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ZMF Auteur Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by PacoTaco, Oct 15, 2017.
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  1. LCMusicLover
    I have several different cables which I use with Auteur.

    Desktop is either a Silver or Black Dragon. Portable is either ZMF OCC or Lavricables pure silver. Note that the OCC cable is different than the OFC cable he offers. Visually, it looks like this one:


    from this ZMF product page:


    Honestly, I don't hear that much difference -- changing portable sources (Cowon Plenue 2 vs Opus #2) is a bigger change. Swapping pads (Auteur perf vs Eikon perf) is a bigger change.

    As was pointed out to me in a different cable discussion, cables are passive devices. This means that they can only filter the signal. So when someone says the OFC is 'quite dark' they're really saying that the OFC cable attenuates the high frequency component of the signal significantly.
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  2. felix3650
    Correct. A cable is mainly characterised by two parameters, attenuation and signal phase. Both of those parameters depend on the specific frequency (Hz) band of interest (in our case the audio spectrum 20Hz-20KHz).

    In my case I do hear a bit of attenuation with the stock vs 2K cable. Things that should be there get in the background and become less apparent. With the 2K cable more musical information passes through for my brain to process :)
  3. Viper2005
    I use the ZMF Auteur 2k cable. Sounds great with the my ash Auteur. It's an OCC cable so not as dark as OFC but not as bright as silver.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2018
  4. Viper2005
    Your post made me go across town to retrieve my Crimson, as I never tried it with my Auteurs. Wowow! What a combination!
    I wonder how much of an improvement the Platinum is over the Crimson?

  5. Hansotek
    The Crimson is a little bit better overall. It has a little more class-A bias, about a third more power, a better power supply and more through-hole components. All that being said, the Platinum definitely has some sonic similarities to the Crimson and for a fraction of the price, it gets pretty darn close. I reviewed it here: http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazi...iquid_Platinum_Headphone_Amplifier_Review.htm
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  6. gLer
    Nice! How does it compare to your R-28, and what do you think of the R-28/Auteur combo in general?
  7. Viper2005
    The R28 amp has good synergy with the Auteur. The Crimson adds a more lifelike presentation and dynamic impact. The difference is noticeable for sure, but I wouldn't call the built-in amp a slouch either! I think the Auteur just likes tubes in general, even if it's in a hybrid like the Crimson. (using NOS mode 1 on the R28 currently)
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  8. xenithon
    I’m also enjoying the Auteur (Teak) with the R28, currently in NOS3 mode. I changed from the stock perf Auteur to the perf Eikon pads and noted a positive (to my ears) improvement, specifically around body and texture - female voices and wood instruments in particular.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
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  9. Panimation
    Still waiting for a resolution at this point, Zach if you can reply to my follow up email please!
  10. smodtactical
    Really love my teak auteur... it has a great balanced sound between the airy 800S and the dark and imposing Atticus. But I wonder about the Eikon and its mid and treble clarity while still having crushing bass.

    Anyone here prefer eikon over auteur?
  11. Daemon Ursus
    Not me, Got a Pad Eikon and as well as a Blackwood Auteur and a Cocobolo Auteur and I much prefer the Auteurs. I love the Eikon, but unless I need the sound isolation it offers, I don't use it all that much anymore.
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  12. zach915m
    I am in the middle of an email binge trying to get caught up. If you haven't gotten an email from me re-send it pls? Anyone else who I may have missed emails from please re-send!

    Did you ever try the solid auteur pads? That will have pretty crazy bass on the auteur. Not like the Eikon but still a lot of bass.
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  13. Panimation

    Thanks! Got a response back from you and replied accordingly, if you can send me that video on the DIY fix I can decide pretty quickly if I'm up for the job or not! :joy:
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
  14. smodtactical
    Do you miss the eikon bass at all when using auteurs?

    Thats a great idea Zach. Might grab a pair of auteur suede pads from you.
  15. thecrow
    Easily no - not for me as:

    The mids of the auteur are really well balanced especially coming in from below and exiting into the treble. That’s why I’m such a big fan. A neutralish sound but with the zmf flavour.

    For me. Ymmv.
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