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ZMF Auteur Headphone

ZMF Auteur Headphone

An Auteur is an artist who controls so many aspects of a specific work that their influence makes them the “author” of that endeavor. With the ZMF auteur, we have created a tuning and headphone platform that allows the listener to “author” their listening experience. The scene starts with the open, universally appealing ZMF tuning showcasing our version of “neutral”. The listener then authors their experience with either perforated Eikon pads for a warmer sound quality, or the auteur pads which will create an even further sense of neutrality. Our premium headphones are responsive to all aspects of the audio chain and will truly allow the audiophile the distinct pleasure of artistic control.

  • Specification

    •   Frequency Response: Approximately 10 Hz to 25 KHZ

    •   Impedance: 300 Ohms

    •   Sensitivity: 97 dB/mW (Auteur)

    •   Weight (est.): 470g (Auteur)

    •   Pads: Auteur Perforated Pads (Auteur)

    •   Case: Seahorse SE 340

  • Specification

    The auteur’s baffle is vented with ten 3.5mm front ports, five completely open back slots, and a 50mm metal grille. None of the ports are covered and there is no “filler” damping material. By utilizing an acoustically “free” design, based on optimal acoustic airflow, the auteur imparts an extremely natural sound-stage that’s as big or small as the sound requires.


    By using a flexible TPU driver gasket, the auteur has optimized dynamic pistonic action. This creates a punchy and lively response, where the listener can feel the full “force” of the music playing.


    By employing perforated earpads on the auteur, sound is not restricted, and sonic waves do not get trapped in the ear cavity. This creates an incredibly smooth mid-range with effortless treble while at the same time maintaining bass punch and “feel.”


    ZMF is all about “that wood sound",” utilizing reflective sound waves to impart a natural tone based on the density of the wood used. Our open headphones, like the auteur utilize “mostly open” tunings to impart the sonic character of wood, while adding dimension. As with all of our designs, the cups are machined from 5 x 5 x 2 blocks of solid wood. See our wood page for more info on how each wood has a unique sonic personality.

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