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ZMF Auteur Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by PacoTaco, Oct 15, 2017.
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  1. humzebra
    Blackwood vs Cocobolo GO!
    I find Cocobolo Eikon preferable to blackwood Eikon. Less mids, lower treble, seems to have more realistic timbre to me. More refined highs, if a little less present. Bass curve doesn't extend as far, but more controlled. I have bw auteur.
  2. Wildcatsare1
    Haven’t heard th Cocobolo Autuers, so I cant comment there, I know I love The Blackwood though.

    A fun listen, Jimmy Smith, “Root Down, Live,” Jazz Meets funk!
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  3. Redmetal1897
    Can't comment on the cocobolo, but I did have the teak and the blackwood for about 3 months.

    The differences are very subtle. It took me awhile to really get accustomed to the blackwood signature so that I could spot the differences. I would say the Teak sounded a touch drier, but also bigger at the same time (maybe because of the added decay?). The blackwood definitely had a cleaner background and sounded a touch smoother. I had a tough time choosing which one to keep, ultimately kept the blackwood because of the ltd run wood.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2019
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  4. Phantaminum
    I've recently acquired the perforated Universe pads for the Auteurs. My go to pads for the Auteurs were the perforated Eikon pads. The wider and taller opening make images seem bigger but reduces depth. It almost feels like it's a cross between the Auteur and Eikon pads with smoother treble than the Auteur pads. It's still incisive but seems to almost do away with the some of the rough areas. I'm personally enjoying them.
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  5. Incarnation
    Hello friends :)

    I asked in this thread quite awhile back for help on choosing headphones, loved the auteur but went with focal clear (close second) cuz it was cheaper used

    In the end I couldn't stop thinking about the Auteur haha, and sold the clears for one, oak variant

    Just wanna ask, what amps would you recommend me for the Auteur? Currently using a JDS Atom. Thinking whether I should upgrade

    Heard that tube amps are good with the Auteur. Which would you recommend for a more spacious, holographic sound and maybe, clearer vocals. Don't really want a big change as I like the Auteur sound

    I've tried Feliks Audio Echo and it made me shake. Tried the Feliks Audio Euforia and it made me jizz uncontrollably, however the price made me stop

    Wonder if there are any bang for buck kinda amp for Auteur? Thanks!!!
  6. ProfFalkin
    Basic GOTL.
    Liquid Platium
    BH Crack / Crack-a-twoa

    Those are the only sub $1k tube amps worth a darn in my experience.
  7. Phantaminum
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  8. Schwibbles
    I can confirm the Auteur pair excellently with the Liquid Platinum and GOTL.
  9. LCMusicLover
    I really like my Blackwood Auteur with my Liquid Platinum.

    That said, the Auteur/LP pairing shows the least improvement vs pairing w/ SS amp compared to improvement of my other TOTLs with LP vs SS. (Re-reading, that may be the most convoluted sentence I’ve ever written — hope you can get the gist.)

    Different sound? Yes. Better? Not that much. Auteur is already very musical, with well-defined headstage and has great bass. Gets a little more bass, maybe a bit better sense of rhythm, and slightly more 3d stage. But maybe loses a little vocal immediacy, and a little detail. Really, all subtle differences.

    SS amp I’m comparing w/ is Bryston BHA-1.

    I hear greater improvement with Utopia & Ether 2 from LP vs SS.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2019
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  10. JTori
    If you're up for a build, I can highly recommend the Bottlehead Crack with Speedball updgrade. I've tried them with the Burson Soloist SL, Cary HH-1 and Bottlehead Mainline, as well. While the Mainline sounds good, the Crack sounds better.
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  11. Incarnation
    Thanks guys! Shall look them up :)

    Btw anyone tried an amp called Darkvoice 336se? Is it any good?
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2019
  12. mysticstryk
    On the cheaper side I would look at the ZDT Jr. or the Valhalla 2. Both are excellent amps in the under $400 range.
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  13. Fatdoi

    Currawong gave some good review on Lyr 3...
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  14. Emuleros
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  15. LCMusicLover
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