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There is someone saying that the teaks sound better than zmf aeolous, which I've been eyeing for a while. The massive price difference makes this hard to believe. Can anyone corroborate this? My current daily drivers are the 99 classics as I'm in between flagship cans (had to return elex), so based off of the claim I'm assuming they at least sound better than the classics. Any input?
Never had a chance to listen to any of the ZMF stuff, but I do have 99 classics and E-MU teak. The teak is a major step up in terms of bass quality and overall resolution. 99 classics are more portable. Say, why did you have to return the Elex? ...Cable issues?
Sounds like I'm signing up for the teaks and finding someplace to sell the classics. The Elex developed a volume dip in the left driver and they were out of stock for a replacement at the time, but I'm ready to search for something better anyways.
I haven't heard the Aeolus but I own teaks from their original drop on my other massdrop account (Uzuzu)
Personally I'm not highly impressed by the teaks, they had lower resolution than my th-600s, but they did have better balance in sound than those. Still too hollowed in the mids for my personal tastes
Do you have the attached or removable cable version? I signed up for this Drop and they are about to ship them out but Emu finally replied to my email I sent a month ago just the yesterday and said I could send my pair back to them and pay $100 USD and they would send me the removable version instead - I'm just wondering... after that $100 USD and my cost to ship back overseas... I think I would be willing to try to mod them myself to removable. Any thoughts on if this would be difficult or not with these cans?
I have a removable cable version from the April 2018 drop.
You could go for the old and proven Peterek style DIY:
However, a more elegant mod IMO would be to use the new Fostex TR-X00 style connectors that can be purchased from sites like fullcompass.
I would also recommend against using SMC connectors for this mod. Those are known to loosen-up and break.
Thank you! When I get them I might just have to do that mod... I can't justify myself sending them back and then also possibly having to pay customs twice, on top of the $100USD and shipping fees... that would make me so angry.
Drop sent them via DHL to me in Canada so I already know there will be customs charges when they arrive... DHL is horrible for that.
@Arjestin and @L9s3r-L0rd
I do own the Meze 99 Classics too, but after 3 years I wanted to buy the Emu Teak as an potential upgrade. Don't get me wrong the Meze 99 Classics are unbeatable in it's price range, sound and portability. A very fun warm with good bass headphone. What I am missing is a bigger soundstage, cleaner mids and overall better clarity.
What I would like to know compared to the 99 Classics, has the Emu Teak:
Bigger soundstage and more depth?
How is the bass? More bass? Better quality? Impact?
How is the treble? Not too aggressive?
Overall more clarity and details?
Warm sound signature?
How is the sound isolation, for better or for worse?
And portability ( size compared to 99 Classics )
and your final thoughts if it's worth the upgrade, are the differences significant? I would really appreciate it!
The differences are significant, yes. 99 Classics is designed with portability in mind. Fostex biodynamics (such as Emu Teak) are not designed to be portable. You can take them outdoors, but they are larger and heavier (!(-_-)!) Also, they are a vented cup design so they do leaks some sound. Talking about sound, it is an improvement on all fronts IMO. Bass is less bloated and more impactful. Mids are cleaner and more detailed. Highs are a bit on the bright side but not sibilant. Overall, Emu Teak is close to neutral with a bit of a fun U-shape.
With that said, if you're coming from 3 year Meze 99 Classics use ONLY, you will probably not like the Emu Teak at first. They have so much less bass comparatively to what you had for the last 3 years. So if you decide to purchase Emu Teaks, give them some time before you pass judgment.
Use only the new headphone for a few month. Then go back to the old one and see if you still like it - Kudos to Steve Guttenberg for this advice.
@Arjestin thank you very much for your report! I guess I will aim for the high end endgame...
Will try the Denon AH-D9200, Klipsch HP-3 and ZMF Atticus/Eikon at the european High End Society/CanJam next year.