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ZMF Auteur Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by PacoTaco, Oct 15, 2017.
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  1. xenithon
    I’m a fan of the Cocobolo and black. Then again I am biased as it is my pair :)

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  2. xenithon
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  3. Celty
    I don't blame you, they are beauties :)
  4. Preachy1
  5. brink
    Beautiful! I do regret going for a used pair of teak instead of the cocobolo off ZMF´s website. They still sound spectacular with my Headamp GS-X Mini, though...
  6. Slim1970
    I think we all can agree that cocobolo is a beautiful wood no matter how it’s accessorized :)
  7. Natarian
    This may have been answered before by does anyone know which headphone does vocal presence better? Aeolus or Auteur?
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2019
  8. jinxy245
    That of course depends upon how you personally define "better". This is also likely dependent on the chain you have (dac-amp -etc).

    That being said, Auteur is more upfront with vocals, Aeolus I'd describe as more lush. Aeolus has a dip in the upper mids that some might appreciate, others don't, Auteur is more linear with a sight rise in the upper treble that most like (but I personally find fatiguing).

    Hope that helps
  9. Natarian
    Yes, thanks Jinxy!
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  10. jgwtriode
    That can be tame a bit with pad choice obviously...but also my little trick which I have explained a couple of times on this thread!... Not hard to do and reverisible if you don't like. It improves everything slightly and definetly helps calm some of the upper mid hardness. Which I think may be some what due to litterally reflections off the baffles...like on a loudspeaker. Anyway for your consideration!
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2019
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  11. arftech
    What moderate priced amp is recommended for the Auteurs and must it be tubed based?
  12. Phantaminum
    You don’t need a tube based amp, it’s just the Auteurs sound really great out of tube amplifiers. You can always go solid state like the Schiit Hex or move up to something like the Gilmore Lite MK2 or spend big on a more expensive solid state. I’m sure there’s plenty of Head-Fiers on here that can give you advice on a great solid state amp pairing.

    *cough* ECP DHSA-3F *cough*
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  13. LCMusicLover
    Lots of choices, depending on what you're trying to do with the sound and what you consider 'moderate priced'. I find that Auteur can move around quite a bit with different amps.
    You've probably started a war with this :)

    Some here would claim you just aren't getting the most out of Auteur unless you're using such and such tube amp.

    Others feel that Auteur sounds great (or even best) out of a top-end solid state amp.

    Still others (me included) feel that Auteur sounds great (almost) regardless of source chain, and that one of its strengths is its ability to synergize with a wide variety of chains.

    All that said, here are some (under $1000) SS and hybrid tube amps which at least some posters here have liked with Auteur:

    Gilmore Lite Mk II
    Liquid Platinum
    Liquid Carbon
    Liquid Spark (!!!)
    MassDrop CTH

    All these can be had for under $600 used (under $400 for all except LP). Obviously this list is far from comprehensive -- I'm sure others will chime in with their faves.
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  14. LCMusicLover
    I didn't mention the DSHA-3F since I'm pretty sure it doesn't meet the 'moderate price' requirement.

    'cough" but you're not wrong "cough"
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  15. arftech
    Thanks for the suggestions. Any opinions about a hybrid like the Schiit Lyr 3?
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