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The Atmos C cable has a braided lower portion while the Michanikos does not right?
Zach, these are better prices then addons to the Verite lol
Feb 1st LOL.
Calaverasgrande
They will likely ship before xmas - possibly much sooner.
Nice leather case, but seriously $139.99 entry level for ~$25 dollars in materials (if purchased in small lots, ~$7 for bulk) worth of headphone cables? Holy crap that is horrible. Maybe a touch more expensive with the more complex connectors, but definitly not for the TRS, XLR-4, and Sennheiser HD6xx. Very much so going to nope out on this (like every other cable in this price bracket that isn't 20-50').
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Fair play Fayne
are these cables balanced?
I would buy this if it shipped quicker than feburary 1st :c
Does 3.5 mm work with Massdrop x Focal Elex and Massdrop x HIFIMAN Edition XX?
Bigcalbear
We know our 3.5 works with focal, I am not sure if tocla and hifiman solder their 3.5mm the same though.
Will the 3.5mm work with newer hifiman he400i?
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I do not want to steer you away from experimenting with pads. I do not want to deter you from scratching that curious itch at all. I have to say, however, that I have tried a number of pads with the Hifiman 400i, and tbh, none of them went without affecting the sound. I personally came to the conclusion that though they are not the very most comfy set of pads, the original ones retain the highest quality of "air" with this set, and that is my favorite attribute about them. So for me, changing pads resulted in unsatisfactory results. Pads I have used: Dekoni Fenestrated Lambskin - Look and feel wonderful, better than the original. The padding that covers the driver is double layered, meaning it is a good deal thicker than the original pad's padding. This resulted in a darker sound and a loss of detail. Do not confuse "darker sound" with "warmer sound". They are two different things. Brainwavz Angled, Oval shaped (fake leather) - Had to stretch these around the plastic rings to the point where i thought they would tear. But they didn't. Comfort on these was absolutely astonishing. They changed the sound sig, and not in a bad way. The sound became more U shaped (to my ear). The bass raised quite a bit and reverberated more. It was much more full, but less defined. For fun upbeat songs, this really worked well. The mids sounded more recessed (I did not like this). The highs sounded more forward, possibly due to the mids sounding recessed. It sounded great in most cases on pop/r&b, lacking on acoustic, but not as balanced as with the original pads. Brainwavz Angled, Oval shaped (velour) - Bass sounded louder, much less defined. Brainwavz Circular shaped - I tried these in fake leather. Fit was decent, not perfect. Very comfy. I do not recall how they sounded exactly, just that I returned them the next day. I tried another pair i found on Amazon by NewFantasia. Real leather, but were extremely stiff and uncomfortable. Painful even. Hated them. Didn't care to even think about how they sounded. Again, try out your options. Each ear is different (even your own two, to a degree). And have fun while doing it. Hope my input helps.
Just to clarify, I have the HE4XX. For me fenestrated dekoni pads were basically indistinguishable from the original set in terms of audio quality, clarity, and sound profile. I switched to elite sheepskin because I liked the, very, very small change in sound profile that it had where it softened the highs a bit, and mellowed the headphone out. It does sacrifice a tad bit of "air" to do this as JonnyModena suggests; however, the sound stage actually gets a bit wider as well (so there's a give and take there depending on your preference). Nevertheless, for the HE4XX, I have to say that I enjoy both of the very, very subtle changes that the Dekoni Pads bring to the table, and they also add comfort and security on my (clamp; and a bit of room between my ear and the driver). So, while the 400i may have a change in sound signature that could be displeasing, this is not what I observed with the HE4XX.
fokal elear possible?
lovve
Yep it should be an option in there!
Wheres the option for HE1000 V2 3.5mm?
Hifimeme
I need the 3.5mm connector thats extended to work with HE6se.
Is the cable compatible with Beyerdynamic T1 2nd?
sa127463
We have not tested this headphone, but if you send/find a soldering chart we can definitely make it for you.
Why is it so expensive?
I can buy the Jubilees for this price.
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I don't believe we have connectors for any iems right now. We don't have the 2 pin connector the massdrop Custom Art iem uses for this drop. Sorry about that and we will definitely consider it in future drops.
