) as well as my Meze Elite.
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    MEZE AUDIO ELITE - The New Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone - official thread

    I’m not sure if it’s helpful to post my impressions of a discontinued headphone cable, but I’m really digging the Wireworld Nano-Platinum Eclipse with my Elite. I’m only on day two with the cable, but it’s already growing on me. Without doing any quick A/B comparisons, the most obvious thing I...
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    ZMF November 2022 is here!!!

    @Kevintj604 Welcome to the Manchurian Ash club! It’s my favorite wood that Zach uses, and I always felt really lucky to have snagged my Auteur when it popped up for sale on the Classifieds here. I also had an Ash VC that, in my opinion, sounded better than the Olive and Epoxy Resin VCs that I...
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    ZMF Atrium - new open-back co-flagship

    Not sure how many 3FN's Nitsch is producing, but whatever stock he has at release should be available immediately I would think.
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    ZMF Atrium - new open-back co-flagship

    This is the first I’ve ever heard of a possible DSHA-4F. Is this product confirmed?
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    ZMF November 2022 is here!!!

    Thanks for all you do!
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    ZMF November 2022 is here!!!

    @zach915m Probably a long shot, but is there any chance there might be a discount on the Auteur Classic upgrade during the ZMF November sale? I’m toying with the idea of selling my beloved Manchurian Ash Auteur, but I feel like I owe it to them to at least get the upgrade done first before I decide.
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    Quicksilver Audio Headphone Amplifier any opinions?

    Most people think the Quicksilver trades blows with more expensive tube amps. Every time I’ve been tempted to “upgrade” I just sit down and listen again and realize I don’t need anything “better”. Throw in some nice NOS/vintage tubes and you should have an amp that can satisfy almost anybody...
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    Quicksilver Audio Headphone Amplifier any opinions?

    According to the tracking info, I’ll be getting my Quicksilver back to me today. It’s been tough week and a half without it. I now know the downside of using tube amplifiers. You never know when an old tube might decide to die spectacularly and take out the amp along with it. Despite that, I...
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    Wireworld Nano-Platinum Eclipse Headphone Cable

    Good news, the cable got returned to sender. I actually just bought the cable from him for a second time, haha. He might use UPS this time around after the first debacle with USPS. I’ll be sure to report back after I get some time with it and my Meze Elite.
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    Quicksilver Audio Headphone Amplifier any opinions?

    I don’t ever plan to open up my Quicksilver, but I’m of the opinion that the sound tells the story not the aesthetics of the wiring. As long as Mike has been making tube amps, I’m sure he knows what he’s doing. If he didn’t, people wouldn’t still be buying his amps. I also get the feeling he’s...
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    The (Un)Official Amp Thread For ZMF Headphones

    I guess I can be the Head-Fi representative for central Alabama. I’m in Birmingham. If I’m not mistaken, they have meets in Nashville from time to time. It would be cool to have something in Georgia or Alabama though. I’m from Mobile, so I still go down there all the time to visit family.
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    Quicksilver Audio Headphone Amplifier any opinions?

    I’ve had a few capacitor failures in my home a/c unit, but I didn’t know they could sometimes explode inside an amp during normal operation. Is this an extremely rare occurrence?
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    Quicksilver Audio Headphone Amplifier any opinions?

    I mailed the amp to Mike from Quicksilver today. I hope I have a better customer experience than you! I’m a little nervous after hearing how bad you were treated. Sorry you had to go through that. I’ve never done anything to the amp except occasionally roll in different EL84/6BQ5 and 12AX7...
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    Comment by 'ckhirnigs113' on listing 'Tungsram EL84 Pair (Welded Plate w/Foil O Getter)'

    Sorry, I thought you wanted to buy from me. I was just making it clear that you are commenting in my “Want to buy” listing. This isn’t a normal thread where things are discussed. I suggest you take a look at my posts in the Quicksilver Headphone Amp thread where I posted my impressions. @Wes S...
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    Comment by 'ckhirnigs113' on listing 'Tungsram EL84 Pair (Welded Plate w/Foil O Getter)'

    I'm looking to buy myself. I'm not selling these tubes.
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    Comment by 'ckhirnigs113' on listing 'Tungsram EL84 Pair (Welded Plate w/Foil O Getter)'

    According to Wes, the best sounding varieties are the welded plates. There were two versions with welded plates, the oldest have foil O getters and the ones after that came with solid foil getters. I’ve only tried the welded plate O getter type and agree with Wes, they do sound excellent.
  25. Funkwerk Erfurt EL84 Pair (Welded Plate w/Foil Disc Getters)

    Hi, I recently bought this pair of super-rare Funkwerk Erfurt welded plate foil disk getter EL84s from @Wes S. They are excellent sounding tubes, but I prefer the Tungsram tubes in my setup (which I also got from @Wes S). I’m only really interested in a trade for a pair of Tungsram welded...
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