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ZMF Auteur Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by PacoTaco, Oct 15, 2017.
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  1. jawks
    I'm looking to replace my stock Auteur cable (1/4") with a longer (preferably 8-10') one. Do any of you have any recommendations for a good value cable?
  2. erics75
    depends on what you'd consider value. I like Periapt cables for under $100 options. they're a bit thick and on the stiffer side, but very well built and sound as good as any stock cable i've heard. if you want to spend a bit more and get a fancier looking/feeling cable LQI cables have been great, and come in under $200 for most sensible options. that's about where i tap out on cables, i just can't hear significant differences (abused old ears).

    EDIT - have had good luck with Venus Audio cables on ebay as well. i believe he's got his own site off ebay now as well.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2019
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  3. LoryWiv
    Norne Audio is a terrific cable vendor, not the cheapest but great value for the quality you get. Be prepared to wait a bit though as build / ship times can be many weeks. Worth it IMHO. Another good option is Forza Audio Works.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2019
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  4. Preachy1
    Also check out Sky Audio Cables on eBay. I started a thread in the Cables forum. Well built, light, and very flexible. And affordable!!!!
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  6. jawks
    Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll look into these options. Any experience with the ZMF upgrade cables?
  7. heliosphann
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  8. jawks
    Thanks! I will check it out!
  9. jawks
    I have had my teak Auteur now for about a week and a half and they have easily become my favorite set of headphones. So much so that I actually sold both my HD800S and my Aeolus.

    After listening to the Auteur, I simply couldn’t go back to the HD800S, which, to my ears, had the more open soundstage but couldn’t compete with the Auteur’s rich midrange or bass depth and fullness. I found that I valued those qualities over soundstage width when listening to most of my music.

    As much as I liked the immediacy and punch of the Aeolus, it didn’t have quite the treble sparkle of the Auteur. For my ears, this made a big difference when listening to classical music. I knew that I would be going for the Auteur 9 times out of 10 for most listening.

    Needless to say, I am very happy with my Auteur paired with my iFi iDSD Pro and Decware CSP2! I haven’t had a chance to hear the Verite open or closed, but I’m in no rush at this point.
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  10. LoryWiv
    Hi @jawks. I also am enjoying the Auteur immensely for classical music powered by an OTL tube amp (Feliks-Audio Elise in my case). Baroque keyboard instruments, classical-era string quartets, it's been wonderful to re-discover my music with Auteur. Neutral / balanced across the frequencies with terrific mids, realistic staging, a touch of euphonic warmth augmented by the OTL amp, it's a superior presentation for classical music. Like you I keep eyeing the Vérité threads but remain content to do some tube rolling on my amp and let the Auteur shine with each new combo. I've had mine 17 months and still enjoy it every time it graces my ears. It's a great headphone. Enjoy!
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  11. heliosphann
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  12. robo24
  13. omniweltall
    Welcome to vocal bliss.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2019
  14. heliosphann
    Awesome man. Which one did you get?
  15. robo24
    The Wenge (Brass with stable splits). Looking forward to comparing with the Verite I recently got.
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