Josmos
Why are they so expensive? Truthfully? Because in today's world, we have come to accept the idea that accessories are sold at some of the highest return rates across all industries. Years ago I owned a cellular phone distribution business. Name brand accessories you'd buy from Verizon for between $15 and $35... I used to buy in bulk for between $0.XX and $2.XX. This is no exaggeration. I am not saying that the audio business is identical to the cellular phone business or making any generalizations. My point is that while I do believe that ZMFHeadphones puts a lot of time, money and R/D into their cables... I also believe that if they had a large enough customer base (I do not have any idea how large it is as it stands), they could be successful selling these cables at a price point somewhere around half or 2/3 of what they are right now (possibly less, possibly more). However, value is held in higher regard than simply what it costs to create a product. A company's reputation for resolving customer complaints. Their track record creating quality products. The level of quality of the product in the first place. The durability of the product against the durability of similar products on the market. And so on. Lots of things go into pricing a product. Ultimately one thing never fails to be: At the end of the day, the customer base decides the price a company can sell a product at. If customers will not buy said product at said price, said product is not worth said price. In conclusion, if the price point is bringing in sales, they are so expensive because they are worth it in some shape, form, or fashion to their customer base. Edit: Disclaimer - I did not write this reply to talk down on ZMFheadphones. I support all indy/non-public businesses. I wrote this reply to simply answer the question from the viewpoint of a long time business owner, product creator, and service provider.
can these be used on iems? I have a pair of CustomArt Massdrop Exclusive - Ei.XX CIEM and thinking of upgrading the cables
Why there is no cable for AKG 7XX?
Mr.Ting
We don't have this headphone for testing yet but we can possibly add it on future drops!
ZMFheadphones
Could you consider a version for the Fostex TRX00?
Hey all - just a quick note to apologize for the slow shipping last time, we have all parts in stock this time and are aiming to have these shipped by the end of the month, and definitely before the ETA ship date.
Geez, $309 for the cable I want... I can get it cheaper and wait less if I purchase from other retailers... Where is the bargain here?
TacoHerder
The 10 FT Michanikos cable would be $379.99 from our website, whereas it's $299.99 here. Our cable designs and geometry are proprietary so they can not be purchased anywhere aside from here or ZMFheadphones.com
I just received mine today. Beautifully made and I personally like the leather pouch even though it won't see much use, gives it more of a bespoke feel to it. Very initial sound impression is that it is very mid-centric (XLR connectors to LCD-4, Violectric V281, Schiit Yggy), not what I was expecting for silver(plated) Michanikos, but also don't know how these will change after burn in (flame retardant on).
Just a note to everyone who participated in this drop, all cables are shipping out this week if you haven't received them yet.
Get rid of the Pee-yew leatherette case and sell them at 120$, would sell much better this way. Not a hater tho! I'm a fan of ZMF's stuff.
DenonFanboy
No gotta keep the Leather case we need that to give a reason to our wives why this was a worthy purchase .
Women understand bag's but cables uh not so much
Yeah, these are expensive, but they're far from some $10,000 snake oil. I mean, I am not sure I would be willing or able to make these for much under $75 in time and material, and 100% markup is normal retail. I hope the people who joined this drop speak up after receiving them to let us know everything except how they "Sound" cause they could be worth the cost just in craftsmanship, and ZMF does know craftsmanship.
LOOLLLLLLLLLL
Do any of these connectors properly and snugly fit the Fostex TH-900 MK2?
sonicbhoc
Periaptcables has the connector
Ugh I am so tempted to get the 4ft Michanikos for my ZMF Atticus! :(
Any chance of one with the LEMO termination for the AKG K812
I'm certainly a Cable Guy myself and as Zach mentions if your in the market for one his are truly some of the best! Not only the quality & workmanship but also in terms of fidelity. I've had a chance to hear a few variants over the last few months and compared to a lot of what I have in my own collection, I can say these are phenomenal! Kinda wish he had some of them on the market back when I was shopping around lol
Meanwhile, down at the Kool-aid stand: http://headphone.guru/nordost-blue-heaven-headphone-cables/

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Atmos C 5.5ft for HD6XX 4-Pin Balanced ($149.99) Could someone confirm the pin assignment for the 4-Pin XLR (for Oppo HA-1)
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8 people bought this, Atomic kek.
wincore
Nothing to laugh about if the build quality is nice. I'm someone who doesn't believe for a second that cables change sound but I'd gladly pay the prices being offered here if these cables nail the build quality
The price is exactly the same as if I bought a 4pin XLR cable for my LCD2Cs directly from Audeze and their own cables are unweildy
Would any of these work for Beyerdynamic DT1990
so can we just have a drop for the headphones already
Does anyone know what the base price was?
Mountainlistener
$150!
chaotic-entity
A bit more than I was hoping for. Whish they make a drop with their ofc cable