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ZMF Aeolus Impressions thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by smodtactical, Oct 5, 2018.
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  1. Wes S
    I concur.
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  2. Scutey
    Yes I heard there's a bit of a wait here in the UK, I'm interested in the Aeolus too, btw if you are used to a closed back you will find the open nature of this hp to be very airy by comparison.
  3. Johnsouter
    Thanks for your advice, much appreciated. I'll make sure to get the suede pads then.

    I was either going for the Aeolus or the MrSpeakers Ether Flow.
    The extra bit of depth to the Aeolus has swung me in it's direction. I do like Planar bass though!
  4. KESM
    Update: I purchased the lesser known LAB12 OTL HPA (unheard). It has a wow factor...straight out of the box. It’s a pre & hp amp along with an onboard dac. It brings raw grunt & a sense of airiness into the foreground. Ok...I’ve done my best with the superlatives...in short...it sounds fantastic.

    As others have mentioned...I think it’s the combo of tubes in a output transform-less design that makes things sound lively & organic.

    I also love the versatility of being able to listen to desktop speakers or headphones (Aeolus & HD6XX). The Aeolus are wonderfully paired with OTLs as many have stated here (who knew?).

    My only con is ordering the amp. I had to source it from a US retailer who then obtained it from a Canadian distributor who then placed the order through the manufacturer in Greece (dicey supply chain to say the least).

    Bonus note: The biggest surprise was how well this amp scaled up the SQ, not only of the Aeolus, but tackled the veiled sound of the HD 6XX...bringing it into damn near Aeolus territory. I never quite understood the vs. comparison being made in these forums...until now...as it’s likely gear dependent.
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  5. Johnsouter
    Just purchased the Aeolus with additional micro suede pads. Just need to wait 8 days now though!
    I have an ifi ican pro, hopefully proves a decent match.
  6. jinxy245
    I do enjoy my ifi iCan Pro with the Aeolus, I don't think you'll be disappointed...enjoy!!
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  7. goreshade
    Does the Aeolus sound dark like the hd650 ?
  8. jinxy245
    My ears/my chain there is definitely a similar tonality. Aeolus has much better extension at both ends, and a larger midbass hump (depending on pads). Mids I think would be a matter of preference, Overall, I think Aeolus is less dark. An addictive sound for me for sure.

    It might be worth noting that I've read the Senn had many silent revisions making the 650 progressively less dark as time went on, which could skew your perceptions.
  9. Johnsouter
    My initial impressions after a few hours from new (not sure how much burn in these require) is of a very warm, organic sound that is extremely addictive.
    I'd say the 650 are technically better with vocals but as an all round headphone for listening pleasure there is no competition.
    I've yet to try my micro suede pads with them though, apparently this will flatten the mid bass slightly.
    I have paired the Aeolus with my ifi ican pro, with a little sub bass boost these cans just shine!
    Hope that helps a bit!
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  10. Wes S
    The vocals will get better, with burn in at around 100 hours, and then it surpasses my HD650, in all aspects. They do have similarities, as mentioned.
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  11. shadowplay0
    Finally got my Aeolus in!!! Barely looked at them before getting them on my head, and it was torture to wait the recommended 5 minute warm-up period for my WA3.

    Sounds great on Nick Cave's Tender Prey (already had it queued up in Roon, and it IS one of my faves). Can't wait for them to break in
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  12. Wildcatsare1
    I agree, since I’ve had my Aeolus, burned in and paired with tubes, the old 650 can’t keep up.
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  13. Wes S
    I brought out my HD650, when I first got the Aeolus and Bottlehead Crack, and for a while they were hanging. Now that the Aeolus is fully burned in, the HD650 are back in their storage case, and won't be coming out for the a while. The Aeolus, still continue to impress, every time I put them on. I am now looking for an Atticus, as I have to have the closed back version of this driver as well.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2019
  14. Fantasyrulz
    Just received my Aeolus from zeppelin & co after waiting for a month!

    It's really expensive but handcrafted headphone really is top notch.
    Comes with a balance and 3/4 inch cable, hard pelican case, headband cushion, and lastly a headphone stand.

    Using it with smsl su 8 plus thx aaa 789 balance out.

    The whole set just screams quality.
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  15. Wes S
    Nice! Would love to see the headphone stand.
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