ZMF - Auteur Classic

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Bespoke Hand-Crafted Headphones

Zach Mehrbach founded ZMF, initially focusing on enhancing Fostex T50RP planar magnetic headphones. This endeavor birthed ZMF Headphones, renowned for heirloom quality and meticulous craftsmanship. Handmade in the USA, each headphone boasts unique wood finishes selected to showcase the natural beauty of the material. From custom-designed planar magnetic drivers to beryllium-based dynamic drivers, ZMF continuously innovates its offerings.

Over the years, ZMF evolved from modifications to introducing signature wood-cup designs and custom driver technologies. This journey underscores ZMF's commitment to blending craftsmanship with cutting-edge audio engineering, earning them a revered status in the headphone industry.

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Designed in
USA

Balanced Sound Signature

Wired Headphones with a Balanced sound signature presents a precise sound and an enriching listening experience, where sounds are naturally presented without extreme emphasis on any region. With a pair of headphones with this sound signature, you can hear audio with clarity and detail. The sound is vivid and revealing, a perfect mixture of instruments and vocals, lows, mids, and highs. This sound signature works for most music listeners who like switching between various music genres like Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk and Pop.


2 Years of
Warranty

Ideal for Audiophiles

These headphones are designed for discerning music lovers. If you are someone who cares about audio quality "deeply," you'll want a pair of headphones like these.


You can expect them to present a refined listening experience. The audio quality exhibited by these headphones is a beautiful mix of musicality, technical brilliance and high precision.


These headphones deliver a spacious and open soundstage with utmost clarity and detail. Delve into pure sonic bliss with these headphones!


Ideal for
Desktop Use

4-Pin XLR
Balanced Output

Biocellulose Dynamic
Drivers

Replaceable Cables

A pair of headphones with a replaceable cable has many benefits, and one of them is if the connecting cable has a problem, it doesn’t mean that you have to buy a new one. If the connecting cable gets pulled or damaged, you can replace it and keep using your good-old headphones or IEMs. This way, your headphones will be protected and will last longer. With the advancements in cable manufacturing, you now get a variety of replacement cables with various termination options, lengths and quality.


Open-Back Design

Headphones with an open-back design, allow air to pass through the earcups. This means that Open-Backs do not block any noise from around you, as closed-backs do, and music being heard will also leak outside to people around you. So they can only be heard in a quiet environment.


However, Open-back headphones do sound more natural and open. Open-back headphones create a feeling of space, presenting audio as if you are sitting at a live concert. Audiophiles swear by open-back headphones, and they sound quite different to closed-backs.


These headphones are perfect for critical listening sessions, mixing and mastering music. They have an accurate soundstage presentation and precise imaging.


Needs Amplification

Headphones and IEMs require a certain level of power to sound their best and work at their full potential. When your headphones or IEMs are underpowered, they can sound thin or muffled.


Amplifiers are required to provide adequate power to your headphone or IEMs to perform at their best. Simply put, amplifiers allow a weak audio signal to be boosted to a powerful one.


To put it into perspective, devices such as your phones and laptops come with an amplifier, but they offer very limited output power. This output may not be sufficient to power headphones and IEMs to shine at their best. This is where a dedicated amplifier is required to deliver adequate power to hear your music in all its glory.


Meticulously Designed with Wood Earcups

The auteur in film, is a director that creates films that exude one's own personal style. The ZMF auteur is a linear headphone, with a musical personality that allows for infinite audio chain tweaks to find the perfect subjective soundscape.

- Zach Mehrbach

ZMF Introduces The Successor To Auteur - The All-New Auteur Classic

ZMF draws inspiration from the concept of an "auteur" in film, which refers to a director with a distinct personal style, and so introduced the Auteur Classic. The all-new Auteur Classic preserves everything that made OG famous but advanced with a Biocellulose Dynamic driver and the Atrium damping system. This meticulously handcrafted headphone is ZMF's most neutral-sounding headphone, enabling unlimited adjustments in the audio setup to create a personalised and ideal sound environment according to your preferences. It remains the original Auteur but with expanded spaciousness, improved bass extension, linearity and resolution.

Biocellulose Dynamic Driver For Detailed Sound

The ZMF Auteur Classic houses a Biocellulose dynamic driver that delivers enhanced bass extension and linearity for a balanced sound. The ZMF Auteur Classic has an impedance of 300 Ohms and a sensitivity range of 96dB/mW. It aims to excel in resolving fine details, providing a spacious soundstage and delivering sub-bass accurately, ensuring a high-quality and immersive listening music experience.

Patent Pending Damping System for Linear Sound

The ZMF Auteur Classic features an innovative Atrium damping system specially designed for open-back headphones. This system allows an extra layer of optimisation and ensures better airflow and damping for each driver. This system allows you the flexibility to fine-tune the sound using various damping materials and precise placement methods.

Biocellulose Dynamic Driver For Detailed Sound

The ZMF Auteur Classic houses a Biocellulose dynamic driver that delivers enhanced bass extension and linearity for a balanced sound. The ZMF Auteur Classic has an impedance of 300 Ohms and a sensitivity range of 96dB/mW. It aims to excel in resolving fine details, providing a spacious soundstage and delivering sub-bass accurately, ensuring a high-quality and immersive listening music experience.

Patent Pending Damping System for Linear Sound

The ZMF Auteur Classic features an innovative Atrium damping system specially designed for open-back headphones. This system allows an extra layer of optimisation and ensures better airflow and damping for each driver. This system allows you the flexibility to fine-tune the sound using various damping materials and precise placement methods.

Meticulously Crafted Design

The ZMF Auteur Classic’s design features a black aluminium chassis with Ambrosia Maple wood cups, a leather headband and a strap for comfort. Its lightweight, durable grill and black-finished rod add a sleek appeal.

Lambskin Earpads

ZMF provides Lambskin earpads with the Auteur Classic, for a comfortable fit during extended listening sessions.

Audio Cable

The ZMF Auteur Classic comes bundled with a 4-pin XLR stock cable.

Accessories to Get you Started

1. ZMF Stock Braided Cable
2. ZMF Auteur Pads
3. ZMF Owner's Card
4. Lifetime Driver Warranty


All You Need To Know About The ZMF Auteur Classic

Driver
Biocellulose Dynamic Driver
Cable Termination
4-Pin XLR (Balanced)
Chassis Material
Aluminum
Chassis Color (aluminum)
Black
Headband, Strap & Earpad Material
Leather Headband/Strap & Auteur Lambskin Pads on Headphones
Rod/Grille Color
Black


2 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this ZMF - Auteur Classic comes with a 2 Year warranty from ZMF that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

Read more about ZMF's warranty in India.

Is an extraordinary headphone and one worth taking a serious look at. If you consider their ZMF heritage (hand made, lifetime warrantied drivers, A+ customer service) and overall sound quality, you’re getting a lot for your money.
I feel a good discussion on source first, amp first, or transducer first is warranted because a lot of this will depend upon the recordings one listens too - and of course one's experience and budget

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