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Offline Happy Ghost

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ZMF Auteur Or HD800S
« on: September 21, 2022, 12:12:25 AM »
Hi All,

I am going to upgrade my rig and I am debating on whether to get the ZMF Auteur or the HD800S. Any thoughts on which is the better headphone for listening to mostly jazz and a bit of hip-hop? My C2A will be driving these. Both are high impedance, so they should pair well.

 
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Re: ZMF Auteur Or HD800S
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2022, 08:28:16 AM »
I have both:

ZMF will be heavier on your head.

Otherwise I think the 800s’ a bit better at resolution.  Both are very good!

I listen to very little Jazz and virtually no hip-hop so in that regard I’m pretty much worthless!   :o
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Re: ZMF Auteur Or HD800S
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2022, 10:52:54 AM »
Thanks Aaron.. I just pulled the plug on the Auteur :) Almost all the reviews I read on it were +ive..
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Re: ZMF Auteur Or HD800S
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2022, 07:46:56 PM »
How are you liking the Auteur?  I'm considering my first pair of ZMF and am not sure which way I want to go. 

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Re: ZMF Auteur Or HD800S
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2022, 03:36:15 AM »
I am yet to get delivery of those.. Ordered them I think 3 weeks ago, and it is still in the first stage of production :(
My C2A is gathering dust and racking me with guilt. Should not have returned the 8xx so early :(
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Re: ZMF Auteur Or HD800S
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2022, 03:36:05 PM »
How are you liking the Auteur?  I'm considering my first pair of ZMF and am not sure which way I want to go.

So I lost the battle against temptation yet again (surprise, surprise!)  :D I have got both the HD800S and ZMF Auteur Ltd for the past month or two. I have been listening to both of them with my C2A. For my choice of music (mostly jazz and some hip-hop), I think the 800S has an edge over the Auteur. Both are quite good.. and my suspicion is that the Mainline would do better justice to both the cans than the C2A. So I ordered a Mainline recently.   Now waiting for my next adventure to begin  ;D

For your situation, I would recommend that you audition the Auteur first before you buy it. But if you're not able to do it, then perhaps 800S is a safe (and very pleasurable) choice. But again both are good cans. It might finally boil down to your listening tastes, rig, and bank balance..
« Last Edit: December 11, 2022, 03:39:06 PM by Happy Ghost »
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Re: ZMF Auteur Or HD800S
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2022, 06:59:33 PM »
Thanks, I ended up treating myself to a set of ZMF Atrium's for the Hollidays.  Part of the appeal is the craftsmanship in them for me.  The pads they came with were fine.  To be honest, I was a bit disappointed in the sound at first.  No problems and great with acoustic and strings in my opinion, but just fine outside of that.  However, I just swapped pads and was getting really into rock music with them today.  I have a few more sets of pads to try, but that was also part of the appeal of me.  Maybe there was some burn in, I'm not sure but they were sounding better today then I have gotten them to in the past.  We're going to have a local headphone meetup and one of us is bringing a pair of HD800S to compare with the Atrium's on the S.E.X 3.0 I built. 
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