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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. akg fanboy

    Wow the design of the Odin is fantastic unlike anything I've seen. But that's definitely the last headphone I'd ever buy
     
  2. zach915m
     
    I guess you could say that?  There are many qualities that aren't exactly like soft/vs hardwood, but generally yeah that's somewhat the idea!
     
    There won't be a tour unfortunately, if I had more time I'd think about one for sure.
     
     
    I actually didn't think about that until after I had decided I liked the name, although it is kinda cool.  I was stuck on Eikon or Icon for the biocellulose set and wanted to follow similar greek origen for the other headphone.  Atticus just seemed right and since in Latin it means "Classic/Elegant" I thought worked well.  Props to @grizzlybeast for suggesting the name in an email chat when I told him I was having trouble naming the second model.
     
     
     
    I found that when tuned the same, biocellulose sounded too "murky" to my ears compared to the Atticus.  Biocellulose just have a smooth quality to it, so we boosted the treble and made it flatter with less "dip" than atticus and it makes for a very resolving yet smooth headphone.  One thing I fell in love with with the bio drivers is the low distortion which gives the headphone a very black background and even with more linear treble the notes still feel "easy."   
     
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    One of the unique aspects of the Eikon and Atticus is it's wood baffle.  I wanted to find a way to have immediacy in transients, but the natural decay and stage that a large cup offers.  When using a flat baffle with the large cup things just resonate forever and sound off, and when the cup is smaller, or the tube extends too far, things sound too immediate and the decay seems too precise and not natural.  So we experimented and got the right size "sound tube" so that the sound is both "immediate" and "natural," two of the most important qualities IMHO in making a headphone engaging to listen to.
     
    It's also cool because it's made of wood.  [​IMG]
     
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    ZMFheadphones ZMF headphones hand-crafts wood headphones in Chicago, USA with special attention to exceptional sound and craftsmanship. Stay updated on ZMFheadphones at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
     
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  3. zzzmonster
    How comfortable are the pads, can they fully cover average ears size, as the cups do not seems to be large (45 mm or 50 mm).

    My definition of average ear size, Sen Momentum 1 barely cover the ear.

    Nighthawk - super comfortable
    DT 1770 - slightly uncomfortable

    Thanks
     
  4. zach915m
     
    The pictures probably do not do the cups justice, they are quite large, some may say huge.  They are 108mm in diameter.
     
    The earpads have ear cavities that are 52mm wide and 75mm tall.  They use top quality 6 LB visco memory foam that softens a little with heat/wear.
     
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    ZMFheadphones ZMF headphones hand-crafts wood headphones in Chicago, USA with special attention to exceptional sound and craftsmanship. Stay updated on ZMFheadphones at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
     
    https://www.facebook.com/ZMFheadphones https://twitter.com/ZMFheadphones https://www.instagram.com/zmfheadphones/?hl=en http://www.zmfheadphones.com/zmf-originals/ contactzmf@gmail.com
  5. zzzmonster
    Thanks for the reply, the cups looks small in the pics, any chance that they will be available at CanJAM sg next year?
     
  6. RedJohn456

    I think I am more sensitive  it comes to weight. When I extensively auditioned the Omni and Blackwood last year I greatly favoured the Blackwood as it was lighter and more comfortable for my head. I don't recall which omni variant it was but I was told it was the heavier one. 
     
    Are the new models similar to the Blackwood weight? It really tickled my fancy, sound and weight wise. (Seriously I still think about the Blackwood to this day [​IMG])
     
  7. zach915m
     
    Not sure about CanJam sg yet, hopefully!!!
     
     
    Blackwood Omni is 575-600g, ZMF Blackwood is 500-550 depending on what wood is used.  So the Atticus/Eikon fall in line with the weight of the previous ZMF models more or less at 500-550 ish g.
     
    ZMFheadphones ZMF headphones hand-crafts wood headphones in Chicago, USA with special attention to exceptional sound and craftsmanship. Stay updated on ZMFheadphones at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
     
    https://www.facebook.com/ZMFheadphones https://twitter.com/ZMFheadphones https://www.instagram.com/zmfheadphones/?hl=en http://www.zmfheadphones.com/zmf-originals/ contactzmf@gmail.com
  8. ProfFalkin
    They do? I'd guess they are about the size of LCD cups, maybe a hair smaller.
     
  9. luvmusik
    Nice headphones Zach !
     
    Liking the Eikon already.
     
    Cool approach with a detailed midrange biocellulose (reminiscent of MDR-CD3000) that is exemplary at both ends of the FR range.
     
    And, internally, liking the baffle tube (which believe recalls HP-DX1000).
     
    Plus, external cups likened to MDR-R10.
     
    Eikon now at top of my want list !
     
  10. ButtUglyJeff
    Boy I wish I lived near Chicago.  I would love to see the piles of prototypes you must have lying around... lol
     
  11. andyDiamond
    Sooo many questions regarding these beauties
     
    What is TPE driver? Is it some sort of dynamic driver? Arу there any photos oк it is top secret?
    Will these leak more or less than fostex|denon series (which are also semi-closed)
    What about data retreival and overall sound quality on low listening volumes (I'm thinking about new office headphone)
     
    Sooo many questions...
     
  12. mowgli-kun
    @zach915m : Any plans to show off these beauties at CanJam NYC?
     
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  13. ithilienrp
     
    Both are dynamic drivers. Just different material. (TPE; Thermoplastic Elastomer, and Bio-cellulose)
     
  14. lvince95

    As a semi-broke college student who owns the Omni, my dream is crushed.
     
  15. ProfFalkin
     
    Hey Zach!
     
    Any plans on selling the pads indvidually as you do with the Omni pads, and will they fit on the xVibro mk2?  (My elephant ears yearn for just a little more room.)
     
    Thanks!
     
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