CanJam at RMAF2016: ZMF Headphones Atticus and Eikon
Zach Mehrbach, founder of ZMF Headphones, has become quite well known for his artisanal approach to producing beautiful wood headphones based on the Fostex T50RP planar magnetic driver. Now, with the upcoming Atticus ($999) and Eikon ($1299) headphones, Zach has moved away from the venerable, but inefficient planar magnetic driver.
The Atticus sports a TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) driver diaphragm and the Eikon uses a bio-cellulose driver. Both are 50mm drivers with large magnets and ceramic housings, and both headphones have 300 Ohm impedances, which makes them very well suited for tube amplification. Both are available in other woods for a modest increase in cost. Pre-ordering starts Nov. 4th and ends Dec 15th, shipping expected to begin Feb 1, 2017.
I thought the pair sounded really fineZach has a knack for making things that sound musical and he hasn't lost his touch here. No doubt some of the magic was coming from the very old's cool Decware amplifiers. The CS3 ($1279) (left in photo above) is a single-ended, class-A, Triode OTL using 6N1P-EB/6922/6Dj8 input tubes and 6N1P-EB/6922H triode tubes for the OTL power output stage. The Taboo UFO ($1995) uses a 6922 (6N1P) driving a pair of EL84 or SV83 (6P15P-EV) output tubes, and has been specifically designed for planar magnetic headphones. They sounded sweet and the look really set off the beautifully crafted wood of the ZMF headphones. Yummy!
Zach will give you the whole nine yards in the video.