I did an audition on Verite and the shop owner also let me try Empy (both were brand new back then), I found Empy sounded quite flat, colder and less musical than Verite (both headphones ran on highend tube amp)....Hi guys...
I'm very interested in Verite Open and have many questions about the headphones and their sonic characteristic. I tried to go through the forum but with 400+ pages, it's difficult to find what I'm looking for.
- Is there any sonic difference between Verite Open and the LTD Vérité Desert Ironwood version? If it's purely the look, I will go with the normal version.
- From the website, it seems the headphones can be tuned to sound more warm/bright based on the pads. So if my sonic preference is warmest sound (female vocal), I should go with Universe Lambskin?
- Tuning aside, based on the sonic character of the headphones alone, would you say the headphones are in warmer (Audeze's house sound) or brighter/colder (HD800' ish) side?
- Now my main headphones are Utopia + Lazuli Ref XLR / Empyrean + Silver Dragon XLR, do you think Verite Open would bring about any improvement/upgrade?
- If I want it to sound best, what is the best upgrade cable available? Is ZMF's own cable upgrade option worthy of consideration? If so, which cable upgrade option should I choose (I love details/deep base/bold + full mid but can't stand sibilant or harsh sounding)
- Lastly, my current modest setup consisting [ Aurender N100H / QB9 Twenty / V281 ] would these (especially V281) play well with the Verite Open?
Last question... is there anything I should be aware of buying these headphones? When I bought the Utopia, I wasn't aware of the dread driver failure, and I don't wanna repeat that mistake! So any tips would be appreciated.
I'm sorry if these have been discussed many times in this thread but I did my search but couldn't quite find the answer.
Thanks for your feedback!
I've been eyeing Verite since the beginning and found Ironwood is the 'look' I want so I pulled the trigger... Wood makes minute sonic difference according to Zach, it's not much of a concern with Verite than his other headphones.
I find Utopia has slightly better detail retrieval, bit faster and bit more dynamic than Verite but Verite does great in those departments.... Also Utopia gives me a unique sound pressure no other headphone gives me (like in violin solo, the weight of the bow can be felt by the pressure on my head).... therefore it can be quite tiring after listening to it for a while whereas Verite is very enjoyable depending if you're ok with the weight. Also Verite gives a wider and taller sound stage than Utopia.
I find Universal pads give a more V sound than Verite pads. Also it's bit wider but centre vocal bit more disperse therefore Verite pads stays. Will buy other pads to try later.