My name is grizzlybeast and I'm an audioholic.
- Dec 26, 2012
ZMF x VIBRO & ZMF BLACKWOOD
I have thoroughly enjoyed the ZMF x Vibro headphone and felt it needed its own thread so I started this one. While no headphone is perfect this specific set is a very well rounded headphone and has become a favorite closed back of mine for some time. I even preferred it over others like the Pandora Hope VI and Th600(preference is the key word). Now there is the ZMF Blackwood available which has improved my listening experience.
ZMF X VIBRO - A summary of the ZMF x Vibro would describe it as a warm headphone with lush mids, breathable soundstage, an engaging impact, and slightly south of neutral highs that I would consider a sweet spot. The Vibro is an excellent all arounder that can candle everything from jazz - hip hop - rock - classical, yet remains an exceptional amount of musicality without straying far away from linearity. Its not as dark as the Audeze house signature or as bright as the early Hifiman offerings. The midrange is exceptionally well tuned with spot on upper mids, balanced lower mids, great texture and tonality, albeit undeniably forward. The ZMF x Vibro is the t50rp midrange fully tapped in all of its glory. Its bass is pretty strong with a slightly airy impact that is a little north of neutral, but definitely fun.
ZMF BLACKWOOD - So far the Blackwood sounds like a very fluent and evenly balanced headphone. I would only call it gentle(in terms of punch) next to the former flagship. It's overall improved technicalities in bass focus, imaging, speed, and texture would make it the current ZMF flagship by default. Those who have come to love the super musical, and rich sound of the ZMF x Vibro will find this to be a different flavor of the ice cream - but with better ingredients. While I can predict preferences going either way despite improvements, the both are great all arounders! The midrange seems more even, less lush but still far from sterile or cold. The Blackwood would be the more cohesive sounding headphone with smooth transitions from one end of the spectrum to the other, better bass extension that is a bit more controlled and among the tightest bass reproductions found among closed backs.
VIBRO VS BLACKWOOD SITE LINK
ZMF x VIBRO Impressions/Reviews
ZMF BLACKWOOD Impressions/Reviews