Vérité - ˌ/veriˈtā/
Vérité is a term often used in film and television as a style that emphasizes reality, naturalism, and a sense of truth. With the Vérité, ZMF has created a headphone that brings the ultimate truth to audio. With the utmost speed, accuracy, and heightened dynamic range, the Vérité will immerse the listener in a truly revealing audio Eden. Employing an all new Beryllium coated PEN driver unique to ZMF, a featherweight magnesium chassis, and our most complex acoustic design yet, the Vérité gives you everything you’ve ever wanted from an open, full sized headphone.
Enjoy your own personal audio Vérité.
Silk-Wood (albizia) OR LTD Pheasantwood (50 sets)
Frequency Response: Approximately 10 Hz to 25 KHZ
Impedance: 300 Ohms
Sensitivity: 99 dB/mW
Warranty: Lifetime for Driver, (??? for the rest)
Weight (est.): 430g (silk wood)
Pads: Verite and Universe Pads
Case: ZMF LTD Mahogany
Ultra-thin PEN driver vapor deposed with 20% Beryllium by thickness. This process yields a stiff driver that delivers ultra fast, planar-like sound, with dynamic punch and natural timbre.
The Vérité utilizes side porting for added 3 dimensionality in the acoustic image. This new design provides a natural, deep, rounded stage, without accentuating any single dimension.
Our new Magnesium chassis reduces weight by 33 grams per headphone, allowing us to offer our lightest design to date, at approximately 430 grams.
By angling the driver slightly outwards (away from the ear) we increase natural resonances for a more “room” like sound. This carefully-tuned angle allows the Vérité to combine dimensionality, speed and decay for a true “audio Vérité” experience.
I became fascinated with metallic drivers when I started looking into driver options years ago, in the process of designing our first dynamic line of headphones. I quickly noticed that many metallic drivers could have a slight “sheen” or “stridency” to their tone. I decided these drivers weren’t for me, and went on to use TPE and Biocellulose for our first two dynamic driver headphones. It wasn’t until early 2017, about a year later, that some engineers I collaborated with suggested I try a vapor deposed driver. I brushed off their recommendation, until I researched Beryllium and its properties. My interest was piqued when I learned that the stiffness to density ratio of Beryllium provided a velocity of sound almost twice that of other metals used in audio. With the stiffness of Be (Beryllium) I could use a smaller amount vapor deposited onto the surface of another material to get the speed and sonic properties of Be, but without the bright “nasties” that can come with a pure metallic driver. After more research I ended up combining PEN, a material similar to TPE but more robust, to handle the vapor deposition of the Beryllium. Upon hearing the driver for the first time, I realized both the amazing potential and challenge of perfecting this headphone. Every minute change to the driver’s surrounding yielded its own dramatically different result.
Fast forward many months, and after countless revisions, beta testing, and dialing in each microscopic element, I was able to finalize the sound of the Vérité. I had cycled through a plethora of opinions, measurements, various wood choices, and material sources. The process of crafting the Vérité was more challenging and rewarding than that of any other headphone I have created before, but I feel the final result is stunning in its sonics, aesthetic, and comfort.
I’m extremely proud of the Vérité, as it took such extended and careful work to see through to fruition. It is extremely gratifying to see this new offering being enjoyed by others.
The Verite comes with two sets of pads, so that the user can find what works best for them, both sonically and ergonomically. The Universe pads provide a slightly warmer sound, while the Vérité pads are ZMF’s flattest pads yet, for a truly neutral response that combines dynamics and linearity.
Vérité uses a stiffer, lighter, 300 ohm voice coil and a N50 (50 gauss) magnet. This combination allows the driver to project the fastest most nimble sound we have yet been able to create.
The Vérité has an optimized driver position, as the membrane is recessed and angled further within the cup than any other ZMF dynamic driver headphone. Driver placement was tested in .5mm increments to find the optimal placement and driver angle for the best sound possible.
The Vérité cup has an angled, and non-congruent radiused edge, which positions its roundest point at the back of the cup, and its sharpest point at the front of the cup. This creates a flowing, unique design that is pleasing to hold and to see.
Carefully chosen, kiln-dried wood (to at least 6% MC) is used for each headphone to ensure consistent performance and durability.
Through extensive experience with building guitars and headphones, Zach carefully curates ZMF’s wood offerings to compliment the needs and abilities of each specific ZMF driver.
Meticulously CNC’d, sanded, and finished, each aspect of our process is thoughtfully focused on bringing out the unique beauty offered by each set of wood cups. ZMF uses a variety of wood finishes that are chosen to bring out the natural color and wood-grain from each billet.
The ZMF lineup of accessories and gear is designed to present a cohesive package both sonically and aesthetically. We offer a variety of matching or complimentary wood cables, amps and accessories.