I'm lost, any help? (Headphone Recommendation)
post-14977849
Post #16 of 27
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
2,078
Reaction score
4,910
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Posts
2,078
Likes
4,910
I heard the Sony Z7, and I love them... Unluckily enough I cannot find them anywhere now. Those ZMF Aeolus seem ridiculously good. I have heard and seen very good things about them. I just hope that being in Europe won't make that big of a difference. If I wanna audition the ZMFs I have to go to the UK, and I'm in Italy. Thanks for the replies guys! I'll have a deep look at them both.
We have a dealer in Netherlands (HiFiSolutions) and one in Germany (Headphone Company) not sure if those are close enough to get to, definitely call them to make sure they can do demos etc as well.
 
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 profile 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
     Share This Post       
post-14977883
Post #17 of 27

koover

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Mar 23, 2017
Messages
2,419
Reaction score
1,988
Location
Arizona
Joined
Mar 23, 2017
Location
Arizona
Posts
2,419
Likes
1,988
I was not too impressed with the Z7. It seemed kind of muddy in the bass and lacked clarity in the mids especially. This is compared to the M565 and HE-560. It could just be that it didn't pair well with my system. I ended up selling it yesterday.

It can definitely be confusing with all the choices. I have always just kept on trying headphones and either selling or returning them. But that is all part of the game and I have really enjoyed the journey it has taken me on.
Of all the headphones I own, the headphone I like the least is the Z7. As stated above, the bass is bloated and the treble is just weird. It’s splashy and the cymbals NEVER sound like a cymbal should sound like. Seriously, If you’ve read and heard many great things about the Aeolus and have the cash, I’ll confirm you should believe everything you’ve heard about them because I own them. But your ears are yours so it’s all up to you.
Like I said, they’re perfect for my tinnitus. They’re a top of the line headphone for less then 1/2 the price. This isn’t fanboy talk either, they’re that good.
Good luck with whatever you decide on. Just make sure it’s the Aeolus. :o2smile:

Edit: Do you like Z reviews on YouTube? I’ll leave my opinion to myself about him but just watch his review of the Aeolus. It’s one review I couldn't agree with more.
 
Last edited:
     Share This Post       
post-14978057
Post #19 of 27

Pinkomeno

New Head-Fier
Joined
Nov 4, 2017
Messages
22
Reaction score
2
Location
Lucca
Joined
Nov 4, 2017
Location
Lucca
Posts
22
Likes
2
f... I wanted to tell another thing: I am SET on the ZMF, they just seem like they were made for me. Germany is not TOO far away from my position, so I think I could be getting there sometime. The Z7, as you guys mentioned, do have strange treble but that didn't seem to bother me much back then, but now it surely does. Thanks again!
 
     Share This Post       
post-14978548
Post #20 of 27

buke9

Headphoneus Supremus
Help and Recommendation Contributor
Joined
Feb 21, 2015
Messages
8,735
Reaction score
1,596
Location
Kentucky
Joined
Feb 21, 2015
Location
Kentucky
Posts
8,735
Likes
1,596
f... I wanted to tell another thing: I am SET on the ZMF, they just seem like they were made for me. Germany is not TOO far away from my position, so I think I could be getting there sometime. The Z7, as you guys mentioned, do have strange treble but that didn't seem to bother me much back then, but now it surely does. Thanks again!
I don’t think you will be disappointed as I have heard almost all of the ZMF line and can’t say that anyone of them was bad just one I liked more than the other. The one thing that is a bit strange is that I don’t own one yet ; ) Unless something comes up I will own a Verite by the end of the year ( bonus time ) as it is a world class headphone that just sounds fantastic.
 
     Share This Post       
post-14983872
Post #21 of 27

Pinkomeno

New Head-Fier
Joined
Nov 4, 2017
Messages
22
Reaction score
2
Location
Lucca
Joined
Nov 4, 2017
Location
Lucca
Posts
22
Likes
2
I don’t think you will be disappointed as I have heard almost all of the ZMF line and can’t say that anyone of them was bad just one I liked more than the other. The one thing that is a bit strange is that I don’t own one yet ; ) Unless something comes up I will own a Verite by the end of the year ( bonus time ) as it is a world class headphone that just sounds fantastic.
Well then, lucky you!
 
