ZMF Aeolus (Stabilized) Review
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 knowledge about sound.
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.
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.
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 unique because of the clarity and pace of the notes, adding also the depth of timbre allows the Vérité to be a resolving headphone and gives us a fulfilling listening experience.
For me, Vérité'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; there's more atmosphere, ambiance, and richness of texture and timbre with the Vérité.
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.
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, immersive experience that showcases a different character of the notes with a smooth liquidity, depth of timbre, and resolution.
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 due to the spacing, resolution, unique character of the way the Vérité renders different instruments and notes, not to mention the level of truly high-level clarity at which the notes are rendered.
Sources: Audio-GD HE-7 MK I, Yulong D18
Cables: World's Best Cable (RCA Amphenol)
USB: Singxer SU-6