ZMF - Caldera 2024

Flagship Planar Magnetic Open-Back

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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

Planar Magnetic Drivers

Planar magnetic drivers combine characteristics of several driver types. They employ magnetic fields akin to dynamic and balanced armature drivers. However, planar magnetic drivers, like electrostatic drivers, use a flat, thin diaphragm in contrast to a coil. The planar drivers are known for their quick transient response.


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

In 2011, I modded a t50rp as a gift for my brother. I never would have guessed that twelve years later I'd design my own planar magnetic headphone.  I knew I loved the punchy, ethereal and nuanced sound of planars.

- Zach Mehrbach

ZMF Presents An All-New Handcrafted Open-Back Headphone - The Caldera

ZMF introduces a new addition to their open-back headphone lineup - the Caldera. The Caldera houses a planar magnetic driver for clean sound. It is meticulously engineered with Caldera Asymmetrical Magnet Structure (CAMS), Patent Pending Atrium damping system and new Caldera Pads, ensuring a transformative sound. The ZMF Caldera comes bundled with a high-quality audio cable for seamless sound transmission. With the Caldera, you are all set to rediscover your music

80mm Planar Magnetic Driver For Clean Sound

The ZMF Caldera houses an 80mm planar magnetic driver with a 2nm thickness, producing detailed sound in your listening experience. It has an impedance of 65 ohms and a sensitivity range of 95 dB/mW, making it compatible with a range of DACs and amplifiers, requiring sufficient power to drive effectively.

Meticulously Tuned For Ultimate Clarity

The ZMF Caldera evolves from ZMF's roots in T50 modding, blending modern technology for an enhanced sound experience. It aims to provide a better and adaptable soundstage like the Atrium, with the weight and precision of planar magnetic drivers. The Caldera excels in mid-range and treble clarity with the ZMF's damping systems and magnet airflow, delivering a vivid and nimble sound akin to top-tier dynamic headphones.

New CAMS Design For Better Airflow

The ZMF Caldera features a unique magnet structure called CAMS (Caldera Asymmetrical Magnet Structure), designed in the shape of a mountain (triangular). This design stimulates air dispersion and maintains a slightly uneven magnetic force, enabling the membrane to vibrate more evenly and push a significant volume of air towards the ear while also diffusing it effectively.

Patent Pending Damping System For Balanced Sound

The ZMF Caldera also features a Patent Pending Atrium damping system, ensuring a balanced frequency response with impactful bass, rich sound and the natural tonality that ZMF is renowned for, providing an exceptional listening experience.

80mm Planar Magnetic Driver For Clean Sound

The ZMF Caldera houses an 80mm planar magnetic driver with a 2nm thickness, producing detailed sound in your listening experience. It has an impedance of 65 ohms and a sensitivity range of 95 dB/mW, making it compatible with a range of DACs and amplifiers, requiring sufficient power to drive effectively.

Meticulously Tuned For Ultimate Clarity

The ZMF Caldera evolves from ZMF's roots in T50 modding, blending modern technology for an enhanced sound experience. It aims to provide a better and adaptable soundstage like the Atrium, with the weight and precision of planar magnetic drivers. The Caldera excels in mid-range and treble clarity with the ZMF's damping systems and magnet airflow, delivering a vivid and nimble sound akin to top-tier dynamic headphones.

New CAMS Design For Better Airflow

The ZMF Caldera features a unique magnet structure called CAMS (Caldera Asymmetrical Magnet Structure), designed in the shape of a mountain (triangular). This design stimulates air dispersion and maintains a slightly uneven magnetic force, enabling the membrane to vibrate more evenly and push a significant volume of air towards the ear while also diffusing it effectively.

Patent Pending Damping System For Balanced Sound

The ZMF Caldera also features a Patent Pending Atrium damping system, ensuring a balanced frequency response with impactful bass, rich sound and the natural tonality that ZMF is renowned for, providing an exceptional listening experience.

Metal and Oak Design

The ZMF Caldera's body is designed with a black aluminium chassis with a premium leather headband and a strap for a better fit. It features an aesthetic carbon fiber grill (baffle) which is lightweight and durable. The rod and baffle are designed in black finish and a natural oak touch.

Lambskin Earpads

The ZMF Caldera introduces new Caldera Pads with a fluted design that tapers from small to large dimensions with a flatter feel on the ear side. This maintains air pressure on the baffle while keeping the ear cavity open.

High-Quality Audio Cable

The ZMF Caldera comes bundled with a 4-pin XLR OFC cable and a 6.35mm stock cable. You can seamlessly pair your Caldera with various audio sources and equipment with the audio cable of your choice.

Leather Headband

The ZMF Caldera is designed with a premium leather headband and a strap for a better fit.

Accessories to Get you Started

1. ZMF Stock Braided Cable and OFC Cable
2. ZMF Caldera Pads and 1 set of Caldera Thick Pads
3. ZMF Owner's Card


All You Need To Know About ZMF Caldera 2024

Driver
2 μm thick Planar Magnetic with CAMS Patent Pending
Impedance
60 Ohms
Cable Termination
4-Pin XLR (Balanced)
6.35mm (Single-Ended)
Sensitivity
~95dB/mW
Headband Material
Leather
Strap Material
Leather


2 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this ZMF - Caldera 2024 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.

The ZMF Caldera are a very well-balanced offering from ZMF. They are well-tuned. They emulate some aspects of the performance of a pair of dynamic headphones while using a planar-magnetic driver, making them unique among others.
The ZMF Caldera isn’t new, but it was Zach’s first proprietary planar driver and it still is a relevant flagship headphone. The Caldera doesn’t come cheap but you definitely get good value in return.

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