     Share This Post       
post-14984060
Post #22 of 27

Tim Le

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
May 11, 2017
Messages
388
Reaction score
107
Joined
May 11, 2017
Posts
388
Likes
107
Have not heard the ZMF-Aeolus, but I can absolutely recommend the ZMF-Atticus or LCD-2 for a warmer headphone that does not sacrifice any detail. They can both be had for a lot less than 1k now :)

The Sony MDR-Z7 is incredibly comfortable and well built, but I also found the sound to be off (muddy and wonky treble as mentioned above).

edit: I've only heard the MDR-Z7m1 and not the m2
 
Last edited:
     Share This Post       
post-14988556
Post #23 of 27

HBen

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Apr 3, 2017
Messages
305
Reaction score
170
Location
close to the alps
Joined
Apr 3, 2017
Location
close to the alps
Posts
305
Likes
170
... (since it's my very last headphone)
I try to pull that mind trick on myself all the time but over time it is getting less and less effective :) :) :) :)

On a more serious note:
I think you've got the wrong approach buddy. Seems like you have a very specific taste and asking people who know nothing about you and your needs is not really going to help you much.

Try to find some good headphone shops and go listen to headphones by yourself with your own music (bring CD's, a DAP, etc. ...) or at least bring a list of your music, maybe the shop can play it for you. That will get you much closer to finding headphones that suit your needs. Maybe try some Audeze or Hifiman headphones - might suit your taste better.

Alternatively an equalizer (hard- or software) or some other tools to adapt the sound might be the way to go for you.

Cheers and all the best on your headphone journey :)
 
Last edited:
     Share This Post       
  • Like
Reactions: koover
post-14995781
Post #24 of 27

Pinkomeno

New Head-Fier
Joined
Nov 4, 2017
Messages
22
Reaction score
2
Location
Lucca
Joined
Nov 4, 2017
Location
Lucca
Posts
22
Likes
2
I try to pull that mind trick on myself all the time but over time it is getting less and less effective :) :) :) :)

On a more serious note:
I think you've got the wrong approach buddy. Seems like you have a very specific taste and asking people who know nothing about you and your needs is not really going to help you much.

Try to find some good headphone shops and go listen to headphones by yourself with your own music (bring CD's, a DAP, etc. ...) or at least bring a list of your music, maybe the shop can play it for you. That will get you much closer to finding headphones that suit your needs. Maybe try some Audeze or Hifiman headphones - might suit your taste better.

Alternatively an equalizer (hard- or software) or some other tools to adapt the sound might be the way to go for you.

Cheers and all the best on your headphone journey :)
In fact, I've said this: If you want some more information, please just ask me
And I've also posted what my sound preferences are, my kind of music (my in the very meaning of it). So, please, do not skip lines between reading.
 
     Share This Post       
post-14995784
Post #25 of 27

Pinkomeno

New Head-Fier
Joined
Nov 4, 2017
Messages
22
Reaction score
2
Location
Lucca
Joined
Nov 4, 2017
Location
Lucca
Posts
22
Likes
2
Have not heard the ZMF-Aeolus, but I can absolutely recommend the ZMF-Atticus or LCD-2 for a warmer headphone that does not sacrifice any detail. They can both be had for a lot less than 1k now :)

The Sony MDR-Z7 is incredibly comfortable and well built, but I also found the sound to be off (muddy and wonky treble as mentioned above).

edit: I've only heard the MDR-Z7m1 and not the m2
Yes, I was yesterday at a shop very far from me, "Hi-Fi Natali", and I heard the LCD-2 but I still wanna wait and audition the ZMF Aeolus.
 
     Share This Post       
post-14995810
Post #26 of 27

koover

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Mar 23, 2017
Messages
2,419
Reaction score
1,988
Location
Arizona
Joined
Mar 23, 2017
Location
Arizona
Posts
2,419
Likes
1,988
In fact, I've said this: If you want some more information, please just ask me
And I've also posted what my sound preferences are, my kind of music (my in the very meaning of it). So, please, do not skip lines between reading.
I'm not going to beat a dead horse into the ground so I won't respond after this for the sake of being redundant.
Again, I have in my estimation a medium type grade of Tinnitus. Not sure where you're at with yours but finding headphones that suite your tastes and to alleviate the ringing (getting worse too when listening) is difficult. You say you were going somewhere to audition some headphones but it doesn't look like they have a full line-up so that now makes it doubly difficult because you'll miss out with a lot that's out there.

