The Aeolus is a true ZMF Original: designed from the ground up and made with great care. The entire cup enclosure is constructed from solid wood, for a unique and organic sound. Wood cups provide not just a beautiful enclosure, but one machined to surprise with comfort as well.
The Aeolus uses a proprietary ZMF TPE driver for a nodal, quick response with punch and engagement. The Aeolus specialize in sounding warm, fast, and dynamic in a coexistent sonic landscape.
The ZMF Aeolus is all original and built to last a lifetime in the USA. ZMF headphones do not come off an assembly line. They are actualized individually by skilled technicians in Chicago, Illinois with unmatched attention to precision and detail.
TPE Driver provides high-quality construction
The Aeolus successfully combines beauty with exceptional design, using quality materials like leather, metal, and wood. The stock wood used on the Aeolus is Sapele.
All ZMF headphones feature a suspension headband, with one metal piece holding the structure at the cups and one strap resting on the head.This is an ideal design for most people, as it prevents hotspots and discomfort.
The headband is made of cowhide leather and has one of the best feels out of all of the pairs. The metal gimbals seem to be really sturdy and have no play. ZMF offers a magnesium chassis option for their limited models, reducing weight.
The wooden ear cups combined with the TPE driver’s grills are eye-catching. The Sapele grain is gorgeous and makes every headphone unique. Overall, these are some of the few headphones I genuinely find stunning.
Perfect Weight Distribution for Optimum Comfort
The Aeolus, in its Sapele wood variant, weighs 473 grams.
All ZMF ear pads are very comfortable and this model is no exception. The Aeolus has good ventilation and uses soft leather. The ear cavity is 56x71mm and moderately deep, so most people shouldn’t have trouble fitting.
With its large plush pads, good grip, and suspension headband, the Aeolus’ weight shouldn’t be problematic. It has top-notch weight distribution, and bending the metal headband to size will add to comfort as well.
Once the headband is correctly adjusted, the Aeolus headphones are one of the most comfortable “weighty” pairs.
The Aeolus uses dynamic drivers. These are, by far, the most common type of headphone driver in existence, appearing in virtually every pair of mass-market headphones out there. They usually tend to be less expressive, especially in terms of soundstage, than the more high-end planar magnetic driver type – here’s more if you are interested.
The Aeolus is built on a solid foundation and they present a surprisingly wide and deep soundstage, with instruments coming from all around you.
There is no doubt that the Aeolus is a bass-heavy pair of headphones. The sub-bass extension is also quite solid, considering it’s a dynamic driver in an open-back design. A pleasant rumble can be heard without any problems.
Last Thoughts about ZMF Aeolus
The ZMF Aeolus is an excellent all-rounder, with top-notch sound, build, and comfort. You will get excellent reliability and sound quality. The different earpad options make the headphones even more versatile.
- Frequency Response: Approximately 10 Hz to 25 kHz
- Impedance: 300 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 99 dB/mW
- Weight (est.): 445g
- Pads: Universe
- Case: Seahorse SE 430