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ZMF Ori (Omni) - Upcoming Semi Open Flagship

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by levaix, May 28, 2015.
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  1. lentoviolento
    you are lucky! mine got lost by fedex last month.
    i'm looking forward to read your impressions
  2. Pharmaboy
    1. Your PH Ori's are beautiful!
    2. You have an Eikon, too?
    3. Comparing these is a fascinating & fun thing to do...

    I own an ormosia henryi Ori (LOVE that headphone)...also had several lengthy listening periods (>1 wk each time) w/a borrowed cherry Eikon, comparing them on balanced & SE amps. Very interesting & very fun.

    My only regret is that I got an OTL tube amp (Woo WA3) since last hearing that borrowed Ori. I really need to hear the high impedance Eikon on the OTL, since my other experiences hearing higher-impedance HPs on it (LCD-2.1 @70 ohms; modded HD650@300 ohms, same as Eikon) were revelations.
  3. iamjaymo
    That sucks... sorry to hear that. Hopefully you’ll get a replacement or some compensation from FedEx.

    Only have a couple hours on and off but what I am hearing is fantastic so far. Sort of like a really expensive wine. It doesn’t hit you immediately but you know you are going to be tasting and enjoying something special.

    The first descriptive word that comes to my mind when listening to the Ori is SMOOTH. A really smooth sounding headphone. I can hear the bass is strong and textured but yet it doesn’t make me dwell on it. The transitions from low to mid to high are, well, smooth and very engaging. More later...
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2018
  4. iamjaymo
    Much appreciated. Zach said he hadn’t done an Ori PH with the grecian sliders before but really liked how they turned out and I couldn’t agree more.

    Yes, I also ordered an Eikon. I wanted a dynamic, but I had already been down the Fostex TH-X00 road and desired something “special” and a bit different than a too bass-heavy dymanic. After a couple of email exchanges with Zach on the Atticus vs Eikon I took his advice and settled with an Eikon.

    Gonna listen to the Eikon on Monday connected a hybrid tube amp. Looking at an OTL though eventually for the Eikon. Will be a fun next couple of weeks listening/comparing the planar to the bio-celled dymanic.
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  5. Pharmaboy
    I am so impressed with the Eikon. It's a true endgame/heavyweight headphone...not perfect, but very high level in multiple ways.

    I've only heard two biocellulose driver designs, the Eikon and the E-Mu Teaks. They're very different designs (Eikon reaches a lot farther towards TOTL sound)...but both have sound that in certain ways is unlike other dynamics I've heard. And definitely unlike planars. There's something special about planars...beside the Ori, I have a "unicorn" LCD-2.1, one of the originals, and love it.

    Pls share your thoughts after comparing these 2 HPs. And BTW, "smooth" is definitely something I also hear in the Ori. Zach really knows what he's doing.
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  6. Rhamnetin
    What a coincidence! I also got a purpleheart Ori in the mail today. I will get an Eikon in a few months.



    And next to the Blackwood:



    Listened to it for about an hour with my Pure BiPolar amp (which is always balanced). Sounds like the Blackwood but "faster" with more realistic sounding decay, more "airy" treble that seems in between the Blackwood with one bass port plugged and two plugged, but I obviously need to do more listening. It's superb, that much is obvious.

    Both the Blackwood and Ori are the reason I'm returning the Audeze LCD-4. To me, both the ZMFs are clearly better! LCD-4's treble dips ruin it, stellar performance elsewhere but such a critical fundamental flaw makes it sound far less natural than these... and the bass performance of both of these is still excellent and very impressive next to the LCD-4.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2018
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  7. Wes S
    Oh my! Those look stunning! I would kill to have both of those!
  8. Wes S
    Interesting that the sliders still say fostex, on yours. I have not noticed that in other pictures of Ori headphones.
  9. iamjaymo
    I agree with you... the Eikons are VERY impressive. Maybe I should pick this up in the Eikon thread but suffice to say, I really like both, but the Eikons... Whoa!
  10. Rhamnetin
    Yeah I've never seen that before, caught my eye.
  11. iamjaymo
    I noticed it too right off the bat but doesn’t bother me. The wood color/finish catches my eye more.
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  12. lentoviolento
    The more i read the more i curse. My ori is still Missing
  13. Nick-s-f
    I assume you bought it brand new from zmf, so its insured? I would be pretty mad at the mail carrier if that happened to me!

    Someone could have recognized the package and swiped it. I remember someone a while back who lost their MrSpeakers Ether in the mail due to theft.
  14. zach915m
    Ah yeah it shouldn't be like that. Send me an email via the website etc and I'll send you the non Fostex/blank ones if you want to replace them.

    Argh yeah I have no idea what happened. We don't use fancy boxes on the outside for this very reason. I might switch to UPS for international and see if we have better luck, we have had some issues lately with fed-ex international. Going to make sure @lentoviolento gets a pair of Ori's regardless!
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  15. lentoviolento
    Ok thanks
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