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ATTICUS and EIKON, the new dynamic driver headphones from ZMF

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by hisoundfi, Oct 1, 2016.
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  1. The_Blood_Raven

    I see two missing there and it's a shame. The Classic and the Blackwood are my favorites of the Planar line.
  2. mwhals
    Since I have no headphones, what headphone would complement the Eikon and Atticus that I can get now.
  3. Kozic
    what amp are you going to use and what price range?
  4. mwhals

    I don't have an amp, but would be using my QP1R. Up to $1200 to $1500. I am also interested in a portable amp recommendation.
  5. The_Blood_Raven

    Can't help on the portable amp front, but I can definitely recommend Zach's own Blackwood headphone. If you can find something with enough power to handle it, it's the best closed back headphone I've yet heard. If isolation/sound leaking isn't a hard requirement, the E-mu Teak is absolutely excellent although it is technically semi-open and acts as such. Out side of that you could easily afford something like an HE-560, HD800, or LCD-2 to as an open back to pair with the Eikon and Atticus.
  6. PacoTaco
    Well, it -was- the best closedback for me. :wink:
  7. jelt2359 Contributor

    You'll have to check if your dap can drive these. Hd800 imho is out. It's not forgiving at all, and really not a good choice for anyone into vocals. Orchestral yes, but not vocals. Out of those I own, I would recommend an LCD 2 for beautifully deep subbass and shelved treble- especially LCD2.2 classic, assuming you don't mind buying used. But again, check if your dap has enough power.

    Another good choice would be the LFF Paradox or Paradox Slants if you don't mind closed backs and want a different flavour, having already bought zach's stuff.

    But at the end of the day it also does sound like zach's tuning will fit you really well, being forgiving and good for vocals. Maybe spend the money instead to invest in something like an Alo CDM for lusher mids?
  8. DoctaCosmos
    can't wait! Well I've got a couple more hours till bed anyways
  9. Hisoundfi Contributor
    Had some trouble loading the new product on Head-Fi last night. Got it figured out this morning. 
    Here we go, the ZMF Atticus:
    PS: Eikon review is in the works
    Cheers fellas
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  10. jelt2359 Contributor
    Thanks for this. To clarify, the OTL amp that y'all were saying worked magic on the Atticus was the ZOTL?

    That's really important. The ZOTL has an output impedance very, very different from regular OTL amps.
  11. Astral Abyss
    @Hisoundfi - Loved the review!  Thanks so much for writing it up.
  12. zzzmonster
    Hisoundfi - Thanks for writing the review - all the reviewers seems to be getting the Cherry version of Atticus
    No one seems to know the signature of Padauk Atticus - will it be a more aggressive signature (like the Abyss)
  13. zach915m
    I've got a Padauk Atticus here right now, it is a little faster and less lush/decay than the Cherry Atticus.   Same tuning, just a touch less decay, slightly more immediate edge to the notes.
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  14. cglin222
    Hi, Thanks for the review write up, in this picture, is this the varnished or factory polished ?
    Just wanted to get an idea of the polish
  15. Hisoundfi Contributor
    This is the varnished one. It looks damn good in person, very shiny.
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