With my Tinnitus, I've found that the ZMF line is great for build quality, customer service, workmanship, warranty work if needed and most importantly quality sound. And my Tinnitus is bothered less with any ZMF headphone due to the way they're tuned. They're smooth, detailed, colored more to the warm side, great bass and smooth treble. The mids are spot on and I'm talking about everything Zach manufactures himself "by hand" one at a time. You have a budget of $1000. That's pretty good and you can get quite a bit of headphone with that budget.

I owned the ZMF Atticus and it just killed. Probably everything you're looking for but it's a closed back. Then the Aeolus which is basically an Atticus but it's an open back . In my most humble opinion, it's a lot better. Just a killer sound. Beautiful too. This headphone punches WAY above it's price-point and competes with headphones double it's price.

Also, the ZMF Ori/Omni (which I also own) which I believe that one is up for sale right now in the classifieds for about $500. Another awesome headphone that's great for my Tinnitus and just kills it.
Man, I could go on forever about ZMF but it's your cash, your ears, your taste, yadda, yadda, yadda. It's too bad you can't check them out because I truly believe from what you "describe" you'd really like what this brand sounds like end to end.

I also own the Klipsch Heritage HP3 but that's another long story. A GREAT headphone that's underappreciate that contains many of the attributes your looking for. If you want any info about these, just PM me. The Audeze LCD2 classic could be another choice IMO it doesn't come close to anything ZMF.
It sounds like I'm a ZMF fanboy and maybe I am. If you REALLY like something, you're a fan and I'm male? :) The Aeolus truly is a very solid choice if interested. If you don't like it (which I'd be hard pressed to think you wouldn't) they sell really fast when they do come up in the classifieds.

Anyway, it doesn't look like you've jumped on anything yet so good luck to you in the hunt. Please be sure to update us on whatever you choose to suite "YOUR' needs and preferences.

Regards
 
Last edited:
     Share This Post       
post-15020388
Post #27 of 27

Pinkomeno

New Head-Fier
Joined
Nov 4, 2017
Messages
22
Reaction score
2
Location
Lucca
Joined
Nov 4, 2017
Location
Lucca
Posts
22
Likes
2
I'm not going to beat a dead horse into the ground so I won't respond after this for the sake of being redundant.
Again, I have in my estimation a medium type grade of Tinnitus. Not sure where you're at with yours but finding headphones that suite your tastes and to alleviate the ringing (getting worse too when listening) is difficult. You say you were going somewhere to audition some headphones but it doesn't look like they have a full line-up so that now makes it doubly difficult because you'll miss out with a lot that's out there.

With my Tinnitus, I've found that the ZMF line is great for build quality, customer service, workmanship, warranty work if needed and most importantly quality sound. And my Tinnitus is bothered less with any ZMF headphone due to the way they're tuned. They're smooth, detailed, colored more to the warm side, great bass and smooth treble. The mids are spot on and I'm talking about everything Zach manufactures himself "by hand" one at a time. You have a budget of $1000. That's pretty good and you can get quite a bit of headphone with that budget.

I owned the ZMF Atticus and it just killed. Probably everything you're looking for but it's a closed back. Then the Aeolus which is basically an Atticus but it's an open back . In my most humble opinion, it's a lot better. Just a killer sound. Beautiful too. This headphone punches WAY above it's price-point and competes with headphones double it's price.

Also, the ZMF Ori/Omni (which I also own) which I believe that one is up for sale right now in the classifieds for about $500. Another awesome headphone that's great for my Tinnitus and just kills it.
Man, I could go on forever about ZMF but it's your cash, your ears, your taste, yadda, yadda, yadda. It's too bad you can't check them out because I truly believe from what you "describe" you'd really like what this brand sounds like end to end.

I also own the Klipsch Heritage HP3 but that's another long story. A GREAT headphone that's underappreciate that contains many of the attributes your looking for. If you want any info about these, just PM me. The Audeze LCD2 classic could be another choice IMO it doesn't come close to anything ZMF.
It sounds like I'm a ZMF fanboy and maybe I am. If you REALLY like something, you're a fan and I'm male? :) The Aeolus truly is a very solid choice if interested. If you don't like it (which I'd be hard pressed to think you wouldn't) they sell really fast when they do come up in the classifieds.

Anyway, it doesn't look like you've jumped on anything yet so good luck to you in the hunt. Please be sure to update us on whatever you choose to suite "YOUR' needs and preferences.

Regards
I wonder what you meant with that first phrase.
Anyway I've auditioned the ZMF Aeolus and they're EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thanks again everybody!
 
     Share This Post       

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

Top