By Richard / Review, $1000+, ZMFHeadphones, Stabilized, Full Size / January 30, 2022

ZMF Vérité Open (Stabilized) Review

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The reviewer is giving his honest experience with the product and was not paid to write a favorable article. The gear was purchased due to interest and enjoyment in sound quality and in pursuit of gaining more technical knowledge.

Tonal Balance / Neutrality9
Price / Performance Ratio8.8
Sound Fidelity9.5
Build Quality9.5
Bass Extension9.8
Bass Balance9.8
Lower Midrange Balance9.8
Midrange Proper Balance9.8
Upper Midrange Balance9.8
Treble Balance9.8
Treble Extension9.8
Bass Control9.8
Tone Density9.5
Macro Dynamics9.8
Micro Dynamics9.8
Sound Stage Width9.8
Sound Stage Depth9.8

The Vérité Open (Erskine) arrived to me at the same time as the Aeolus (Vaskas). In my impressions, you will notice me cross-referencing headphones because I've been listening to them almost exclusively while comparing them with other headphones.

As I come to spend more time with my ZMF headphones, the Verite Open, Eikon, and Aeolus, I'm noticing that I can enjoy them without much thought. Moreover, I'm coming to appreciate the headphones as time goes by. ZMF headphones have a house sound that comes in different shapes and forms.

The sound profile for each headphone provides an enjoyable way to listen to music. Because I feel like the beauty and aesthetics speak for themselves, I will speak more about my impressions of the sound.

Verite Open on a coffee table next to succulent flowers

Similar to the Sennheiser HD 800 S and HIFIMAN HE6SE V2, the Vérité Open's accuracy, resolution, and imaging gives a nuanced, complex, and detailed version of music. It also has very good instrument separation, layering and is a very smooth sound. The difference between the Vérité Open and HD800s and HE6SE is that the Vérité Open comes with forcefulness and more impact.

I've noticed that with all of my ZMF headphones, there is an element of engagement that provides a unique Hi-Fi enjoyment experience. They all have unique sound profiles that give a large, intimate sound that may give a new unique experience of a song.

It's a very cozy feel; not your typical incisive presentation, as within the HIFIMAN HE6SE V2, or Sennheiser HD 800 S, but rather has a character of its own in its expressiveness.

Verite Open on a coffee table next to succulent flowers

The soundstage of the Vérité Open is very wide and big, so the feeling is more like a live setting. The notes presented are very wide, extended, and beautiful. 

The sense of engagement is different, in that music is enjoyed via a more complex representation and clarity. This dynamism in combination with the expressive character of notes gives life to the music. 

For me, the Verite's signature is for when I want to hear all the details for a complex track. I can also do this with the HE6SE V2 and HD 800 S, but it doesn't feel as engaging as with the Vérité Open. 

The Vérité Open has a great extension, and in combination with the fullness of the notes, the music can sometimes seem to take on a character of its own in the vast and immersive soundstage.

Verite Open on a headphone stand on concrete next to garden

The house signature of ZMF Headphones helps to give more bounce to the Vérité Open. You can get "into it" with ZMF Headphones; it's a very revealing, engaging experience that goes deep into the notes and gives character to the music with it's liquidity and way of flowing.

One thing I noticed with ZMF Headphones are that the notes are given more freedom in form and are more bold, expressive, with imaging that sounds highly immersive, yet detailed and still able to remain neutral. This isn't a bad thing; it adds a dimension of fun that is more prominent than with other headphones.

Where strength of LCD-4 is a more detailed, accurate rendering, the Vérité Open juxtaposes and enhances the notes for an out-of-the-headphone experience -- there is a 3D-like rendering and holographic imaging that is ethereal. 

A final thought I can give about ZMF Headphones is that, in general, while the detailed resolution is apparent, they are there to be enjoyed in a fun way, not to be exacting. Detail analysis becomes an afterthought when I put on a pair of ZMF Headphones.

Sources: Audio-GD HE-7 MK I, Yulong D18

Cables: World's Best Cable (RCA Amphenol)

USB: Singxer SU-6

Amplifiers: Yulong A18, Feliks Audio Euforia, ampsandsound Kenzie OG Rev 2, ampsandsound Agartha 2021

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About the Author


Software Engineer by trade, always loved music, but discovered Hi-Fi in 2012. Decided that since interest in sound quality was growing, could share experience with different products.


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